Wednesday, May 2, 2012

TU presents Madison River adventure

Lodge owner to talk about catching big fish at next meeting

Express Staff Writer

Courtesy photo This brown trout was caught in the Madison River, a 183-mile stretch of waterway that flows through western Wyoming and Montana. Dave Magistrelli, owner of Montana Spirit Lodge, will talk about catching big browns and rainbows in the Madison at the next meeting of the Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited, scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Roosevelt Grille in Ketchum.

The Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited will take its fishing adventure presentation series vicariously out-of-state on Thursday, May 3, when members and visitors alike get to hear about catching 30-inch browns and rainbows on the Madison River in Wyoming and Montana.

Dave Magistrelli, owner of Montana Spirit Lodge in Cameron, Mont., is the scheduled speaker for the Trout Unlimited meeting, set to run from 5-7 p.m. at the Roosevelt Grille. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The Madison River, which flows for 183 miles through Wyoming and Montana before eventually draining into the Missouri River, is a blue ribbon fishery and rated as one of the top fly fishing rivers in North America. Besides monster browns and rainbow, the river also holds populations of cutthroat trout and mountain whitefish.

A Trout Unlimited press release describes the Madison as "very accessible, easy to wade and easily drifted."

"With an incredible trout density, fish over 30 inches, diverse water and spectacular scenery, it is no surprise why this river has captured the imagination of the world's greatest fly fishermen," the press release states.

According to Trout Unlimited, Magistrelli will talk about "new secrets for big fish on the Madison," and prime locations to wade and float. The presentation will include photographs of "slicks, fish, flies and riggings."

With the opening of regular fishing season fast approaching in Idaho, and Trout Unlimited members being avid fishermen, the May 3 meeting will be the organization's last official get-to-gather until September, when a new fishing adventure presentation series will start.

The organization's mission is to "protect, reconnect, restore and sustain our cold water fisheries and habitat."

Terry Smith:

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