Hebgen Investigation Posed.

Three non-profit groups are looking for answers into the dam malfunction that cut flows and threatened fish pops in the Madsion on Nov. 30 last year. I agree with them. The part that bothers me is that there was no alarm system to alert NorthWesternEnergy when the dam...

Hebgen Malfunction: Outdoor Life.

This article from Outdoor Life (remember them?) is an accurate summary of the near disaster at Hebgen…and how the people took action: fishing guides, concerned citizens and the utility company working together, side by side, for the common good of the Madison. How a...

Rest and Rotation Dumped.

So…to answer the question I get a thousand times and day and sometimes in my sleep: “what are they gonna do about the river?” The answer is….NOTHING. There will be a cap on outfitted guide trips effective 2023, which will do zilch regarding...

Montana Ranch Worth $200 Million?

Forget gold, crypto, IPOs, baseball cards or pork belly futures. You want to make money? Buy a ranch in Montana. The road to prosperity is full of land mines and booby traps…but owning a ranch in Montana is pretty much a sure thing. Since my time in the Madison...

Walk, Wade, Rest, Rotate, Rinse, Repeat.

Meetings, meetings, meetings…and more meetings. My head hurts. The river must be chuckling. The “regulate the river” crowd just can’t get it together. Money, politics, greed, fear, personal agenda, landowner rights, landowner wrongs, more,...

Brown Trout Facts

Brown trout (salmo trutta) are non-native species to Montana. They are native to Scotland and Germany. The first brown trout in the state were introduced to the Madison River in 1889.  A typical female brown trout produces about 2,000 eggs per kilogram (900 eggs...