Podcast: Protecting the Montana Headwaters, with Scott Bosse

This week, I talk with Scott Bosse of American Rivers on the Montana Headwaters Security Act, a 7-year program that will hopefully come to fruition in 2020. It’s draft legislation for new Wild and Scenic river designations on some of the best . . .

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New Water-Management Plan Ensures Great Trout Fishing on the Bighorn

We are a few weeks into the season on the Bighorn River, excited and looking forward to a fresh start. The spring fishing has been good, and the size of trout being caught is similar to the early years, when the average size was 16 to 18 inches long. The . . .

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Pro Tips: Top 5 Flies for Springtime on the Madison

Written by: Kaitlin Groundwater, Madison Valley Ranch


Patrick Fulkrod of South Holston River Company shows off a springtime beauty on the Madison.
Photo by Patrick Fulkrod

In the middle of winter, many anglers find themselves longing for something that the snow and chilly weather has kept at bay--the tug of a trout at the end of their line. We find ourselves eager to . . .

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Trout Bum of the Week XXXIX: Lisa Savard


A fishing guide for more than two decades, Lisa Savard now shares her knowledge with others..
Photo by Tim Savard

Lisa Savard runs Savard Hospitality Consulting, along with her husband Tim, from their home alongside Rock Creek near Clinton, Montana. Before they moved out West in 2014, Lisa and Tim owned and operated Lopstick Lodge & Cabins in Pittsburg, New Hampshire for. . .

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Vote to Protect Clean Water and Ensure Responsible Mining in Montana

On Election Day, November 6, Montanans will have the opportunity to make a powerful statement in support of clean water by voting YES on I-186, known as the Requirements for Permits and Reclamation Plans of New Hard Rock Mines Initiative. If . . .

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Top 10 Flies for Fall in Missoula, Montana

Written by: John Herzer,  Blackfoot River Outfitters


John Herzer celebrates a nice fall trout with a client.
Photo courtesy John Herzer

The rivers around Missoula, Montana--Rock Creek, the Big Blackfoot, the Bitterroot, and the Clark Fork--are already showing signs of the changing seasons. Shorter, cooler days are keeping . . .

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Photos and Story: Learning the Ropes in Yellowstone

Written by: Will Bayha


Will and Bridgit in the Lamar River canyon, in Yellowstone National Park.
Photos courtesy Will Bayha

When I first heard about the Orvis 50/50 On the Water campaign, I loved the idea to inspire and celebrate women in fly fishing. I knew that’s exactly what I wanted to do with my girlfriend, . . .

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Pro Tips: Making the Most of the “Trico Trance”

Written by:Nick Chiasson, Forrester's Bighorn River Resort


You can catch surprisingly big trout on tiny Trico patterns when the fish go into a trance.
Photo courtesy Forrester's Bighorn River Resort

It's Trico time again on the Bighorn River, and it seems that each year, the hatch gets longer and longer. Tricos are an incredibly fun dry flies to fish, especially on rivers like the Bighorn that . . .

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