Recent Posts in Bighorn River News Category

  • November: A Time of Champion Trout on the Bighorn River

    Frosty mornings give way to a river of fog banks that hover above the pristine trout waters of the Bighorn. The wondrous scene of ghostly fog highlighted by the vibrant fall colors is an energizing sight to awake to at Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort. Sitting high on the bluff above the river, the Lodge and private cabins are situated perfectly to capture it all. Fall brings a fun and exciting ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report And Waterfowl Watch 10/11/2019

    River Data: River flow: 2800 cfs Water Temp: 56 F Water Clarity: Off color due to lake turnover, but definitely fishable. Moss and grass Factor: Grass is breaking up and clearing out of the upper thirteen miles, but it’s still a little bit of an issue further downstream. Fishing pressure is down with the colder weather and that means more receptive fish. The fishing seems to be pretty good with ...
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  • Fall Cast and Blast on the Bighorn River

    The nights are getting longer and the mornings are getting cooler. It’s un-canny how the bird dogs know that the upland bird season has come. The dogs spend the long summer days loafing around exercising when they can. Sleeping late on the guides days off. This time of year is different. The cool air moistens their noses and they know that the hunting season is here. They roost their owners out of ...
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  • Early Spring Forecast Holds True & Fantastic News for the Years to Come

    We are a few weeks into the season on the Bighorn River, excited and looking forward to a fresh season. This spring fishing has been good and the size of the trout being caught is similar to the early years when the average size was 16-18 inches long. The Bighorn River has returned to its classical form and once again finds itself as the most consistent clear water fishery in the state of Montana ...
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  • THE RETURN OF THE CLASSIC BIGHORN

    Spring is here and the weather and river conditions on the Bighorn could not be better. The water is crystal clear and the flows are still low and slow. Weather temperatures for the next week look to be peaking up around the mid 60’s with the occasional spring storm moving through. Blue Wing Olive Mayflies love the warm clear mornings and cloudy rainy afternoons. Something about this combination ...
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  • Spring 2019 Fishing Outlook: Incredible, Cold, Clear Spring Water Fishing!

    Fishing is incredible right now and we’re expecting it to stay that way well into the spring season if not the entire year. Snow levels in the mountains are low, which means the river shouldn’t experience high flows for a long period of time. Low water means cold water that trout thrive in. It will also prevent the lake from getting stirred up and flushing silt into the river, which would cloud up ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report and Waterfowl Watch 11/8/2018.

    River Data: River flow: 2800 cfs Water Temp: 50 F Winter has made its way to the Bighorn River and on its cold shoulders are thousands of ducks and geese. The cooler water temperatures and shorter days have kicked the brown trout spawn into full swing and the Blue Wing Olive hatch is going strong on cloudy days. It couldn’t be better for the Fins and Feathers kind of outdoors men on the Bighorn ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench Fishing Report and Waterfowl Watch 11/1/2018

    River Data: River flow: 2800 cfs Water Temp: 52 F The days are getting shorter and the weather a little cooler. Late fall on the Bighorn is famous for two things. Great fishing and incredible waterfowl hunting. We haven’t seen the big push of waterfowl yet, but a front is moving in this weekend from the Northwest and with it the first large flight of ducks and geese. There is no section on the ...
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  • Waterfowl Madness: Legendary Cast & Blast on the Bighorn River

    The late fall early winter scenery on the Bighorn River is unlike any other in the world. The warm waters of the Bighorn River, combined with the cool air temperatures cause a mist that covers the trees and bushes with frost. It creates the perfect winter wonderland. It also creates the perfect waterfowl hunting and fishing scenario. The Bighorn River is a dam-released river that starts in Fort ...
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  • The Crow Legend: How the Bighorn River got its name

    The Bighorn River is located within the heart of the Crow Indian Reservation. As such there are many stories and legends that surround the Bighorn River and it’s Crow Tribe heritage. We would like to share with you one such story of how the Bighorn Mountains and River got their name. Legend has it that a young boy and his mother lived together in one of the first villages in Crow territory. ...
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  • Effective ways to fish in the grass on the Bighorn River.

    As late August arrives the days start to get noticeably shorter and the nights a little cooler. The hot summer days yield to cool summer nights and as the air conditioners slow down the fishing picks up. The changing of the seasons does something else that is relatively unpleasant on the Bighorn River. It causes the long shoots of grass growing on the river bottom to cut loose and float to the ...
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  • Understanding the Trico Mayfly and how to fish it on the Bighorn River

    What is a Trico & What You Can Expect on the River Tricos are small mayflies that hatch in extraordinary numbers from July to October. Tricos are an incredibly fun dry fly to fish especially on rivers like the Bighorn River that boasts a large trout population. When Trout are on Trico Spinners or duns an entire run will be bubbling with trout. It looks like the river is boiling with all the trout ...
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  • Spring is finally here!!

