Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Fort Smith, Montana.


Forrester's Bighorn River Resort is located on the world-famous upper 3 miles of the Bighorn River, giving our guests direct access to the some best fishing around. Our gorgeous lodge offers fine cuisine, luxurious accommodations, and breathtaking views of the river valley. We were awarded the distinguished 2010 Orvis Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year, and we have worked in the business for over 30 years. All our Orvis-Endorsed Guides are experienced, patient and are great instructors, helping to give our guests a trip of a lifetime.

Date Range

With the Bighorn River being a tailwater fishery, we have great fishing all year round. However, our peak season is April 1 through the middle of November.

What is Provided to Customer

Whether you need all of your fishing equipment provided or just need a few things to get you by, we have a package to cater to all your needs.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

The Bighorn River has limited stream access, so the preferred choice of fishing is from a drift boat. Our experienced, Orvis-Endorsed Guides will stop at key spots for wade fishing complete with tips of the trade. This river is a tailwater so it is not affected by spring runoff, and can be fished year round. The Bighorn River is very fisherman friendly so whether you are a novice or a pro-angler, this river never disappoints.

Typical Weather by Season

Spring: mid-March to end of May 50 degrees in the middle of day and 30 degrees at night.

Summer: June 60-70 degrees. July to end of August 80-90 degrees with an occasional afternoon shower to cool things off.

Fall: 60-70 degrees to end of October. November being 50-60 degrees. Water temps around 30 degrees.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

Although we can cater to any size package, our most popular stay is three days and four nights.

3-days fishing & 4-nights lodging - $3,270 per person based on double occupancy rates. Check our website for more package deal options and payment terms.


On-site Activities

Fly Fishing

Off-site Activities

Battle of the Little Bighorn (Custer Battlefield) is a 30-minute drive from the lodge. Other site seeing adventures are abundant in the area. True "Big Sky Country"!


Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

Forrester's is a traditional log lodge located on the prime stretch of the famed Bighorn River. Seven individual cabin units with double beds, full-bath and their own personal deck overlooking the river. The meals served are prepared by our internationally trained chef.


Species You Fish for by Season

We fish for brown and rainbow trout. Early spring is midge fishing. Late spring, baetis hatch on cloudy days. Mid-summer, pale morning dun hatches as well as hoppers. Early fall is hoppers, caddis and tricos.


What Should Customers Bring?

Seasonal rain gear, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, hat of your choice, camera to capture the memories. In spring, long-sleeved shirt. In summer, shorts and other warm weather clothing is appropriate.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where is the nearest airport?
A. Billings, Montana (BIL) is our nearest airport, (90 miles one way to the resort). Car rental is the typical transportation to and from our lodge although we can do work with a limo service if requested.


Forrester's Bighorn River Resort
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge
Nick Forrester
40756 Highway 313
Fort Smith, MT 59035

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