Tag Archives: Trout

Wyoming’s Snowy Range on the Fly

Guest Blogger: Seth Cagle

Snowy Range

The glaciers that carved the mountains of southern Wyoming’s Snowy Range left behind beautiful and breathtaking views. Those glaciers also left behind an abundance of kettle lakes which are now full of hungry trout. Whether you’re a seasoned fly fisherman, or just getting out on the water, the Snowy Range offers ample opportunity and excitement for everyone. Here are some reasons you should visit Wyoming to wet a fly in the Snowy Range.

A Perfect Place to Start

First off, the Snowy Range is named appropriately. For a majority of the year, the area is covered in snow, leaving lakes completely iced over. This gives trout a very short season of open water in which to feed. As a result, I find the trout are aggressive and not very picky about fly choice. The lakes are perfect for beginners, or any fly fisherman who simply wants to land a fish. Because of the short growing season, most of the trout aren’t very large, so don’t plan on setting the hook in a 20-inch giant. more…

Visiting Angler’s Bill of Rights

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

Being a lifelong angler and living in SW Montana, it is predictable that one will inevitably be asked to host or fish with visiting anglers. There’s no doubt that the rivers and lakes of SW Montana are a mecca of all sorts for trout fishers across the U.S. It happens two or three times every summer. Someone, a relative, a friend or a client is coming to Montana and wants to fish. I am mostly to blame for these opportunities, invites, impositions, adventures or whatever they might turn into as I freely advertise through pictures, videos and stories the exceptional angling in SW Montana (including Yellowstone National Park). Some of these visits are a direct result of my inviting friends or clients, especially those who I know to be avid anglers. Others come out of the blue. An email-“We’re making a trip to Montana and would like to fish, what do you suggest!” Regardless of how the visits are initiated, every year there are two or three that come to fruition. So, for the visiting angler here’s a Bill of Rights (of sorts from my perspective). more…

Uncommon Knowledge, Part 4

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

Part 3 presented info on origins and diversity, notoriety, and a few odd points of diet, that we might capitalize on such knowledge. Part 4 discusses some interesting information on coexisting with other species, trout intelligence, a couple of curious fishing trivia points, and hatchery fish.

Sharing the Water

Trout and other species such as grayling or whitefish occupy subtly different habitat niches. Thus they can readily co-exist in the same water. They may both eat common food items, but that does not necessarily mean they are competing with each other across the board. If the water can sustain the combined population, they can share it. Throwing “trash” species up on the bank is neither necessary nor effective. Indeed, species sharing “balanced” water become symbiotic in that their absence would negatively affect the other species. more…