What is #fishbike, exactly?
#fishbike is what we do here in Sheridan, Wyoming, when we’re gifted with a snow day. Fishbike is a combination of two of our favorite past-times – fly fishing and fat biking – and represents one great way to spend a day outdoors. Way out here in the mountains, we go wild for the white stuff; we pack our vehicles with snowshoes, fat bikes and fishing poles, and we head out into the mountains when the weather gets wild.
We gathered some good friends from Black Tooth Brewing, Sheridan Bicycle Co. and the Antelope Butte Mountain Recreation Area for a day of mid-winter fun, and they helped our own Max Brown, Sheridan Travel & Tourism’s Film and Digital Production Coordinator, capture the spirit of the season.
We kicked off our day casting eyes on flies at the Fly Shop of the Bighorns, Wyoming’s premier fly-fishing outpost since 1987. From the Fly Shop we set a course for Tongue River Canyon, one of northern Wyoming’s best-kept secrets; it felt like we had the whole of the canyon and the river to ourselves, and it didn’t take long to get the fish biting.
John Kirlin from Black Tooth decided from there to get in a bit of training time ahead of this summer’s Dead Swede 100, and took us trail running on one of the most scenic and spectacular dirt tracks in the state.
We moved on from Tongue River Canyon up into the Bighorn Mountains, where we dropped the fat bikes onto snow at the Cutler Trail, just off Highway 14, gracious maintained by the good folks at Black Mountain Nordic Club. We hit the famous Mutt Meadows Loop and Bowser Hill before rolling back down the mountain for revelry at Black Tooth – a day in the snow deserves a reward, after all.