    Spring is here at last! The Birds are in full song on the river banks and the water is crystal clear. Every spring the Bighorn River boasts amazing big sky views of rolling grass hills, blossoming Russian Olive and budding Cottonwood trees. The bees are out getting busy buzzing around looking for pollen to start replenishing the next winter’s supply of honey. The Bighorn River in Southeastern ...
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  • Break off the long winter icicles with Forrester's Bighorn River Resort

    The snow is melting, geese are pairing up and the ducks are leaving for the north replaced by the songbirds from the south. The water is crystal clear and the cottonwoods are starting to blossom. Spring is here on the Bighorn River. Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort is thawed out and awaiting your spring arrival. Whether it’s a Fly Fishing trip or that quintessential Eastern Montana get-away you’re ...
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  • An interview with FWP Bighorn River Biologist Mike Ruggles on the Big Trout in the Bighorn River

    The water clarity this spring is incredible and the fishing is “on” the hook! The water seems to be back to normal on the Bighorn River and the trout are eating well. With the water being so clear it’s incredible to see all the different types of fish in the Bighorn River. Walleye, northern pike, crappie, small mouth bass, thousands of carp, and of course trout can be seen swimming around in the ...
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  • Big Trout are back in The Bighorn River

    The Journey of the Big Trout & Why They're Back in Bighorn River The Montana section of the Bighorn River begins in Fort Smith and ends when it meets the Yellowstone River in Custer, Montana. The Bighorn River is a tail water that flows from the Yellowtaill reservoir. The Yellowtail reservoir is a 72 mile long lake that stretches back into Wyoming. The reservoir is a flooded canyon more than 300 ...
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  • New and exciting things for the 2018 season

    The 2017 fishing and hunting season has come to an end at Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort. It was an incredible fishing season full of lots of unexpected and fun opportunities. From the Emerald shiner flush over the dam to the extended Trico season. The fishing was incredible. Pheasant numbers were stable on the Bighorn River and multiple cold fronts gave us some very unique waterfowl hunting ...
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  • Forrester's Fly Bench and Waterfowl Watch 11/27/2017

    Fishing Report 11/27/2017. The Bighorn River is free of most of the floating grass. Which makes for easy decoy management and great fishing! River Data: River flow: 4,000 cfs Water Temp: 54 F Mountain Snow pack: On the rise but sticking there. Lake Inflow: 3400 cfs Lake Level: 98.8% full. Hot Flies: Nymphs: Sow Bugs and Scuds Method: 7.5 foot 4x or stronger leader to one 3o split shot. 1ft or so ...
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  • Forrester’s Fly Bench and Waterfowl Watch 10/30/2017

    Fishing Report The river is cooling down and the water is clearing up! The fall fishing on the Bighorn River has been fantastic! The cooler temperatures have started to push waterfowl our way and the upland bird hunting has been incredible! River Data: River flow: 5,000 cfs Water Temp: 54 F Mountain Snow pack: On the rise but sticking there. Lake Inflow: 5,400 cfs Lake Level: 98.8% full. Hot ...
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  • Fall Cast & Blast on the Bighorn River

    Cast & Blast on the Bighorn River Fall arrives in the Bighorn River Valley. The vibrant foliage colors are appearing. The bushes in the birdy draws start revealing their beautiful yellows, reds and oranges and explode with Pheasants, Sharp Tail Grouse and Partridge. The Brown Trout are stacking up in the deep holes below the spawning beds awaiting their once a year chance to reproduce. The ...
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  • A great man lasts forever on the Bighorn River

    Many of you may have noticed a plaque of black and gold on the river left side of the aquarium hole on the Bighorn River. The plaque honors a great fly fisherman, a great friend and great man. Matt Placzek was an avid fly fisherman who fished all over the globe, but always considered the Bighorn River to be one of his favorites. He preferred dry fly fishing. However, like all true anglers he ...
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  • The truth behind the Emerald Shiner Minnow on the Bighorn River

    The truth behind the Emerald Shiner Minnow on the Bighorn River This spring a LARGE number of shiner minnows have been flushed over the dam from the Bighorn Reservoir and ended up in the popular trout water of the Bighorn River. They have changed the fishing, adding a new dynamic to how we catch trout on this incredibly famous section of the river. The river boasts between 5000 and 7000 trout per ...
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  • A truly genuine experience on the Bighorn River

    THE BEST ACCOMMODATIONS ON THE BIGHORN RIVER Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort spares no expense when it comes to guest accommodations. Only the highest quality organic coffee and tea are stocked in your private cabins. The personal care amenities were carefully picked to accurately depict the incredible experience at Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort. To top off the cozy factor, each cabin is ...
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  • The Gem On The Bighorn

    When people think of the Bighorn River, they think about great trout fishing and beautiful Montana scenery. They think about good conversations and jokes with old friends and that once and lifetime chance to hit the greatest dry fly hatch of their lives. At Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort we aim to make all those things happen. However, we want to elevate the experience that gets you there. ...
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  • Pros and Cons of High Water on the Bighorn River

    This year the Bighorn River basin has received an incredible amount of snow, which of course means the potential for high water. So far it’s shaping up to be that way. The current lake elevation is already 3630.2 feet. The average elevation this time of year is typically 3,611.3 feet. The water is coming into the lake at 3899 cubic feet per second and the mountain snow pack is 142% of average and ...
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