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Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT

We are an upper-end, full-service Orvis-Endorsed Lodge. In fact, we were awarded the 2010 Orvis Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year. We have been in business for over 30 years. Our internationally trained chefs prepare five course meals not matched by many upscale restaurants in New York City. All our Orvis-Endorsed Guides are experienced, patient and are great instructors.
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22 of 22(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT
Review 1 for Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT
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I'll be back again,
October 7, 2012
By: Papa1
from Natchitoches, LA, USA
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"Just back from my third trip to Forrester's and it just keeps getting better. How can it get any better ? Fantastic fishing over 100 trout per day per boat, slept like a baby in a super comfortable cabin and put on 5 pounds in four days. I'll definitely be back again."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT
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Its the Real Deal!!,
October 7, 2012
By: Delta
from Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA
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"Our group just had 3 days fishing,4 wonderful nights at Forrester's. We have all fished together for years at many lodges around the world, always trying to stay in the very best all-around accomodations. Forrester's is in that very select group of resorts that don't leave a stone unturned in their effort to provide the optimum customer service experience. The staff and management are all extremely friendly and always wanting to help, the food is unsurpassed by any lodge experience we have ever had, guides were simply outstanding and easy to be with, cabins and the lodge were outstanding, clean, comfortable, and convenient. The proximity to the Bighorn River is excellent and the fishery on the Bighorn is superb. Never in the Lower 48 have any of us had any better fishing than we had on the Bighorn. On our slowest fishing day, my wife and I landed 53 trout ranging from 16 to over 19 inches. The entire experience on a scale of 1to 10 was certainly a perfect 10 in all categories."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT
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Exceptional Experience,
June 11, 2014
By: TroutmasterInMyDreams
from Pewaukee, WI
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Additional Thoughts:Exceeds what we would expect of an Orvis endorsed lodge.
"My husband, our son and I spent 4 fabulous days at Forrester's Bighorn River Resort. We caught lots of good-sized trout and had the most relaxing and enjoyable vacation. We hope to return there this fall or next year. The lodge and lodging was first class, the food was exceptional, the staff was wonderful, and the fly fishing with their guides Jaime Anderson and Jim Wilkins was fantastic! My husband and I are beginner fly fishers and our son had never fly fished before. Thankfully, our hardworking, patient, and enthusiastic (and humorous) guides were really excellent instructors who helped us master the basics. Thank you to Fran and Nick, Chefs Frank, Fran and Leanne, Jean, Matt, and the wonderful staff at Forrester's for a vacation that exceeded all our expectations."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT
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Where It's At!,
January 6, 2014
By: TroutGuy78
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"There is no other place like Forrester's Bighorn River Resort. If you want the "inside track" to boating tons of big browns on the Bighorn, their knowledgeable guides have it. These local, enthusiastic guides make the day fun, and when you're back at the resort, get ready to dine on some of the finest food in the West, via Chef Frank's masterpiece cuisine."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT
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Great Experience,
May 22, 2013
By: Mikie517
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"This is our first trip to Forrester's, but it will not be our last. The lodge and cabins are so comfortable, with fantastic views. Dining experience is like eating 3 meals a day at a gourmet restaurant. Dinners from Chef Frank are a true culinary delight. Fishing is fantastic - our guide, Wayne Egbert was the best. We caught more fish than ever. All things considered, it was an unbelievable fishing vacation!!! Thank you Francine, NIck and Don"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT
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What an Experince,
May 13, 2013
By: Noble
from The Woodlands, TX
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Additional Thoughts:Guide very techincal in style - great teacher
"Spent four days on The Big Horn. The first two were fantastic....caught more good size trout than any day I have ever had in the "Lower 48"...all 16 to 18 inches or better. Third day way above average, but fourth day Mother Nature provide us a lot of wind to test us, but it was still a average or better day compared to most other rivers.
The lodge and staff are more than one should expect, the staff very friendly and helpful..accomdations great and food just like the ad, "5 Star".
The guide, one of most knowledgable and helpful I have ever fished with. I was wearing a walking cast on my left foot. Mike positioned the boat so my partner could wade and I could fish from boat and still had record days.
I will return."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT
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Great experience at Bighorn,
April 30, 2013
By: jt2428
from Bay Area, CA, USA
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Additional Thoughts:great guide, knows the river like the back of his hand.
"Spent 4 nights, 3 days at Forresters,and it did not disappoint. Relatively easy to get to after flying into Billings, and staff were great in helping with arrangements and were waiting for us, even though we arrived late. Fishing was outstanding, 60-80 fish days every day, with many good size fish. Combination of wading and drifting was great, and much appreciated. Guide was highly experienced and we had a great time together. Accomodations were great, well appointed cabins with fantastic amenities and a great view of the river. Food was out of this world. They have a highly talented cook staff that created meals that rival those of the best restaurants in the Bay Area.
