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Public Comment Period for Madison River

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The Madison River Work Group is seeking public comments about proposal for new commercial use and recreation management policies on the Madison River in Montana. As the river has become increasingly crowded, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks has created a 12-person work group to address the issues surrounding the Madison.

You can learn more about the specific recommendations, and leave your own comments, here.

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Pattern vs. Presentation

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In a recent post over on Troutbitten, Dom Swentosky discusses the age-old pattern vs. presentation debate. Are trout really as picky as we make them out to be, keying in on a select few bugs at any given time of day? Or are they more opportunistic, and willing to eat just about anything that floats by?

The answer lies somewhere in the middle, as usual, but Dom does a great job of breaking this concept down. Find all of his thoughts here.

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“Skitch” Your Way to Better Hopper Fishing

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altTim Linehan put together a great story for the Orvis blog about why we sometimes need to add a bit of movement to hoppers. When fishing hoppers, a dead-drift isn’t always the best way to get trout to strike. Sometimes, a bit of movement makes all the difference, as Tim highlights well in this piece.

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DIY Magnetic Fly Box

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altLouis Cahill, over at Gink & Gasoline, put together a fun story on how you can create your own DIY magnetic fly box. As Louis says, one thing all fly anglers have in common is that we carry way too many flies. For those of us who carry smaller flies, magnetic boxes are particularly great, says Louis, because it’s easier to get the flies off a magnet than out of some foam.

You can read the rest of what Louis has to say, and learn how to make your own magnetic fly box, here.

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