Hooked on Trout: Angling in the Ruby Springs Valley
Join The Trust for Public Land's President Will Rogers on the blue ribbon trout streams of western Montana’s Ruby Springs Valley. We will stay at the Ruby Springs Lodge, where we will enjoy private angling along the Ruby River and its tributaries. And we will have the opportunity to join Craig Mathews—author of Fly Fishing the Madison, co-owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, and co-founder of 1% for the Planet—in exploring the pocket water and riffles of O’Dell Creek. Target of a landmark restoration project, this spring creek now offers some of Montana’s best fishing, and Mathews is an expert on its waters.
Rancher Jeff Laszlo received the Environmental Law Institute’s prestigious National Wetlands Award for Landowner Stewardship for the restoration of O’Dell Creek. One evening we will enjoy a barbeque at his Granger Ranch and learn how he and his local partners are protecting and preserving some of the highest-quality riparian and wetland habitat in the Madison River floodplain.
Another night, after fishing the evening rise, we’ll be joined by award-winning writer, conservationist, and lifelong fly fisherman Chris Santella, who will share insights from his book Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die. The book is based on in-depth interviews with experts on fishing locations from Mongolia to Montana’s Armstrong Spring Creek. No matter where you want to fish, Chris delivers the information on travel and tackle to get you started.
In addition to honing our angling skills, we will learn about our long and successful history of conserving Northern Rockies landscapes in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. We will discover how conservation easements and the purchase of private development rights have safeguarded trout habitat in river valleys under increasing pressure from population growth. Since 1987 The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 525,223 acres in Montana and secured public access to hundreds of miles of rivers and streams.
Dates: Sept. 4-8, 2011