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 Resort now. Call (406) 333-1449 now!

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


And of Course, the Flies

Our guides use strike indicators and will provide a combination of nymphs to work the riffles until flies begin to hatch.

Popular fly patterns include the Bead-Head Pheasant Tails, Scuds and Caddis Larva. Surprisingly, these patterns work throughout the season.

To book your stay at Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort, call (406) 333-1449 today.

Call (406) 333-1449 today to book your stay at our Montana fly fishing resort.

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