Eagle Nest Lodge, MT

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Hardin, Montana.

Eagle Nest Lodge, MT

Overview

In 1985, Eagle Nest Lodge was built along the banks of the Bighorn River. In 1986, it was chosen among the inaugural group of lodges to receive an endorsement from the The Orivs Company for fly-fishing excellence. The lodge earned the first Orvis endorsement for wing-shooting in 1990, marking Eagle Nest as the first operation to achieve endorsements for both wingshooting and fly fishing. In 2008, Eagle Nest was awarded the Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year! Eagle Nest continues to be operated with the same care and attention to detail that has made it a premier outdoor destination. We are nestled among the cottonwoods along the lower Bighorn River. Eagle Nest perfectly combines the rustic beauty of Montana with the comforts of the modern age. The lodge caters to small groups of anglers and hunters who will accept nothing short of the very finest service available. Eagle Nest Lodge prides itself on its guide and lodge staff. The managers, John and Rebecca Shirley, have managed Eagle Nest Lodge since June 2002. Sherri Kenney, our chef, was hired July 2002 and has been here since. Many of the guides working have also been with Eagle Nest prior to 2002. There are great choices along the Bighorn River. However, we believe we offer a unique experience which is why we have been so successful with our repeat guests. The majority of our staff and guides have been with us for over 17 years. We encourage our guides and staff to get to know our guests. You're more than welcome to come into the kitchen to talk to Sherri, our chef and check out what's for dinner. Our guides enjoy coming back to the lodge after a day of fishing and spending time with guests on the back patio. John and Rebecca enjoy appetizers and dinner with you in the evening. We strive for great service and hospitality. Sure, there is great fishing on the Bighorn, but it's the whole package that brings you back. We hope to see you here on the Horn!

Accommodations

Eagle Nest Lodge is a large, log lodge. It has 7 bedrooms, two beds per room, with private bath. Our maximum number of guests is 14. Robes and blow dryers are provided.

The large, screened porch, complete with log furniture and an old-time swing, provides a quiet evening retreat where guests can unwind from the aggravations of the "real world." Eagle Nest has always presented an atmosphere that encourages relaxation and camaraderie. Relax in the hot tub after a day on the water and enjoy our beautiful Big Sky Country.

Food & Drink

Dining at Eagle Nest has always been a prominent element of every guest's stay. Our dining room is a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere that fosters an air of fellowship among people who share common interests. Our most commonly asked question from returning guests is: "Is your chef still there?" “Yes, Sherri our chef has been with us since June of 2002. Need we say more? The food is incredible!” Every morning is started with a made-to-order breakfast. From eggs Benedict, pancakes, eggs, oatmeal. Well, you get the idea. Lunch is served in the field.

Returning to the lodge for the evening cocktail, you'll enjoy appetizers among friends, followed by an amazing dinner of rack of kamb, beef tenderloin, salmon—always followed by a homemade dessert. Sherri's creme brulee is one of the best you'll ever have. Alcohol is not provided as we are on a dry Indian Reservation, however you are welcome to bring your own!

FAQs

Season:

April 1-Thanksgiving Fishing: April-Thanksgiving Bird Hunting: September-Thanksgiving

Species:

The Bighorn River is teaming with rainbow and brown trout. The Bighorn River provides excellent fishing April through November. As a tailwater fishery, heavy run-off is never a problem, making it one of the few fisheries where fishing is as good in April and May as it is during summer and fall. The Bighorn averages between 4,000-6,000 trout per mile. Here's a general description on hatches: Of course, never guaranteed!

  • April: Baetis starting. Usually great dry fly fishing.
  • May: Beaetis is in full swing, possibly some midges around. This typically is the best all-around month for dry flies and nymphing.
  • June: This is the best month for nymph fisherman. Beginner's month!
  • July: PMD's and yellow Sallies. Hoppers at the end of the month. Sallies can be great this time of year. Good month for novice and advanced anglers.
  • August: Tricos usually here and some black caddis. Sometimes some Sallies. Hoppers. Great time for novice and advanced anglers.
  • September: Tricos and caddis.
  • October: Some fall baettis and some tricos. Streamer fishing.
  • November: Streamers and nymphs. Brown's are spawning and are beautiful.

