Fly Fishers and The Leaning Tree Lodge, Montana
Property Types: Recreational, Commercial
Activities & Amenities
Go to work where people go to vacation! Start your day off waking to the Big Sky filled with rays of sunshine gleaming over the towering Bighorn Mountains and reflecting off the Bighorn River. The impressive Bighorn Canyon displays rock formations and striations that offer dramatic scenes visitors come from all over to see. This investment allows you to live what you love and help others find the same passion for Montana's glorious scenery with some of the world’s best fishing destinations. And the best part is, you can start right away! This business comes with a fully furnished and handicapped accessible 2,000 square foot lodge complete with designated wheelchair accessibility room and bathroom. If the walls could talk, they would divulge the fish tales they’ve heard while the fire flickers and anxious ears strain to hear over sips of hot drinks after a long day of experiencing fresh crisp air and clear vibrant waters. The turn-key lodge has four bedrooms each with a full bathroom. After a hot summer day, bright red fishman will appreciate the central air keeping their rooms nice and comfortably cool. In addition to an awesome opportunity, the lodge has an established clientele list with some that return annually. The business is well-known and reputable with room to grow. There is an additional lot that is vacant included with the lodge, and it all comes with a convenient corresponding website to help prospective visitors navigate the area and plan a trip. It is your time to cast your sights on this incredible and lucrative opportunity.
Fort Smith, Montana was established on August 12, 1866 as a safe haven for those traveling on the Bozeman Trail from attacks by the Sioux Indians. The nearby site to the present-day town of Fort Smith allows for recounted historical stories and an area rich with antiquity. Nearby also is the Bighorn Lake that extends approximately 60 miles through Wyoming and Montana. This area provides much of the recreational activities of boating, fishing, camping, and hiking.
Premiere Blue-Ribbon Trout Fishing
The Bighorn River is not only one of the best trout streams in Montana but is considered to be one of the finest in the lower forty-eight of the United States. That makes this nationally recognized trout stream a very popular destination spot for a Montana fly fishing trip. Be prepared to consistently pull out large fish as the brown trout average about 15 inches in length and the rainbow about 16 inches in length! The fertile and nutrient-rich waters allow the trout to grow quickly. In the first 13 miles below the Afterbay Dam, the Bighorn flows steady and cool, creating ideal conditions for substantial numbers of fish. These 13 miles are considered to be the best along the whole river, and it is estimated that 3000-5000 fish occupy every mile with proportions over 14 inches long. Choose a busy summer day and see dozens of rafts floating the river with more anglers fishing from the shore. The Bighorn River offers high quality fly fishing throughout the entire year, nonetheless. If you are brave enough to set out during the winter, you will not be alone as there is still consistent activity even in the dead of the cold months. The river is so consistent because of the high-quality hatches. Wade anglers and floaters fish well here, however, any boat can be used because of the lack of rapids. The trout fishing is phenomenal, yet, the river is home to 38 other species of fish. Keep it exciting and see how your angling skills are in this bountiful river.
The surrounding countryside on the Bighorn River offers a wide array of hunting opportunities. Waterfowl, pheasants, ducks, geese, sand-hill cranes, turkey, and grouse are all game birds that you will find in this area as well as coyotes and other small varmints.
Local Area Attractions
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation area
Roam an area over 120,000 acres and enjoy the breathtaking views of this canyon and its many ecosystems. Get a good feel for the land with over 17 miles of hiking trails ranging from short wanderings to dramatic overlooks. Bighorn Lake fills the bottom of the canyon and offers boating, kayaking, and canoeing. There are boat tours offered throughout the summer months through Hidden Treasure Charters. For the avid anglers, fish Bighorn Lake for walleye, brown and rainbow trout, yellow perch, carp, catfish, ling, and crappie. The Bighorn River is a blue-ribbon trout stream but is also home to 38 other species!
Little Bighorn Battlefield
This national monument is 15 miles southeast of Hardin and is famously where Custer took his last stand.
The Expedition of Lewis and Clark gives us a historical account of their journey through Montana, and at Pompey’s Pillar, you can view William Clark’s signature carved in stone. It is the only physical evidence left of the Expedition and will leave a lasting impression on you as well!
Standing at 525 feet high, the Yellowtail Dam backs up the Bighorn behind it for 71 miles creating space for other water sports such as water skiing and motor-boating. The Dam provides a stunning view.
Pictograph Cave State Park
Come to contemplate the origins of humankind when they were prehistoric hunters. The three main caves, Pictograph, Middle, and Ghost, display hundreds of pictographs or rock paintings with the oldest rock art being over 2000 years old!