The Snag Hole
Much of the grayling work is being done in Red Rock Creek in the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Centennial Valey, Montana
Grayling shock crew on Red Rock Creek, Centnnial Valley.
Coffee talk...sometimes known as bar talk, chit-chat, BS, etc. Some of the best ideas and concepts come from small talk, which grows into larger, more serious talk, which becomes a reality put into action. The recent move by the Feds to NOT place the Arctic grayling on the Endangered Species list has allowed the grass roots movement to protect the grayling initiated by Mt. FWP, local ranchers, The Big Hole River Foundation and others to continue uninhibited without big government meddling. Don't most of the sensible conservation ideas come from the grass roots?
I think so and I hope so.
Madison River grayling photo by Randy Brown, Channels section, 1981.
Mr. Figi, who was hired as the new Exec. Dir. of the non-profit Madison River Foundation after former Dir. Richard Lessner suddenly resigned/retired/quit/ in Aug. of last year, has left his post at the Foundation after only four months.
This is not good news for the Foundation which has been searching for leadership and floundering for an identity. And when you have a for-profit fly shop making shameless self-promoting Facebook posts on a non-profit Facebook Page it kinda begs the crediblity question.
I don't know squat about how to run a non-profit. But if you are going to ask people for their money to help a cause, at least try to make it look you are not being bought, sold or owned by a particular for-profit business, individual or corporation.
And now we read Mr. Lessner has suddenly "un-resigned" and "un-retired". Huh?
The Madison River Foundation has some serious crediblity issues. For the sake of the river, let's hope they get their act together soon.
WHY MONTANA WENT WILD
People ask me all the time how the Madison River got to be the Madison River and I tell them all the time it got good because Dick Vincent and Bud Lilly and Tom Morgan and Dick McGuire and Frank Valgenti fought for the Wild Trout/Catch and Release regulations and I know all this is true because I was there and the good fishing we all enjoy today is because these guys and others stood up against the trout stockers and for the wild trout and it was THE RIGHT THING TO DO...thanks, everybody!