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Fly Fish The Bighorn River in Montana or Wyoming


Beginning in the heart of a Wyoming wilderness south of Jackson Hole and eventually meeting the Yellowstone River in Montana, the Bighorn River is home to two consistent tailwater fisheries. Montana’s Bighorn River offers clear, cold water and a river with thousands of trout per mile and several fly shops and outfitters. Wyoming’s Bighorn River is a little more off-the-radar, but, certainly worth a look. For anglers near Cody, Wyoming or Billings, Montana, the Bighorn River is an ideal option.

Bighorn River fly fishing trips in Montana and Wyoming offer fantastic Fly Fishing Day Trip options that will allow you to experience the river’s great fishing in a relatively short period of time. Featuring two unique sections of the river in two different states, we are excited to offer fly fishing trips on the Bighorn River through Yellow Dog Flyfishing.

Accommodation Details

Lodging Details
Accommodations are not included with these Fly Fishing Day Trips near Thermopolis, Cody, or Billings. For travelers planning to overnight in the area, we can recommend some local hotel, resort, or guest ranch options across many budgets and with various amenities.

Food and Beverages
Your guide will provide a packed cooler with lunch and assorted beverages, including water. Beer and alcohol are not included. Lunches are often had stream-side with tables and chairs or enjoyed while sitting in the boat enjoying the scenery.

Typical Length of Fishing Day
The standard fishing day is six to eight hours long, with most guides amenable to varying times to suit your needs. Typical days have you departing between 7 and 8 AM and returning between 4 and 6 PM.

Where To Meet Your Guide
Most Thermopolis, Cody, or Billings fly fishing day trips will meet at your lodging, a local fly shop, or a pre-determined common meeting place. Meeting place and times will be well communicated prior to the start of your Montana fly fishing trip arranged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures.

Travel Details

How To Get There
Anglers will need a car to travel to meet their guide on or near the river. The Bighorn in Montana is located approximately 90 minutes from Billings, Montana. The Bighorn River in Wyoming is a little over an hour from Cody, Wyoming near the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, yet flows through the small town of Thermopolis, Wyoming. The Bighorn River in Montana flows north from the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.


General Information
Even within a single day of guided fishing on the Bighorn River in Wyoming or Montana, an angler has options to experience a diverse fishery. Ideally suited for anglers of all abilities the Bighorn offers beautiful scenery, dry fly and subsurface fishing for wild trout, and all with outfitters and guides that are safe, professional, and knowledgeable.

Boats and Equipment
Guides fish from specially designed boats and rafts meant for fly fishing rivers in Wyoming in Montana. These fishing trips most often include the use of quality gear and equipment, including rods and reels, leaders and tippet, and all necessary flies.

Rates and Terms

Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are quoted in US dollars.

Full-Day Trip (1 or 2 anglers) = $500 – $600

What’s Included:

  • Full day of guided fishing for either one or two anglers
  • A packed cooler lunch and bottled water
  • All necessary equipment, flies, and tackle
  • All applicable taxes

What’s Not Included:

  • Beer and alcohol
  • Fishing license for each angler
  • Gratuities for the guide

Travel Arrangements
Day Trip Payment & Cancellation Policy for Cruise Ship Travelers: Deposits and Payment are refundable, minus a $25.00 cancellation fee, only if we are notified within 24 hours of your day fishing trip. Cruise ships sometimes unexpectedly cancel their stop in Belize.  If for some unexpected reason this happens, please call Yellow Dog directly and let staff know. If the guide has not left for the day, we can refund your trip (minus $25). If cancellation is not made 24 hours in advance and the guide waits for the angler, the no-show/cancellation fee is $200.00



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