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Looking Forward to Another Year at Cottonwood Camp!

Looking Forward to Another Year at Cottonwood Camp!

  As our season draws to a close, the last guests due to leave, we sit in the fly shop sipping a bent nail IPA reflecting on our season here at Cottonwood Camp. We want to thank all our Cottonwood Camp family and friends for another great year. We will be back next year for…


Late August Fishing Report

  Tricos are here early in the morning, but we aren’t seeing many fish rising to them. Never the less, its still worth giving them a shot, but have patience. They are very picky on what they are eating so give ’em all you got. Hoppers are producing some nice healthy fish. There’s hoppers everywhere…


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…


Late August Fishing Report

Pretty darn good out there. Rainy and cold today. The trico hatch should be better later on this week with warmer temperatures forecasted. The cooler mornings have delayed the hatch for a while. There are still bugs, just not a ton of fish up. They’ll be back later this week, I promise. Nymph fishing has…


Guide’s Day Off

What happens when you get a boat full of guys who guide on the same river? Do they catch a ridiculous amount of fish? Do they just drink beer and talk smack? Do they experiment with flies they’ve tied? Do they ever not catch fish? Do they harass and joke with the other guides about…


Mid August Fishing Report

The ‘Horn is becoming more constant every day. The Trico hatch has the fish up from sun up until about 11. The strength of the hatch is dependent upon the weather for that day. Cloudy days see the hatch starting later and lasting longer (8- Noon). Sunny days have the hatch starting early and ending…


Mid July Fishing Report

Flows are down. A buffet of dry flies are here. After two consecutive springs of high flows, the river looks a little different. Shelves are cut different; fish are sitting in some different water. We’ve got some darn good guides here at Cottonwood that can show you all the secrets. Fish can be picky when…