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October 6, 2004 The Wescolite Student Newspaper Something Smells Fishy By Matt Bryn Dillon is a trout fisherman’s paradise. There are five major rivers within an hour’s drive. These rivers include: The blue ribbon Beaverhead, the legendary Big Hole, the unmatched Madison, the quiet Jefferson, and the sleeper Ruby. All five of these rivers are blue ribbon trout streams. The Beaverhead River, which starts at Clark Canyon Reser voir, is a traditional tail-water nearly 50 miles long. It flows through Dillon, ends at Twin Bridges, and contains mostly Brown and Rainbow Trout. The “Beav” also inhabits Moun tain Whitefish, Ling (below Clark Can yon Dam), Suckers, and Carp on the lower reaches of the river. The Beaverhead has an estimated number of 3,000 fish per river mile. A savvy angler can catch numerous 16 to 21 inch fish in the “Beav” just about everyday. The Big Hole River starts high in the mountains in the Southern most part of the Big Hole Valley. The Big Hole is a freestone river flowing nearly 150 miles. This is a very unique river because of the different species of fish that call this wa ter home. The upper half of the river, from its headwaters to the town of Melrose, hosts the largest populations of reproducing Arctic Grayling in the lower 48 states. The Big Hole also supports populations of Brook Trout, Rainbow and Brown Trout, Mountain Whitefish and Suckers. Just below the town of Twin Bridges, the Big Hole and the Beaverhead meet to form the Jefferson River. The Jefferson, although a blue ribbon trout stream, doesn’t get fished nearly as much as the Beaverhead, the Big Hole, or the JVIadi- son. The Jefferson flows to the town of Three Forks. You will find Brown and Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish, and Suckers in the Jefferson The lower Ruby River starts seven miles above the town of Alder at Ruby Dam. This small stream flows around 30 miles and dumps into the Beaverhead just above Twin Bridges. You will find Brown and Rainbow Trout and Mountain White- fish scattered throughout this river. Stream access is somewhat tough here, so when you get into the river at a public access, be sure to stay below the high water mark, and know where that mark is. Many ranchers will bother you about fish ing a stretch through their land, but don’t let that affect you. They are mostly trying to in timidate and trying to get you to leave. If they keep giving you a hard time, don’t be afraid to contact a local Montana game warden or the lo cal sheriff to file a com plaint. The Madison River starts in Yellowstone Park and flows to the town of Three Forks where it joins the Jefferson and the Gallatin to form the Missouri River. The Madison could be the most popular river to fly fish in the United States, if not the world. It is known for its great hatches, abundant fish and beautiful scenery. The Madison has great populations of Brown and Rain bow Trout, and tons of Mountain White- fish. All of these area rivers hold big num bers of big trout. You can generally use the same fly patterns for all of these waters. A good choice of flies would be pheasant tails, princes nymphs, Copper Johns, Parachute Adams, and an elk hair caddis. Later in the summer and into the fall, a fly box would not be complete without hoppers, stimulators, ants and beetles. There are many more patterns to name, but that would be a great start. All of these rivers are fishable by wad ing, but floating will give you your best chance at getting a good number of fish. Plus, floating is very enjoyable. The Beaverhead, Big Hole, Madison and Jefferson all have good access through out the river. For all fishing information, gear, ad vice and a good fishing story, check out Frontier Anglers fly shop in Dillon. Go out and take advantage of these great area waters. Have fun, and remember to get outdoors before winter comes. Calendar of Events O C T O B E R Saturday 9 H o m ecom ing/ Alum n i W eekend Football vs. R o cky (hom e ) 1:00pm Hall o f Fame Banquet, L&C Room 6:30pm Volleyball vs. M S U -N o rthem (hom e ) 7:00pm M onday 11 “On the R o cks”, OC 311 4:00pm M onday N ight Football, Great R o o m 7:00pm Tuesday 12 M eet with the Chancellor, SU B 10:00am W ellness Check, L&C Room 7:00am Faculty Senate M eeting, STC Board Room 3 :00pm Catholic Campus Ministry, SU B 7:00pm Band/ Choir Concert Sm all Auditorium 7:00pm M o v ie Night, Great Room 8:00pm W ednesday 13 W ellness Check, L&C 7:00am Thursday 14 W ellness Check, L&C 7:00am C o u p les M a ssage C lass, SU B 6:00pm Intramural, Sports Arena 6:00pm Chi Alpha, Great R o o m 6:30pm Roger Dunsm ore, Poet, The Cup 7:30pm Friday 15 Volleyball vs. W estminster (hom e ) 6:00pm W o m en’s BB vs. Lethbridge (hom e ) 8:00pm Saturday 16 Football @ H elena 1:00pm Rocky M ountain Elk Banquet, L&C 6:30pm M onday 18 “On the Rocks”, OC 311 4:00pm M o n d a y N ight Football, Great Room 7:00pm Tuesday 19 Com m u n ity Meth M eeting, L&C 7:00pm Catholic Cam p us M inistry , SU B 7:00pm M o v ie N ight, Great R o o m 8:00pm W ednesday 20 Ladies N ight Out, Fireside Lounge 7:00pm Thursday 21 Intramural, Sports Arena 6:00pm Chi Alpha, Great Room 6:30pm M T Repertory Theatre, Sm all Auditorium 7:00pm Volleyball vs. Carroll @ H elena 7:00pm Friday 22 L a st D a y to D r o p C lasses Foundation Board M eeting, Roe House 12:00pm Volleyball vs. Rocky @ B illings 6:00pm Saturday 23 Football @ Butte 1:00pm M onday 25 Senior Seminar, L&C 8:00am M onday N ight Football, Great Room L&C, 7:00pm Tuesday 26 Art Faculty Exhibit, Oct 26-D e c 3, M ain Hall Senior Seminar. L&C 8:00am M eet with the Chancellor, SU B 10:00am Catholic Campus M inistry, SU B 7:00pm M o v ie N ight, Great R o o m 8:00pm W ednesday 27 Volleyball vs. Tech (hom e ) 7:00pm Thursday 28 Intramural, Sports Arena 6:00pm Chi Alpha, Great Room 6:30pm Concert W oodwind Trio, Beier Aud. 7:00pm Friday 29 Pumpkin Carving, Dining Hall 5:00pm W o m en’s BB vs. Rocky @ B illings 6:00pm JV M en's BB vs. W estminster (hom e ) 7:00pm Saturday 30 Football @ Cedar City UT 7:00pm N O V E M B E R M onday 1 “On the R o cks”, OC 311 4:00pm M onday N ight Football, Great Room 7:00pm Tuesday 2 E lection D a y / C o llege C losed Catholic Campus Ministry, SU B 7:00pm Thursday 4 Chi Alpha, Great Room 6:30pm LaVon Brillhart, Poet, Writers Series, The Cup 7:30pm Friday 5 JV W. BB vs. M iles CC @ M iles City 6:00pm Volleyball vs. M S U Northern @ Havre 7:00pm Varsity W om en's BB Tournament @ Bismark N D Saturday 6 Football vs. M S U Northern @ H om e 1:00pm JV W. BB vs. D a w son @ M iles City 2:00pm Volleyball vs. Great Falls @ Great Falls