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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.
Average Customer Rating:
4.948 out of 5
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114 of 115(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
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Bighorn fun,
June 22, 2015
By: MichnaD
from Fort Collins, CO, USA
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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5 / 5
5 / 5
"This has been some of the most amazing fishing I have ever seen, hundreds of fish in 3 days"
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
always great!!,
June 20, 2015
By: Riff
from Bighorn, MT 59010, USA
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:Go
"It just doesn't matter. the guides are great. Eric , Seth, Ray will put you on the fish if you want to catch 40-60 fish a day."
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
Bighorn Angler,
June 19, 2015
By: Baconator
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
"Spent 2 days fishing the Bighorn with Kerry and Wilcox. They were awesome to fish with, super knowledgeable about the river and extremely patient with beginners. The Big horn rooms are small but very clean. The food, both in the dining room and on the water was fantastic."
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
Always The Best,
June 11, 2015
By: Woodmiester
from Salt Lake City, UT, 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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5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
"I have been fishing with most of the lodges and shops in Fort Smith, Mt. The Bighorn Angler has always been my favorite due to the quality of the experience. The guides, lodging and food are all ways top notch."
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
Guide Review (Seth Byler),
May 29, 2015
By: TomBigFishAlto
from Bighorn River, MT
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
4 / 5
4 / 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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5 / 5
5 / 5
"Fished with Seth over Memorial Day Weekend. Second time we have fished with Seth and he never fails to disappoint. Excellent knowledge of the river and great person to spend the day with. Twenty fish a piece on a slow river day!
thanks again
tom
"
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
Great Trip,
May 21, 2015
By: tmel
from Minnesota, 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
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
"Spent three days with the Big Horn Angler and had a great trip. The lodging was clean and modern. The food was excellent both in the lodge dining room and on the river lunches. My guide, Tom Osen, knew the river well and was a patient and flexible guide. He was easy to get along with and made the days of fishing a pleasure. The staff was helpful and attentive to the details of my stay and added a nice personal touch by checking with me each day about the the fishing and accommodations. Also, the guides had a good rapport and communicated well so that all the guests had good days on the water. Will definitely return for more fishing and a great time."
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
Big Horn river experience,
May 21, 2015
By: TMC1945
from Fort Smith, MT
Billing / Reservation: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Knowledge of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
"We stayed 3 nights in Big Horn Angler's cabins, floated the river 2 days, and ate one night in their dining room. Our guide, Kerry, was very, very good, the cabin was great, the food was great. The staff was friendly and helpful. The river was a bit mossy, the lower section wasn't too fishable, none of which is anyone's fault. Beautiful river, worth the trip."
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
Bighorn in May,
May 8, 2015
By: PaintTheCeiling
from Calgary, AB, Canada
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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5 / 5
5 / 5
"An excellent weekend spent in Mike Faris's fine company. We learnt so much, caught some great fish, and even improved our skills. On wet and dry flies, Mike was a fantastic guide and instructor - we'll be back for some late-summer hoppers and streamers."
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
Great guide and a great time!,
May 6, 2015
By: CampBench
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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5 / 5
5 / 5
"Had a great time with Mike fishing the Bighorn on 5/4/2015. Bighorn Angler provided great waders to use and an excellent lunch (sandwich, chips, cookies, potato salad). Hooked into a lot of fish and improved some of my techniques."
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
Big horn in May,
May 4, 2015
By: Overzealousstrike
from Calgary, ab
Billing / Reservation: 
4 / 5
4 / 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
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
"Fished two days on the big horn with Big Horn Anglers and it was a superb experience. The best part was our guide Mike. This man knows more in terms of fishing than most. He was very patient, and was happy to pass along his knowledge. He got us hooked into both quantity and quality of fish and went above and beyond by staying on the river to coach us and answer all our questions.
Mike even laughed at my fly fishing buddies lame jokes....
Nice shop at Big Horn and very relaxing overall."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Bighorn Angler Fly Shop & Outfitters, MT
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfortable accommodations and a great guide,
April 28, 2015
By: bdgust
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
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Additional Thoughts:Best guide I've ever had, hands down!
"My cousin and I had a great trip to the Bighorn because of the Bighorn Angler and guide Seth Byler. The Bighorn Angler had all the accommodations we needed for a comfortable stay and trip to Fort Smith, MT and the Bighorn. The best part was they set us up with guide Seth Byler. I have been on more than a dozen guided trips and Seth is by far the best guide I've had. Seth had us moving from spot to spot each day to fish dries and nymph between spots. We caught 75% of our fish on the dry. It was awesome!"
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
Love the Big Horn,
March 20, 2015
By: Cotrouthunter
Billing / Reservation: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Knowledge of staff in fly shop: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Please Rate your Guide/Instructor/Host on knowledge of the sport or activity:: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
"Had a great first trip to the Big Horn. This is now at the top of my tail water experiences. Guide John S did a great job of making sure we had plenty of opportunities at these fish. His knowledge of the river and ability to coach new and experienced guests made the experience special. Thanks John!"
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
Late-season float trip,
October 25, 2014
By: BigJohn1234
from Juneau, AK, USA
Friendliness of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Knowledge of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please Rate your Guide/Instructor/Host on knowledge of the sport or activity:: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Additional Thoughts:Great work on short notice
"Arrived at Fort Smith late afternoon Saturday. Pete arranged a guided float for the next day with Ike. Great work on short notice, and Ike was superb; great boatman and fisherman. Caught fish on both nymphs and streamers. Graciously accommodated interest in photography and birds as well."
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
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
Please Rate your Guide/Instructor/Host on knowledge of the sport or activity:: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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 15 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
5 / 5
Knowledge of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
"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 16 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
5 / 5
Knowledge of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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 17 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
5 / 5
Knowledge of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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 18 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
Please Rate your Guide/Instructor/Host on knowledge of the sport or activity:: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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 19 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: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Knowledge of staff in fly shop: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please Rate your Guide/Instructor/Host on knowledge of the sport or activity:: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
"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 20 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
Please Rate your Guide/Instructor/Host on knowledge of the sport or activity:: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
"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