"Peak" Season on the Bighorn River starts with the Spring Baetis hatch in early April, and it runs all the way through September. "Off-Peak" fishing begins in mid to late October and can be some of the best fishing of the season (along with far less traffic). With a focus on streamer fishing and a very strong fall Baetis hatch, November is a great time to visit the Bighorn, as the temperature and weather tends to be more mild than that in early Spring.
The Bighorn River valley is a classic Montana river valley. The Bighorn River is a very tame tailwater that is free of rapids. There are 4 main sections of the river that are easily accessible to float anglers:
Early Spring (March 15 - April 30th): Temps generally in the upper 40’s to mid-50’s. The occasional front can render mild winter conditions; nice days can stretch the temperatures into the mid-60’s.
Late Spring (May through Mid-June): Temps generally 60 to upper 70’s in May. The odd winter cold front can move through in May as can hot weather. As we move into June hot spells are not uncommon, and usually accompanied by a brief afternoon thunderstorm that passes through as quick as it came.
Summer: Prime fishing conditions and 75-95 degrees. Normally in mid to upper 80s, hot spells of 90-degree days can be frequent as are brief afternoon thunderstorms.
Late Summer/Early Fall: Crisp mornings followed by warm days, sometimes hot, usually dry.
Late Fall/Winter: Late fall on the Bighorn is generally pretty mild with temps more mild than early spring. The odd winter front will move through from time to time, but overall a great time to be on the river. Winter temps range from 50 degrees to bitterly cold. Mild days are great fishing
Guided Fishing rates start at $425. You can find all pricing information at: http://bighornangler.com/guided-fishing-packages/
Guided Fly Fishing: Although we encourage our guests to bring their preferred fly-fishing gear with them, our guided fly-fishing trips are all-inclusive. Each trip includes all flies, equipment such as rod/reel, waders/boots if needed, tippet/leaders, and full-day trips include a river lunch. Not included is a Montana fishing license and guide gratuities (typically 15% – 20% of the cost of the guide trip).
All-Inclusive Packages: Our all-inclusive packages include all meals starting with dinner the night of arrival and breakfast the day of departure. The Bighorn Angler offers dining services from April – October for our lodging guests only. Breakfast includes a rotating hot breakfast (pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs, quiche, French toast), with fresh ground coffee, juice, cereal, bagels, muffins, yogurt, toast, etc. also available. Dinner is prepared by our in-house chef from scratch each night. Each meal consists of a salad, entrée, and dessert. The menu is set nightly ahead of time. We can accommodate food allergies and gluten/other dietary restrictions when notified in advance. Please make your reservation for meals at the time of booking your trip. Last minute requests for food cannot always be accommodated. Our all-inclusive packages also include your lodging, and we offer the most comprehensive array of lodging options on the Bighorn River. These options consist of lodge rooms, cabins, and custom homes to accommodate angling groups of any size.
Not included is a Montana fishing license that can be purchased online ahead of your trip or at the shop, and guide gratuities (typically 15% – 20% of the cost of the guide trip).
Fly Rods & Tackle:
A versatile 9ft 5wt or 6wt rod will serve you very well on the Bighorn, as fishing techniques vary from light dry flies to heavy nymph and streamer setups.
2X-3X leaders with 4X and 5X tippet is the normal terminal tackle required.
Waders and felt or rubber-soled wading boots required for early and late seasons. Waders are optional for summer months where waders can be traded in for wet wading gear.
Polarized Sunglasses, Rain Jacket, Fishing Hat, Camera, Sunscreen or Clothing with sun protection, Montana Fishing License (Online prior to arrival or available online or at the shop when you arrive).
We encourage you to bring the below items if you possess them, but all can be made available and are included at no additional charge with your guide trip:
The Bighorn Angler is the heart of our fishing community here on the Bighorn, and it is the most sought-after shop on the river. Our Orvis endorsed shop is stocked with everything an angler would need to maximize their experience and performance on the river. In addition to stocking all the top-quality brands for all of your gear needs, we offer the world’s largest selection of custom Bighorn River, patterns that you can't find anywhere else. Whether it's equipment, advice, or simply a friendly ear with which to share fish stories, you'll find it here.