The Other Bighorns

When fly fishers hear the word ‘Bighorn,’ they immediately think of the giant spring-creek-like outflow from the Yellowtail dam in Montana. But south of the Montana border, in Wyoming’s Bighorn mountains, are plenty of places to fish in complete solitude for trout that don’t see anglers every day. In Wisconsin’s Leader-Telegram, Joe Knight talks about a recent trip to the Tongue River. “You just might be a trout bum if the first thing you do in the morning, after scaring the mule deer and free-range cattle out of the camp site, is eat a breakfast cooked over a one-burner stove in a cast-iron frying pan, then clamp a fly-tying vise on a picnic table and tie flies until the sun has warmed the streams enough for fishing.”

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