The Bighorn River is arguably the best trout fishery in the world. With consistent flows and plentiful fish numbers, this is ultimate river for fisherman of all skill levels. You can find the snottiest rising fish that take lots of skill and effort, or fish from the boat that requires minimal skill and is very effective! This river really has it all! Over the years the Bighorn continues to be the most consistent fishing river in the state of Montana!

Dry Flies

The dry fly fishing is exciting and fun on this river! Large hatches of may flies brings pods of trout to the surface. Spring time we see midges and blue winged olives, starting in March with the midges, the blue winged olives show up late April though May. Late August through September Tricos hatch, and the fish go bananas! When your able to hit it right, you will be rewarded with some of the greatest visual dry fly fishing you’ll ever see! Huge pods of quality fish mowing dry flies like theres no tomorrow!


Nymphing is far and away the most productive method for catching fish on the “Horn”. Its not uncommon to catch the “most you’ve ever caught in a day” here. With lots of deep runs and riffles, there is plenty of room to get out of the boat and wade, or fish from the boat. Both are proven to be very effective! With its clear water, you can sneak around and find fish to sight fish to. Its a great experience to catch fish on nymphs, no bobber necessary!!


The Bighorn has some of the most exciting streamer fishing around! Once again the clear water makes it so visual. Imagine casting a streamer to the bank, and watching big browns chase down you bug and inhale it! Great way to entice that once in a lifetime trout!

What to expect

Float trips are done in comfortable drift boats.  This can be day tripped from Billings, but its recommended to stay near the river if fished multiple days.  Go to the rates page for a list of recommendations.

Click here to see the current stream flows on the Bighorn

-Bighorn Lake Inflows