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Eagle Nest Lodge, MT

Eagle Nest Lodge - 2008 Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year. Eagle Nest Lodge was built along the banks of the Bighorn River in 1985 and has been serving the most discerning clientele since. In 1986 it was chosen among the first group of lodges to receive an endorsement from the Orvis Company for fly-fishing excellence and won the coveted Fly-Fishing Lodge of the year in 2008.
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122 of 122(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Eagle Nest Lodge, MT
Review 1 for Eagle Nest Lodge, MT
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We love Eagle Nest,
July 9, 2014
By: MTreiner
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Additional Thoughts:Great guide.
"This was our 4th or 5th trip and we love coming here. Rebecca & John are a great host & hostess. The food is delicious and the fishing is always good. Sam is a wonderful guide and very knowledgable about the area. We've already booked for next year."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Eagle Nest Lodge, MT
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top shelf,
June 21, 2014
By: craigbra
from Memphis, TN, USA
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"A recent trip to Eagle Nest Lodge was one of the best I have ever had. From John and Rebecca's hospitality, to the guides, the food, and the fish in the Bighorn River the entire experience was top shelf. I'll be going back."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Eagle Nest Lodge, MT
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just fun,
June 4, 2014
By: Det1234
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Additional Thoughts:terrific teacher and sense of humor
"Greeted by a great couple who are warm and sensitive people is the beginning of a 5 day trip with sensational food, thoughtful and experienced guides who subtly teach how to cast, control your line, and be successful catching fish to the evenings of laughter, telling fish and other stories is just the one small part of this immensely fun time."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Eagle Nest Lodge, MT
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the greatest,
June 3, 2014
By: catsill
from farmington hills, mi
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Additional Thoughts:the gratest
"Have gone there for 9 years and have booked next year."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Eagle Nest Lodge, MT
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heaven on earth.....,
June 3, 2014
By: Bob8691
from Denver, CO, USA
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Additional Thoughts:absolutely the best
"Where do we begin. My son and I discovered Eagle Nest last year and returned again this year bringing some friends. It is the PERFECT retreat. Becca and John have developed the perfect formula for success. The lodge is very comfortable and intimate which makes for a small group and allows for all of the personal service and comforts. The food is world-class. Sherry is the best kept secret. I travel over 150k miles annually and Eagle Nest is 5 stars in my book. Of course the fishing is the icing on the cake. the Big Horn is always consistent. great fishing and the guides are some of the best you will find globally in the business. All have been with John between 10-20 years. that should tell you all you need to know about John, Becca and the program. They know the conditions, the river and the fish! I cannot say enough good things about Eagle Nest, John and Becca. It is truly a GREAT experience and one that my son and I cherish. We are already booked for next year and can't wait!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Eagle Nest Lodge, MT
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Amazing fishing,
May 31, 2014
By: pepperman
from scottsdale az
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Additional Thoughts:Best guide I've ever had
"Lodging at Eagles Nest was great! John & Rebecca, gracious hosts with the most. So accommodating with every detail. Along with our two sons, we can't say enough praises for the amazing fishing everyday, our guides, the accommodations and the food....so much good food! The group blended well and we made new friends. Can't wait to return!!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Eagle Nest Lodge, MT
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Perfect lodge in the perfect place,
May 29, 2014
By: Asarkozy
from Aurora, CO
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Additional Thoughts:He is very knowledgeable and a great guide.
"I spent Memorial Day weekend at the Eagle Nest lodge and I couldn't have found a better place. This lodge has great accommodations, fantastic food, wonderful people and the best fishing ever! We spent two days on the Bighorn and lost count of how many fish we caught. Every day after returning from fishing, we had a great time sharing stories over cocktails. I hope to return again, Rebecca and John are the greatest hosts and the guides are all the best."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Eagle Nest Lodge, MT
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A true 5 Star fishing experience,
May 27, 2014
By: BLC71cadesert
from La Quinta, CA, USA
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Additional Thoughts:I give him the highest recommendation
"I had a great stay and outstanding fishing on the Bighorn! John and Rebecca Shirley get credit for placing me with Sam Boggio as my guide. I had the best experience fishing with Sam every day. It just got better and better! And then at the end of the fishing day you return to the lodge for a wonderful gourmet dinner prepared especially for the guests assembled. The service and care extended to all guests is the best."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Eagle Nest Lodge, MT
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Extraordinary Experience,
May 27, 2014
By: JSJr
from Atlanta, GA, USA
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"The fishing exceeded all expectations; both the quality and quantity of fish was stunning! We must have had two dozen doubles in three days of fishing.
The accommodations were superb. It's a beautiful lodge, with perfectly and tastefully appointed sitting areas, porches, and bedrooms. I can't begin to capture how great the food was for all three meals. The dinners and breakfasts, especially, would compare favorably with the nicer restaurants in major cities.
But what makes Eagle Nest Lodge among the best experiences in the world is the people affiliated with the lodge. John, Rebecca, Sherry, and the guides (especially ours, Sam Boggio) go out of their way to make you feel at home. Even for first-timers, like us, they all made you feel like old friends. Sam was particularly good at teaching us as we fished. Everyone at ENL goes out of their way to help you enjoy this beautiful country.
I can't give a higher recommendation for a place. It's unbelievable."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Eagle Nest Lodge, MT
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great fishing and service at eagle nest,
May 27, 2014
By: chairmandale
from eldorado hills, calif.
