Rowan’s latest blog post on his website Fishonphoto – “A beautiful Brown Trout caught on the Madison River last week. Salmonflies, golden stones, caddis, green drakes, PMD’s, and even more caddis, were on on the menu last week as the Madison was displaying all its summer glory. Fishing a river when it is in its prime season is a key to success in the Yellowstone region, and the first two weeks of July just might be the best the Madison has to offer all year.”
Josh Duchateau, our Head Guide, discusses gulper fishing with the local Bozeman Daily Chronicle newspaper.
We are thrilled to have Matt join us this year! New to Firehole Ranch for the 2014 fishing season, Matt Breuer is finding some solace in the prospect of a few consecutive months on US soil. In the 15 or so years since college, Matt has guided anglers through the globe’s most storied fisheries; from Alaska’s Bristol Bay region to the tailwaters of the Southeast US, from Argentina’s Rio Grande to Russia’s Ponoi River, Matt has been fortunate to make a life in fishing. Most recently, he’s been involved in spearheading a grassroots project in Guyana, South America. This project aims to assist an Amerindian community in establishing a sustainable, destination fishery for Arapaima, the world’s largest scaled freshwater fish. Despite the remarkable opportunities that Matt has had to fish and work throughout the world, he is most at home on the oars, working the seams of a Western trout stream. He looks forward to joining the community at Firehole Ranch, and sharing his wit and humor with a host of new friends and anglers.
Click thru to our FHR Facebook page for photos from his worldwide fishing and guiding adventures!
Happy May Day! Warmest wishes from snowy Montana. I hope you are well and enjoying a beautiful spring! Though it is still a white winter wonderland around here, we are all eager to be back on the Ranch in mid-May to get ready for guests in June!
Over the last five years I have been working with Trout Unlimited regarding my water rights here on the Ranch. Watkins Creek, which runs thru the Ranch, is an important fish habitat for Hebgen Lake. In 1902 and 1904 the Ranch was issued irrigation rights and over the years the water was used for irrigating pastures. The cumulative effect of all these leases was to almost drain the creek each summer. With our longer, drier summers keeping water in the creek is essential for wild trout.
Thru Trout Unlimited I learned about the Montana Water Project. This important unique program, the first of its kind in the country, works with water rights owners to put water back in the streams. Trout Unlimited made it possible for me to take all my water rights, lease them back to the state, and put the water back into Watkins Creek to ensure it is a healthy fishery.
Please enjoy this video produced by Trout Unlimited, telling the story of our collaboration to preserve healthy flows and habitat in Watkins Creek, a wild trout nursery for Hebgen Lake. “It’s easy to overlook small tributary creeks, but they play a big role in ensuring river health – and fishing opportunities.” Trout Unlimited