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

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Nick Forrester

Forrester's Bighorn River Resort


Phone icon800-665-3799 Phone icon406-666-9199 Email iconinfo@forrestersbighorn.com Link iconforrestersbighorn.com
40756 Highway 313
Fort Smith, MT 59035

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The Story

Where Montana keeps her promises. When you fish at Forrester's you are in for a trip of a lifetime. This dual endorsed Orvis Lodge for fly fishing and wingshooting is perfectly situated on 110 acres of riverfront acreage on the famed Bighorn River. It is the only lodge on the upper three miles of the Bighorn. Only the upper 13 miles are considered trophy trout fly fishing. When fishing with Forrester's, browns and rainbow are commonly between 15 and 18 inches, but many measure 20+ inches. Being a tailwater river the Bighorn River is fishable year-round - it never freezes! The lodge and cabins are owner built and have been managed on-site by Nick and Francine Forrester for more than 23 years. Come relax, we will take care of the rest.

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.

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"!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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