Trout Bum Diaries

Trout Bum Diaries

The Trout Bum Diaries (TBD) provide us with an inside look into their traveling to unexplored territories and the pursuit of beautiful fish. Instead of focusing on the techniques of fishing, fly tying and the like these guys spend their nights sleeping in tents or on the ground, drinking beer, tying flies, and fly fishing. These guys show you backcountry fishing at its best. [Read more…]

Outdoor advocates urge Congress to create more wilderness in Montana

 

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Two decades after then-President Ronald Reagan vetoed a statewide Montana wilderness bill, retired U.S. Forest Service officials and others are urging the state’s congressional delegation to take a shot at getting another bill passed by Congress.

“This letter is but another indication that Montanans are trying to jumpstart legislative consideration of wilderness designation,” said former Montana Congressman Pat Williams.

Williams was one of 14 wilderness advocates who signed a letter sent Thursday to Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester, both Montana Democrats, and Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., asking them to make new wilderness designation a top priority.

Threats to the state’s wild lands, where elk and grizzly bear roam and trout-filled mountain streams flow unchecked, are cited in the request.

Dale Bosworth, the retired chief of the U.S. Forest Service, who lives in Missoula, was among those to sign the letter.

“We definitely need a wilderness bill for Montana, and it is past time for a statewide bill,” he said.

The congressional delegation offered no promises. [Read more…]