Bighorn Angler

Bighorn Angler

Business Hours:

Mon-Sat: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Sun: 8:00AM-12:00PM

Located: PO BOX 7578 577 N. Parkdale Ct. Fort Smith, MT 59035

Contact Us

Phone: (866)979-3231 (406)666-2233

Email: info@bighornangler.com

Our Guided Trips

Hiring a guide is the best way to maximize your time fly fishing the Bighorn River. Consisting of some of the most courteous and hardworking guides in Montana, the Bighorn Angler guide staff is second to none.

Each guide is a highly accomplished angler and fly fishing instructor whose only goal is to ensure you have the fly fishing trip of a lifetime! Our guide service is also the most flexible in Fort Smith, offering half day, full day and twilight guided fishing trips.

Float Trip Waters

-Bighorn River

equipment Included

- Rods
- Reels
- Flies

Ammenties

- Boots
- Waders
- Transportation
-Lunch

Lodging Packages

-Stay in the lodge or in a cabin.

Fish Species

- Rainbow Trout
-brown trout

Guides

Our experienced guides are dedicated to providing the best possible fishing experience

Meet Our Guides

John Sindland

John Sindland

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Bighorn Angler Head Guide

John Sindland is one of the best technical anglers on the Bighorn. His unique charisma, patience and knowledge of just about everything make him a joy to spend a day on the river with. When John is not guiding he is an avid bird hunter. John is a Simms Ambassador, member of the Hardy pro staff.

 

Kerry Erickson

Kerry Erickson

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Bighorn Angler Guide

You won’t find a guide more patient or friendly on the Bighorn as Kerry. He has spent countless hours on the water chasing trout on the fly and it shows in his guiding. His boxes are stuffed full of custom patterns from many long hours at the vice.

 

George Young

George Young

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Bighorn Angler Guide

A George’s passion for fly fishing and uncanny patience makes him one of the best instructors on the river. Whether a beginner that has never touched a fly rod or an experienced angler, a day on the water with George will make you a better angler. When not guiding the Bighorn, George enjoys bird hunting and snowboarding.

 

Matt Shirley

Matt Shirley

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Bighorn Angler Guide

Matt Shirley made his journey to the Bighorn from Boise, Idaho. He is as energetic of a guide as you will find and knows the river very well. His magnetic energy translates into being one of the best guides we have for beginners but is an awesome guide for any angler!

 

Bryen Venema

Bryen Venema

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Bighorn Angler Guide
Bryen has been with the Bighorn Angler for several years. He is a versatile guide willing to fish streamers, nymphs, or dry flies on any given day. Finding a fly in his box that he didn’t tie is rare and at a young age Bryen is quickly becoming one of the most sought after and best guides on the Bighorn River.

Jake Kelling

Jake Kelling

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Bighorn Angler Guide

Born and raised in Montana, Jake left his hometown of Stevensville to pursue a guiding career on the Bighorn.  Jake knows the ins and outs of the Bighorn whether it be fishing dries, nymphs or streamers.  He’ll do whatever it takes to ensure his clients have a great day on the Bighorn.

Pete Shanafelt

Pete Shanafelt

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Owner & Outfitter

Pete has a diverse and varied angling career including many years in the Missoula area, where he attended college and began his MT guiding career back in 2003. Pete’s Innovative fly patterns have become some of the most sought after in the region, especially for picky tailwater trout. He can usually be found in a duck blind in the off season

Guided Trip Packages

Lodge Combinations

STARTING AT
$ 485
  • 2 Night/1 Day Package
  • Price Per Person
  • All Meals included
  • Reels and Flies
  • Huge Fish
  • Premium Guide Service

Float Trips

STARTING AT
$ 425
  • Float
  • Waders
  • Rods
  • Reels and Flies
  • Snack and Drink
  • Premium Guide Service
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When is the Best Time to Fish the Bighorn?

SPRING (Late March – Late May) – Low flows and gin clear water. Abundant Midge and Baetis Hatches. Excellent Nymphing with Sowbugs, Scuds and Midges. Streamer activity can be somewhat inconsistent as water temps are generally at their lowest ranges of the year.

SUMMER – (June – Late August) – If higher flows occur, it’s usually in late May – early July. The river is fishable the entire time. Peak nymphing with Worms and Sowbugs. Streamer fishing is excellent as well. July brings on the best and most consistent dry fly fishing of the year starting with PMD’s, Black Caddis, Tan Caddis, Tricos and excellent Hopper fishing.

FALL – (September – Early November) – Great technical dry fly fishing with Tricos and Psuedos. Terrestrial opportunities as well. This can be the time of year where there is some ‘vegetation’ in the water from summer grass growth. The traffic is gone by Mid October and weather is generally very comfortable.

WINTER – (November – February) – The ‘Sleeper’ season of the Bighorn, although more folks are taking advantage of it. Excellent Baetis hatches in November and Streamer fishing is at its peak. Plenty of good weather throughout this season!

Additional Information

The Bighorn River is a tailwater fishery that consists of near perfect trout habitat.  Optimal water conditions created by Yellowtail dam and Bighorn Lake provide 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, while being found in an incredible abundance.  This unique trout habitat provides anglers with an exceptional mix of dry fly, nymph and streamer fishing, nearly year round.

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