Kingfisher Lodge offers a peaceful location in a rural setting a half-mile beneath the northern shoulder of the Bighorn Mountains.
The Bighorn's cold, clean water helps grow fish so swiftly they often resemble small footballs when they're only a year old. The rich biomass supported by the constantly optimum- water temperature resulting from a mixture released from different areas of dam supports feeding fish all year long.
The most productive trout fishing waters of the Bighorn flow through the Crow Indian Reservation in south-eastern Montana. The river is considered to be one of the greatest trout fisheries in the world and is arguably the best Blue-Ribbon trout steam in the lower U.S.
Typical fish-counts are something like 8,000 fish per mile, so there are plenty to go around.
The Bighorn is famous for its big Browns and Rainbows. The Browns are scattered throughout the river's length and width, often clustered in pods lined up along the banks, at the end of riffles, or in 'soft' water with little flow. Study a riffle during a hatch and you'll find Browns peppering the broken water, just below the surface, waiting for your imitation resembling all the naturals in the rich chowline they're scrutinizing. Typical sizes of the brown range from 12" to 20", mixed with some exceptionally large ones hidden in deeper waters.
Rainbows, on the other hand, can be very large - up to 27". They hide in the faster, broken water or on the sides of it in the 'gutter' of quiet water bracketing the flow. In the spring and fall, streamers get these guys going. When you're casting to a pod of risers, look closely for the bigger noses among the pod – these are likely to be those bigger Rainbows that have infiltrated the Browns for their shot at the emerging insects.
Situated off Montana State Highway 313 just past the small burg of St. Xavier and near the town Ft. Smith, Kingfisher Lodge is perfectly located near the Yellowtail Dam and Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.
Many commercial carriers service Billings, Montana, where you can rent a car. Or as an option, we can make arrangements for a van service to meet your flight and transport you directly to the lodge.
The air-conditioned rooms are comfortably rustic, but nothing's missing: complete bathrooms, a small refrigerator for your snacks or drinks, and a pair of beds ready to comfort your casting arm and wading legs. The long porch out front is perfect for lounging before your meals or just enjoying the sweet, clean air and country quiet.
There is a special retreat for guests who want to be on their own and be apart from the lodge. Refurbished and renewed the private Farmhouse has got all the modern conveniences, but no pretense.
The tidy bedrooms feature hand-carved, cowboy-style furniture, ample closets, and good old double hung sashes.
Before dinner, stroll on over to the main lodge and relax. Sip a beverage of you choice, tell your stories to a new audience, or check out the substantial library of angling books and magazines. You can enjoy a fireplace blaze during the fall and winter fishing or relax in the cool spring and summer breezes.
Attractions and other things to see and do in the area:
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, a memorial of the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne in one of the Indian's last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. Here on June 25 and 26 of 1876, 263 soldiers, including Lt. Col. George A. Custer and attached personnel of the U.S. Army, died fighting several thousand Lakota, and Cheyenne warriors.
The Annual Crow Fair and Rodeo Celebration it is one of the largest gatherings of the year for the Apsáalooke Nation and is considered the largest modern day American Indian encampment in the Nation. This is deemed the "Teepee Capital of the World" due to the construction of approximately 1,200 to 1,500 teepees in the encampment during this one week celebration at the Crow Fair.
Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center:
Construction of the Yellowtail Dam was completed by the Bureau of Reclamation. This dam, named after the famous Crow chairman Robert Yellowtail, harnesses the waters of the Bighorn River and turns this variable stream into a magnificent lake.
Exhibits in the visitor center include construction and workings of the Yellowtail Dam, the unique geology of the area, details of the life of Robert Yellowtail, the Crow tribal leader when the dam was built and for whom the dam was named, the Crow Indians and the famed leader Chief Plenty Coups, and the history of Bighorn River and Bighorn Lake.
Double Occupancy - per person Rate
Package rates include flies, meals (breakfast, lunch, appetizers and dinner).
Package exclusions: guide & staff gratuities, alcohol, and transportation to & from the lodge.