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F3T 2013 in Butte, Montana

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The Fly Fishing Film Tour is brought to Butte by The Stonefly Fly Shop, The Big Hole River Foundation, and George Grant TU

Tickets($10) are available locally in advance both at the Stonefly Shop and online through this link at the Motherlode Theatre Box Office.   They are also available at the door on the night of the event for $10.

Door open at 6.00 pm.  Please come early and join us for a pre-event social gathering.   Film starts promptly at 7.00 pm.

Please note there are no tickets available through F3T online for this event.

For more information please contact Chris Bradley, 406-494-0707 or admin@thestonefly.com.

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Chris Winter Will Live On Through The Big Hole River

Dear friends and family of the Big Hole River,
Chris Winter was an avid fly fisherman, a conservationist, a ranch enthusiast and a loving father.  Last month he was taken from us.  

Chris WinterChris' family has passed on these words:

The Big Hole Valley in Montana has been a very special place to Chris and his family for many years. Beginning in 1988, they spent summer vacations on a ranch near Wisdom, Montana; a stretch of the Big Hole River flows just outside their small cabin. Chris was an avid fly fisherman, devoted to outwitting the wily trout of the Big Hole River. His time fishing on the Big Hole offered a peaceful retreat, a sanctuary for renewal. And, this is where he taught his daughters the art of fly fishing.

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Chris was quite taken with ranch life and he was proud of the ranching skills his daughters honed over the years. Chris was known as “Chuck Wagon Dad”, supporting his daughters as they worked side by side with local cowboys, who generously shared their expertise and taught them to rope and brand calves, doctor sick animals, mend fences and drive cattle.

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Given the wonderful memories and good times associated with this very special place, Chris’ daughters feel that furthering the important work of the Big Hole River Foundation would be a fitting tribute to Chris… so that he will live on through the waters of this amazing place that he loved so dearly. And, they will carry on the traditions created in Montana with their father, most importantly… pursuit of wily trout lurking in the Big Hole.

On behalf of Chris, we thank you for your contribution to the Big Hole River Foundation.  Donations may be made through the PayPal link above or checks or money orders can be sent to: BHRF, PO Box 3894, Butte, MT 59702.

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Bluegrass, A Pig Roast, and Your New Boat. Tomorrow at Big Hole River Day

2nd Annual Big Hole River Day in Melrose, MT

July 21, 2012 8 AM to 9 PM

Agenda

8 AM Pancake Breakfast at Hitchin' Post by 4 H Club

10 AM Vendors, arts and crafts open

10 AM Fly tying, casting competition and rowing demos begin

10 AM Kid's Activities with FWP Tip-Mont trailer and RMEF SAFE shooting booth open

4 PM Vendors, demos and activities close and music by Mountain Moongrass Band begins

6 PM BBQ pig roast dinner, auctions and raffles

9 PM Drawing for Hyde Drift boat raffle (need not be present to win)

BBQ dinner tickets are $25 each and are on sale now. Purchase your ticket early as we sold out last year.

Auction items include Harvey Eckert artwork, Monte Dolack artwork, 2-night stay at Sportsman Motel, artwork, jewelry, Salvestrin wine, local arts and crafts and more.

Roasted pork dinner with all the trimmings courtesy of Ray Weaver and Hitchin' Post Restaurant.

Dinner Tickets

BBQ dinner ticket $25 each. Purchase by July 15th. After the 15th, tickets will be $30.

I would like to attend the dinner: Please call (866) 533-2473 no later than 5 PM, Friday July 20th to order by phone. Tickets can also be purchased at the event on Saturday, July 21st.

Hyde "Rocky Mountain Skiff" Drift Boat Raffle - Ready to Fish! (Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100)

Tickets are available in Butte at RD's Travel Stop, Bugs & Bullets, Fran Johnsons, StoneFly Fly Shop, and Three Bears. In Melrose/Divide at Great Divide Sports Shop, Sportsman Motel, Sunrise Fly Shop, and Hitchin' Post. In Wise River and Divide at Wise River Club, Dewey Bar and Wise River Merchantile. In Dillon at Frontier Anglers. In Twin/Sheridan at Four River Fishing Company.

Our Sponsors - Thank You!

Ruby Springs Sunrise Fly Shop Insty-Prints

Hitchin' Post Restaurant & Bar - Melrose

Win This Boat! Tomorrow!

The 2012 Big Hole River Foundation raffle is here!
This year our grand prize is a Hyde "Rocky Mountain Skiff" drift boat that comes ready to fish with trailer, 3 seats, oars, anchor system, storage boxes and knee braces. This boat is valued at over $8,700.
Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100.
Please contact us at (866)533-2473 to order your raffle tickets. Drawing will take place at our fundraising dinner on July 21, 2012 in Melrose. Need not be present to win.

For more information, visit: www.bhrf.org

2nd Annual Big Hole River Day!

2nd Annual Big Hole River Day in Melrose, MT

July 21, 2012 8 AM to 9 PM

Agenda

8 AM Pancake Breakfast at Hitchin' Post by 4 H Club

10 AM Vendors, arts and crafts open

10 AM Fly tying, casting competition and rowing demos begin

10 AM Kid's Activities with FWP Tip-Mont trailer and RMEF SAFE shooting booth open

4 PM Vendors, demos and activities close and music by Mountain Moongrass Band begins

6 PM BBQ pig roast dinner, auctions and raffles

9 PM Drawing for Hyde Drift boat raffle (need not be present to win)

BBQ dinner tickets are $25 each and are on sale now. Purchase your ticket early as we sold out last year.

