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  • Thursday, March 23, 2017

    A Stab In The Back

    LOCAL WATERS CLEAR
    Austin Knudsen Betrayal
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    WALLPAPER:  THE BLUE ICE OF HEBGEN RESERVOIR
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    .. All of our local tributaries to Hebgen Reservoir are clear of ice and eroding the ice of the reservoir.
    .. The Madison River and it's South Fork have pushed far enough into the ice to provide legal fishing beyond the estuaries. Cougar Creek, Duck Creek, Grayling Creek, and Notellum Creek are building open water at a rapid clip. Soon all will have pushed far enough into the reservoir to provide legal fishing.

    Helobdella stagnalis

    .. The kids with sleds have been successful beyond the South Fork estuary with midges, blond leeches, (Helobdella stagnalis,) small streamers, and a few secret patterns from the winter experimentation's.
    .. It seems that the blond leeches have experienced a population explosion, (along with midges and lowland skwalas.)
    COPPER TAIL
    .. This makes for pudgy trout and happy fishers around here.
    .. The leeches are a real surprise since they are rare and seldom seen in numbers of any kind.
    .. Water from our warm rains and drizzles is still puddling on the surface of the ice of the reservoir.
    NOTELLUM BRANCH
    .. The blue hue is sparkling and twinkling. The ice is getting very thin.
    .. We're looking forward to ice out this year. We're also noticing that the snow is disappearing at a rapid rate and we're watching the stream flows and anticipating the runoff rates. Planning for early fishing is going to be tricky.
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    .. Montana House Speaker Austin Knudsen has stabbed his constituents in the back.
    THE KNUDSEN GATE
    .. After receiving 75% of the votes in his district he has blocked access to the American Legion Park in Culbertson, Montana.
    .. The 35 acre park was donated to the American Legion in 1944 and is a scenic strip of land along the Missouri River.
    .. Access was granted by the donating owners and used continually since 1944. When Knudsen bought the land he relocated the road and put up a gate.
    .. The matter is in the courts now with both a suit and counter suit. KEEP 'EM OUT? That's loyalty and representation Montana style, [LINK-1, LINK-2, LINK-3.]
    .. Our pretend Montanan Secretary Of Interior Hinky Zinke has just announced a gift to the deserving residents of the Gulf Coast.
    .. Newly proposed and enacted oil exploration and lease tracts are about to be; or have been let. The only indication of the actions was a pair of news releases. Sort of like the stealth approach to all of the current administrations ministrations to the citizens of our democracy, [LINK-A, LINK-B.]
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    FAN WING FUN
    .. We are staring at no less than two weeks of above average daytime temperatures.
    .. There will be some rain, some drizzle, some soft flurries, a bit of hail and bunches of bluster in the upcoming 18 to 20 days.
    .. Temperatures at mid day will range from 40°F to 50°F and precipitation from nil to light with plenty of clouds and overcast skies. Absolutely perfect fishing weather. The lowlands may get to be too warm to fish - HUH?
    .. We'd best hustle along before the lowlanders get up here to avoid the heat!
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