Cleaning Up the Clark Fork

As an avid outdoorsman, and Outfitter, I believe it is important to take care of the resources that we enjoy everyday.  Last week I was lucky to be a volunteer in the 2nd annual Clark Fork River Clean Up sponsored by The Ranch at Rock Creek, the Clark Fork Coalition and Trout Unlimited.

The participation and turnout was great to see.  There were over 10 boats and 25 volunteers that helped with the event.

 

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Shoreline lunch to help refuel from the hard work

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We floated, and cleaned, an 11 mile stretch of the upper Clark Fork downstream from Drummond.  The health of this section of water has steadily been on the rebound since the removal of the Milltown dam in 2008.  Even though the upper Clark Fork does not see as much recreation as the lower river through Missoula, it is still important habitat for fish and wildlife.

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Between stops to pick up trash and debris, I managed to find a little time to fish.  This beautiful brown trout served as a reminder of why we need to work to protect and clean our rivers.

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Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch

Some days the fishing guides smile on you & some days they don’t cooperate.

About a week ago I spent 5 days floating the Smith River and due to water conditions I only landed 1 fish.

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Being slightly frustrated, my next outing brought me to the Roaring Fork River on a recent road trip to Colorado.  As I walked down the banks towards the river I noticed the water levels and visibility looked good, some clouds gathered and created some overcast, and I saw dozens of Mother’s Day caddis bouncing around the trees and bushes.  It turned into one of those memorable afternoons when everything seems to come together.  Bugs were dancing around the surface of the water and lots of healthy fish were feeding off the top.

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I headed back to the truck very satisfied that afternoon after getting redemption from the Smith and a renewed faith in the fishing gods!

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