Fly Fishing the Bighorn, Montana with Wilderness Fly Fishers, Leaning Tree Lodge

John Dalton

Oct. 2008 issue of Mending the Line Wilderness Fly Fishing Club

"If you are planning a trip to the Bighorn, plan to stay at the Leaning Tree Lodge, where every comfort is extended and great meals prepared by Rachel are presented. Mark is a guide par excellence, who will guarantee each angler the best of what the Bighorn has to offer in fly fishing."


"Hi, Rachel - We all had such a great time. Here are the 2 fish I caught with Carl! We want to be booked the same week as last year. Thanks."

Carole Katz

"We’ve stayed with Mark and Rachel three times so far. We first heard of Rachel through a guide, who told us she is the “best cook on the river.” Rachel’s hospitality and cooking are superb. Her menus are varied and creative, and she is very accommodating for special diets. The Leaning Tree Lodge is charming, with the largest rooms we’ve seen in Ft. Smith, and always immaculately clean and very comfortable. It feels as though we are staying in a private home, but one that comes with our own gourmet chef. We have been so pleased with every visit."

Rachel and Mark

"We had a wonderful time with you folks last month. Thank you so much for your warm hospitality. We love you guys! Rachel - Could I have that GREAT soup recipe. It had ground meat, beans, corn,??? Kept us warm on a cold day in the boat! I'd love to have it."

Much Love From Kansas City

"Hey Rachel,
I just want you to know that you made our trip so spectacular!! I haven't stopped talking about your cooking! I wanted to drop you a note to let you know that Kristen and i have been home for a month now, and we still talk about Montana every day- to everyone. I cannot believe what a great time we had, and it is all because of you guys. You are such great people, and I feel blessed to have had the experience that we did. A lot of things could have gone very wrong...but they didn't. We were safe, and had one of the absolute best times of our life. We are already planning next year!!

I wanted to personally thank you for your hospitality. You made us feel very at home."