Forrester's Bighorn River, MT

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter in Fort Smith, Montana


We have been fishing the Bighorn River for over 30 years. Forrester's Bighorn River Resort has experienced and knowledgeable Orvis-Endorsed Guides. With emphasis on patience and care, they will cater to you, creating a very memorable and enjoyable experience. The Bighorn is teeming with brown and rainbow trout. The average size is 16-17 inches.

Date Range

With the Bighorn River being a tailwater fishery, we fish all year. However, our peak season is April 1-November 15.

What is Provided to Customer

Outfitting trips will include shore-side lunch, all your fishing flies for the day and all terminal tackle. We also have Orvis rods, reels, and waders if you need.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

Our typical day starts with meeting clients, discussing their desires and experience. If needed, we give casting lessons on the lawn before heading to the river. This is key for beginners for a successful day. The morning meeting time is 8am and we will go over the planned float for each day.


Species You Fish for by Season

We fish for brown and rainbow trout. In early spring the midge fishing is good. In late spring we fish the baetis hatch on cloudy days. Mid-summer we have the best luck with pale morning duns and the hopper hatches are great. Early fall we fish hoppers, caddis, and tricos.

Fly Shop



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

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