No cell coverage, but good wifi coverage so worked out as great vacation with just enough outside contact to keep the trains running at home.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT
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Beat My Expecations,
November 20, 2012
By: FSOL
from Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA
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"I know people who stayed here before so I expected the outstanding food and service and was not disappointed. I did not expect that this would be the best fishing I have ever experienced. We hooked into 60-70 fish and landed 40-50 between the two of us our first day. I have fished many world-class rivers and never seen anything close to this. The bird hunting was a little more challenging but equally as exciting."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT
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5 / 5
Get'm-Get'm-Get'm,
November 19, 2012
By: PackerFan31
from North Dakota
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Additional Thoughts:Great guys
"From sunrise to sunset... your time at Forrester's will be an experience you will never forget! All good!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT
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Great experience,
November 19, 2012
By: K9Tahoe
from Cleveland, OH, USA
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"Forrester's was an amazing place. I can't say anything negative about the place. This was truly one of the best trips of my life and I can't wait to go back. They pay attention to the details. They have a great staff!The guides were Great!The food is amazing!I honestly can't say one bad thing about my experience. If you're looking at booking a trip here, I HIGHLY recommend it."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT
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Outstanding Bird Hunting,
November 13, 2012
By: NJJonesy
from Summit, NJ
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"My group has hunted at Forrester's for many years. We travel extensively to hunt, and we believe that Forrester's offers the best wild bird hunting we have found in the United States. The size of the hunting area, the beauty of the terrain, the multiple species of birds hunted and the skill of the guides and dogs all add up to provide an unparalleled experience.
The lodge and accommodations are comfortable, the food is nothing less than outstanding and the staff will treat you like a long lost friend.
Nick and Francine have figured out a formula that will keep us coming back year after year.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT
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Incredible!,
November 10, 2012
By: Bootz1
from Fort Worth, TX, USA
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"We hosted contest winners from around the country at Forrester's. They created memories of a LIFETIME for first time fly fisherman to the veterans. Food, boats, tackle, lodging, pro-shop, beverages, transportation...you name it...FIRST CLASS! Super group of guys. Can't wait to get back."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT
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Great hunt,
October 28, 2012
By: Okies
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"My wife and I Enjoyed days at Forrester's. Management and staff were great . Food excellent .we will definitely be back!!!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT
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Great Experience,
October 17, 2012
By: Anonymous
from Vail, CO/Elm Grove, WI
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Additional Thoughts:Totally personable.
"My wife and I spent three wonderfu nites at Forrester's and were treated royally.
Staff, and owners were great. Fishing great. Foodexceptional.
Accomodations great.
What more canwe say.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT
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Wow - What a Place,
October 14, 2012
By: WisFly59
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"Everything about my visit to Forrester's was outstanding. The people, the cabins, the main lodge, the food, the guides, the scenery, and of course, the fishing. I cannot imagine there is anywhere else one could go to experience such fantastic fishing. Gorgeous browns and rainbows all day long. A dream come true for anyone who has never fished the Bighorn. Just go. You will not regret it. Thanks Forrester's for an awesome trip! I'll definitely be back!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT
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Oct fishing,
October 8, 2012
By: Webs
from Winchester am
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"We went to Forresters on Oct 1
Had a great trip. Lots of trout and lots of big trout
Fran and Nick were fabulous. Frank the chef was world class! What a surprise
Accommodations were comfortable, the guides were great.
The overall experience exceeded our expectations and we will be back
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT
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GREAT TRIP,
October 8, 2012
By: BLITT
from New York, NY, USA
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"The entire experince was amazing.... the fishing, the food, the guides and the hospitality was beyond the best !!!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT
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A great time with my non-fisherman wife,
September 22, 2012
By: Jumperflyfisher
from Louisville, KY, USA
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"the service was outstanding , lodging very comfortable and delicious meals. Caught over 50 rainbow and brown trout. Would highly recommend."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT
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Two Great Days,
August 28, 2012
By: Jeeper
from South Texas
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Additional Thoughts:One waded, One out of the boat
"We arrived at Forrester's not knowing what to expect and were delighted with everthing we found there. I've never seen so many fish in one river anywhere. The guides knew what flys to use, how to rig them and how much weight to use. The staff really seemed to enjoy having us there and were always ready to help. If anything came close to competing with the fishing it was the food. If I had to choose between the two I'm not sure fishing would be my choice. All in all it was a great overall experience."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Forrester's Bighorn River Resort, MT
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Highlight of the year,
August 5, 2012
By: daniellw
from Ft. Smith, Montana
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"We love Forrester Lodge in Fort Smith. We look forward to coming here for months and talk about it for months after we leave. The people here are the nicest in the world."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes