Fly Shop and Fishing Lodge on the legendary Bighorn River.
For over 30 years, the Bighorn Angler has been welcoming guests to fish the legendary waters of the Bighorn River. Offering unparalleled fly fishing on one of Montana’s blue ribbon wild trout waters, the Bighorn River is one of the top tailwater fisheries in the West.
Located in the heart of Fort Smith, Montana, the Bighorn Angler is a fully stocked year round fly shop, offering the traveling angler everything they need to maximize their trip to the Bighorn River. Customer service and expert information are the cornerstone of our business. From fly pattern selection, fishing techniques or river information our friendly and courteous staff is here to ensure you have the best fishing trip possible.
The Bighorn River is a tailwater fishery that consists of near perfect trout habitat providing anglers with exceptional angling opportunity throughout the year. These cold, clear nutrient rich flows being released from the bottom of the dam produce a thriving biomass of insects and crustaceans that allow Rainbow and Brown trout to grow to above average size and in an incredible abundance. This unique trout habitat provides anglers with an exceptional mix of dry fly, nymph and streamer fishing year round.
Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is here to assist you with every aspect any question or inquiry. We can advise on fishing the Bighorn, lodging options, best times to come, what to fish, what to bring and anything else important to you.