Casting & Blasting in Wyoming

wyofly

Active Member
#1
I'm fortunate to live where cast and blast is the norm during the fall months. When the mountain grouse season opens in September I load up the horses, my favorite 4 wt. rod and my 28 Ga. Parker and go into the Big Horn mountains for a day of casting and blasting. The trout are generally small ranging from 10-12 inches with the occasional 16+ inch cutthroat. At least once a season, we spend a week trout fishing and grouse hunting in the mountains.
During the waterfowl and pheasant season, I hunt and fish along the Big Horn river and the islands in the river. I change to a 6 wt. rod and a #2 AyA in 16 Ga.
Top of pic is a #2 AyA 16 Ga. and a 6wt. 9' Sage rod. Bottom of pic is a 28 Ga. Parker Repro and a 4 wt. 9' Sage rod.

 

freestoneangler

Not to be confused with Freestone
#2
NIRVANA...lucky you! How long have you lived in Wyoming? Those are two very nice looking shotguns and custom rods. I have built rods for many years, but never have done a wood grip...besides the weight, always thought they would be too slick.
 

wyofly

Active Member
#3
My wife and I bought our ranch 16 years ago. The wood is local Juniper, a very light wood with many different colors. At first, I thought that the wood grips would be slippery, but that is not the case in either fresh or saltwater. If you have a lathe you can turn a handle and drill a center hole pretty quick. It does take a little time with a rattail file, but not much more than with cork.
 

wyofly

Active Member
#6
freestone angler wrote"Nice! Where about in Wyoming are you? One of my former Boeing co-workers bought 80 acres in Worland and loves it there."
We are about 20 miles north of Worland with about 2 miles of Big Horn River frontage. It's a good place to live and only 2 1/2 hours from a mall.:)