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Tomatoes for trout

Earlier this month the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change put out a report that told us what every good mother has been saying for decades: Eat your vegetables. Clean your plate. Eat less beef. Finish your beans. True, that’s an oversimplification. But for me it hits home. I spend a fair bit of time worrying … Read more

On grayling and guilt

Returning to the valley a year after surgery. The way I figure it, they probably stopped her heart around 1 p.m. The bypass machines kicked on and in my mind they sounded like the soothing white noise of a ceiling fan. Peaceful. I don’t know if a person subconsciously takes in any noise during surgery, … Read more

Making small talk

One of my co-workers always likes to start a conversation talking about the weather. Usually it happens in the dead of winter. He lives in Arizona. I live in Montana. “How’s the winter?” he will ask. “Oh. Cold. Minus 20 yesterday. The same today.” He’ll laugh and I will huddle closer to the fire, waiting … Read more

Tourist season

We love having visitors in Montana. For one, it’s a huge driver for our economy—we’ve got an obscenity of riches when it comes to outdoor recreation opportunities and were I to live anywhere else, Montana is where I’d long to be. But by the end of July, after one or two giant motorhomes have nearly … Read more

Q&A: Pat Byorth

Pat Byorth has long been an advocate for anglers in Montana and with his recent appointment to Montana’s Fish and Game Commission, he is continuing that tradition for the benefit of all Montanans. As a long-time TU employee, he has worked to restore some of our most iconic rivers such as the Madison and the … Read more