Fly Fishing Trip Preparation

Perhaps no other river has intrigued fishermen more than the Bighorn. But if you’re hoping to find large, cart-wheeling rainbows or line-peeling browns, you will need to know what type of equipment to bring on this once-in-a-lifetime fly-fishing experience.

We encourage you to contact our Montana fly fishing resort prior to your visit if you have any questions regarding gear.

Fly Rods

While most of today’s popular graphite rods will work on “The Horn,” a 7.5’ to 9’, 3- to 5-weight rod equipped with weight-forward floating line is preferred for dry fly fishing.

Nymphing with an 8.5’ to 9’, 5- to 6-weight rod is recommended. One thing you will find is that Bighorn trout are not leader shy.

Most guides recommend nothing finer than 5x tippet, even when using #20 Tricos.

Book your stay at Forrester’s Bighorn River Resortnow. Call (406) 333-1449now!

Clothing & Accessories

We suggest you pack your:

  • Fishing vest or fanny pack
  • Fly cases
  • Chest waders (either 2mm to 5mm Neoprene or Breathable)
  • Rain gear
  • Head wear
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun protection

Wading sandals are great for late summer wet wading. Breathable, long-sleeve shirts and shorts are ideal for hot summer days.

Fingerless gloves are invaluable during the winter. If you are not equipped with some of these items, our shop can help get you ready for the day.

Packing List

  • Dry Fly Rod 7.5-9, Line weight 3-5
  • Rain Gear
  • Rod & Reel Combination Case
  • Polarized Sunglasses
  • Insect Repellent
  • Head Wear
  • Sun Protection


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  • "That Place You Keep Coming Back To"
    You know those places you keep coming back to, either literally or at least in your mind? This is one of those places. Nick and Francine ensure that your trip is top-notch. Cozy, deluxe cabins, warm lodge, great loft for watching a game and unwinding, and the food - 5-star cuisine by the talented Chef Frank! You just can't eat this well anywhere else! You can bird hunt or boat brown trout - all in the same day! This is a special place on the Bighorn River.
    - B.T.
  • "Great choice for the Bighorn"
    Nick is very friendly and helpful when planning your fishing adventure on the Bighorn. Our guide was new but with adequate knowledge of the river, willing to rerow different hotspots. The river itself has a lot of green vegetation growth so you will spend a lot of time cleaning your flies. Shop is limited in selection, primarily Orvis products. Good choice for a float rip on the Bighorn.
    - Thomas
  • "Owners are gracious"
    Recently my wife and I experienced for the second time the wonderful amenities of this first rate lodge on the Bighorn River. The temperature was hot, the fishing good, and the cuisine as usual was over the top. Nike and Francine the owners are gracious, the lodge staff very friendly and accommodating, and the fishing guides very professional. I was able to sight fish, hook and land a very nice 22” rainbow on a very small dry fly. The rating scale only goes to 5. A 10 would be more appropriate. Dale Sponaugle.
    - H. S.
  • "Wonderful hospitality and meals"
    Couldn't have asked for a better venue for our family reunion. Wonderful hospitality and meals that were second to none. Thanks to everyone for your part in helping us to create the beautiful memories we will carry with us!!
    - Naomi G.
  • "Forrester’s is a great experience and their location right on the Bighorn can’t be beat."
    For the last eight years I didn’t have much free time on my schedule. But whenever I had an opportunity to visit Forrester’s and fish the Bighorn, I made time. Forrester’s is a great experience and their location right on the Bighorn can’t be beat. Would highly recommend Forrester’s to anyone who demands the best location, lodging, dining and guides.
    - Dick Cheney
  • "Great place to stay"
    Great place to stay and fish the Bighorn River
    - Sandy E.
  • "With the terrific bird hunting and excellent food at Forrester’s, we have a great vacation every time."
    Mayo and I have come to the Bighorn for four years now, and for the last three years, we have arrived at the lodge to find the same convergence of fun repeat guests who hail from all over the country. We’ve become good friends, and will even be meeting up for some quail hunting in Georgia this winter. The group has a good mix of men and women. Some of us women hunt, some walk with the hunters, and some stay in and enjoy the peace and quiet of the lodge. We’re a little raucous at cocktail hour which we enjoy. With the terrific bird hunting and excellent food at Forrester’s, we have a great vacation every time.
    - Susan
  • "Incredible Positive Experience!"
    Have you ever thought about fly fishing and catching rainbow trout? Have you ever thought of staying in a special place away from it all? Have you thought about staying in a place where there is a resident chief and professional fishing guides? Then you must consider taking a vacation in the south of Montana, close to Yellowstone Park, called Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort! For example, I have barely fished in my life yet on one outing on the Big Horn river, with our guide, I caught 11 trout! After the fishing experience our family was treated to a five-star dinner that was also served professionally and the portions were very generous. We live in Tennessee, which is not very close to Montana, but my wife and I are still hoping to return to Montana just to stay at Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort.
    - D. Saw

Where Every Moment is Exceptional

  • Unparalleled Luxury
    Experience the epitome of luxury at Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, where every detail is meticulously curated to provide guests with a lavish and unforgettable retreat amidst the stunning landscapes of Montana.
  • Culinary Excellence
    Indulge in the finest cuisine at Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, where our expert chefs create culinary masterpieces using locally sourced ingredients, promising a gastronomic journey that delights the senses.
  • Tailored Experiences
    At Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, we specialize in crafting personalized adventures, ensuring each guest enjoys tailored excursions tailored to their preferences and skill levels.

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Visit our world-class Montana hunting & fishing lodge!

Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, perched above Montana's Bighorn River, offers unparalleled luxury hunting and fly fishing experiences amidst breathtaking vistas, private riverbanks, and deluxe accommodations, making it the ultimate destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking unforgettable adventures in the untamed Montana foothills.

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Contact 406-333-1449
40.754 Hwy 313
Fort Smith, MT 59035
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