I sometimes confide my Catholic theory of fly fishing to anglers when the fishing is slow and the weather is nasty: namely, you have to suffer greatly in order to have great rewards. Of course the whole spiel is tongue-in-cheek, for the only correlation I have found with nasty weather is th…
A hearty steak and vegetable stir fry helped warm the innards and spirits of cold floaters.
In early May the plentiful cottonwood trees were just beginning to leaf out on the lower Bighorn River.
The lower Bighorn River provides loads of serenity and expansive views for floaters traveling downstream. It’s a big difference from the more crowded upper portion of the river that’s famed for its trout fishing.
Floaters have to be willing to look for a more subtle form of beauty as they float the lower Bighorn River. There are no purple mountains majesty, but there is lot of wildlife and stark contrasts between the prairie and the river.
The jet engine-like drone of the sugar beet factory and its large stack piercing the uniformly gray horizon like some nuclear plant emission tower was the only drawback of the campsite. But when you’re cold and it’s getting late, the first flat ground with firewood close by is hard to pass up.
Mike Ruggles, a Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks fisheries biologist, will talk about the Bighorn River's trout on Tuesday at the Magic City Fly Fishers meeting.
Recently, flows in the rivers below reservoirs have increased markedly. As of Monday evening the Bighorn River at Thermopolis was flowing at 2,000 cubic feet per second; the Shoshone River at Cody was flowing at 2,400 cfs; the flow in the Tongue River below Tongue River Dam was 800 cfs; and…
There’s so much mountain runoff predicted this spring that Bighorn Reservoir’s Horseshoe Bend Marina, just north of Lovell, Wyo., could be left high and dry on Memorial Day weekend.
The Bureau of Reclamation will present information about water supply conditions in the Bighorn Basin and discuss proposed spring-summer operating plans for Yellowtail Dam/Bighorn Lake at a public meeting on Thursday starting at 1 p.m.
Here is a low water photo with Father Jim Heiser holding a Bighorn River trout. Note the exposed cobblestone on the right.
This is a view of the Bighorn River in 2011 when it was running at more than 15,000 cubic feet per second.
Over the past 30 years, I have experienced a variety of water levels on the Bighorn River. During the decade starting in 1990, the flows in the river were above the recommended minimum of 2,500 cfs, and in the decade of 2000 to 2010, most of the flows were below the recommended minimum flow.
CODY, Wyo. — Flows on the Bighorn River will increase this week as the Wyoming Game and Fish Department takes action to improve conditions for trout.
The upside to the past week’s high river runoff and rapid snowmelt is that the water has boosted reservoir levels, as well as allowed dam operators to increase water releases to more closely mimic traditional spring runoff.
CASPER, Wyo. — Worland Police received the call about flooding a little before 7 a.m.
Flooding from Ice Jams in Greybull, WY - 3/9/14 @ 18:30
MANDERSON, Wyo. — The Wyoming National Guard is working to protect two towns from flooding along the Bighorn River, which is backed up by ice jams.
Do you have a sure fly that you fish nearly all the time? Do you switch flies constantly to try to come up with the most productive one? Do you select a fly based on current water conditions and hatches?
Anglers like this man on the Bighorn River could end up paying more to fish in Montana under proposals being considered and developed by a committee of citizens and legislators. Hunting fees are also being discussed.