Yellowstone Cutthroat Project (Please help this amazing community of Meeteetse with this project and our beautiful Yellowstone Cutthroat)

Vote for this project once a day starting now until March 25th by clicking this link: http://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/project/wyoming-trout-rerouting.html!!

You can vote for this project at the bottom of the page when you click the link above. Please share with your friends and family.

Here is a great link to a video KULR 8 out of Billings did: Meeteetse Yellowstone Trout Project

This is a David VS Goliath story

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Meeteetse is a town in Park County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 327 at the 2010 census

Meeteetse and they Yellowstone Cutthroat are up against some major cities and competition. We need your help in helping David beat Goliath!

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Meeteetse School’s Biology and Life Science classes have been involved in a contest called the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. This contest asked K-12 students to use Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math (STEM) to solve a problem in our community. We submitted a project, and entered a journey that has taken us to being a National Top 15 Finalist! We will now be headed to NYC March 17-19 to make our final “Pitch” for our project to be National Winners worth $140,000 in Samsung technology and prizes!

What is this project about and how does it help the Yellowstone Cutthroat??? 

The Problem:

The Yelowstone Cutthroat trout is a threatened species that inhabits the region within the Greater Yellowstone Region. Through the years through habitat degradation and loss, over-harvesting, and inter-breeding with other species, it has lost 90% of its’ historical range.

The Greybull River, which flows through Meeteetse, is one of the last places where much of its’ habitat and genetic purity has stayed relatively intact.

However, it does not mean that there are not threats within our quaint valley present. Throughout the Greybull River drainage their are numerous barriers, often in the form of irrigation diversions, that prevent the Yellowstone Cutthroat from migrating to the upper tributaries to spawn, or cause them to be lost into irrigation ditches where they eventually die. If the the fish’s numbers continue to decline not only will a precious, native resource be lost forever, but impacts from potential environmental regulations may threaten the agricultural, tourism, and natural resource-based economy that our little town depends on.

The Project:

Through the coordination with Trout Unlimited, Wyoming Game and Fish, and a local rancher, our students have set out to plan and design a trout screen to be installed at an irrigation diversion that allows fish to be lost into the ditch and eventually into the farmer’s gated pipe. In the fields below. This screen will prevent fish, and especially the Yellowstone Cutthroat trout from moving into the ditch while continuing to provide irrigation water to the fields, and reducing maintenance in cleaning dead fish from the gated pipe. Further consideration must be made in the design to prevent debris, in the form of rocks, and vegetation from building up on the screen reducing water flow, and possible damage to the screen, from occurring.

Activities:

  1. Meet with Jason Burkhardt, Wyoming Game and Fish Biologist
  2. Visit the Pickett Creek Irrigation Diversion and measure/ sketch the site for the design process
  3. Map the migration of tagged Yellowstone Cutthroat trout in the Greybull River, and locate the diversion, using Google Earth Pro.
  4. Draw a digital 3D model of the irrigation diversion to be used to visualize the trout screen once design using SketchUp Pro.
  5. Build a real 3D model to test the most effective angle for screen placement to reduce debris buildup.
  6. Research potential screen types for greatest prevention of fish loss, maximum irrigation flow, and reduction of debris accumulation on the screen.
  7. Finalize screen design, including brush to eliminate debris buildup and solar panel location to provide power source for automation and reduce maintenance.
  8. Draw proposed screen design on existing digital 3D model using SketchUp.
  9. Create a slide show presentation communicating the identified challenges, project objectives, and proposed solutions for these challenges, with final digital representation of our design.
  10. Present our findings, and design, to TU official and Pitchfork Ranch manager for consideration.

KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Sport Ear is a game changer for anybody that needs ear protection or people with hearing loss. (Protect your ears!!!)

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I have been traveling around from trade show to trade show selling Sport Ear products. These products are absolutely amazing… let me explain some of my favorites.

I have my own kit and can do custom molds for anybody. Please let me know if you’re interested in getting a free hearing test. I’m located in Billings, MT but travel to a lot of different places as well.

The Sport Ear hearing aids are anywhere from $1,000 to $2,500/pair, depending on your hearing damage.The same hearing aid from our parent company Axil, will cost you up to $8,000 a pair. I love helping people get into these amazing products for such an amazing price. Protecting your ears and correcting your damaged ears with the sport ear is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

Once you lose your hearing there is no way to get it back. So do yourself a huge favor and protect your ears all the time with these amazing products.

What I love most about this company is they back everything up:

  • 30 Day Full Money Back Guarantee
  • 100% Guaranteed Financing
  • Free Shipping*
  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

This company is amazing and I am honored to be part of their team. Here is a basic overview and below are some of the products that will help protect and help your hearing.

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Plugz-XP3 (Black) $15.99

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Comfort Fit™

Unsurpassed Comfort-Fit in Earplugs
You’ll enjoy unparalleled comfort in an earplug with our soft medical-grade hypoallergenic soft polymer and multi-flange design. And they’re virtually impossible to lose, even without an intrusive, tethering lanyard, due to our unique Stay Put ring, ergonomically designed to maintain position and comfort in your ear.

