Where’s the Rain?

Big Hole River 140 cfs
Beaverhead River 370 cfs

If the flow stays below 150 the end is near and the forecast does not look good. If we could get all the irrigators to cut back 10 to 20 percent we would make it but I don’t think that will happen.

I have to go out of town for a few days so if you want the latest info regarding the river call the shop at 406-267-3346. I could try to train Art in a hurry to do this report but the last time I tried that it wasn’t very pretty.

I finally got the ball rolling in the right direction regarding those diversion dams between Maidenrock and Melrose. An official complaint is being filed with the Mile High Conservation and I found that upon them receiving this complaint, an investigation in the matter is mandatory. This will bring in the biologist from FWP on an official basis as well as the chairman of the Mile High Conservation as well as others. Even if the river gets closed to fishing, these blockages will be removed.

My sister who now lives in Chicago sent me a plane ticket to go and visit her there so I guess I better go. I would do a report from there but there are no trout nor bonefish or any species even close. She lives in the middle of the city in some high rise condo and I have no idea what I will be doing there. Talk about a fish being out of water.

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  1. Tom & Mary Smith

    tom smith’s
    Backcountry Angler
    426 South Atlantic Street
    Dillon, Montana 59725
    (406) 683-3462
    Email backcountry@backcountryangler.com


    Dear Concerned,

    We are writing this complaint concerning two diversions between the Fish & Game Access and Melrose. (above and below the Meriwether bridge)
    We feel that these diversions should not have been allowed in the first place and should be taken out as soon as possible. They are not only a floating hazard for boats but also an impediment for fish movement, especially during times of water temperature variations and spawning. These diversions are also affecting stream flows to senior water right holders downstream.
    We are requesting that this removal of the diversions be expedited as rapidly as possible. Thank-you for your time and attention to this important matter.


    Tom & Mary Smith

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