Brock and Jenny Boedecker have purchased the Lodge two winters ago and are the new onsite owners/managers. 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 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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It’s no secret that the Bighorn River was running higher than normal this summer. High water can be good for nymph and streamer fishing but does not make for good dry fly fishing. The good news is that the Bighorn is dropping a couple hundred cubic feet per second each day, which means the food chain will start acting how it should in mid-late summer. Here is the ...
Barry and Cathy have been hosting annual trips to the Bighorn since the early 1980s and remains their favorite western river. That says a lot coming from two extremely experienced fly fishers. With more than 6,000 browns and rainbows per mile, and swarms of tricos during the late summer mornings, it’s easy to see why it’s their favorite!