There is great Fly Fishing around the Bighorn Lodge. We can arrange guides for customers who want to fish on the Bull, Kootenai and several other rivers. I usually talk to clients and try to direct them to a river and guide that will be the best for them.
Both the Bull and Kootenai rivers are great trout fisheries. The Bull river is a smaller mountain stream about 60 feet wide, 4 to 6 feet deep and running slow as it passes the lodge. About a half mile down stream the Bull turns into a shallower and rockier mountain stream. A day on the Bull is fantastic but probably takes more of your energy than the larger Kootenai river.
Both rivers for the most part have the same fish species. There are Rainbow, Cutthroat, Brookies, Bull and German Brown Trout and Rocky Mountain Whitefish. The Bull trout is protected by the endangered species program and is a mandatory release.
It is totally up to our clients if they decide to keep their fish subject to the fish and game regulations of Montana. We provide copies of regulations or you can usually pick one up when you buy your license. A non-resident fishing license cost $24.25 for two consecutive days, $52.75 for ten consecutive days or $69.25 for a full season. The Kootenai river is open all year and the Bull river is open from the third Saturday in May until November 30th. Either river may be subject to some special regulations such as the Bull trout mandatory release.
There are three different runs that can be made into a full day fishing trip on each river. So it is possible to fish an entire week and never go over the same place twice. Dry flies are usually not very productive here until after the spring run off has slowed down. If you come prior to mid June you will want to be thinking nymphs and wooly-boggers and a reel of each sinking and floating line.
If there are any questions or ideas you would like to discuss about our area please send us an e-mail and we will answer promptly.
If you want to fish on your own I am happy to help you learn your way around out here. We have a few extra boats you can use on the Bull River near the area of the lodge. It’s always fun to help a father son team spend a day fishing on the river and this is easy to do in the vicinity of the lodge without a guide, so don’t hesitate to tell us what you’re interested in.