Category Archives: Outdoors Feature

Column: Where the action is!

Tailwater Fisheries Big Horn River flows remain at the minimum 2,490 CFS; water temps are still too warm and the moss continues to grow. Black Caddis are basically done, being replaced by Pseudos (#20 & #22) scattered throughout the day. Tricos have been very good in the mornings until about 10:30 a.m. Unless you see… Continue Reading

Column: More than just names on a map

When you’re looking at a map of the Bighorn National Forest to find a physical feature or locate a creek — as I do daily — some of the place names seem perfectly understandable. There’s nothing mysterious about the name of Willow Creek. But when I see Baby Wagon Creek and Grandmas Mountain on the… Continue Reading

Column: Where the action is!

Tailwater Fisheries Big Horn River flows are now at 2,490 CFS. Water temperatures are very warm and the moss is growing fast. Black Caddis are tapering away and being replaced by late afternoon Pseudo’s (#20 & #22). Tricos are showing more each day very early with the warm mornings. Unless you see rising fish, stick… Continue Reading

Column: Avoid these common hunting violations this year

Most hunters follow hunting laws and regulations. Occasionally, however, some folks inadvertently or intentionally run afoul of the law. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department reminds hunters to carefully read hunting laws and regulations. They are designed to promote safety and conservation of wildlife. The following is a listing of five common violations that crop… Continue Reading

Column: Where the action is!

Tailwater Fisheries As expected, Big Horn River flows are now down to the minimum of 2,500 CFS and are expected to remain there all season. There’s sporadic hatches of Yellow Sallies, Tan Caddis Pseudo’s and Black Caddis. Black Caddis are still predominating so far. Water temps have warmed to 60 degrees — nymph for trout… Continue Reading

Column: Where the action is!

Tailwater Fisheries As of Monday, Big Horn River flows are down to 3,500 CFS. Flows are expected to reach the minimum of 2,500 CFS by the end of the month. There’s still sporadic hatches of PMD, Yellow Sallies and Black Caddis. Black Caddis seem to be predominating so far. Water temps have warmed to 58… Continue Reading

Column: Where the action is!

Tailwater Fisheries As of Tuesday, Big Horn River flows have been reduced to 4,500 CFS. The river is seeing daily hatches of PMD, Yellow Sallies and Black Caddis. Black Caddis seem to be predominating right now, bringing fish up periodically throughout the day. There have been reports of hopper fishing. Hatches are changing by the… Continue Reading

Column: The beauty of tying your own flies

About 45 years ago, my father took me to my first Trout Unlimited meeting to watch some of the local fly fishing experts demonstrate their fly tying skills. Although I was only about 10 years old, I was already hooked on the wonders of fly fishing. I wasn’t very good, but I loved the outdoors… Continue Reading

Column: Where the Action is!

Tailwater fisheries As planned, The Big Horn dropped back yesterday to 6,000 cfs. More reductions should come any day to the 5,000 range. Nymph and streamer fishing has been very good over the past week. Wade fishing is now much more accessible. PMD, Black Caddis and Yellow Sally hatches have begun sporadically, but will improve… Continue Reading

What’s in a name? Sometimes a tombstone

“Is someone really buried on Copmans Tomb?” is a familiar question asked by visitors to the Bighorn National Forest. The answer, sadly, is no, no one is buried there. It would be so much more romantic if someone were, but there is a good story behind it nonetheless. It all started sixty million years ago,… Continue Reading

Gordon Rose fishing report — July 2

Tailwater fisheries As planned, The Big Horn will be down to 7,000 cfs. as of today.  It should stay at that level through the weekend, with more possible reductions to come next week.  Nymph fishing is very good with worm patterns and crustaceans.  Hatches will pick up again within two weeks when PMDs, Sallies and… Continue Reading

July 2 — Fly Shop report

The runoff water is all but done. It is time to go fishing everywhere. The fishing for the Fourth of July weekend is going to be great. Everyone should plan on getting out for the fishing and the fireworks this year. The weekend is looking great for weather and the evening after dark will be… Continue Reading

Do you know how to fit your child for a life vest?

With the recent summer like weather, and the approaching July Fourth holiday, people are getting in the mood to go boating. Boating can be a fun and enjoyable pastime, but there are some basic rules of safety and boating regulations that need to be followed when providing life jackets for children. A watercraft must have… Continue Reading

Column: Fly Shop report

The runoff water is on its final decline for this season. The high water is ahead of schedule about a week. This means fishing for the Fourth of July weekend is going to be great. If you are not planning on fishing, change your plans. Fireworks are not until dark, which means you have all… Continue Reading

It’s summer! Time to ‘park and recreate’

Summer is finally here! With all the rain we have received lately, the grass is growing at an alarming rate, keeping parks crews and landscape workers very busy. With temperatures rising, this is your opportunity to enjoy the great Wyoming outdoors. Hiking, camping and fishing are competing with our busy work schedules. It is now… Continue Reading

Stocking up for Free Fishing Day

Stocking up for Free Fishing Day

Greg Lehr from the Wyoming Game and Fish Tillette Rearing Station near Lovell stocks trout in Mavrakis Pond in Sheridan on Monday in preparation for Wyoming Free Fishing Day on Saturday. The Rotary Park pond in the Sheridan County Fairgrounds and the Ranchester City Pond were also stocked with catchable trout. Free fishing day applies… Continue Reading

Wyoming G&F employee becomes Hunter Education Hall of Famer

SHERIDAN — Respect and admiration from other hunter education coordinators and instructors across the country has earned Wyoming’s Jim Dawson a spot in the International Hunter Education Association Hall of Fame. Dawson worked for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department as Wyoming’s hunter education coordinator from 2006 until his retirement in 2015. Prior to that… Continue Reading

Gordon Rose fishing report June 4, 2015

Tailwater fisheries Decent fishing continues on area tailwaters. Hatches on the Big Horn are probably history for at least the next month. As of today’s writing (Tuesday), flows have increased to 10,500 cfs. That’s a 500 percent increase from last week (another great plan by the Montana Bureau Reclamation Office). Nymph fishing is OK on… Continue Reading

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