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Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT

Unquestionably one of the greatest trout rivers in the world, the Bighorn River is a fly angler's dream come true! The Bighorn River's cool, clear flows emerge from the base of Yellowtail Dam in Fort Smith, Montana. Its trout-filled waters and abundant insect hatches produce exceptional rainbow and brown trout fishing year-round for both novice and expert anglers alike. Consisting of the most hardworking and courteous guides in Montana, our expert guide staff is second to none. Our Orvis-authorized fly shop is fully stocked with everything an angler could need. Lodging is also available.
Average Customer Rating:
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101 of 102(99%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Review 1 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Big Horn Madness,
September 27, 2014
By: Stnfly
from Cascade, MT 59421, USA
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Knowledge of staff in fly shop: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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5 / 5
"On a recent trip to the Big horn, with Bill, one of my good fishing buddies from Charlotte NC. We had the good fortune of fishing out of Big Horn Anglers with guide Ray McMarn,
Ray met ever challenge the river and anglers could throw his way. He's a great guide.
"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best all around fishing lodge,
September 26, 2014
By: Hobiedog
from San Francisco, CA, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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"Big Horn anger provides the best fly fishing experience a person could hope for. A great staff clean rooms and awesome food complement a perfect Big Horn River experience. The guides on the Big Horn are the best on the river! I would highly recommend choosing the Big Horn angler fly shop as your place to stay for Big Horn River experience."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Very enjoyable trip,
September 25, 2014
By: Grc1
from Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
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Additional Thoughts:Below ratings are for guide Ray
"We had a really enjoyable trip on the bighorn. Everything went very smoothly. Would not recommend guide Eric. Knows his fish but lacks people skills. On the other hand guide Ray was great in all aspects."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
First Fly Fishing Adventure,
September 7, 2014
By: kurtz
from Glyndon, MD 21071, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
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Knowledge of staff in fly shop: 
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5 / 5
Additional Thoughts:The guys were down to earth, friendly and knowledgeable.
"Thank you Bighorn Angler. You more than met my expectation of the feel and experience of fly fishing. Never having fly fished in my entire life, the vision of standing in a fast moving clear stream with the surrounding view came true. I was afraid I was in for a big disappointment having my expectations so high . . . but no, the guys of Bighorn Angler made sure that didn't happen. Thanks guys!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Guide,
September 7, 2014
By: TnVetKnox14
from Ft. Smith, Mt
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Knowledge of staff in fly shop: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
"Had the opportunity to have George Young guide me down the Big Horn Rvr. two different days this past week.
If you are a novice or experienced fly fisher person you will enjoy his knowledge and patience as a guide!
Ask for him at the BIG HORN ANGLER fly shop.
George, thanks for a great time!!
Klaus"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The Big Horn,
September 2, 2014
By: ConventStationJim
from Convent Station, Morris Township, NJ 07960, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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"Had a magnificent time working with the folks at the Bighorn Angler. Well informed, very helpful and a pleasure to work with. Would highly recommend contacting them
if you wish to fish the Bighorn River.
"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Shop & Outfitter!,
August 13, 2014
By: BobFemo
from Bethehem, PA
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Knowledge of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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"I just made my first trip to the Bighorn River and it couldn't have been better! The shop and staff were exceptional in their efforts to help us have a wonderful trip. The lodging they supplied was excellent. Ray McCarn was a great guide and very enjoyable to be with. We caught many nice sized fish! We will definitely go back soon. Many thanks are due to the Bighorn Angler!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Simply AMAZING,
August 12, 2014
By: lounge1
from Atlanta, GA, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
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Knowledge of staff in fly shop: 
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5 / 5
"Loved everything about the trip! Enjoyed the dry fly hatch in the evening especially. These guys will accommodate you in any way possible! No request was too much. Needless to say the fish count was excellent. Hanging out at the fly shop in the evening and talking with other fly fisherman was great as well. Nice set up!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Thanks,
August 12, 2014
By: dano78
from Erie, PA
"What a great place to stay and fish. Our cabin was excellent, Fishing was great, both nymphing, dries and streamers. Ray McCarn, our guide was awesome. Thanks Ray, you made our day.
We are already planning our next trip here. Steve and Petes run a first class operation.