Hearing Protection

Best Hearing Protection
Your hearing remains protected without interfering with your ability to hear what’s going on around you in the field… SportEAR XP3 Plugz revolutionary design secret is a patented “sound valve” through the core of the hypoallergenic soft polymer shell. Safe sound levels are allowed to pass through while potentially harmful noise levels above 85dB are reduced. The XP3 Plugz have a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 12 dB with the valve open and a NRR of 24 dB with the valve closed.

Washable & Reusable

Washable & Reusable Earplugs
The SportEAR Comfort-Fit hypoallergenic soft polymer solution is designed for easy maintenance and a lifetime of use. This non-allergenic material is durable and easily washable to reuse as many times as you like. Simply wash and place back in its original container until your next use. And since you can’t lose ‘em, why not keep using them for a long time to come.

Affordable

Affordable & Disposable Earplugs
SportEAR XP3 Plugs offer the perfect combination of superior comfort and design with extraordinary economy and value. Quality enough to keep forever, economical enough to toss when the time is right.

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XT4 Ear Muffs $99.00

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Hearing Enhancement

More than Hearing Aid… Hearing Enhancement
Like all SportEAR X-Treme Head muffs, you get state-of-the-art technology designed to not just help you hear, but actually make you hear better. With up to 8X sound amplification and enjoy total control over both volume and frequency, allowing you to zero-in on just the sounds you want to hear. Zero in on your target; even hear your hunting buddies jokes, but only if you want to! You can block out their noise with the twist of a dial.

Hearing Protection

Best Hearing Protection
Even at full volume, you can pull the trigger with confidence knowing that the sound-blocker circuit kicks in above 85dB. Experience the best hearing protection available with our 25 dB Noise Reduction Rating (NRR).

Comfort Fit, Comfortable Hearing

The Industry’s Most Comfortable Fit
XT4 Head muffs, feature SportEAR’s signature lightweight polymer plastic for a comfortable, light fit and rugged durability. And our sleek, low-profile cups are specifically designed for maximum effectiveness when shooting rifles. Versatile too, providing excellent performance in a wide range of field conditions, and utility in all kinds of shooting, motor-sports and other situations.

Exceptional Value

Experience Exceptional Value with the XT4
When only the best will do for you, the XT4 provides more quality and versatility, durability and utility than any other muff at any other price. You get more features, superior circuitry, unmatched control, and greater range of uses. Any way you slice it, the XT4s are the greatest value on the market.

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GhostStryke $499

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This is it!

100% Digital Sound Clarity

SportEAR is the source for GhostStryke.

Hear everything around you but the loud boom of the gun!  Imagine time at the range or in the field and you are able to converse or even hear the game that you are stalking but have up to 30 DB NRR with the included foam tips.

Offers hearing amplification of up to 6x’s the normal range.

How can you use GhostStryke?

  • Hunting
  • Shooting Range
  • Sporting Events
  • Industrial Noises

Experience the edge of performance hearing enhancement with automatic & simultaneous hearing protection without big, bulky head muffs. Axil- the maker of the industry leader SportEAR is proud to introduce the Ghost Stryke line for tactical, industrial, safety, auto-racing, concerts, sporting events and any other application that requires you to maintain optimal hearing advantage, while simultaneously protecting your hearing. You no longer have to be inconvenienced with bulky head muffs or large, outdated, uncomfortable behind the ear devices that get in the way of your comfort or performance.

WHICH SPORTEAR PRODUCT IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

 


Custom Series 30

Custom Series 210

Custom Series 412

Custom Series 812
Power 30db 36db 42db 48+db
Max Noise Reduction -24db -24db -24db -24db
100% Digital
Feedback Reduction
Custom Fit Available
Advanced Feedback Cancel
Background Noise Reduction
Multi-Program Memory
Event Data Logging

 

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Custom 812

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Legendary Sound Performance

100% Digital Sound Clarity
SportEAR is the clear leader in sound performance. And in this revolutionary device, you’ll hear the finest of details in the outdoors or any other environment. Our proprietary SportEAR Digital Signal Processing (DSP) processes over a million sounds per second, giving you 100% Digital sound re-creation for the very best sound clarity available. You get a sensational extra edge in the field that lets you hear all the details in nature, your rival sportsmen can only wish to hear. Also excellent for daily wear.

8 Digital Channels
Very simply- a channel is an independent amplifier. The Custom 812 gives you an unprecedented 8 independent channels, so we can program every sound frequency independently (i.e low frequencies, mid lows, mids, mid highs, highs, etc). This is the most advanced fine-tuning you can get on any sport hearing device. We can program sound more precisely and accurately for your specific hearing or for specific environments you find yourself in. You will be able to hear the game before anyone else, in any outdoor environment, giving you that extra edge.

