Category Archives: Outdoors Feature

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… Continue Reading

Fishing report 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… Continue Reading

Warm weather means boating, invasive species

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Forest Service chief expects busy firefighting season

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… Continue Reading

Column: Find your pastime

Column: Find your pastime

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Updates from an Everest ascent

Updates from an Everest ascent

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Column: My biggest fish; my big mistake

Column: My biggest fish; my big mistake

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Column: Shake off winter doldrums outdoors

Column: Shake off winter doldrums outdoors

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… Continue Reading

Fishing report April 2, 2015

Tailwater Fisheries Nearby tailwaters are fishing great. The Big Horn still has good midge fishing on calm days; a few mayflies are beginning to show. Flows dropped yesterday from 3500 to 3000 cfs. Sow bugs, midge pupae/larvae and small pheasant tails are the best nymphs for the ‘Horn. The North Platte’s flushing flow was completed… Continue Reading

Column: Setting big game hunting seasons

Each fall, hunters in Wyoming go afield in pursuit of their favorite big game animal. For Wyoming Game and Fish Department wildlife managers, planning for that hunting season started almost a year earlier. Wildlife biologists and game wardens start thinking about season structure for a hunting season a year in advance. That is when they… Continue Reading

Fishing report March 19, 2015

Tailwater Fisheries Tailwaters (below a dam) will be a good ticket for the next six weeks. The Big Horn is fishing very well, although flows are and will be increasing periodically due to poor storage planning by the Bureau of Reclamation. Flows increased to 3,400 cfs today. Sow bugs, midge pupae/larvae and small pheasant tails… Continue Reading

Column: DST is here, whether you like it or not

Column: DST is here, whether you like it or not

Here in the United States, Daylight Saving Time (DST) is a relatively recent phenomenon. It was first signed into law as “fast time” in 1918 by President Woodrow Wilson during World War I to minimize the use of artificial lighting and save fuel for the war effort, but the idea dates back to ancient civilizations… Continue Reading

G&F seeks info on 3 elk poached near Parkman

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is seeking information leading to the apprehension of those responsible for the illegal killing of three elk in Sheridan County. The elk were killed on private ranches northwest of Parkman. It appears the elk were shot from the road. Two of the three elk were mature bulls.… Continue Reading

Fishing report March 12, 2015

Tailwater Fisheries Tailwaters (below a dam) will be a good ticket for the next six weeks. Our nearest tailwaters, the Big Horn and the North Platte Rivers are fishing very well now. Sow bugs, midge pupae/larvae and small pheasant tails are the best nymphs for the ‘Horn; use leeches and rock worms on the Platte.… Continue Reading

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