Join the Bighorn Angler team for the 2020 season!  We’re looking for a candidate available April 1- September 30.  Here are the details:

BIG HORN ANGLER

JOB TITLE: SALES MANAGER

Fort Smith, Montana

Company Background & Team

The Bighorn Angler is located in Fort Smith Montana and is the premier fly shop and lodging experience for flyfishing the Bighorn River. 

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The Bureau of Reclamation has recently released the first installment of the snow and moisture forecast for the Bighorn watershed.  You can read it HERE.  It’s looking good for now, but we all know how that’s gone in the past…  Right now we’re on the right track for lower Spring flows, as long as we don’t have some catastrophic snow event, which we have to remember, it is Montana and there is a lot of winter left! Read more...

Happy New Year from the Bighorn Angler!  We’re looking forward to 2020 to being a better year as the fish and fishery are in great shape. The fishing has been as good as it gets for winter fishing!  As long as I don’t break my ankle or something else this year, I’ll call it a success! Read more...

Shifting into winter mode here on the Bighorn.  The browns have just about wrapped up their spawn for the year.  We saw good numbers of fish on the redds this Fall, but not quite like the good ol’ days.  The positive side is that there were some BIG fish seen.  Angler numbers have dropped off significantly as most folks are chasing Roosters or waterfowl.   Read more...

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend!  Those who came out to the Bighorn valley were rewarded with some solid fishing and hunting (at least we took advantage of it!).  Back into the 40’s this next week and should be a great time to get out and fish.

Strong numbers of Baetis are still around throughout most of the river.   Read more...

It appears as fall is hanging around finally.  We have a span of great weather ahead of us and people are finally coming back out to experience some great fishing the Bighorn has to offer.

The Baetis have been going strong and consistent for about 2 weeks now.  Expect to see some noses poking up around 1:00 or so and fish will be up until around 4:00.   Read more...

After this past cold front we have, the Bighorn trout have awaken and started looking up for the arrival of the Fall Baetis.  The cloudy calm afternoons have been very productive and the fish are up.  Don’t expect to see pods like we are used to of past years, but quite a few solo fish gorging on the big duns. Read more...

We’re nearing the end of a great, but interesting season on the Bighorn and getting prepared for some excellent late Fall/early Winter fishing.  Overall, it’s a ghost town out there most days but the fish are very willing to EAT!

Nymphing has really picked up and now is a good time to start sticking some of those big fish we have in the river this year as they are in peak shape.   Read more...

It’s getting quiet around these parts, but the fishing seems to be picking up a bit more each week or so.  Flows are down at 2800 CFS from the Afterbay boat ramp repairs, which is another story, and should be there until sometime this next week, where they’ll likely bump back up to the 3200-3500 range.   Read more...

Fishing is starting to pick up just a bit on the Bighorn.  Low night temps have helped cool the water a bit and the fish seem to be a little more interested in eating.  The crowds are down for the season and the weather is great!

Subsurface fishing is the way to go.   Read more...