12 Digital Bands
A digital band is an equalizer band within the channel (amplifier) so each specific frequency within that channel is fine-tuned to your precise needs or wants. It’s like an equalizer on a high end home stereo system – only for your hearing enhancement and protection needs.

Programmable & Reprogrammable The Custom 812 100% Digital technology allows us to program your SportEAR device to your exact hearing needs more precisely than any other device in the class. By connecting your SportEAR to our computer and using our proprietary software interface to program the micro circuit, to enhance sound according to your specific needs or even to your professional hearing chart (audiogram). If your needs or your hearing changes along the way, we can easily reprogram your SportEAR to match those changes in the future.

48 dB Volume/Gain
The Custom 812 delivers the strongest range of volume control available anywhere, for people with normal hearing to severe hearing loss. Just push the button to your desired volume setting for various environments and instantly select just the hearing help you want and need.

Background Noise Suppressor™ 4x
Noisier environments? The SportEAR Background Noise Suppressor automatically enhances speech while suppressing distracting background noise, making it easier for you to focus on the sounds you want to hear, while blocking out less desirable sounds. This is the newest and most advanced background noise suppression technology available.

Whistle Canceller™ 4x
Unwanted feedback/whistling coming from your hearing device is gone forever. This is the newest and most advanced whistle cancellation technology available. Every SportEAR device uses the most advanced line of technology which automatically cancels any whistle in your device for your comfort and ease of use.

Two Types of Hearing Protection

AutoBlocker™ Digital Compression
AutoBlocker™ easily handles single shots for big game hunting, (multiple shots for those of you who can’t hit it with a single shot), rapid shooting for waterfowl, trap, skeet, full auto machine guns or all day .50 cal shooting.

Eliminate the pain, the distraction and even flinching with SportEAR AutoBlocker technology. Digital compression is the most advanced and comfortable technology for hearing protection. Every sound entering your SportEAR is converted to digital information – no longer an actual sound – then is recreated into a more comfortable and safe sound before hitting your eardrum and inner ear. All this happens in milliseconds and never interrupts the sounds you need to hear.

Custom Fit- Best Fit
You’ve got to feel-to-appreciate the exceptional comfort of truly personalized fit, only available when you send us molds of your ear and we customize the fit exactly to your ear canal. This is the very best fit you can achieve. The Custom Fit slips discreetly in your ear with a medical grade, non-allergenic material for best fit & comfort. Note: Never place hard bulky foam plugs in your ear like so many competitors offer. They are harsh on your sensitive ear canal and should never be worn.

Comfort Fit Technology

Ergonomic Design & Nearly Invisible Size-
You’ll LOVE the exactness of the Custom Fit. It matches every twist and turn in your ear canal for the perfect fit. A perfect fit is the key to maximum best comfort and performance.

The Custom Fit line – like every SportEAR miniature hearing product – is designed by the best hearing professionals and engineers in the industry who also happen to be avid outdoorsmen and women. The Custom Fit line is designed for maximum comfort and performance. This tiny device will slip easily into your ear and stay there all day. The Custom Fit is so comfortable you’ll hardly notice it’s there at all.

Ergonomic Design & Nearly Invisible Size
Notice the detail in this tiny device. The Custom line – and every SportEAR miniature hearing product – is designed by the best hearing professionals and engineers in the industry, who also happen to be avid outdoorsmen and women. Each Custom product contours your ear perfectly and is so lightweight and invisible that you and others around won’t even notice you’re wearing it.

Performance Technology

Water Resistant
The Custom Fit sits so discreetly in the ear protecting it from wind, rain and other outdoor environments. The combination of the polymer plastic faceplate and the non-allergenic, medical grade polymer shell keep the moisture out and performance in. Note: Any electronic device will last longer and perform better when you take extra care to dry it off and store it in a dry place when not in use.

Wind Cover for Microphone
Avoid the annoying wind noise found in competitive models. SportEAR places the Custom Fit deep in the canal to allow the acoustic design of your outer ear to keep out wind noise, as nature intended. The Custom Fit also utilizes a highly, effective cover designed to keep the wind out of the device so you hear what you want, not excessive wind.

Uses a Standard Size 10 Battery
Conveniently order these long-lasting batteries directly from SportEAR by calling 866.422.5502 for the best prices and freshest batteries. We specifically rotate our stock rapidly to insure the freshest batteries. You can also find these batteries easily at grocery, mart and pharmacy stores.

Low Battery Signal
Be aware that when your SportEAR beeps four times in a row that you have about ten-to-twenty minutes before your battery will die and need replacement.

Wyoming Cut Slam Challenge (A really fun way to fly fish in Wyoming)

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This Wyoming program encourages anglers to learn more about the four cut throat sub-species in their native range in Wyoming.

This program was designed for the angler and for people to gain more appreciation and support of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s cutthroat management program.

Check out more on their official website at: https://wgfd.wyo.gov/web2011/fishing-1000209.aspx

The application: 

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Wyoming Cutthroat Slam Verification Form For Certificate

Wyoming’s Cutthroat Waters:

Where do you find the four sub species of Wyoming’s Cutthroat’s? 

