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Fishing and Covid-19 Update for the Bighorn River March 26


Bighorn County remains closed to lodging, VRBO, Airbnb, and sit down dining.  We will have an update for you over the next few days, but don’t expect these restrictions to lift anytime soon.  Health officials are trying to keep outside tourists from coming into the area at this time. We are committed to the public safety as our top priority, and see it as our duty to follow any and all Federal, State, and local regulations as we all navigate through this.  We were frustrated and perplexed as to why Bighorn County was the only county trying to minimize out of state tourists, but we literally need to update this post 1 hour after we posted it….that’s how quickly the situation is changing.  The news that just broke is the Governor just issued a stay at home order for all of Montana, so there you have it.

Our shop will be closed to foot traffic until further notice, but have our entire product catalog online at flyshopexperts.com.  A good time to take stock and get organized and ready for when we all get the green light to get out there.  We will be providing some informational videos on our top pick gear for 2020 over the coming days and weeks to help you out.

UPDATE 3/27,  12:15 PM:

Effective 12:01 March 28:
 1. All persons coming into Big Horn County for non-essential purposes from distances of greater than or equal to 100 miles (road miles, not as the crow flies miles), whether they are staying in a lodge,rental unit such as a motel/Airbnb/HomeAway/VRBO, friend or business associate’s home, nonprimary residence,  or campground, must self-quarantinewithin their lodging for a minimum of 14 consecutive calendar days. This means that they may not be on the river fishing.
2.  All shuttle services will be closed.
3.  Lodges may be open, but may not take quarantined guests out on the river, and can only provide food or alcohol on a takeout basis.

Carol Greimann

Public Health Officer

Big Horn County Health Department

(406) 665-8720


Oh, and not trying to rub it in but did we mention the fishing remains very good?

BIG Sowbugs, little Sowbugs.  They like Sowbugs right now!  On the Upper 3, Midges are abundant, so not a bad idea to drop a zebra or similar pattern behind your lead bug.  When you can get out next that is….

Good dry fly fishing from about 11-2 and again in the evenings.  The big midge clusters are coming back like we used to see!

As you’ve heard over and over, these are unprecedented times.  The situation and in turn our operation remains very fluid and we will update you regularly.  Wishing the best to you and yours. 

Thank you for your continued support!