Auction items include Harvey Eckert artwork, Monte Dolack artwork, 2-night stay at Sportsman Motel, artwork, jewelry, Salvestrin wine, local arts and crafts and more.

Roasted pork dinner with all the trimmings courtesy of Ray Weaver and Hitchin' Post Restaurant.

Dinner Tickets

BBQ dinner ticket $25 each. Purchase by July 15th. After the 15th, tickets will be $30.

I would like to attend the dinner: Please call (866) 533-2473 no later than 5 PM, Friday July 20th to order by phone. Tickets can also be purchased at the event on Saturday, July 21st.

 

Hyde "Rocky Mountain Skiff" Drift Boat Raffle - Ready to Fish! (Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100)

Tickets are available in Butte at RD's Travel Stop, Bugs & Bullets, Fran Johnsons, StoneFly Fly Shop, and Three Bears. In Melrose/Divide at Great Divide Sports Shop, Sportsman Motel, Sunrise Fly Shop, and Hitchin' Post. In Wise River and Divide at Wise River Club, Dewey Bar and Wise River Merchantile. In Dillon at Frontier Anglers. In Twin/Sheridan at Four River Fishing Company.

Our Sponsors - Thank You!

Ruby Springs Sunrise Fly Shop Insty-Prints

Hitchin' Post Restaurant & Bar - Melrose

Win a Hyde "Rocky Mountain Skiff" Drift Boat

The 2012 Big Hole River Foundation raffle is here!
This year our grand prize is a Hyde "Rocky Mountain Skiff" drift boat that comes ready to fish with trailer, 3 seats, oars, anchor system, storage boxes and knee braces. This boat is valued at over $8,700.
Tickets are $20 each or 6 for $100.
Please contact us at (866)533-2473 to order your raffle tickets. Drawing will take place at our fundraising dinner on July 21, 2012 in Melrose. Need not be present to win.

For more information, visit: www.bhrf.org

Big Hole River Maps For Sale!

River Maps - The new Big Hole River maps are here and available for purchase. Check out the website at www.bhrf.org and order yours today!

Fishing for a cause! BHRF auction trip a success

Where did this summer go?  When I left the Big Hole for school three weeks ago, the trees were green, the water was warm, and the spruce moths were out in full force.  On Friday, I jumped at the opportunity to get out of the library and back in my boat, but I should have packed waders and boots rather than shorts and sandals!  The temps here in Missoula have been unpleasantly high, especially during the nights, and I wrongfully assumed the Big Hole Valley had been experiencing the same.  Instead, I drove down the river Friday in the spectacular orange and purple glow of a Montana Fall evening.

Friday night's temps were in the low 30's, slowly climbing to 60 on Saturday, though the stiff breeze and intermittent cloud cover made it feel much cooler.  My clients were Bozeman boys and colleagues at Rightnow Technologies.  Michael attended the Big Hole River Day activities and auction in Melrose, put on by the Big Hole River Foundation, where he bought a guided trip for two donated by the Big Hole Lodge.

Michael and I have been in contact since BH Day, scheming and planning our attack.  I knew i'd be back in law school in late August and wanted to get he and his pal on the river before the snow flies.  We decided on this weekend, hoping to catch the last of the tricos, the start of the streamer fishing as the browns gear up for spawning, and the possibility of mahogany duns, blue-winged olives, and October caddis.

The frigid nighttime temps set the river back a few hours and 9:00am proved to be too early for us to be on the water (especially for me in shorts!)  We waded for about two hours before floating and around 11:00 the sun came out and so did the tricos. Fishing was great for the next two hours until the wind picked up and blew the hatch away.

It never warmed up enough for hoppers, in fact i'm not so sure the freezes this week haven't killed the hoppers all together.  Nonetheless, we floated with hoppers, attractors and streamers, picking up a few fish on top, and turning a few larger fish on the streamer.  Joel, Michael's fishing companion, caught sight of a big brown chasing Mike's streamer and cut off his size 14 dry fly, exchanging it for a size 4 sex-panther.  We moved several fish on the streamer set ups, but no solid hookups.  I have to imagine the christmas tree ornament-looking streamers we were whipping through the pools interested a handful of big fish and terrified numerous small and medium sized fish!

Around 3:00pm the barometer dropped and the fish stopped feeding all together.  We pulled over, pulled out the beer and antelope jerky and waited things out.  After almost an hour of watching the water, the fish started feeding again.  It was too windy to tell what was in the air, but the weather was right for blue-winged olives.  I tied on attractors with a BWO trailer and sure enough the fish were looking for the little mayfly until we took out around 7:00pm.

It was a good, albeit cold, day and I look forward to getting these boys back on the Big Hole next summer for any one of the numerous hatches we have throughout the season.  It was encouraging to have anglers so passionate about the sport in the boat.  On behalf of the Big Hole River Foundation I thank Michael for his generous donation and a fun day on the river!

Big Hole River Day this weekend!

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