Kill Bill: Vol. HB 309

  BUTTE—When it comes to stripping stream access rights, flyfishers—generally a peaceful group—come ready to collectively throwdown. Earlier this week more than 350 Montanans swarmed the Senate Agriculture Livestock and Irrigation Committee hearing in opposition to HB 309. The bill, carried by Rep. Jeff Welborn, R-Dillon, would allow landowners to block public access to waterways diverted for…


HB 309: Last Chance to Vote NO

  MONTANA—Tomorrow, Montana’s State Senate Committee meets to decide on controversial HB 309 legislation, which could threaten recreational stream access based on what constitutes irrigation ditches vs. natural waterways. Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana (FOAM) is encouraging all interested parties—in state and out—to voice their collective concerns.


Access: The Future

  Field & Stream editor-at-large, Kirk Deeter, argues today that the future of flyfishing depends on access. It’s simple: By pulling the public resource plug, we drain the opportunity pool. Montana’s “ditch” redefining House Bill 309 is cited as an example of poisonous back-pedaling into barbed-wire territory.


Rawesome: John Jackson

  Savage shred/flyfisher John Jackson, featured “Emerger” in the spring/summer 2010 issue, continues to blow it up on the Big Mountain freestyle scene. Last month he collected Rider of the Year and Video Part of the Year from both TransWorld and Snowboarder magazines. See his full “F—K It” video part and ESPN interview after the…


Live from Portlandia

  Portland and hipsters go together like flip-flops and foot fungus. Emotionally detached. Ironically awesome. Wrapped snug in circa 1990s flannel. Pack your scarf collection, skinny jeans, single-speed bike bedecked with Spey rod and you’ll fit in fine. (Prime example: Portland-based Drake contributor, Chris Santella.)


Last “Ditch” Attempt

MONTANA—In the pantheon of fishy states, Montana remains Boss because of its well-defined, populist-minded stream access laws. But a recent bill carried by a Dillon lawmaker is raising angler red flags with its redefinition of what constitutes a “ditch,” potentially sidelining the public from any waterways that receive natural stream-water diversions.