About a month ago, an opportunity arose to go to Wyoming to do my first ever float trip with a member of the forum, the man, the myth, the legend, Larry Mcnerney. Of course I couldn't pass up a chance to fish some of Wyoming's premier trout water. Larry said his boat would easily accommodate two fishers, so I got a hold of my friend Rod to see if he wanted to come along. He couldn't pass up the opportunity either. On May 29th Rod drove 400 miles from Council Bluffs Iowa to Sidney Nebraska to pick me up. From Sidney we drove another 400 miles to Thermopolis Wyoming where we would be fishing the Bighorn River. The next morning the adventure began. It started out sunny and warm out, but looks can be deceiving. This is where Rod and I learned our first lesson; do not leave wading jackets in the pickup. It rained almost all day the first day, but the fishing was phenomenal. The next day it was overcast, and again the fishing was amazing. On the third and last day, it was sunny and the fishing seemed to slow down, but we still managed to catch several fish. The scenery and size of fish in the Bighorn is absolutely breathtaking. An average size fish was around the 18" mark. To top it off, we didn't have to fight with a bazillion guide boats, we only seen 10 boats the whole trip.
We primarily used double nymph rigs and streamers the whole trip. San Juan worms were very productive, as were stonefly and BWO nymphs, and pine squirrel leaches. Rod fished the heck out of his 8'3" Steffen 5/6 paired with a Hardy Bougle 3 1/4" reel the whole trip. I fished my 8'6" Steffen 5/6 the first day, then the Epic 686 loaner rod that Cameron from TFM sent me for the last two days. On both rods I used a Ross RR3 with SA GPX WF6F line. I was pleasantly surprised with the Epic. It is a step faster than the Steffen, while still feeling and bending like glass. It has a lot of backbone and a stronger tip giving it the ability to throw a mean line. Larry used a Sage One 590 and Z Axis 790. Holy **** can he cast. Probably the best caster I have EVER seen in person.
Larry could also live to about 400 years old and not even come close to making a dent in his flies. Heck, he could open up shop and never run out lol!
If you ever have a chance to fish with Larry, do not pass it up!
I'll let the pictures and brief videos tell the story in no particular order. Took TONS of pics, here a just a few.
Larry, his boat, and I.
Me and a SWEET brown.
Rain Rain Rain.
Rods first brown EVER.
Rod giving the Steffen 5/6 a workout.
Larry with a fish on.
My first fatty of day 3.
Larry with a nice bow.
My BURNT face with a nice bow.
A bow Larry caught.
Pics continued on another thread: An EPIC Trip To The Bighorn with Mcnerney; Continued..