Guided Float Trips
Have the fishing experience of a lifetime with a guided float trip on The Bighorn.
Floating down the Bighorn River in a McKenzie style drift boat is one of the most pleasurable and relaxing experiences you will ever have. Enjoying the sounds of the river and its’ surroundings, the views and vistas, and the learning process about the river all combine into one thoroughly fabulous adventure. We haven’t even gotten to the fishing yet! Our season generally begins in March and runs through November. However, fishing is good year round on the Bighorn!
Your experience on the river
All the fish are wild, fast and extremely strong. We offer our anglers the finest guided fishing experience in Fort Smith.
The typical day starts off with a great breakfast. After breakfast, you will meet with your guide to go over your experience level and what to expect while fishing the Bighorn. We want to give you the best possible experience. Our goals are safety, fun, catching fish, and trying to help people become better anglers by the end of their trip.
The drift boat is used to transport you down the river and fish prime locations. Depending on conditions, we do fish from the drift boat at times. Mostly we are wade fishing — riffles, runs, tail outs and slicks.
Guide trips are geared toward the beginner, intermediate or advanced angler, depending upon your level of fly fishing experience. Instruction is provided on where the fish are holding and why, as well as techniques, tactics and the correct presentation to catch them. During lunch-time we relax and take a break to eat and enjoy the beauty of the river, swap a few stories, and strategize the rest of the day's fishing. We then continue downstream to pursue the fish.
Our Guides are Each:
- Highly skilled
- and most importantly, PATIENT
Our Guided Trips Include:
- Guide & Boat
- Instruction in Bighorn techniques
- River Lunch / Beverages
Float Trip Rates
- 1 Angler -$550.00
- 2 Anglers - $550.00
- 3 Anglers - $800.00
- A 50% deposit is required to reserve dates
Our typical guide day is 10 hours in length. A boat for three anglers may not be available at all times, it will depend upon fishing conditions.
Guide gratuity is not included in the above rates. Guests occasionally ask for guidance on a reasonable tip for their guide. As with any service, the gratuity should be dependent on the quality of the experience of your day on the water and the guide’s effort. Generally, guide gratuities range upward from 20%.