Full Day: $550
Fly Fish the Bighorn River
We can fish the calm waters of the Bighorn River year round. A trip to the Bighorn River takes a bit more travel time than the other rivers, so you must have the extra time in your schedule to fish this river. Our favorite 15 to 20 mile stretch of the Bighorn begins just past the Yellowtail Dam. That area of the river has proven to offer world-class wild trout fishing, making the extra travel and time worth the trip.
Our Guides enjoy float trips along the calm waters of the Bighorn River, located about two hours from our Columbus, Montana shop. Like many Montana rivers, the Bighorn River is a tributary of the Yellowstone. The Bighorn River is a calm, clear water river. The depth of the river varies, and fish can be found holding in shallow riffles as runs and tail outs. The Bighorn River is the most eastern Montana river. Much of the land it runs through is privately owned or Indian owned land. With very few public shallow wading access areas, the river is primarily accessed for fishing by boat. Our favorite 15 to 20 mile stretch of the Bighorn begins just past the Yellowtail Dam. That area of the river becomes a world-class wild trout fishery. A typical catch is a mix of Browns and Rainbows. Anglers frequent the Bighorn River year round because of it’s high fish count per-mile and potential for catching large browns or rainbows.
The Bighorn is a great option for advanced anglers, and beginners can have a great time, too! A typical day of fishing consists of meeting at either the shop or other pre-arranged location and heading to the river. The Bighorn is approximately a two hour drive from Columbus, so driving time needs to be factored in on both ends of the day. To ensure ample fishing time, only a full day guided float trip is available (no half day guided trips to the Bighorn are available). Current fishing and weather conditions, client preferences, and client experience will determine the specific section to be floated for that day. Nymph fishing is usually the preferred tactic, but the Bighorn also offers dry fly action during some excellent hatches as well as streamer fishing.
We both fish from the boat as well as stop and wade fish at selected spots along the way.
If you're fishing in the spring or fall, or even early summer, breathable waders are a must, along with the technical clothing to go along with the system. Summer time temperatures can get well into the upper 90s allowing for wet wading during the day. A good rain jacket is essential also.
Polarized sun glasses: polarized lenses are a must!
Rain gear (thunderstorms can happen at any time).
Fleece jacket and pants, particularly in the spring and fall and later in the summer.
Wet wading gear-quick dry pants or shorts.
A good hat.
Sunscreen and chapstick.
Fishing license: you can pick this up ahead of time or at the shop the day of your trip.
As a full service retail fly shop and outfitters, Stillwater Anglers provides trips tailored to meet your individual needs and desires. We give you a total quality outdoor experience. Basic fly fishing instructions are included, and additional lessons can be arranged. We have guides available who are dedicated to working with avid anglers, novices, and children alike.
We Have You Covered
Standard trout fly fishing equipment is all that is required for a fly fishing trip to to south-central Montana. If you don't have your own rod/reel or boots and waders - don't worry! Use of this equipment for the day of your trip is included in your trip cost.
- Dry Fly Rod: 8'6"-9' 5-6wt
- Nymph Rod: 8'6"-9' 5-'6wt
- Streamer Rod: 9' 6-8wt
Reels and Fly Lines
Standard trout reels with a minimum of 50 yards of backing and weight forward floating lines for all dry fly and nymph rods/reels. A 15' sink tip line is also recommended for your streamer rod.
Flies, Leaders and Tippets
Your guide will furnish all necessary tackle for the day. If you would like to purchase any of these items for fishing on your own during your visit, you can do so at the shop and we will be happy to make some recommendations for you.