"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great Day On The River,
August 1, 2014
By: ADSinDCO
from Denver, CO, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Knowledge of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
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"The fishing was tough, but Ray did a great job and got us into a lot of fish. Can't wait to go back next year!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? No
Review 11 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
fish on,
July 29, 2014
By: jam1
from philadelphia pa
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Knowledge of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Additional Thoughts:Pete our guide was most helpful
"This was the BEST fishing trip I was ever on. The guides were terrific. The housing was excellent and the food was great. My friend and I CAUGHT over 170 fish in three days. IT WAS A WONDERFUL fishing trip and I would rate it five stars."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
1st Big Horn Experience,
July 27, 2014
By: Fishlady223
from Pennsylvania
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Knowledge of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
"Great first trip on the Big Horn with Big Horn Angler . We fished with Seth Byler and had two super days on the river. Seth was a knowledgable
and enthusiastic guide. He went "above and beyond " to get us into some fantastic dry fly fishing.
"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fishing the Bighorn,
July 26, 2014
By: 22gphMyfish
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Knowledge of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
"great weather
fantastic fishing
very friendly people at the lodge.
Seth beiler our guide was outstanding
"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Perfect 10,
July 25, 2014
By: ScubaSteve13
from Flower Mound TX
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Knowledge of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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"The Bighorn Angler experience topped my expectations by a long ways. Everything was great from the accommodations to the staff that took our care of every need and answered every question I had. Bryen and Kyle in the Fly Shop handled everything very well and Chad our guide really walked us through the fly fishing experience. It was the first time I had ever fly fished and Chad was very patient and knowledgeable. Between my fishing buddy and I, we caught over 70 rainbow and brown trout in our 6 hour adventure. We will definitely be back. Tell Chad I promise to practice."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fishing the Bighorn,
July 22, 2014
By: Anonymous
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Knowledge of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
"Fantastic tailwater fishing on the Bighorn with Seth Byler an Orvis guide. We used tandem San Juan worms with great results. We got out early as the temperatures were in the 90's."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Trip with Ray,
July 22, 2014
By: flowjanwest
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
"Ray McCarn showed me and my buddy a very good guided fishing trip on the Big Horn River today, July 22, 2014. Ray worked hard to get us into fish during the whole day - my best day on the Bighorn."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Excellent first one fly fishing experience,
July 10, 2014
By: Cworden
from Ft. Smith, MT
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Knowledge of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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"My first time fly fishing experience was at the Bighorn River with the Bighorn Angler guides. I was starting from scratch, in tough conditions (moss, high water). They taught me from the ground up. I killed it the first day and followed up with a second amazing day.
I would recommend these guys to my friends and family it any one at any level."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great time!,
July 1, 2014
By: DroolingMoose
from Connecticut, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
"The moss was really bad this June compared to other years (so they tell me). Had David Palmer and he put us on a lot of fish away from the crowds. We caught as many fish as we have when the moss wasn't nearly as bad thanks to David. Great guide!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Moss or No Mas,
June 29, 2014
By: COFlyGuy
from Colorado, USA
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Knowledge of staff in fly shop: 
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
"Just finished up our second trip to the Bighorn with Bighorn Anglers. As always, have to commend Pete and Steve on their operation. We had another very good stay with them. Here are the details:
- Lodging: a remodeled "motel type" room that was very small. Nothing outstanding about rooms, just the basic place to rest. Linens were very minimalistic. This is what it is, and probably contributes to the overall affordability of the package deals with the BH Angler.
- Meals: Excellent, all but the last night we dined at the restaurant about 10 miles downriver (the RV park). They provided excellent meals and excellent service (to include wine glasses for our group). This was all part of the package through the Bighorn Anglers.
Fishing: All the guides / anglers were struggling. The water was VERY mossy and it was creating havoc with the fishing. Obviously this certainly wasn't the BH Angler's fault!
Guides: The guides this year ranged from above average to excellent. As noted above, the guides were struggling with the fishing conditions as much as anyone. What really separated the "men" from the "boys" was their ability to adapt. Many of the guides just wanted to keep doing the same thing they always do. They were using the same methods (nymphing) that they always use this time of year, and picking up some fish, but the moss was really tough to deal with for both them and their anglers. Other guides were much quicker to adapt and try different methods that were much more successful. It was this ability to change their methods to obtain success, and at the same time teach the angler new tricks that pushes some of the BH Angler guides into the Excellent category.
Overall, a very good experience for the price. Would probably have rated a 4.5 star if I could."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
it's called fishing not catching,
June 27, 2014
By: docPcolorado
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
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"Tough day on the river due to weather and grass made excellent. Guide Bryant Mettler took impossible conditions and turned them into a superb day of fishing. No idea how he did it but my wife and I still caught a boat load of fish. Great day will be back again to Big Horn Angler"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes