Bighorn River fly fishing lodge and outfitters in Fort Smith Montana for Trout, Rainbow Trout, Golden Trout.

Bighorn River, Fort Smith, Montana Fly Fishing Lodge

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Where Montana Keeps Her Promises 

If your dream includes fishing and hunting the Bighorn Valley or the Rocky Mountain Front, Forrester's Destinations has the perfect lodging, guides and expeditions ideally suited just for you.

Forrester's Bighorn River Resort The Bighorn Valley is an ocean of land and sky. Coulees, buttes and domes of earth change color, from sage to copper to rose, as the sun dives into the west. On the East Front, prairie collides with that jagged wall of stone, the Rocky Mountains. It's raw. It's dramatic. It's the geological equivalent of adrenaline.

At a glance, the landscapes share nothing but the arbitrary, man-imposed boundary of a state. Closer inspection reveals blessed similarities: fat trout, wild game birds, and Nick and Francine Forrester, owners of an outfitting company offering guided fishing and hunting trips to both the Bighorn Valley and Rocky Mountain Front.

Nick Forrester is a former wildlife biologist whose area of expertise, upland game birds, is not far afield from his current profession as an outfitter and guide. Francine is a chef trained in Manhattan. Her meals could remove the sting left by the worst day ever had in the field. Together, they go to extremes to please their guests.


bighorn 2Bighorn River Fly Fishing

The Bighorn is a magical tailwater known for prolific year-round hatches and gin-clear water. Census figures show an average of 10,000 rainbows and browns per mile. (Nearly twice that of any other Montana river.) Many are 18 to 22 inches in length. And there's no one better able to hook you up with those trout than the elite, Orvis-endorsed guides of Bighorn River Resort.

"With 5,000 fish per mile, and the guides to put you on them, novice or expert, you'll succeed."
--Tim Boyle, CEO, Columbia Sportswear

Overlooking this legendary river sits our hand-crafted log lodge, featuring a river - stone fireplace, Orvis pro shop, cigar loft and a gourmet dining room. Our guest cabins are impeccably decorated and include queen beds and private baths. And our attentive staff is second to none. To stay at the Bighorn River Resort is to relax in the rustic luxury of Montana's finest hospitality.

Bighorn Valley Upland Bird Hunting

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Not everyone comes to Montana to fish. After leasing and establishing the first double endorsed Orvis Lodge, Nick and Francine have turned their attention to the Bighorn River Resort. And when you see the Bighorn River Resort and Bighorn Valley, you'll know why. Thousands of acres of wheat fields and grassland cut by brush coulees make it a haven for Ring Neck Pheasants, Hungarian Partridge, Chukar Partridge and Sharptail Grouse.

Forrester's has access to more than 103,000 acres of this prime bird habitat. Our professional guides, most of whom are tribal members born and raised on this land, will take you through field after field, hunting over expertly trained dogs, surrounded by big sky and mountains. All this so close to the Bighorn River offers you yet another option -- the cast and blast.

Spend two days in the field and two days on the river. It's a sportsman dream come true. Upland bird hunting trips are also available through Summit Station Lodge on a limited basis.


Bighorn River Resort Accomodations

Just one stay at Forresters Bighorn River Resort and you'll appreciate that a truly special sporting vacation includes more than a great day of fishing or hunting. In fact, the facilities (not to mention the unforgettable cuisine and instant friendships you'll make) at Forresters provide an experience so memorable, your dreams will carry you back time after time.

Sleeping in our comfortable cabins will have you waking up refreshed and ready greet the crisp Montana days. Your cabin is your own with a personal bathroom and all the comforts of home including a private phone and wireless Internet, just in case you want to check in on things beyond the banks of the Bighorn.

After taking on the trout or walking the field, you'll return to our handcrafted log lodge, featuring a river-stone fireplace, Orvis Pro Shop, cigar loft and a gourmet dining room to indulge in Francine's acclaimed cuisine. Inside this great gathering space you'll find Montana luxury accentuated a place to play cards after dinner and recount the excitement of the day. A full conference center is also available perfect for keeping up with your business or a whole company retreat.

In addition to having the best location on the Bighorn, Nick and Francine Forrester pledge an unforgettable experience to all their guests, making Forrester's another place where Montana keeps her promises.

Simply said, Forresters Bighorn River Resort is an experience few visitors will ever forget. Not just because it is time well spent enjoying your favorite sport, but because you find yourself fulfilled by an atmosphere of refined yet rustic traditions.


Show Up All-Inclusive Package

With these all-inclusive packages, all you need to bring is a fervent desire to find big fish and game. We'll sweat the small stuff. Like guide and lodge gratuities, licenses and taxes, all beverages, transportation to and from Billings Airport, fly rod, all the right flies, tippit, waders, guns, hunting shells, and clays. Plus all the basics: Private cabin lodging (double occupancy), Orvis-endorsed guides, trained hunting dogs, three great meals per day, and transportation to and from our fishing and hunting areas.

Show Up and Fish:
2 days fishing, 3 nights lodging - $2,500
3 days fishing, 4 nights lodging - $3,450
4 days fishing, 5 nights lodging - $4,560
5 days fishing, 6 nights lodging - $5,650

Show Up and Hunt:
2 days bird hunting, 3 nights lodging - $4,560
3 days bird hunting, 4 nights lodging - $5,700
4 days bird hunting, 5 nights lodging - $9,120
2 days fishing, 2 days bird hunting, 5 nights lodging - $7,060
1 day fishing, 3 days bird hunting, 5 nights lodging - $8,090


forresters 5Sportman's Package

Our Sportsman's Packages put you within a stone's throw of big fish and teeming coveys. And then we'll fuel you up for another day fantasy day with a gourmet dinner and a beautiful private cabin. Packages include private cabin lodging (double occupancy), Orvis-endorsed guides, trained hunting dogs, three great meals per day, and transportation to and from our fishing and hunting areas.

Sportsman's Fishing Packages:
2 days fishing, 3 nights lodging - $1,800
3 days fishing, 4 nights lodging - $2,310
4 days fishing, 5 nights lodging - $2,900
5 days fishing, 6 nights lodging - $3,625

Sportsman's Hunting Packages:
2 days hunting, 3 nights lodging - $3,000
3 days hunting, 4 nights lodging - $4,200
4 days hunting, 5 nights lodging - $5,200
2 days fishing, 2 days hunting, 5 nights lodging - $4,800
1 day fishing, 3 days hunting, 5 nights lodging - $5,100

bighorn 54 days Cast & Blast, 5 nights lodging - $4,400

Wyoming's Cloud Peak Wilderness Camp - $475 per person, per day

Corporate and Custom Packages

Our corporate clients include Columbia Sportswear, Merrill Lynch and Wrangler Inc., and we frequently host retreats for smaller companies and family businesses too. If you'd like to arrange a custom trip for a corporate or sales retreat, please call for rates and availability.

We have the right Bighorn River fly fishing lodge and outfitter packages for you and your group. Contact us to learn more.