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Tuesday 21 October, 2014

A few weeks ago my wife and I travelled through some very trouty states, hoping to find wild trout and Arctic grayling. Although fishing was high on the list, the main purpose of travelling from Alberta, through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and north through Yellowstone, was the Wild Trout Symposium. I've been in the past, and it is always the most inspiring conference.

Fishery managers come from around the world with lessons they have learned about "their" wild trout and questions they are hoping to get answered. I am amazed at the knowledge and the experience of these fisheries biologists. I am amazed at the governments that put money into their fishy programs. I am also humbled and ashamed of how far our western Canadian management seems to be behind other jurisdictions.

The topics vary from types of hooks and mortality of those types, to the necessity of catch and kill regulations, to stream management for native fish. I have differing opinions on the eradication of non-natives, especially in "pointless" situations, and I have a gut reaction to bait fishing, but learning about the science is amazing.

Beside the conference itself, the great folks, and drinking beer and talking fish with the folks; the area is an amazing place to be and full of scenic and fishing opportunities. East into Yellowstone National Park, south to the Henry Fork, west to the Madison, Big Hole, and Beaverhead. I don't think there is enough time in a lifetime to fish it all.

I shouldn't need an excuse to drive down there hunting trout, but I can't wait for the next excuse when it does arrive. In the mean time, I am very happy to be fishing home waters, again!

Tying for winter fishing,
Harps


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