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Gordon Rose fishing report — July 2

July 2, 2015

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 Read More

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 Read More

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

June 25, 2015

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 Read More

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 Read More

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

June 4, 2015

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

Fly Shop of the Bighorns fishing report June 4, 2015

The North Fork of the Tongue is fast, high and off color. Watch where you are stepping and don’t walk on their spawning beds (REDS). We still need to take care of our fish for the next two months. The early season black stoneflies, worm patterns and streamers will work in the high water. Nymph Read More

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 Read More

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

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