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Leaning Tree Lodge
Bed and Breakfast

Ft. Smith, Montana

Relax on the deck after a great day of fishing

Located in Ft Smith, The Learning Tree Lodge is a clean, comfortable and reasonably priced option for lodging. The lodge is conveniently located close to the Bighorn River and provides the quality meals included in our package price.

Leaning Tree Lodge, constructed in 2005, accommodates 8 guests.

The lodge has 4 bedrooms with two double beds and a private bath in each room, a spacious great room for watching satellite television and central air cooling and heating system.

The big wrap-around deck is a great way to end a perfect day of fishing.

We offer a home type of atmosphere with some of the best lodging, meals and guides.

Our lodge comes with two options for renting rooms.

Choose either a full package deal with all your meals included or just a room with continental breakfast.

We are handicap friendly, and there's a lot of parking.

Satellite TV is available in the common area where fishing stories are told and retold.

Guest Information
  • Cell service and WiFi service available
  • Season: April - October
  • Payment Method: Cash, Personal Check (In State), Personal Check (Out Of State), Travelers Checks
  • Reservations: Group Reservations Required, Late Cancellation Fee, Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended, Reservations Required
  • Discounts: Off Season

What some of our guests are saying:

"If you are planning a trip to the Bighorn, plan to stay at the Leaning Tree Lodge, where every comfort is extended and great meals prepared by Rachel are presented. Mark is a guide par excellence, who will guarantee each angler the best of what the Bighorn has to offer in fly fishing.".....John Dalton

"We’ve stayed with Mark and Rachel three times so far. We first heard of Rachel through a guide, who told us she is the “best cook on the river.” Rachel’s hospitality and cooking are superb. Her menus are varied and creative, and she is very accommodating for special diets. The Leaning Tree Lodge is charming, with the largest rooms we’ve seen in Ft. Smith, and always immaculately clean and very comfortable. It feels as though we are staying in a private home, but one that comes with our own gourmet chef. We have been so pleased with every visit.".....Carole Katz

"Hey Rachel,
I just want you to know that you made our trip so spectacular!! I haven't stopped talking about your cooking! I wanted to drop you a note to let you know that Kristen and i have been home for a month now, and we still talk about Montana every day- to everyone. I cannot believe what a great time we had, and it is all because of you guys"....Kansas City

About the Bighorn River

Flowing out of the enormous Bighorn Reservoir in south-central Montana, the Bighorn River is considered by many to be a fly fisher’s paradise. It is one of, if not the most productive trout river in the world. The Bighorn hosts an impressive average of 6000 trout per mile. Added to this remarkable figure is the fact that the typical size of a Bighorn trout ranges between 16-18" with 5 and 6 pounders caught frequently.

The river’s primary attraction consists of the 13-mile stretch beginning below the Yellow-tail Dam After-bay at the town of Fort Smith. Ideal flows on this length fall between 2,000 to 5,000 cfs but fishing is productive up to 7,000 cfs. The icy cold waters pouring out from beneath the dam have produced a river that is not unlike an enormous spring creek, with undulating weed beds, undercut banks, deep holes, and occasional riffles. River access is limited and the adjacent land falls under the ownership of the Crow Indian Reservation. This along with the thick currents, makes the Bighorn an ideal float river, however, the wading angler can find fish-able water.

The river can be floated in sections. The access points are spread out along the rivers length. They start at the Yellow-tail Dam/Fort Smith "After-bay Access", then "Three Mile Access". 10 miles downriver is the "Bighorn Access", and at 14 miles is the "St. Xavier Bridge Access" commonly referred to as “The Take Out”. Even the novice boater can float this section without much problem as the river has a manageable current. Below the 14-mile access, the Bighorn slows its pace and loses some its water quality and clarity. In spite of the lower numbers of trout here, locals claim that this stretch to "Two Leggins Access" at 29 miles, harbors the river's largest trout, giant nocturnal browns hidden along the undercut banks or in the deep holes.

Special Directions

From Billings Airport, take 27th Street to I-90. Go east and take Sheridan Exit I-90 to Hardin, which is about 45 miles away. Take the first exit to Hardin, turn right onto Highway 313, and go south for 45 miles to Fort Smith. Take first right in Fort Smith. We are on the corner

Looking for a fun-filled Montana fly fishing experience? Then you've come to the right place...
The Leaning Tree Lodge Bed and Breakfast

 Leaning Tree Lodge
Bed and Breakfast
111 Front Drive
Ft. Smith, Montana 59035
Email: mtflyfishers@msn.com
Home Page: www.montanaflyfisher.com
Innkeepers: Mark and Rachel Stroda  

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