Jeremy Wade was recently the guest speaker at MSU Library Trout Lecture series. Not only did he talk about his ‘River Monster’ adventures but he stressed the importance of conserving our resources around the globe. Mr. Wade works with many different conservation groups worldwide. He promotes river stewardship and encourages all his fans to do the same.
It is worth a visit to Bozeman to see MSU’s special salmonid collection. There is a wealth of information there.
MSU Trout and Salmonid Collection
Photo Credit: MSU Special Collections Library
As you would expect, Jeremy Wade was an excellent speaker and I have to admit I was a bit star struck when meeting this legend.
Go forth & conserve,
*Upcoming Election at the Madison River Foundation*
If you are interested in becoming a member of our board of directors, please send a brief 250 word biography to our office before May 1. We will include a bio of each potential board member along with the official ballot.
The ballots for election will be mailed to our members in mid-May and will be due back in to our office by June 16. Newly elected directors’ terms will begin on June 30, the annual meeting date.
In addition, please be sure to vote on the board recommended bylaw change. It is proposed that we adopt a three year term limit for board members, with the option of directors serving two consecutive terms. Members will be voting on this proposed bylaw change at the same time as the vote for directors.
Directors’ Roles and Responsibilities
Young Angler Series
~ Emmett Lingle ~
I recently interviewed Emmett Lingle, who is a sophomore at Ennis High School. In the time I spent talking with him, I realized how humble a young man he is. Then he showed me a couple pictures of himself out fishing and I was astonished. Emmett was hesitant to brag about any fishing success he’s experienced, but the pictures spoke for themselves.
Emmett’s father is Ross Lingle, a guidance counselor at Ennis High School. He told me how his Dad taught him to fish and that they go out fishing together frequently. Emmett mentioned that he would be interested in guiding on the Madison at some point. He also told me about a great day streamer fishing at Valley Garden. He described a stormy day at dusk when everything lined up just right and he was catching fish on almost every cast,within half an hour. The best part of the trip he said was the consistency of the strikes that he has rarely experienced while fishing. In addition to Valley Garden, Emmett also enjoys fishing the Big Hole and Jack Creek. On Emmett’s list of dream places to fish are New Zealand and Mongolia. In addition to fly fishing, Emmett ties his own flies and his favorite is a black magic pattern. This summer he will be taking a mountaineering trip to Alaska and hopefully, fit in some fishing.
We discussed conservation issues that he believes the Madison is currently facing. Emmett spoke of educational awareness regarding redds for trout. It is an issue that he believes needs to be addressed. I asked Emmett the question I am always trying to answer for myself:
“What would you tell other young people to get them interested in fishing or watersheds?”
Emmett’s response was very thoughtful. He pointed out how people pay thousands of dollars to come fish the Madison. If you are living here, why not take advantage of the incredible resources we are fortunate enough to have in our own backyard?
By: Chelsea Pardo
Montana Watershed Coordination Council
Hosted Watershed Day & Awards
On March 20th, the Montana Watershed Coordination Council hosted the Watershed Day and Awards in Helena. MWCC brought together members of the watershed directory to tell stories of success in natural resource stewardship. The event was a unique opportunity to have state representatives, conservation districts, watershed groups, federal and state agencies, and nonprofits all in one place. The Madison River Foundation had a display set up in the Capitol Rotunda to discuss our conservation efforts. We were able to highlight 2016 projects that we worked on and we talked about future plans for this year. The day included a presentation of Wetland and Watersh ed Awards. The awards honor groups and individuals that exemplify commitment and excellence to wetland and watershed stewardship through collaborative and holistic efforts. The Broadwater Conservation District, Jeff Tiberi, The Trust for Public Lands, and Larry Urban were recognized as t he 2017 award recipients. Congratulations to all that received the distinguished award!
A legislative reception was hosted by MWCC and the Montana Wetlands Council at the Montana Historical Society. The reception was a nice conclusion to the day and gave all groups present at the Capitol a chance to continue networking.
Many thanks to MWCC and the Montana Wetlands Council for hosting such an excellence event!
Madison Conservation District, Watershed Planning Meetings
Wednesday, March 29th MCD hosted their second watershed planning meeting at Ennis School. The meeting goal was to present research on past, present, and future climate conditions, and discuss how we can use that information to direct the watershed planning project to identify priority locations and management practices for improving and maintaining water quality and water availability. The meeting featured several speakers including:
Greg Pederson, a research ecologist for USGS. Pederson spoke about past, present, and future climate conditions.
Dave Moser, FWP. Moser covered climate effects on resource management from a fisheries perspective.
Dan Durham, NRCS. Durham discussed climate effects on resource management from an agricultural perspective.
There will be future meetings to continue the discussion of various topics related to watershed planning.
April 26th: Groundwater and Surface Water Connectivity in the Madison
May 31st: Management Practices to Improve Water Quality and Drought Resilience
June (TBD): Present Watershed Report, Public Feedback
Catch the Hatch Fundraiser & Celebration
The Catch the Hatch Fundraiser & Celebration is quickly approaching. It will be held June 24th at the Jumping Horse Barn. The fundraiser will replace the annual gala that the Foundation usually hosts.
We are excited to announce that we will have a Fly Craft boat in our
Tickets can be purchased online or in our office.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the event!
April 22: Madison Valley Conservation District Fundraiser
April 22: Yellowstone River Clean-up; 8am -3pm, Livingston CIvic Center; Livingston, MT. Contact Montana TU for more information. www.montanatu.org
April 24: Varney Road Clean Up Day @ 8 Mile Fishing Access 9 am. Please let us know if you can join us!
May 15: Willow & Birch Tree planting.
May 16-18: Bear Creek Days Outdoor Education. The MRF will be serving lunch and providing casting instructors on the 17th.
June 24: (Re-Branded – formally known as the Annual Gala)
“Catch the Hatch” celebration and fundraiser at the Jumping Horse Barn.
Tickets on sale now @ www.madisonriverfoundation.org
June 30: Annual Madison River Foundation Meeting @ Madison Valley Public Library 10am. BOD meeting to follow.
July 26: Varney Road Clean Up Day @ 8 Mile Fishing Access 9 am.
Sept 1-2: 15th Annual Ennis on the Madison Tie-One-On Fly Fishing Festival
Vendors welcome: Registration Form
Sept 20: Varney Road Clean Up Day@ 8 Mile Fishing Access 9 am.
Great MRF swag for SALE!!!
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