WELCOME TO THE ABSARAKA FISHING BEAR CABINS
AND GUIDE & OUTFITTING SERVICE
IF YOU ARE VIEWING THIS PAGE YOU PROBABLY ALREADY KNOW ABOUT
THE GREAT FISHING ON THE BIGHORN HOPEFULLY YOU ARE LOOKING
FOR A GREAT PLACE TO STAY. OUTSIDE OF FT. SMITH NEAR THE 3-MILE
FISHING ACCESS WE HAVE FOUR QUALITY CABINS AND THE CARRIAGE
HOUSE. THESE DUPLEX CABINS AND CARRIAGE HOUSE ARE EQUIPPED
WITH FULL KITCHENS AND SLEEP UP TO FOUR.
THESE CABINS WILL BE OPEN MARCH 1st TO DEC 15th TO ACCOMMODATE
LATE SEASON FISHING AND HUNTING.
IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING YOUR FIRST TRIP TO THE
BIG HORN CLICK BELOW
CARRIAGE HOUSE RATES
(CLICK ON PICTURE BELOW TO SEE INSIDE CABIN)
(CLICK ON BLUE TO VIEW)
THESE CABINS HAVE A FULL KITCHEN, 2 BUNK BEDS, ONE IN A
SEPARATE ROOM, DISH TV, AND AIR CONDITIONING. ON THE
FRONT DECK YOU CAN RELAX ENJOY THE VIEW AND GRILL YOUR STEAKS
IN A PRIVATE SETTING NEAR 3-MILE ACCESS.
THE CARRIAGE HOUSE FEATURES A LIVING ROOM FOR ADDED SPACE TO
SIT AND RELAX, SEE THE CARRIAGE HOUSE.
SEE WHAT WE HAVE
ALL YOU NEED TO BRING IS FOOD
WE CAN ALSO PROVIDE EXPERIENCED GUIDES FOR A GREAT TRIP DOWN THE BIGHORN RIVER, FOR INFO CLICK PICTURE.
CURRENT UPDATES AND INFO FROM ZOE
Winter fishing on The Big Horn has been nothing short of great and a recent high pressure system has left us all edgy to get started on another wonderful season on the Big Horn. The river is clear, cool (about 38 degrees) and we have had a consistent winter flow of 2830 CFS. The fish are healthy and at last count about 7000 per mile.
Dave and I are busy this winter tying flies and also working with The Big Horn River Alliance and the Bureau of Reclamation to continue our efforts to keep the water flowing at a consistent CFS. I have attached a copy of the correspondence we had in January.
As many of you are aware, we will be out of town for the month of February. We will be answering our emails daily for any concerns and future reservations. Absaraka@bhwi.net
I have officially turned into a Facebook junkie. I am hoping to take the Absaraka page off of life support shortly, stop posting cute dog pictures (well maybe a couple) and give you some updates on the river. A big project for my limited computer skills!
We look forward to seeing all of you in the spring and summer. This is shaping up to be yet another great year for the Big Horn.
Below is a copy of the letter I sent to the BOR concerning the current Operating Criteria. Something to lull you to sleep. Bureau of Reclamation.
Montana Area Office
YT Unit Operating Criteria
P.O. Box 30137
Billings, MT. 59107
January 5, 2015
I am writing to you in response to your request for comments on the good and areas for improvement for the operating criteria currently being used at the Yellowtail Dam.
There are many positive things that have been happening since the operating criteria was adopted in spring of 2012. 2014 was a record setting year for water in the Big Horn and Yellowtail basins. I appreciate the effort by your group as a whole to communicate what needed to be done to release this water, as well as your request for input from me and The Big Horn River Alliance.
The negative issues were discussed at the Fall River issues meeting. I would like to reiterate those here and see if the criteria, which has a good base, can be adjusted to accommodate all stakeholders.
The number one issue with the current criteria and its application is the constant river flow adjustments. We were all aware of the need for the higher flows in the spring of 2014. It is unfathomable that those 8500 CFS needed to be dropped to 2500 CFS in late May and early June. This occurred during the height of the rainbow spawn, in essence killing this year’s spawn. There was still record snow pack in the mountains, but despite knowing this, the water was lowered in order to start filling the lake so Lovell could launch their boats by July 4th. I am not unsympathetic to the plight of Lovell, but perhaps a lower CFS release, for a longer period would have solved the problems.
The 2500 CFS was followed by an emergency phone conference to tell us that, guess what, it was going to be over 90 degrees the weekend of July 4th, and all of that snow was going to start melting. Up goes the river to 7500 CFS.
The river was eventually once again lowered to 2500 CFS, only to have constant 250-1000CFS adjustment made throughout the rest of the summer and fall season. Every time an adjustment is made to the flow to the river, no matter how minor, it results in the water turning muddy and fishing is terrible. Imagine that you saved your money all year and booked a trip to the legendary Big Horn River for a fishing trip, only to find that the water flow was unnecessarily being adjusted two to three times a week.
