Red Rock Lakes NWR

Janet and I went camping and birding at one of our favorite spots…Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge on the Montana-Idaho border. It is set in the Centennial Valley and from our campsite we can view four mountain ranges…the Centennials, Snowcrest,...

Flood Stage.

Seemingly overnight, SW Montana has gone from serious drought conditions to flood stage. Various rivers are moving off their banks and into a basement near you. The Yellowstone River is the meanest culprit, taking out the Carbella Bridge and causing a 100% closure of...

May 30…2022. Let It Flow.

Something you don’t see every day…or every year. Release flow at Hebgen Dam is 361cfs, cranked down as low as it gets. In fact, 361 is only a few cfs higher than when the dam broke and levels dropped to 250cfs. BUT, due to recent snow and rain, flows at...

May 28…2022. Spring is Sprung

Wildflowers, wild mushrooms and hungry trout. Memorial Day weekend here in Ennis has rain, rain and more rain in the forecast. The Madison is still low but clouding up…Bear Ck. is running mud as will most of the other “tribs” this weekend. Spring...

Opening Day.

Opening Day! The third Saturday in May is the traditional opening day of fishing season in Montana. It was established way-back-when by FWP before “conservation groups” and “concerned citizens” pressured to open certain sections of selected...