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.
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.
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.