Region/Terrain:

Bighorn River: We combine float fishing from McKenzie-style drift boats with traditional stalk and wade techniques.

Typical Weather:

Although, wait five minutes and it'll change, so no guarantees.

  • April: 40-65' F
  • May: 45-70' F
  • June: 55-75' F
  • July: 70-85' F
  • August: 65-80' F
  • September 60-80' F
  • October: 45-75' F
  • November: 35-65' F

Rates:

Fly-Fishing Packages starting at: $1900.00 per person/based on double occupancy.
www.eaglenestlodge.com/montana-fly-fishing-packages/

What is Provided:

Eagle Nest Lodge provides all Orvis equipment included in your package rate. Orvis rods, reels, waders, boots, and all flies and tackle. Also included in your package is accommodations, all meals, and guide service.

Gear Recommendations:

  • Rods: An 8' to 9' rod in a 5 or 6 wt. is fine for everything you'll do. A 3 or 4 wt. is great for delicate dry-fly fishing.
  • Reels: A good, durable reel with a weight-forward, floating line is all you need. Backing is a must.
  • Waders: Chest waders are a must. Felt soles work best and cleats are not needed. Wading staff if you'd like, but not usually necessary.

What to Bring:

  • A brimmed or billed hat
  • Sunblock
  • Polarized Sunglasses
  • A great raincoat is a MUST!
  • Wading sandals in the summer months.
  • Fleece pants or long johns
  • Sun gloves
  • Fingerless gloves
  • Fishing pants
  • Durable socks of varying weights
  • Swimsuit for hot tub, if so desired
  • Layering is a must for colder weather

Other:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. What airport do we fly into?
A. Billings, MT. We are a 45-minute drive from the airport.

Q. Do you provide equipment?
A. Yes, at no extra cost. We provide all rods, reels, waders, boots, flies, and tackle.

Q. Do you provide alcohol?
A. No, we are located on the Crow Reservation. The reservation is a dry reservation, therefore it is illegal for us to provide. However, you are more than welcome to bring your own.

Q. How are you with beginner fisherman?
A. We have lots of beginner fisherman and our guides are fantastic. The majority of our guides and staff have been with us for over 18 years. They are great with beginners and advanced fisherman alike.

Q. What sections of the river do you float?
A. That would depend on the condition of the water and hatches. Our typical float is anywhere from 10-13 miles per day. During summer and fall months we fish the lower Bighorn River which is virtually deserted and provides some of the best hopper and streamer fishing on the Bighorn. And almost always the biggest fish!

Q. Do you have cell service and wifi?
A. Yes.

Q. How are the mosquitoes in the summer?
A. We spray for mosquitoes so usually not an issue here at the lodge. Typically they won't bother you on the water.

Q. Why should I book at Eagle Nest Lodge?
A. There are great choices along the Bighorn River. However, we believe we offer a unique experience which is why we have been so successful with our repeat guests. The majority of our staff and guides have been with us for over 17 years. We encourage our guides and staff to get to know our guests. You're more than welcome to come into the kitchen to talk to Sherri, our chef and check out what's for dinner. Our guides enjoy coming back to the lodge after a day of fishing and spending time with guests on the back patio. John and Rebecca enjoy appetizers and dinner with you in the evening. We strive for great service and hospitality. Sure there is great fishing on the Bighorn, but it's the whole package that brings you back. We hope to see you here on the Horn!

Additional Activities:

Fall Cast and Blast Packages and Upland Bird Hunting packages also available.

Reviews



Eagle Nest Lodge
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge
John & Rebecca Shirley
3100 Eagle Nest Road
Hardin, MT 59034
866-258-3474
406-665-3711
2008 Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year

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