Category Archives: Outdoors Feature

Column: Secrets to winter trout fishing

GORDON ROSE works as a commercial fly tier and operates Sheridan WYO Healing Waters, part of a national nonprofit organization which teaches disabled military veterans fly fishing, fly tying and fly rod-building as part of their therapy. Unlike many other cold-blooded creatures, trout do not hibernate to survive the cold winter.  Instead, their metabolism drops… Continue Reading

Column: Bo and the Great Escape

Joey Puettman is the founder and  program director of Joey’s Fly Fishing Foundation. On a Friday morning a few weeks ago I woke realizing the cold I had been battling for two weeks was going to continue to be a big part of my day.  The snow outside had doubled, and I knew I was… Continue Reading

WGFD’s offers Sheridan Bird Farm 2014 summary

Bud Stewart is the Public Information Specialist for the Sheridan Region of the Wyoming Game & Fish Department. The Sheridan Bird Farm employees wrapped up the 77th year of stocking Ringneck Pheasants onto publicly accessible upland bird habitat on Dec. 29.  Since 1937, The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has hatched, raised and released the… Continue Reading

Column: Creating a winter survival plan

Colin Betzler is the executive director of the Sheridan Community Land Trust. It’s that time of year when all sensible media outlets share advice on beating back the ills of winter.  Whether it is coping with seasonal affective disorder, Vitamin D deficiency, managing stress or just a case of the winter blues, it seems like… Continue Reading

Keyhole Reservoir tricky for anglers

SHERIDAN — December was a troublesome month for ice anglers on Keyhole Reservoir, according to Wyoming Game and Fish officials. The ice on some parts of the lake was thick enough to allow ice anglers to get out on the ice; however other areas of Keyhole had open water. Moorcroft Game Warden J. D. Davis… Continue Reading

Meeting scheduled to discuss ‘Mule Deer Initiative’

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is encouraging all interested individuals to attend a second public meeting to discuss the status and management of the Upper Powder River Mule Deer Herd located in southwest Johnson County. This meeting will be held on Wednesday at the Harold Jarrard Park community building in Kaycee beginning… Continue Reading

Bighorn National Forest welcomes new ranger

SHERIDAN — The Bighorn National Forest welcomed Amy Ormseth as the new district ranger for the Tongue Ranger District in Sheridan this month. Ormseth hopes to focus on connecting with local communities and working with the broad array of user groups and constituents to engage them in local management strategies. Ormseth’s background is in engineering… Continue Reading

Column: Sheridan area winter recreation abounds

Richard Wright is  director of the Sheridan Recreation District. Welcome to my first attempt and editorial on outdoor recreation opportunities in the Sheridan area.  The Sheridan area offers a variety of outdoor recreation for all ages. Lately it has been very cold outside and that may limit your activities. As my good friend Tim Demchok… Continue Reading

A guide’s favorite fishing clients

A guide’s favorite fishing clients

GORDON ROSE works as a commercial fly tier and operates Sheridan WYO Healing Waters, part of a national nonprofit organization which teaches disabled military veterans fly fishing, fly tying and fly rod-building as part of their therapy. It’s wintertime, and I’ve been working hard for the past few months tying hundreds of dozens of flies… Continue Reading

Column: The true ‘Fisherman’s Release’

Column: The true ‘Fisherman’s Release’

GORDON ROSE works as a commercial fly tier and operates Sheridan WYO Healing Waters, part of a national nonprofit organization which teaches disabled military veterans fly fishing, fly tying and fly rod-building as part of their therapy. If you’ve spent more than a few days fishing each year, your are, unfortunately, going to end up… Continue Reading

Column: Up in knots

Column: Up in knots

TOM MCINTYRE is a contributing editor to Sports Afield and Field & Stream magazine. When a lot of us consider the gear a hunter carries in the field, thoughts turn to rifles or shotguns, or perhaps bows, a knife, maybe a hatchet and other implements like a compass (replaced these days not even by a… Continue Reading

Beyond gun dogs: Mans best friend

Beyond gun dogs: Mans best friend

TOM MCINTYRE is a contributing editor to Sports Afield and Field & Stream magazine. Dogs are at the heart of it.  One of the earliest words for hunter was the Greek kynēgetēs, translated as “leader of dogs” and for a dozen millennia or more, humans have worked with dogs to hunt food for both.  The… Continue Reading

Guide Diaries: October on the Big Horn

Guide Diaries: October on the Big Horn

GORDON ROSE works as a commercial fly tier and operates Sheridan WYO Healing Waters, part of a national nonprofit organization which teaches disabled military veterans fly fishing, fly tying and fly rod-building as part of their therapy. As many of you know, fishing on the Big Horn this fall has been nothing short of terrible. … Continue Reading

Column: Guide Diaries: “The Ghost Trailer”

Column: Guide Diaries:  “The Ghost Trailer”

GORDON ROSE works as a commercial fly tier and operates Sheridan WYO Healing Waters, part of a national nonprofit organization which teaches disabled military veterans fly fishing, fly tying and fly rod-building as part of their therapy.   As a fishing guide, you always strive to make your client’s day as productive as possible. That… Continue Reading

Column: A trout’s cafeteria menu (Part 3 of 3)

Column: A trout’s cafeteria menu (Part 3 of 3)

GORDON ROSE works as a commercial fly tier and operates Sheridan WYO Healing Waters, part of a national nonprofit organization which teaches disabled military veterans fly fishing, fly tying and fly rod-building as part of their therapy. In my previous two columns we talked about the basic habits of feeding trout, and the distinctive characteristics… Continue Reading

Column: The wheel goes round

Column: The wheel goes round

TOM MCINTYRE is a contributing editor to Sports Afield and Field & Stream magazine. The best title for an autobiography that I ever heard would have to be “Hell, I Was There!” Not that the same can necessarily be said of the book bearing it. That would be the work of Elmer Keith, one of… Continue Reading

Column: A trout’s cafeteria menu (part II of III)

Column: A trout’s cafeteria menu (part II of III)

GORDON ROSE works as a commercial fly tier and operates Sheridan WYO Healing Waters, part of a national nonprofit organization which teaches disabled military veterans fly fishing, fly tying and fly rod-building as part of their therapy. In my last column we talked about the basic habits of feeding trout, and the distinctive characteristics of… Continue Reading

Column: Things we carry

TOM MCINTYRE is a contributing editor to Sports Afield and Field & Stream magazine. Jack O’Connor, Mr. Sheep, “Outdoor Life” icon, and author of numerous books such as “Game in the Desert,” “The Big-Game Rifle,” and “Hunting in the Rockies,” once offered a modest check list of gear a hunter should carry into the mountains… Continue Reading

Ranch hosts bat research in Northwest Colorado

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — As the sky grows dark above an old and empty ranch house near Lake Catamount, Rob Schorr and his team of researchers switch on their headlamps and start listening for the screeches. In a few minutes, dozens and dozens of little brown bats will start to fly out of the… Continue Reading

A trout’s cafeteria menu

A trout’s cafeteria menu

Most fly fishermen have their favorite fly patterns which they know when and where to use.  But do they really know why those patterns are working on a given stream at a given time of year?  Possessing this knowledge will give a fisherman the ability to figure out what to use when their “favorite fly”… Continue Reading

Many ways to enjoy a day on the river

I’ve been on the Big Horn River a lot lately and have observed a slow deterioration in the fishing. This is mostly due to abnormally high water temperatures coming from Yellowtail Dam. My last check put the water temps at 58 degrees at the Afterbay Dam and 64 degrees 12 miles downriver. These high water… Continue Reading

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