Fish Tally…1980s.

I kept daily logs of catches made on my float trips. The 1980s was the peak of the wild tour/catch and release era on the Madison. Numbers of rainbows and browns reached nearly 10,000 fish per mile in stretches of the upper river. I found this catch tally summary...

Kill ’em and Grill ’em.

It’s been a long time since killing and eating trout was a thing…at least on the Madison River. Nowadays, catch and release is a way of life, especially with the fly fishing crowd, and many rivers have a “no kill” stretch, or “barbless...

The Red Line.

Justin Edge is a fishing guide and outfitter based in Ennis, Mt. His science based thoughts on maintaining the health of the Madison are rooted in facts…and common sense. Mt. FWP, Northwestern Energy, Montana Outfitters and Guides Assoc., Fishing Outfitters...

Montana Invaded

“We have met the enemy and he is us” Lone Mt. photo by Randy Brown Are we willing to step up, protect special places? By Dorothy Bradley Guest columnistDec 23, 2020, Bozeman Daily Chronicle This gorgeous and warm December, I find myself torn by each day’s...

Letter to the Editor

Montana Standard…12/15/2020 Madison Plan Falls Short. A milestone has been achieved on the Madison with passage of a new plan. But it doesn’t really appear that the changes will have much of an impact on the overcrowding and nothing will be implemented...

The End of Summer

I always believed the end of summer in Montana was when the colonies of cliff swallows disappear. If it’s not the end, it’s the beginning of the end. They spend a furious time swirling and dipping and daubing, building their mud huts one beak full of...