Colorado River Cutthroat: coloradoriver

All waters within the Green River Drainage including but not restricted to:

DRAINAGE NAME PRIMARY CONTACT
Tosi Creek, Rock Creek, and Gypsum Creek watersheds Pinedale Regional Office
Horse Creek watershed Pinedale Regional Office
Cottonwood Creek watershed Pinedale Regional Office
North Piney Creek watershed including North Piney Lake Pinedale Regional Office
South Piney Creek watershed Pinedale Regional Office
LaBarge Creek watershed Pinedale Regional Office
Hams Fork River watershed Green River Regional Office
Little Snake River watershed Green River Regional Office
Blacks Fork River watershed Green River Regional Office
Smiths Fork River of the Blacks Fork watershed Green River Regional Office

Pinedale Regional Office phone:
307-367-4352 or In-State Only at 1-800-452-9107
Green River Regional Office phone:
307-875-3223 or In-State Only at 1-800-843-8096

Bonneville Cutthroat (Bear River Cutthroat): bonneville

All waters within the Bear River Drainage including but not restricted to:

DRAINAGE NAME PRIMARY CONTACT
Smiths Fork River of the Bear River including Hobble Creek and Lake Alice Pinedale Regional Office
Thomas Fork River including Salt Creek Pinedale Regional Office
Sulphur Creek Reservoir Green River Regional Office

Pinedale Regional Office phone:
307-367-4352 or In-State Only at 1-800-452-9107
Green River Regional Office phone:
307-875-3223 or In-State Only at 1-800-843-8096

Snake River Cutthroat: snakecutt_580

All waters within the Snake River Drainage including but not restricted to:

DRAINAGE NAME PRIMARY CONTACT
Hoback River watershed Jackson Regional Office
Salt River watershed Jackson Regional Office
Greys River watershed Jackson Regional Office
Gros Ventre watershed Jackson Regional Office
Jackson Lake Jackson Regional Office
Palisades Reservoir Jackson Regional Office

Jackson Regional Office phone:
307-733-2321 or In-State Only at 1-800-423-4113

Yellowstone Cutthroat: yellcutt_580

All waters within the headwaters of the Missouri River Drainage including but not restricted to:

DRAINAGE NAME PRIMARY CONTACT
Yellowstone River watershed including Yellowstone Lake Cody Regional Office
Clarks Fork River watershed Cody Regional Office
Big Horn River watershed Cody Regional Office
Shoshone River watershed Cody Regional Office
Buffalo Bill Reservoir Cody Regional Office
Little Big Horn River watershed Sheridan Regional Office
Tongue River watershed Sheridan Regional Office
Wind River watershed Lander Regional Office

Cody Regional Office phone:
307-527-7125 or In-State Only at 1-800-654-1178
Sheridan Regional Office phone:
307-672-7418 or In-State Only at 1-800-331-9834
Lander Regional Office phone:
307-332-2688

 

If this sounds like something you would love to do, click this link: 

http://www.cuttslam.com/cutthroat-species-in-wyoming/

or

https://wgfd.wyo.gov/web2011/fishing-1000209.aspx

Have a great time and I hope you get your Wyoming Cut Slam this Summer!! 

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How to live a purpose driven life (Loving Life and how to stay positive)

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How do you live a purpose driven life that includes your passions??

I believe God gives us different passions through out our life. It’s then up to us to find a way to make that passion into a lifestyle that honors God and others. Sometimes, it feels impossible to live out your passions and make a living at it as well. That’s when you have to be brutally honest with yourself and ask a couple questions:

#1- Is the life I am wanting completely selfish or are you helping others at the same time?

#2- If you are helping others, how is it helping?

#3- Who else has this passion and how can you become  part of a team that wants the same thing?

#4- A successful team is part of a system that needs everyone to be passionate and want to succeed. The best teams I have ever been on in my life are the teams that don’t have failure in their vocabulary.

#5- Everybody has their own passion and it’s not up to you to convince people of your passion. If you are having to convince people to be part of your team they are not a good fit.

Once you figure out the answers to these questions, it’s time to figure out what you are going to do to fill your soul and also help others fill theirs.

I am passionate about the http://www.refugefoundation.org/ and what they do to help the people they are focused on. I have never been on a refuge trip where I didn’t feel God’s extreme love and blessings on the volunteers and people we are serving that week.

Here is some footage of our Refuge Foundation fishing trips on the Big Horn River. 

Here are some of the people we have helped with the Refuge Foundation talking about their experience. Let me know if you want to be part of this in 2015 and we need as much help as possible. 

Your passions might lead you to create something completely different. The good news is we need that! We need as many things in this world to get people passionate about their life again. No one deserves to be sad or not to live a life of passion.

Here are some tips on how to change your everyday outlook on life and be excited to wake up every morning and do your very best:

# 1- Find a support group of family and friends that you can call, email, meet up, or text that are positive and look at life in a optimistic way. People that always bring you up and make you a better you.

# 2- Start keeping track of the things that bring you down. The things that cause anxiety, stress, sadness, or just make you mad. Start eliminating those things, people, activities that cause these bad emotions. You’ll never completely eliminate that stuff because the devil is always trying to beat us up. The good news is though, once you notice and are more aware of them, you can be quicker at eliminating those things.

# 3- Don’t be luke warm on anything. Be okay with taking a stance and being proud of it. Especially if its a positive message. There will always be people wanting to take your happiness away. It doesn’t make sense to me and I pray for those people everyday. Don’t lower yourself to their level. Know what you stand for and keep positive.

# 4- Find people that you look up to and try to meet them for coffee. The best thing you can do is surround yourself with people that are successful in life and relationships. You will start noticing you become the person you hang out with the most. So my advice is to find people you want to strive to be like.

# 5- Always do things that don’t make sense as long as you get to make it a positive adventure. I don’t know how many times Tracy and I have made random road trips to meet someone we have never met in person. Most of the time something happens with that trip that has changed our life’s and paths forever.

For every 2 bad comments I get from people telling me I am a joke to the fly fishing industry I get 100 unbelievable comments from people that appreciate the love I have for people and teaching fly fishing and how to love people more.

I’m different than a lot of guides and outfitters out there. I care way more about the people I get to serve for the day than anything else. I want my clients/friends to come off the river being pumped up for life and feel like they can conquer the world. Money is just money but the souls of people is what I’m truly passionate about. Everybody has a story and a passion and I want to hear about that and help motivate them to reach their full potential.

Don’t ever give up on your dreams! Make sure you go out there everyday and conquer your fears and break through the doors of adversity. There is a life out there for you that will create so much freedom and lifelong relationships you could only dream of.

I love that you all follow my blog and I hope I can motivate you to be a even better person than you already are.

Love you all very much and sure hope I get to meet many of you in the future :).

Follow this link and I am going to start a community page where we motivate each other to be the very best we can be. A place of no negativity just love and honest help.

It can be about fishing, life, relationships or anything that will make us better people.

Please join and let’s start a community of love, encouragement and sense of helping people!

Click here to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1552107951709451/edit/

This group is for people wanting to know how to tie a fly, tie a certain knot, or just fishing questions.

It’s also a group where we help people get started in making their own business and give good feedback from our own experiences.

This group is a place where we can all feel safe and make all of us better people because of it.

Please click the link above to be part of the group and start sharing your stories, questions, and positive attitude.

 

Why can’t guides advertise in Montana. We need change. (Things need to change in Montana)

Things in this country are being over-regulated and this is just one more. 

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As you may or may not know, I am a guide in Montana. I guide under several outfitters in the Montana Region. I have been fly fishing my whole life… (since I was 5 or so). I just starting guiding two years ago and love it. I am as busy as I want to be and the biggest reason for that is because of my followers. I am very grateful for your support and spreading my posts on social media. Getting the word out there to the masses about how I love fly fishing and how I love people, has made me the guide I am today. I have had many clients book me through my outfitter because of an article I wrote, a video I was in, or something they saw on social media about me. I have met the most amazing people because of it and continue to gain unbelievable relationships.  So first off, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart!

So with me stating all of this, let me go into something a little deeper, something I need your help and/or advice on.

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So recently, I found out the following… and man does it make me mad. I want to fight this for the guides out there that are working there butts off for the clients we pour into on a daily basis.

This is straight from this PDF form which you can find here: http://foam-mt.org/downloads/FOAMLINEDecember2014.pdf

“Client solicitation rules allow only outfitters to advertise to
the general public when seeking clients and require an outfitter’s
registered business or personal name and outfitter license number
in the ad. Guides may only advertise their services to outfitters, not
the general public. When advertising to outfitters in public media
(newspapers, magazines, websites, e-newsletters, Facebook,
LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.), guides “shall include a clear and conspicuous
disclaimer that advises the general public that the advertisement
is for outfitters only, not the general public.” And, a guide may
only make agreements with clients concerning monetary consideration
or services offered, or collect fees from clients, with the express
consent of the supervising outfitter.” (See the following article for
updated information regarding FWP commercial rules and guide fee
collection.)

Two new rules allow outfitters to “enter into an arrangement
with a person whereby the clients are referred to the outfitter,
but the outfitter is accountable to the board for the appearance and
propriety of all such advertising and for all interactions between the
other person and the clients and potential clients” and “to authorize
any person to schedule trips, provide clients with information regarding
refunds and services, receive client fees on behalf of the
outfitter, secure a guide who is employed by of with whom the
outfitter has an existing contractual relationship, and take other
steps to establish contracts for services, as long as these activities
are at the direction of the outfitter and as long as terms and
conditions of the contracts are directly between the outfitter and the
client.”

These two rules attempt to clarify long-term business
standards – third party client solicitation via advertising and socalled
“booking agent” capabilities. FOAM believes clear advertising
and client booking guidelines will encourage compliance, stop
guides advertising for – and illegally serving – clients not referred to
them by outfitters, and curtail guide “outfitter shopping” – referring
clients to the outfitter willing to pay the highest guide fee. At the
same time, outfitters can authorize “any person” to book clients and
assign guides, simplifying and streamlining good business while
establishing a direct line of control starting with the outfitter.
Re unlicensed outfitter assistants (OA’s), a new rule sets
their conduct standards equivalent to those of a licensed guide,
requires OA’s using watercraft to display boat stickers showing the
employing or contracting outfitter’s license number, charges a $25
fee for an OA application, and requires outfitters using OA’s to
include them in logs and inform clients that the OA is not licensed
and whether or not the OA has first aid certification.”

Read the whole set of rules at:  http://foam-mt.org/downloads/FOAMLINEDecember2014.pdf

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I love the outfitters I work for but there is a problem… 

When I first started out as a guide my outfitter booked me 1 client for the whole season that came from his own efforts. The other clients I was able to guide came from social media, my blog, and videos that directed them to book me through my outfitter.

If it wasn’t for my own efforts I would have had a very slow summer and wouldn’t have been able to provide for my family. That doesn’t seem fair and is something that needs to be changed.

Once a client has a great experience with you, they want to keep booking you year after year. I hear it all the time. “Matt, who do I need to book through this year to get a trip on the river with you?” So with this rule, I will be asked this question more and more instead of them just seeing it on my blog or website. Am I even allowed to tell people where to book?? Can I hand out a business card? I am a guide but you don’t want me to tell anybody I am a guide?? Only to the outfitters? How does this even make sense?

I have never heard of any other profession where you work so hard and aren’t able to direct business your way for your efforts. The whole thing seems wrong and makes me wonder how these rules even passed.

Outfitter’s don’t pay for our license, our personal insurance, our boats, fly rods, paddles, nets, waders, etc…… but “we” can’t advertise that we are guides?? People book trips for their experience and in my opinion the guides are the biggest part of that because that is who they spend 90% of their time with.

I know as a consumer I love the states where guides don’t have these outfitting laws. It’s much easier and more fun doing research about the person you will fish with for that day. Instead of booking with an outfitter and having no idea the quality of guide you are going to get, or what kind of personality the guy/gal will have.

With all this said I want you to know I love outfitters, I think they are completely necessary and I mean no disrespect to them. I love the outfitters that I am signed with, but having so many other guides under each outfitter… it can be quite the challenge for them to keep all of our schedules full. I just don’t see why we as guides can’t advertise we are guides. It would work out for everybody.

Why be punished if you are good at marketing?

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I come from a 10 year background in real estate and marketing. I’m sure other guides also come from a very successful past career as well.

The first thing they tell you when you get into any career is to network. Networking is the #1 thing that makes your business succeed. If a guide can’t network and spread his name through his own efforts. Then he is forced to depend on someone else’s effort and that is not fair.

It’s so hard not to want to promote yourself. It’s the “American Dream” to start a business and have it be successful.

I never like being a rule breaker and so when I found out this I changed everything right away. I still don’t like the rules and I think things need to be changed but I also want to be respectful of the rules.

I  hope clients and also other guides read this. Please comment and let me know what you think. Your voice on this matters to me and I would love your opinion. 

 

Flat brimmed hat or Rounded hat for Fly Fishing??? (It does matter and you will catch more fish ;)

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I see this discussion on social media a lot. So let’s talk about this subject and find the root of why people wear a certain type of hat.

My cousin’s (Steven Ladefoged “aka Scummy Steve”) # 1 rule in fly fishing is “If you look good, you fish good)

So there is some truth to this statement even though at first, he made it up, just as a joke.

Be yourself and make sure you feel comfortable in the way you look. If you feel good, your mood changes, and there is something to that when you fish.

What were your hobbies before fly fishing?

Not all of us were born into an Orvis family. You might have not been introduced to fly fishing at age 10 by your cowboy dad. Or your dad that is a big business man that belongs to the golf club or the fishing club.

Different genres develop different looks. So if you weren’t born into a fly fishing family and you were introduced to fly fishing at an older age, you might not know the “correct way to dress.” (There is no correct way to dress by the way ;)

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What if your hobbies were skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing, long boarding, surfing or any other hobby that has a so called “look” before you got into fly fishing. I have noticed a lot of different looks in fly fishing lately and I think it has to do with this a lot. Fly fishing is growing in popularity and all sorts of different people are finding out how fun it is.

Certain looks in fly fishing that you think are done on purpose to look “cool” could be just the way they have always dressed and now they are fly fishing. So I think it is a trend we will see more and more, now that fly fishing is becoming more main stream.

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Who do you look up to in the sport or who got you into the sport?

The two questions above are huge parts in the way people dress. Anybody can love and get into fly fishing. You can be a software engineer, pro snowboarder, a CEO, high school kid, custodian, and be an avid fly fisherman.  So who will get someone into fly fishing?? Who knows and that could have a huge impact on the way you dress for the river.