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Additional Thoughts:was very effective in moving you at a pace that matched your skill level.
"I joined a group[ of business associates to spend 3days at the camp, the service and accommodations at the resort were over the top.John and Rebecca could not have been nicer to our group, anything you would need to fish is provided even the excellent guides who lead you through the fly fishing process , making each cast smoother than the last.- Will return, hope to bring some new friends to enjoy."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Eagle Nest Lodge, MT
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Three days of fishing heaven,
May 27, 2014
By: RJG1103
from Chicago
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Additional Thoughts:One of the best guides I've been out with over the past 10 years
"My fishing buddy and I had a top-notch experience at the Eagle Nest Lodge, from start to finish. The fishing opportunities were varied as we nymphed and dry flied from the drift boat and nymphed and threw dries wading. And we caught fish in all situations - thanks, in large part to the expert assistance of our guide, John Shirley, who was patient, good-humored, and on top of every situation. The lodge experience, including the bountiful meals, was a 5-star experience. It doesn't get any better than this!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Eagle Nest Lodge, MT
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Spectacular trip,
May 27, 2014
By: MinnRog
from Rochester, MN, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Adam is as good as a guide can get.
"Visited John and Becka for the fifth time in May 2014. As ever, hospitality and service are top notch. The food is delicious and way more than needed. Comfort, comeraderie, and facilities are great. Even Lily the Springer makes the trip better. But then, there's the fishing. I literally got a blister on my rod hand from fighting big fish in the big current. Thanks to Adam, we caught fish on top and on the nymph with consistency. He is delightful, expert, and has an eagle eye for rising fish. Hard to imagine a better three days fishing."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Eagle Nest Lodge, MT
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Outstanding as Usual,
May 27, 2014
By: Lbrdr90
from Hardin, MT 59034, USA Big Horn River
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Additional Thoughts:Great, experienced guide. Very accommodating.
"This was my fourth trip to Eagle Nest Lodge on the Big Horn River, and I hope there will be many more. John and Rebecca Shirley are wonderful hosts and do everything they can to make your stay as productive and enjoyable as possible. The fishing is always remarkable ... Lots of fish and big ones, too! The guides are all experienced, patient , and really know the river. And the food is truly outstanding ... Their chef, Sherri Kinney, is wonderful - from the daily hors d' oeuvres to made-to-order breakfasts, to outstanding evening entrees. She's a "keeper"! I can't wait for my next return visit to Eagle Nest Lodge."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Eagle Nest Lodge, MT
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Easy Living,
May 27, 2014
By: JimSr
from Atlanta, GA, USA
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"Well, after having had friends who recommended I do some Montana fishing at Eagle Nest Lodge my son and I took the plunge.
The first-class accommodations, dining and, of course, fishing were outstanding. The Shirley's even arranged wonderful weather for our trip.
John and Rebecca treat everyone as if you were family guests in their home. All the fishing guides are superb and very patient and willing to teach some of us without top-notch angling skills.
I can't forget to mention the chief, Sherri's wonderful meals and hospitality as well. The three day trip exceeded our expectations and we certainly will be back to visit.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Eagle Nest Lodge, MT
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Trip of a Lifetime,
May 27, 2014
By: RobEDH
from El Dorado Hills, CA, USA
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"The fishing, food, and hospitality was exceptional."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
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Top Notch Lodge,
May 22, 2014
By: DHSH
from Fredericksburg, VA
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Additional Thoughts:They all put us on the fish
"Best lodge we have ever visited. Accommodating staff and super-experienced guides created a memorable experience. Thanks Rebecca and John for a wonderful visit."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Eagle Nest Lodge, MT
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One More Great Trip to Eagle Nest!,
May 18, 2014
By: LaurelRanchers
from Hardin, MT 59034, USA
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"Thank you John and Rebecca for the spectacular fly fishing vacation. We loved the guides, the fishing, the accommodations, and of course the food. Can't wait to return for hunting in the fall!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Eagle Nest Lodge, MT
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My Home Lodge,
May 18, 2014
By: espm
from Williamsport, PA
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Additional Thoughts:All expert guides and mellow companions
"This was my third trip--5 days on the water each time; in 15 days, even when the weather was off, I've never experienced anything but great fishing on the Bighorn. The lodge itself is a beautiful, secluded country inn, where the Shirleys and their staff treat guests as family. All the guides are both top-notch fish-finders and teachers, and mellow river companions.I've been to lots of lodges, and in my experience, the reliability of the fishing combined with the wonderful ambience are unparalleled. This is the only lodge to which I've felt so strongly drawn to return, year after year; I'm already booked for next May."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
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Excellent Lodge,
May 12, 2014
By: JamesFrog
from Houston, TX, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Rob was awesome. Would highly recommend him if you have any beginners in the group as he's very patient.
"The guides and fishing alone were great but when you combine with the accomodations, food, and service of John & Rebecca and their team, it made for one of the top experiences ever. Whether you're a beginner or experienced fisherman, this is as good as it gets. We will definitely be back!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
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Outstanding as Always!,
May 5, 2014
By: FFMT
from Kansas City, MO
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Additional Thoughts:great trip / guide/ meals / logistics
"This was my 6th year fly fishing at Eagle Nest. I never expect that I could have a better time than the year before, but John & Rebecca, and team always surpass! Eagle Nest is the best fly fishing Lodge that anyone could experience."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes