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Column: What kind of fly fisherman are you?

May 28, 2015

I’ve been doing a lot of guiding on the Big Horn this spring. Upon meeting new clients in the morning, I start out by explaining what’s going on in the river and then I ask what “kind” of fishing they like to do. They’re all fly fishermen, so this means I’m trying to find out Read More

Fly Shop of the Bighorns fishing report May 28, 2015

The North Fork of the Tongue has been open less than a week, but the fishing is starting to take hold. The hatches are minimal due to cold water. The creek is up, slightly off color and fishable. Wading will be more difficult, so be careful. Watch where you are stepping and don’t walk on Read More

Prime flower season coming soon in the Bighorns

Wildflowers dot the hillsides near Red Grade Road in the Bighorn Mountains during a prior year’s spring. June is typically the best time to look for fields of wildflowers in the mountains in full bloom.

Gordon Rose fishing report May 28, 2015

Tailwater fisheries Decent fishing continues on area tailwaters. Hatches of Blue wing olives and midges have tapered off on the Big Horn recently. As of last night flows will have been increased to 4,000 cfs from Monday’s low of 2,200. This will help clear the algae after a few days, and improve the boat fishing. Read More

June: a beautiful time to see the sites in the Bighorns

May 21, 2015

Two recent surveys revealed that the most-cited main activity for visitors to the Bighorn National Forest is viewing scenery. Wandering through colorful mountain meadows is certainly a favorite pastime for many. While famous for expansive views of pine and spruce forests, glacially-carved valleys and sheer mountain walls, the Bighorns offer smaller treasures within its fields Read More

Gordon Rose fishing report May 21, 2015

Tailwater fisheries Good fishing continues on area tailwaters. Hatches of Blue wing olives and midges have tapered off on the Big Horn over the past week. Flows remain at 2200 cfs. With the low, clear water, keep your flies smaller: #18 – #22. Wade fishing is best, with trout looking for bugs in the shallow Read More

Gordon Rose fishing report May 14, 2015

May 14, 2015

Tailwater fisheries Great fishing continues on area tailwaters. Very heavy hatches of Blue wing olives and midges are coming off the Big Horn every day. Flows remain at 2200 cfs. With the low, clear water, keep your flies smaller: #18-#22. Wade fishing is best, with trout looking for bugs in the shallow flats and riffles. Read More

Fly Shop fishing report May 14, 2015

The North Fork of the Tongue road is still closed, but should be open Memorial Day Weekend. The fishing will be good, and everyone should watch for spawning fish and leave them alone. Watch where you are stepping and don’t walk on their spawning beds (REDS). Like the majority of locals, I can hardly wait Read More

Fishing report May 7, 2015

May 7, 2015

Tailwater Fisheries Great fishing continues on area tailwaters. Heavy hatches of blue wing olives have joined the midges in coming off the Big Horn every day; some of the best spring hatches we’ve seen in years. Flows remain at 2,200 cfs. With the low, clear water, keep your flies even smaller: #18 – #22. The Read More

Warm weather means boating, invasive species

As we all know, this spring has brought about some early warm weather and with it an early boating/fishing season! Watercraft enthusiasts have begun to move all across Wyoming and neighboring states. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department would like to remind boaters of the rules, regulations and proper procedures to avoid spreading or introducing Read More

Fly Shop fishing report May 7, 2015

The North Fork of the Tongue Road is still closed, but plowing of the pass has begun and as soon as the pass is open, the highway department will open Highway 14A access to the NFT. Like the majority of locals I can hardly wait to get up and catch my first NFT cutthroat of Read More

Forest Service chief expects busy firefighting season

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. Forest Service warned Tuesday of an “above average” fire season that could cost the agency more than $1 billion and require shifting funds from programs designed to prevent wildfires. Tom Tidwell testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee that the fire season is 60 to Read More

Column: Find your pastime

April 30, 2015

My personal definition of summer has always been fly fishing and baseball. Both are hobbies I have enjoyed forever and I continue to love today. I still look forward to coaching baseball, fly fishing and reading great books about both. When I was a kid I always knew where my baseball glove and my fly Read More

