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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.
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92 of 92(100%)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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5 / 5
fish on,
July 29, 2014
By: jam1
from philadelphia pa
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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 2 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
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5 / 5
5 / 5
1st Big Horn Experience,
July 27, 2014
By: Fishlady223
from Pennsylvania
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"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.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
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Fishing the Bighorn,
July 26, 2014
By: 22gphMyfish
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"great weather
fantastic fishing
very friendly people at the lodge.
Seth beiler our guide was outstanding
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
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5 / 5
Perfect 10,
July 25, 2014
By: ScubaSteve13
from Flower Mound TX
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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 5 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
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Fishing the Bighorn,
July 22, 2014
By: Anonymous
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"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 6 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Trip with Ray,
July 22, 2014
By: flowjanwest
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"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 7 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
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Excellent first one fly fishing experience,
July 10, 2014
By: Cworden
from Ft. Smith, MT
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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 8 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
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Great time!,
July 1, 2014
By: DroolingMoose
from Connecticut, USA
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"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 9 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Moss or No Mas,
June 29, 2014
By: COFlyGuy
from Colorado, USA
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"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 10 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
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5 / 5
5 / 5
it's called fishing not catching,
June 27, 2014
By: docPcolorado
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
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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
Review 11 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Big horn,
June 16, 2014
By: Choocher
Billing / Reservation: 
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"Great guides
Decent food
Improved lodge but very plain. Same lodge since the '80s though remodeled
Very good price package
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Bighorn Angler Fish On,
June 16, 2014
By: duckhornsweet
from Denver Colorado
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"Bighorn Angler, on the gorgeous Bighorn River is a mighty fine fly fishing resort. Highly Recommend.
The fishing is A+++++, the river is extraordinary for veiws and for fishing.
Beds at the lodge are very comfortable, breakfasts are relaxed and delicious. The Tailwater restuarant is very friendly, hospitable and delicious food.
We will come back as often as possible.
"
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
Best fishing in Montana,
June 16, 2014
By: Tjerker
from Fort Smith, MT, USA
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"I go to the BigHorn river every year and always fish with the professional guides at the BigHorn ANGLER. I have fished with guide Eric Wilcox every year. Best guide I've ever had. He will help as much or as little as you request. I need all the help I can get and he has helped me improve every year.
The fly shop at BibHorn Angler is well stocked with flies and equipment. Staff are extremely friendly and accommodating.
I'll be back again next June!
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
great river,
June 16, 2014
By: showboat1
from ft smith Montana
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"The bighorn is a great river and the bighorn angler is much improved with the new owners doing improvements to the lodge etc."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
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Unbelievable!!!,
June 16, 2014
By: Riff
from Bighorn, MT 59010, USA
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"You want to catch fish?
Wow- 3 days of unbelievable fishing!
Thanks again Seth for putting us on the fish everyday rain or shine.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Top Notch Guide- Eric R,
June 3, 2014
By: KSMHanna2014
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4 / 5
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"Lucky and I fished with Eric May 25, 26th, 27th and 28th. The fishing was fantastic, no doubt due to Eric's intimate knowledge of the Big Horn River. Lucky was a raw rookie who fished in the front of the boat for almost the entire four days. Eric continually had him hooked-up, and his "fish to net" rate was surprisingly high, too. Eric's temprament was perfect for Lucky, and believe me, that's saying a lot !
But, the highlight of the trip was probably our day on Big Horn Resevoir. I had never fished for carp, let alone with top water cicada flies. Again, Eric was dialed-in, and within the first hour, had us on carp for most of the day. I have to believe that a carp "double" on the Lake is not nearly as common as a double on the B.H., but courtesy of Eric, it happened. Smallies and trout were just an added bonus up on the Lake.
Thanks again to you and Eric for a great time.
Mark H."
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
Exceptional Experience,
May 24, 2014
By: BrklynFlyFisherman
from Brooklyn, NY, USA
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"I stayed and fished with Bighorn Anglers for four days. The four guides I fished with were excellent. They were great teachers, very patient, experienced boat handlers and knew where and how to catch fish. The package we purchased included lodging and three meals a day was a very good value. The staff in the fly shop was very helpful before and during the trip."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
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5 / 5
Couldn't be better,
May 17, 2014
By: George44
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"All that we'd heard it would be, and more. Had an amazing guide--Seth Byler--who knew the river bank to bank and top to bottom, and who worked hard for us for two days. And the Bighorn is extraordinary--great river rolling through a beautiful landscape. Will be back--and soon, I hope."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
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5 / 5
Trout fly fishing at its finest,
October 22, 2013
By: jksmd
from San Juan Capistrano, CA, USA
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"Just returned from a 3 1/2 day fly fishing trip on the Bighorn River in Montana. One of the most incredible fly fishing experiences I have had. We were guided by Owner and guide Pete Shanafelt from the Bighorn angler fly shop. In the 3 and 1/2 days of fishing each of us caught nearly 120 trout ranging from 14 to 21 inches. On two of the days I caught fish on dries, streamers, and nymphs. Our guide knew the river well and he made sure our experience was top notch. I plan to return next year."
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
The BEST,
October 21, 2013
By: Jeeper62
from Southern California
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"Fished 3 days with expert guide David Palmer. The fishing was off the charts. Enjoyed David's love of fishing and the outdoors. Helps you to realize the beautiful scenery, not just looking down at the water. Lodging is good. Food is excellent. Staff is more than helpful. This was the 2nd trip to Bighorn Angler. Will definitely go again next year."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes