The Snag Hole
Pennsylvania Power & Light…We Are Not Bad People!
To all of you who are upset that we allowed the Madison River to reach the lowest flow level since the Big Quake of 1959…SHAME ON YOU! All of us at PP&L, 2167 miles away in Allentown, Pa. are shocked at you Montana hicks. We know what we are doing…think about the children…your kids…your loved ones…they don’t need their fishin’ poles...they can just walk right out across the rocks in the middle of the Madison River and scoop ‘em up with dip nets…fish fry for the whole damn family! An look at the loot…no water means treasure…all the Nikons and Rolexes and Orvises and Sages and ya know all that other stuff that’s been layin down there for years…now y’all can go get it! First come, first serve…just walk on out there and scrape all the dead fish out of your way and divvy up the loot! We’re helping the Montana economy…putting money in your pocket…food on the table (y’all might check those dead trout for fungus, blisters and open sores before y’all cook ‘em up…know what I mean?) Just because we’re closer to New York City, Philadelphia and Newark don’t mean we don’t love Montana. Heck we take a Corporate Outing to Yellowstone Park every year. We even have photos of our PP&L Vice Presidents feeding a Philly Cheese Steak to a grizzly bear…we care about the West! And one of our PP&L Executives stood right up next to one of them thar wild buffalos and got his picture took just before the old bull rammed a horn up his wazoo. Yippee! We love it out there in Big Sky country.
So don’tchall fret about a little low water…heck after all those fish die off we’ll by y’all some fresh ones and dump ‘em back in there with our PP&L helicopters and corporate jets. And then will have a big party at the Long Branch and buy y’all a bunch of beer. Yahoo! Ain’t it great?
PS…If you ever get to Allentown…feel free to stop in…and bring the family!
I hate to say hate but...ok, intensly dislike...these five bird species that are harmful to not only the Montana environment but most anywhere they invade.
#5. White Pelican I know...they are beautiful, graceful flyers and fun to watch, but these birds are a menace to the Montana trout population. They form a circle and herd the trout, then move in for the kill. I have seen a pelican swallow a 20 inch trout whole in one quick gulp...and their numbers are increasing. Trout are pretty much helpless to a horde of White Pelicans. Too bad they can't be trained to eat suckers, gar, carp, lizards, snakes or other vermin but alas it's trout (and whitefish) they covet.
#4. English Sparrow Dirty, aggressive, annoying, and detrimental to our native birds...sometimes called House Sparrow. Introduced to New York in 1850...spread to California by 1910. Now they are nationwide and more annoying than ever.
#2. European Starling. Introduced from Europe, they are now found in virtuallly all human-modified habitats, meaning roofs, eaves, buildings, parking lots, street lights...often feeding and roosting in large flocks. They nest in any cavity, often in made-made structures and they run off bluebirds which upsets me greatly!
#1. Eurasian Collared Dove/Ringed Turtle Dove. Coo, coo, coocookachoo...these invasives are spreading like wildfire all over Montana and the U.S., even the Florida Keys where they have invaded in numbers along with the common Myna Bird. Introduced from Europe and rapdly colonizing North America, they are a menace...taking over and moving out our native birds. Daisy BB Guns are the only answer...are you with me kids?
At least three of the above are invaders from Europe or elsewhere. I look at them exactly the same as noxious weeds such as spotted knapweed and leafy spurge which have invaded and taken over many areas of Montana and eliminated our native grasses. The State of Montana spends a fortune fighting noxious weeds. Treating invading birds such as the English Sparrow, European Starling and Eurasian Collared Dove in the same way would make good sense to me.
Through the years a guy gets kind of attached to certain birds...just some that make an impression...they stick with you...my Top Ten Montana Bird List:
A secretive type...I would see them in the Montana hills at altitude in elk country...not that common, though...saw a lot of them when I lived in Colorado...interesting mountain bird.
#6. Dipper (water ouzel) Secretive little rascals...sometimes I see them underneath the cliffs near Comleyville Rapids, or up Jack Creek in the canyon...they can actually swim underwater...pretty cool birds.
#5. Sandhill Crane They nest here and spend the whole summer. Their mating dance in the spring is a sight. I found a nest once on one of the islands below Varney...two large eggs. In the Fall, they herd up and commence to squawking up a storm, then adios!
#3. Great Gray Owl Along with the Snowy, the largest North American owl. I once walked up on a pair of Great Grays perched on a low branch in the hills near Low Pass Lake. They were surprisingly tame and let me get close. Impressive bird.
If I could add a few more, the list would include the Long Billed Curlew, Cinnamon Teal, Peregrine Falcon, Clarks' Nutcracker, Yellow Warbler and more. But ya gotta end somewhere!
Chart your course. Walk the Earth.
Well...magic girls, really. Tonight the rock group Heart will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Those girls are good!...I was the lead pony in charge of making sure Heart tunes got played on the radio all over the USA and it was a wild ride! Heart signing dinner...lots of important people...lots of Dom Perignon...just a normal day in show biz in the 1970s...I'm in there somewhere!
It was fun...well, sort of. One of the moves we made was to put Heart on as headliner for WRKO radio Boston's "Spring Fever" festival in April, 1977. This was a big deal...175,000 people showed up to see Heart, Burton Cummings and Orleans perform live at The Hatch Shell at the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, Mass. It was a big day...traffic backups, unemployment and antiracism demonstrations...over 50 people arrested for assault and battery on police officers, stabbings and possesion of marijuana...not to mention several people injured after falling from trees to get a better view! Just another day of rock n roll mayhem! Me, RKO General VP Programming Paul Drew, Nancy Wilson, WRKO/Boston PD Les Garland, Ann Wilson (Mr. Drew is pointing at me because he knows I am a great guy :o) Before the concert, April 30, 1977.
Heart was a big hit...and on they went. Ann and Nancy Wilson are huge musical talents...they will be inducted into the R&R Hall along with Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush, Albert King, Donna Summer, Lou Adler and Quincy Jones. HBO will be televising the ceremonies on Sat. May 18 at 9pm EST. My time with the Heart girls was all good...they treated me great...I always think back on my days with Ann and Nancy with a big smile...it was magic!
The platinum record I was awarded for the Heart album "Little Queen"
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From his obituary –
"Cam Sigler Sr. was a pioneer in not only the Pacific Northwest , but the world, helping to pave the way for innovative outdoor hunting and fishing products. In the outdoor community he will for ever be known as the man in the “Broad-Brimmed Hat” who brought fishing waders, billfish flies and much more to the fly fishing and hunting industries.
His billfish flies won honorable mention as one of the 10 most innovative fishing lures of all time.
Cam was born in 1941 in Plaquemine, LA, but lived all over the country in his youth. In 1962 while in Virginia, Cam married Sue. The family then headed west so that Cam could accept a job opportunity to work for the Eddie Bauer Company. Upon arriving in the PNW in 1968 , they asked around for a good place to live and raise a family and it was suggested to try one of the Islands. They moved to Vashon Island, settling on the north end.
After leaving Eddie Bauer in 1986 Cam started his own outdoor business, The Cam Sigler Company. On March 20, 2013 Cam Sr. died at the age of 71, after a year long battle with cancer.
In memory of Cam, he has asked that if you want to show your support to donate to a cause he believed in, please make a donation to the Billfish Foundation in his name."
from Randy Brown: I was lucky to know Cam Sr....a gentleman, an innovator, Axolotl Society stalwart, fly fisher and just a wonderful guy...RIP.