Expertly owned and operated by Matt and Keri McMeans, Kingfisher Lodge has been guiding fly fishing anglers on the Bighorn River in south-central Montana since the river opened to the public in 1981. The combination of quality guides at this world-renowned trout fishery along with comfortable accommodations and home-cooked meals make for the fly fishing vacation of a lifetime. The river is acknowledged as one of the greatest trout fisheries in the world, and is considered by many to be the best blue-ribbon trout stream in the Lower 48.
The Bighorn's cold, clean water helps grow trout so swiftly they often resemble small footballs when they're only a year old. The rich biomass supported by the constant optimum-temperature water released from the bottom of the reservoir feeds fish all year long.
Kingfisher Lodge offers a peaceful location in a rural setting ½ mile beneath the Bighorn Mountains. Each room is equipped with two queen-size beds, full bathroom, small refrigerator and air conditioner. The main lodge dining area is where guests gather to swap tales and enjoy gourmet dining.
We will provide a thorough list of what to pack. Rods can be provided. There are fly shops close-by. We like 4-6-wt. rods (depending on dry vs. nymphing) with floating lines. Be sure to bring quality rain gear, polarized sunglasses, waders and a hat for sun protection. Dress in layers!
The lodge is about a 90-minute drive from the Billings Airport. Typically, guests book a 4-6 night package. The knowledgeable guides are ready to share their secrets with you and, more importantly, do everything in their power to ensure a fun and memorable fishing experience. They use McKenzie-style drift boats to take you on your journey down the Bighorn. This is first and foremost a serious trout fishing destination. Non-fishing activities are limited in this region of the state.
Capacity is 12-16 guests and the typical season is March-November. Kingfisher Lodge has a number of packages with varying lengths of stay. Also, Barry and Cathy Beck host departures for Frontiers. Contact us for rates and packages.
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Fly Fishing at Kingfisher Lodge on the Bighorn River, Montana