Be less harsh to people that don’t think the same way you do.

The whole point of this post is to get you to think outside of the box. It doesn’t matter how someone dresses as long as they are respecting the sport we love.

If they aren’t respecting the sport we love they might not even know what they are doing wrong. Be kind to people and always assume they don’t know everything. Be the good teacher you remember in school, not the bad one that you wish you could go back in time and punch in the face :).

I hope you liked this post and be yourself out there! It’s fun to see all the different ways people dress out there. Be proud of who you are and rock your style!

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The 5 Friends To Invite If You’re Wanting An Epic Fly Fishing Trip (Epic friends make for an epic trip)

You’re planning an epic fly fishing trip but there’s only one problem…..

Who do you take???

# 1 – The “Dude”

This is the guy that is unemployed and is always down for an adventure. The one that no matter what happens, the trip will go on, because he doesn’t want to go back to real life. You might need to pay for his meals but it’s worth it…… because  let’s face it he’s The “Dude”

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# 2 – “The Drinker”

This one can be tricky. The key is to find someone that is soooooo entertaining and funny when he drinks, but you don’t have to babysit. One that knows when enough is enough but when the fishing is slow, he is cheap entertainment.

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# 3 - The “Comedian”

This guy is critical depending on how long your fly fishing trip is. He is the one that keeps everybody in good spirits. He is the one that turns a normal trip into an unforgettable trip. When you look back on the trip, it’s not all about the fish, it’s also a lot about the campfire goof off times.

The “Comedian”

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# 4 – The “Beard”

That’s the trend right now and I don’t see it going away anytime soon. You must have a guy in your group with a bad ass beard. If you don’t you won’t be seen as “cool” or make any IF4 or F3T films. Make sure you have…..

The “Beard” Guy

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# 5 – The “Initiator”

This is the guy that initiates the whole trip because of his addiction. The guy who eats, sleeps, and dreams fly fishing. He is the one that has the whole plan in his head before there is even a plan. He is the….

The “Initiator”

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Go out there and plan a fly fishing trip today, plan for tomorrow, or plan for this summer….. and make it an epic one!!

Top 10 Ways You Shouldn’t hold A Trout (Fishing Pictures Gone Bad)

Top 10 ways not to hold trout! For their safety and to make sure you don’t get nasty comments.

# 1- Holding trout sideways in pictures. It just doesn’t look right. Make sure you hold them soft and with a lot of support. 2_Trout Lemme Go! # 2- If you do decide to pose with a fish this small make sure you at least keep your fingers out of it gills. They breathe out of those buddy! spellgold01  # 3-  We understand you are very proud of the fish you just caught but why strangle it??? What did that fish ever do to you??? 110811-conger # 4-  The double gill hold is never good for the fish or for the picture. Remember the fish need their gills to do a lot of things. Protect those things above all! 2013_0625BD # 5- Your not holding the fish that badly but let’s chat about the hair???? You might need to clean up a little before you brag about that fish to your friends! Pixies22+ # 6- It’s never a good idea to hold a fish that is oozing blood all over the place. Even if you plan on eating the fish, take a little time, and clean the fish before your picture. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA # 7- 12 inch fish that are 45 inches away from your body do look a lot bigger. My suggestion is if you want a big fish, catch a big fish, don’t do camera magic. 1978321_10152795106268709_2916510863705955372_o # 8- It’s a great feeling when you catch a double but if the third person with you looks like he might or might not be on crack you might want to Photoshop him out of the photo. 4-20-3 # 9- Every photographer I know makes fun of selective coloring. Which means you take out all of the color in a picture besides one thing. It’s not a cool effect and needs to be a thing of the past.

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# 10-  The death grip! It’s not good for the fish or your reputation as a catch and release fisherman. Make sure to hold the trout as careful as possible. deathgrip In all honesty make this hobby fun and hang out with people that  make it fun. Just make sure you are doing the correct things when you hold trout and post a picture. People are always judging so it is better to post a picture that is good for the fish. It is good for the fish and also you. Go have fun out there and catch lot’s of fish!

The purpose for Montana Matt’s Blog and Social Media presence (Fly Fishing needs to be fun)

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The reason I am writing this blog is I want you to know the person behind Montana Matt and what I stand for in life, and in fly fishing.

I picked the image above to be seen first on purpose. It is how I feel the fly fishing community could be and hopefully will be.

I first wanted to start a blog to just help the fly fisherman that was just starting or was on the verge of wanting to start. I wanted it to be a place where you could get simple questions answered without feeling intimidated or feeling dumb for asking. Everybody has to start somewhere and I was hoping this would be a great resource for those people.

10338749_10154200813220094_1970250489937416526_nSecond, I wanted to share my life stories. I felt deep in my heart that people struggle just as much as I do about finding a life of purpose. Leaving the ordinary 9 to 5 job and going after something your soul desires. I wanted to share my struggles, my accomplishments, and things I learn along the way in hopes someone else would find the courage to do the same thing.

