Cottonwood Camp is a complete and full-service lodging, outfitting, camping, and recreational facility for fly fishers and vacationers alike. Cottonwood Camp opened on Montana’s famed Bighorn River in 1981. A business built on word of mouth, Cottonwood Camp has become a tradition for those seeking the best of Bighorn River fly fishing.
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. You probably have a better chance of catching a trout over 20 inches on the Bighorn than on any other river in Montana.
Bighorn trout are extremely healthy because of the river’s excellent food supply. They are wonderful fighters and very acrobatic. Dry fly fishing, nymphing, and fishing streamers can all be productive for much of the year. The Bighorn River is open and very fishable the entire year.
Peak fishing times are from April till the end of September. If you are looking for some solitude we recommend booking your stay during the months of October or March.
Deposit and Payments
For all trips, a 50% deposit per guide boat is required at the time of booking to hold the customer's date with a guide. Final balance is due in the morning on the day of the guided trip.
Trips canceled at least 30 days in advance will receive a full deposit refund less a $25.00 handling fee. Guided trips canceled with less than 30-day notice will not be refunded.
For all trips, anglers are responsible for a Montana fishing license that is valid for the day of the trip.
Gratuities are not included in the rates and are given at your discretion, a standard gratuity is between $45-$50 per angler.
Cottonwood Camp advocates the “catch and release” philosophy on all guided fishing trips.