Report from Eagle Nest Lodge

I spoke with Rebecca Shirley of
Eagle Nest Lodge
(2007 Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge of the Year) yesterday to see what was happening out there for them on the Bighorn River. Apparently, there is quite a bit of good fishing on the horizon. As Shirley put it…


Adam and John caught this 27″ brown trout on a hoppper in August

“Spring is just around the corner and we’re gearing up for the upcoming season here at Eagle Nest Lodge. It has been a cold, snowy winter, (which sounds miserable and it has been) but it means another great water year. That is great news for the Bighorn River. What does this mean?
During low water years, the water stayed cooler and prohibited most hatches. Last year was the best dry fly fishing we have seen in years. We expect this year to be a stellar dry fly year.

“Come fish for the Midges in April or the Blue Winged Olives in May, these hatches are legendary for being so prolific and bringing up hungry trout in great numbers. Our packages include  accommodations, meals, guide, use of all Orvis equipment (rods, reels, waders, & boots) and all flies and tackle too, if need be. We also offer a casting clinic and sporting clays. 


John with a big bow caught in January


“If you can’t make it for spring, during which we run a 25% discount, the summer and fall months offer great fishing too, the Bighorn being a tailwater with a pretty steady temperature and rich aquatic life that keeps fish active all year. We had PMD’s and Yellow Sallies last July. And August is HOPPER time! Is there anything more fun than fishing a big hopper against the banks for big trout that attack them? Come October, you can normally have a great time streamer fishing. Of course, every month is a great month for nymph fishing.

“The Bighorn River has so much to offer for beginner and experienced anglers alike. that’s what makes it exciting for us and for the anglers. We love to share our little spot of paradise with folks who can enjoy not only the fantastic fishing the Bighorn has to offer, but the great food, our incredible guides and staff, and to enjoy a true fishing experience many anglers believe is unrivaled.”


A big 24″ brown taken on a streamer just last month.

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