Springtime Snowpack, Water Report.

We are 74% of normal…not good. March was a dud for moisture. Release flow at Hebgen is 565cfs…very weak…desperately trying to get Hebgen filled. Canyon Ferry Res. currently 68% of capacity. Willow Ck. (Harrison Lake) 79% of capacity. We are running...

Feb. 2022…Twenty Below Zero.

Bitter cold temps have gorged the Madison upstream almost to Varney* and the ice is piling up. Here are two shots from yesterday, Feb. 23. Varney still open as of 2/25. Boat ramp at Burnt Tree Hole fishing access. Boat ramp at Eight Mile Ford fishing access. Eight...

Geeking Out with Goldeneyes

In wintertime around the Madison you might see and hear black and white fighter jets whizzing by in formation over the river with a whistle and a whoosh…goldeneyes. But wait. We have two species of goldeneyes around these parts. Common and Barrow’s. Which...

The Walleye Belt

This is where I grew up…The Walleye Belt…east side of Cleveland to be exact…the Village of Mayfield to be more exact. But it wasn’t the Walleye Belt back then. More like the Pollution Belt. Growing up in NE Ohio in the 50s and 60s, Lake Erie...

Winter at the Railroad Ranch.

No chucking salmon flies at large rainbows in the Box Canyon over Memorial Day weekend. No wall-to-wall humans wallowing through the green drakes and spooking bank sippers in June. No night stalking the brown drakes in July. It’s winter on the Henry’s...

Jan…2022. Northern Birds

The arrival of mallards from Alberta and Saskatchewan to Montana each winter is an epic event. Colorful, athletic…the strongest of flyers…the hardiest of all waterfowl. Watching these birds whoosh in at daybreak is awesome. .

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...