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TROUT UNLIMITED VETERANS SERVICE PARTNERSHIP

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   TAPS_8-27-15_010   This is my new friend Stan White....he is from West Virginia, USA...The Mountain State...hill country...coal country...home of Randy Moss and Jerry West, L.A. Lakers #44. 

   Stan's first son, Robert, served in the US Army, 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan. army_82nd_airborne_2

   On patrol in an Army humvee, Robert took a direct hit from an enemy rocket through his midsection.

   The blast killed him instantly.

  

    Stan's second son Andrew was in the US Marines serving in Iraq. He got shot at... a lot.

   He came back messed up from the war suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD...they used to call it "shell-shock"). 

   Andrew spent his last days in a VA hospital.

   He died juiced up and overmedicated...another Marine who gave his life for his country. 

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   It was my honor to spend a day on the river fishing with Stan White. I learned more about bravery from him than he will ever know.TAPS_8-27-15_004

   I participated in TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) sponsored by Trout Unlimited.

   Forty men, mostly dads who have lost sons or daughters in post 9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, attended a retreat at Parade Rest Guest Ranch in West Yellowstone, Montana.

   This program was put together by Dave Kumlien, Western Coordinator for TUVSP.

   It is grief counseling, comraderie and two days of fishing!TAPS_8-27-15_002

   It was my honor to participate.

 

   Many thanks to Trout Unlimited, Dave Kumlien of Montana Troutfitters Bozeman, Parade Rest Guest Ranch, Meadowlark Shuttles in Ennis and all the fishing guides who volunteered.

  

   God Bless you Robert, Andrew and all our Vets!

  

   For more info about this great program and how you can help...click here.tu_logo

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ON THIS DATE...AUG. 17, 1959...THE POWER AND FURY OF NATURE

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   Twenty eight people lost their lives when the mountain came down into the Madison River. A massive 7.5 earthquake shook SW Montana...a major part of our local history forever!

 

click here for story...and read the many, many comments from folks who were connected to the quake or even there!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FLY FISHING TIPS...PIONEER BAR, VIRGINIA CITY, MONTANA

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                 Harmony says..."mend your line or else!!!"

                                             "always listen to your guide!"

                             "two false casts is one too many!"

                              "tip big and tip often!"

                                              

                                             

 

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HEBGEN DAM UPDATE

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hebgen_2From Northwestern Energy...

 

   "The intake rehabilitation is currently scheduled for completion at the end of the summer. Upon substantial completion of the work on the intake, river flow will be transitioned from the spillway to the new intake gates. This change is expected to return downstream water temperatures to what they were previously and aquatic insect populations will gradually return to those observed before the intake repairs began in 2008."hebgen_repair

 

    This sounds like good news. Time will tell. It has been seven long years of uncertainty since the dam blew out in August, 2008. Fingers crossed for the Madison Valley and thousands of trout. Northwestern Energy...the future is in your hands.

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THE MADISON RIVER USED TO RUN THROUGH IT BEFORE IT GOT FLOODED OUT.

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   If you have fished down through the Channels below the town of Ennis and you keep heading downstream pretty soon you hit a dead end...Ennis Lake. But it wasn't always Ennis Lake...or Meadow Lake...for a long, long time it was just the Madison River.

   Confusing? Not really. diamond_rock_ennis_lake

  

   Before the Ennis Dam was constructed in 1905, the Madison River was a series of free flowing, meandering meadow streams that continued the braids of the Channels out into the wide valley between the Tobacco Roots and the north end of the Madison Range, finally coming back together as one river as it entered the Bear Trap Canyon. After the dam was built, as the river water backed up and flooded the valley forming Ennis Lake, that section of the Madison River disappeared.

   What did the old river look like?ennis_lake_pre_dam_topo_001_edit_blue_paint

 

   This topo map dating back to 1903 shows the old river beds as they once looked before they were filled in by Ennis Lake. On the west side you can see where the Fletcher Ch. comes in and merges with  Moore's Ck...then meanders down the shoreline past Clute's and Rainbow Pt., gets met by the spring creek and Meadow Ck. and then continues down the north shore eventually heading into the Bear Trap Canyon.

   The middle channels of the Madison took two courses...one went west to join up with the Fletcher/Moore's Ck/Meadow Ck. channel, and the other two meandered east to hook up with the Bailey's and Chimney Slough channels. One of the former river channels is dried up today but you can still see where it "used to be" on dry land near Bailey's Slough.

   You can also see where Jordain and St. Joe Cks. came together on the east side of the lake.

   The Madison River wandered all over the two and a half mile wide meadow. You can see islands and side channels and dead-end sloughs. It looked like a happy place for nesting ducks and geese, a playground for muskrats and otters, fine habitat for cutthroat trout and graying. Maybe some good grass hay in there, too.

   There were no rainbows or browns in 1903.ennis_lake_pre_dam_topo_002_edit

 

    So the Madison River of the 1800s and earlier is buried forever under Ennis Lake. I wonder how many old sheep cabins or corrals or windbreaks or haystackers are buried under there?

   Or horse trails...or outhouses...or bones.

 

    Maybe time will tell.

   

    Nothing is forever.

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                                                 Ennis Lake

 

   

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