About the Bighorn River
Flowing out of the enormous Bighorn Reservoir in south-central Montana, the Bighorn River is considered by many to be a fly fisher’s paradise. It is one of, if not the most productive trout river in the world. The Bighorn hosts an impressive average of 6000 trout per mile. Added to this remarkable figure is the fact that the typical size of a Bighorn trout ranges between 16-18" with 5 and 6 pounders caught frequently.
The river can be floated in sections. The access points are spread out along the rivers length. They start at the Yellow-tail Dam/Fort Smith "After-bay Access", then "Three Mile Access". 10 miles downriver is the "Bighorn Access", and at 14 miles is the "St. Xavier Bridge Access" commonly referred to as “The Take Out”. Even the novice boater can float this section without much problem as the river has a manageable current. Below the 14-mile access, the Bighorn slows its pace and loses some its water quality and clarity. In spite of the lower numbers of trout here, locals claim that this stretch to "Two Leggins Access" at 29 miles, harbors the river's largest trout, giant nocturnal browns hidden along the undercut banks or in the deep holes.