This leads me to a proposal to adjust the “full pool” number for the operating criteria to 3630 Feet from the current 3640. By applying the rule curve to the 3630 three things can be accomplished.
· There is some breathing room between full pool and the flood pool, thus eliminating the knee jerk reactions to water releases every time there is a water event or temperature fluctuation.
· Less time in the flood pool, means less time spent in conference with The Corp of Engineers
· Lovell may be able to hold on to more water longer and thus improve their launch rate in the spring.
In addition I would like to emphasize that 2500 CFS is not an optimum flow. Optimum flow is 3500- 4000 CFS. Surely in a year that we had too much water, it could be figured out how to maintain an optimum flow.
The one thing I heard repeatedly last year was that Wyoming was not releasing any water from Buffalo Bill and Boysen Reservoirs. It was obvious that Wyoming had the same snow pack as Montana. It would seem that a leap of faith could have been made and figure the gains from these reservoirs would eventually come into the Yellowtail. 8500 CFS could have been lower if water had been released earlier.
I appreciate your efforts in the past. Although the criteria is not perfect, it is substantially better than in the past. The communications from everyone associated with the BOR has been outstanding.
Big Horn River Alliance
A couple of changes at the Absaraka:
I will be discontinuing the 800 number in December. Now that all people have cell phones with free calling minutes it is an unnecessary expense. You can reach us at 406-666-2304, and of course via email at firstname.lastname@example.org In case you aren't aware, cell service from Verizon Wireless is now working in the Valley.
Hope to see you soon
Zoe and Dave
1 406 666-2304
WE NOW CARRY FLIES TIED BY THE FAMOUS PAUL DUBAS
AND EVEN MORE FAMOUS GORDON ROSE!
(PICTURED BELOW IN THIS CLASSIC BIGHORN AD)
ALSO WE WILL CARRY A FEW OTHER SUPPLIES LIKE TIPPET, LEADERS, AND OTHER THINGS YOU MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN OR LOST ON THE RIVER
IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO COOK YOU CAN EAT AT "HAL'S PLACE" NOW OPEN IN TOWN, OR MAKE RESERVATIONS THAT MOURNING AT THE "RIVERS RUN" AT THE TROUT SHOP 666-2375
BOAT LUNCHES ARE AVAILABLE FROM ZOE WITH A 24 HOUR NOTICE, THEY ARE $10.00 PER PERSON (BUT WELL WORTH IT)
*P.S. NO ADULT BEVERAGES ARE SOLD ON THE RESERVATION SO COME PREPARED.
WE DO SHUTTLES, AND ALSO ASK ABOUT BOAT RENTALS IN THE AREA.
SAVE SOME TIME AND GET YOUR MONTANA FISHING LICENSES ON LINE
ALSO ENJOY THE REST OF MONTANA BY VISITING "TRAVEL MONTANA"
PLEASE SUPPORT THE BIGHORN RIVER ALLIANCE
AND ALSO FOR GREAT INFO ON THE RIVER FLOWS AND IMPORTANT INFO VISIT
OTHER SUPPORTERS OF THE BIGHORN
WE ARE LOCATED 3 MILES FROM FT. SMITH, YOU ACCESS OUR CABINS FROM THE ROAD BETWEEN HWY 313 AND 3 MILE FISHING ACCESS. COMING IN FROM THE "GOOD LUCK" ROAD (LODGE GRASS FROM I-90 SOUTH), OR HARDIN AT THE START OF HWY 313 YOU PASS MILE MARKER 38 OFF OF HWY 313 AND TURN RIGHT AT THE WAR MAN LOOP (3-MILE FISHING ACCESS ROAD), FOLLOW TO BOTTOM OF HILL AND TURN LEFT BEFORE THE CANAL BRIDGE. (click on car)
COLD!!! HOW ABOUT THE BAHAMAS
THE BONE FISH ARE WAITING
SEE OUR TRIP HERE
COLD!!! HOW ABOUT BELIZE
THE BONE FISH ARE WAITING
SEE OUR TRIP HERE
PLEASE CONTACT US AT:
ABSARAKA FISHING BEAR LODGE
528 FISHING BEAR ROAD
P.O. BOX 7486
FT. SMITH, MONTANA 59035
OUTFITTER LIC. # 9893
1 406 666-2304
THANKS, ZOE & DAVE
PICTURES OF PIGGY'S (SEND US YOUR BIGHORN PICTURES)
CHECK OUT THE AREA WEATHER / THE RIVER FLOW / YELLOWTAIL DAM WATER LEVEL / AND BIGHORN SNOW PACK