Bighorn River

Fort Smith, Montana

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Classic western tailwater sans solitude. Ask anyone to name the top western tailwater, and odds are that the Bighorn will make a very short list, right up there with the Green below Flaming Gorge and the Colorado at Lees Ferry. Like the Colorado, the Bighorn’s classic water is a short stretch of fewer than 15 miles and most anglers float it in a drift boat, raft, or canoe. Unlike the water below Glen Canyon Dam, no motors are allowed on boats, and foot-bound anglers can walk into the river at numerous points and wade. Species: Rainbow, brown. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.

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"Classic western tailwater sans solitude. Ask anyone to name the top western tailwater, and odds are that the Bighorn will make a very short list, right up there with the Green below Flaming Gorge and the Colorado at Lees Ferry.

Like the Colorado, the Bighorn’s classic water is a short stretch of fewer than 15 miles and most anglers float it in a drift boat, raft, or canoe. Unlike the water below Glen Canyon Dam, no motors are allowed on boats, and foot-bound anglers can walk into the river at numerous points and wade. Species: Rainbow, brown. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing."

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Fort Smith
Access: Moderate
Season & Limits: Year-round
Local Maps: Montana DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Bighorn River

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May 2018