Big Sky, Big Fish.

Seven Montana record-breaking fish caught in 9 months By Bret Hauff Chronicle Staff WriterJun 10, 2021 A group of anglers fish Hyalite Reservoir on June 7.Rachel Leathe/Chronicle The past year has been a good one for anglers in Montana. It all started in August when...

The Spirit Stone

   In September of 1983, I began bow hunting in an area new to me…an area that was to provide excitement, frustration and adventure. My camp was situated on top of a bank about twelve feet high overlooking a fast stream. It was a noisy rascal but the water...

Rivergeddon.

Bozeman, Montana You can read this detailed article written by Michael Cast for The Montana Standard about the nosedive of brown trout numbers across Montana’s most famous trout rivers and form your own opinions: drought, low water, warm water, virus…take...

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...