Fishing report April 30, 2015

Tailwater Fisheries Great fishing continues on area tailwaters. Heavy hatches of Blue wing olives have joined the midges in coming off the Big Horn every day; some of the best spring hatches we’ve seen in years. Flows remain at 2200 cfs. With the low, clear water, keep your flies small: #16 – #20. The North Read More

Column: Fly Shop Report

I have to confess, I’m a pocket water junky. Trout-fishing author John Gierach once said of small streams, “This is pocket water, and there’s lots of it — miles and miles of it — so rather than fish it thoroughly, you keep moving. It seems appropriate and it works.” Fishing pocket water has a cadence Read More

Updates from an Everest ascent

April 23, 2015

SHERIDAN — Sheridan resident Darren Rogers is in the midst of ascending Mount Everest and has been sending updates to The Sheridan Press on his progress. On April 16, he trekked to Everest base camp. Here is his latest report. April 19 Last night the wind blew about 40 mph; at about 4 a.m. it Read More

Column: What are your outdoor recreation goals?

One of the most rewarding things about living in Sheridan is being able to contribute to the community that helped raise and shape me. For the past 11 years, I have had the great honor of serving on the Big Horn Education Fund Board of Directors, a group tasked with awarding scholarships to graduating Big Read More

Gordon Rose fishing report April 23, 2015

Tailwater Fisheries Great fishing continues on area tailwaters. Blue wing olives have joined the midges in coming off the Big Horn every day now. Flows remain at 2200 cfs. as the MT Bureau Office continues their effort to maintain a full reservoir at all costs. With the low, clear water, keep your flies small: #16 Read More

Fly Shop of the Bighorns fishing report April 23, 2015

The North Fork of the Tongue is closed but will be opened in a few more weeks depending on how fast the snow melts. The majority of the mountain over 7,000 feet is closed due to snow covered roads. The lower levels of the mountain are open and fishing is good. Tongue Canyon has been Read More

It’s almost summer — find time for water time

April 16, 2015

Summer is almost here, and with it comes seemingly endless days filled with friends, barbecues, sunshine and, if you’re lucky, some days spent relaxing on the water. Whether you kayak, tube, canoe or paddleboard, there is nothing like a day on the water to rejuvenate you and make you feel like a kid again. Once Read More

Fishing report April 16, 2015

Tailwater Fisheries Nearby tailwaters are fishing great. The Big Horn still has good midge fishing on calm days, with more mayflies (#18 blue-wing-olive) beginning to show each day. Flows have dropped back to 2200 cfs. as MT Bureau office sees a drop in snowpack. Sow bugs, midge pupae/larvae and small pheasant tails are still the Read More

Column: My biggest fish; my big mistake

April 9, 2015

A new fishing season is about to get underway. As we look ahead I think we all anticipate a new season bringing new chances to land that “fish of a lifetime.” For 35 years I’ve spent most of my spare time, and a big part of my working time, fishing with hopes of catching The Read More

Fishing report April 9, 2015

Tailwater Fisheries Nearby tailwaters are fishing great. The Big Horn still has good midge fishing on calm days; more mayflies (#18 blue-wing-olive) are beginning to show each day. Flows have remained stable (wow!) at 2900 cfs. for the past week. Sow bugs, midge pupae/larvae and small pheasant tails are still the best nymphs. The North Read More

Steve Schafer retires after 39 years with the G&F

SHERIDAN — Steve Schafer, a Game and Fish Department bird farm superintendent stationed in Yoder, recently retired after 39 years of service with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Schafer began his Game and Fish career working summers at Game and Fish bird farms in Sheridan and Yoder. In 1976, he was named assistant superintendent Read More

Column: Shake off winter doldrums outdoors

April 2, 2015

The health benefits of being outdoors are well known: getting outside is good for you. Being in a natural setting has been shown to ease depression, reduce stress, lower blood pressure, boost vitamin D levels (remember the sunshine vitamin?) and lead to better sleep. Some claim spending time outdoors can even make you a nicer Read More

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