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Fly Fishing On The Bighorn River

The Bighorn River is well-known throughout the world for the superb fly fishing it offers. The first thirteen miles–from Afterbay Access to Bighorn Access–have more trout per mile and a bigger average trout size than any other river in Montana.

About The Camp

Cottonwood Camp is nestled under towering cottonwood trees on twenty-two acres of well-kept lawns, surrounded by uninhabited fields and marshes, within sight and walking distance of the Bighorn River. We have thirteen lodging units–all complete with full kitchens, 11 with full baths. There are sixteen recreational vehicle sites and a large camping area. We have two large bath houses, with modern restroom and shower facilities, as well as a coin operated laundry mat.

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Early June 2019 Fishing Report

Flows are staying in a comfortable range, for both the fish and anglers. The rainbows are still spawning, though some have finished up their reproducing. PLEASE LEAVE THESE FISH ALONE. Avoid walking on the cleaned out patches of gravel and at least 15 feet below the clean patches. The eggs need time to hatch. On another…


Mid-May 2019 Fishing Report

Not a lot has changed here on the ‘Horn. The flows have been stable for several weeks now. Same goes for the water temp. Will the flows and temp increase? Temp? Yes for sure. Flows? Maybe. We’ve had quite the cold snap here in the big city of Fort Smith. Rain and some snow in…



Happy spring everyone! Here at Cottonwood the season is off to a great start, and we’re looking forward to another awesome season in the big city of Fort Smith! The river is in great shape this spring, and snowpack is just above average. This means that flows on the Bighorn for 2019 are going to…