1403495_10153538305400094_2136543414_oI wanted to be a light in a sometimes dark sport. There is so much drama and name calling on the internet about how people should or shouldn’t fly fish. I wanted a blog that was positive and made you feel good after reading it. I also want you to feel inspired or at least put a smile on your face after reading it.

10353090_10154583874315094_4311924152138408864_nAs a Christian, I wanted to share a little about my faith and how it leads me to do things that sometimes don’t seem or look practical in the way the world says we should do things. It’s okay to question things and I think we sometimes forget that.

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I want to be able to share stories about how old and young people can enjoy this sport. You are never too old to go fishing. One of my favorite stories was of the man in the picture below. He is 92 years old and still loves to fly fish. We would put out a chair in the middle of a run for him. He would then cast and cast for a fish. Believe it or not, he caught a lot of fish! I love to blog to spread this kind of inspiration from a guy that doesn’t know how to quit.

10592859_602601513189812_5559019939250279370_nI blog to share stories of the impossible. An avid outdoors man that worked his whole life to someday retire and enjoy the fruits of his labor. To only get Parkinson’s disease and the start of Alzheimer’s. A man who thought he wouldn’t have a day on the water ever again and get the chance because of the love of his nephew letting me know of his dream. Pictured below is Dave with the biggest smile on his face ever. Also a huge trout caught at Monster Lake Ranch that he never thought he would feel in his hands again.

10418371_649735401809756_1874676442901166251_nThis blog has also opened many doors for me as a fly fisherman and a person. I have met some incredible people because of it. I have also been able to be on TV and share my story with others. That wasn’t my main purpose when I started it, but I’m not going to lie, it feels good when you’re in the public and someone says “you’re Montana Matt”. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it sure feels good. I also love when people email and message me about their stories. I love to hear from people and know that they are going for their dreams.

10426763_10154311925280094_1020903290449041673_nI love to show people that fly fishing can be a lot of fun!! You don’t have to go out on the river and be mad at the world. You can go out there and have a blast. Go talk to people. Make new friends. 90% of people on the river are amazing and have one heck of a story to tell you if you are willing to listen. The other 10% we will just keep praying for and know they still have an incredible story but they might be just a little harder to crack. Sometimes they are the ones who need the most love.

1240562_10153255363550094_1546805035_nAbove is a picture of my Grandpa and I fishing together. The other main reason I blog is for my family and friends that don’t live close by. They love following our many adventures and like to show all their friends. I also do it to show my future kids someday. That way when i’m all old and wrinkly I have proof I could actually fish a little.

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Thanks for following my life and my blog. I hope this explanation helps a little of why I love to blog so much. I love the support I get and hope to get even more fly fishers into this sport because of a blog post they saw.

I hope for you to catch the biggest fish of your life because of a technique or a bug you saw on one of my blog posts.

I hope to hear your biggest success stories because of feeling encouraged to do something you love as your career.

Never hesitate to contact me if you ever need someone to chat with about life and of course, fishing.

Thanks for your continued support and spreading my blog to your friends and family.

We have a video that is so close to making the IF4 film festival. It’s called “Disconnect”. Follow this link https://www.facebook.com/IF4TOUR and let them know you would love to see it in their line up. It’s a story about disconnecting from normal life as a married couple in a hobby we both love, brings us closer and can do it together. It’s a great one to watch with your spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend. 

Thanks :)

This isn’t the Disconnect video below but is a video I did last year on the Yellowstone River. It’s one of my favorites as it shows incredible scenery of paradise valley.

Top 10 Reasons Why People Should Never Tell You To Quit Fly Fishing!!!! (Fly Fishing is something you shouldn’t quit)

photoTop 10 reasons why people should never tell you to quite fly fishing!

# 1 – If you quit, you might end up like this guy.

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# 2- If you don’t have fly fishing in the beautiful outdoors as an escape what else would you do?

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# 3- You have to replace fly fishing with another hobby. The scary thing is…. what will it be! (Warcraft??)

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# 4- The self esteem you get from being a so called “trout legend” on social media will go away and it will be hard for you to wake up in the morning with a purpose.

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# 5- The worst thing that will happen is your best friend will have no one to go with anymore.

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# 6-  You will have to substitute all your fishing posts with something else to post about.

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# 7- The coolness factor of your flat brimmed hat won’t have that coolness effect without a fishing logo on it.

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# 8- The coolness factor of your hat that is to bent won’t have the coolness effect without having a fishing logo on it.

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# 9- You won’t have clever ways to get out of work and still be halfway honest.

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# 10- Instead of being outside enjoying nature at it’s finest with friends that appreciate the same thing. Now you will have to find new friends that talk about how good they look.

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Point of this post is to never quit fly fishing!!! It is something that keeps us feeling alive and in touch with the outdoors. Get someone new into the sport and watch their life change for the better.