Monday, March 19, 2012

BRTU call for Volunteer Instructors Tuesday, March 20 Buggers Class

Buggers casting on the April 2011 Fishing Day and Picnic
The Buggers Casting and Knots Class is this Tuesday Tuesday, 3/20, 6:30 - 8:00 PM in the Westview School gymnasium located at 9th and Main in Hamilton. Enter through the east doors facing 9th St. This is the final classroom segment. Thanks to all the FFB and TU members who have volunteered for the tying classes; we couldn't have succeeded without you!

Also on the curriculum for this final class, we'll be helping the kids set up their rod outfits and, weather permitting, begin casting instruction.

Don't forget to pick up a raffle ticket when you come in to help. A drawing will be held in April for volunteers. The prize will be a terrific Monte Dolack print, ready for framing.

  • April TBA– actual Fishing Day and picnic - This is what all the kids have worked for and will be a ton of fun. Please check back for the actual date. 
Classes are sponsored by Bitterroot Trout Unlimited and the Keystone Discovery Enrichment Program.  For more information call the Westview Center at (406) 375-9999 or  Greg Chester at (406) 363-0033.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Photos from the 2012 Buggers fly tying class

Nice to see parents come join in the fun!
This was the last night of the fly tying classes for the 2012 group of kids. They are great kids. The enthusiasm and delight in the room was contagious. You can see it in their smiles.

Monday, March 5, 2012

BRTU and FFB host four session fly fishing workshop in the Bitterroot

Fly Fishing Workshop

Come join Bitterroot Trout Unlimited and Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot in their four week course (1 night per week) for beginner and intermediate anglers.

Classes will be 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays in May (the 9th, 16th, 23th and 30th ) at the Corvallis Middle School Cafeteria for anglers 16 years of age and up.

Topics include casting, gear, entomology, casting, knots, fly tying and many other important subjects.

Cost for the four classes is $50.00, and includes a one year membership to either Fly Fishers of the Bitterroot or Trout Unlimited – your choice. The fee is only $35.00 if you are already a member of one of these organizations.

Questions? Call Cathy Lowe at 961-5392 or Greg Chester at 363-0033 

Application for the clinic.  Right-click the picture and print it.
 Click here to download a PDF file of the application for the clinic.

BRTU General Meeting - March 15, 2012 Secrets of the Madison River

Bitterroot Trout Unlimited March Meeting
Thursday, March 15, 2012, 7:00 PM
Hamilton Elks Lodge, 203 State St
Kris Kumlien
Montana Troutfitters
Kris Kumlien, from Bozeman's Montana Troutfitters, has been guiding on the Madison since before he was born! That's  because Kris's dad, legendary Bozeman guide Dave Kumlien, started Montana Troutfitters in 1978. Troutfitters ( was Bozeman's first full-service fly fishing shop and an obligatory stop for anglers heading to the Madison. Kris maintains the tradition and exacting standards, and to say that he knows "The Secrets of the Madison" is a plain and simple fact. If you want to learn how to fish this celebrated Montana river, don't miss Kris’s program!

And, don’t forget! We will be having dinner with Kris at Spice of Life at 5:00 pm before the meeting. Long-time TU supporter Karen Suennen will be donating 10% of the proceeds to our club. So come join us for dinner.

Information for Spice of Life Cafe and Catering
163 S 2nd St Hamilton, Montana
(406) 363-4433
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Information for Elks Lodge

203 State Street
Hamilton, MT 59840-2522
(406) 363-3031
Get directions

For more information, contact Cassie Buhl ( or Marshall Bloom ( or 406-363-3485.

Another March  note: The Bitterroot Buggers will be holding classes every Tuesday of this month from 6:30 to 8:00 at Westview School gym. You don't need to be an expert to help! Call Ria (363-5996) if you have any questions and want to be involved.

Bitterroot Chapter of Trout Unlimited Summer Intern Announcement

2012 BRTU/USFS/MFWP Fisheries Intern Announcement
Once again, the Bitterroot Chapter of Trout Unlimited in conjunction with Bitterroot National Forest the Montana Dept of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks will be filling a GS-3 ($11.95/hour) summer fisheries technician job.  This is one of the ways that our chapter uses the money we raise at our banquet to support Native Trout protection and restoration.

The application process is simple - send a resume and cover letter to US Forest Service Fisheries Biologist Mike Jakober ( Please note that the deadline for applications is March 26th.  Feel free to distribute the announcement to any potential candidates.

Dates For Applying  –  Resumes need to be received no later than March 26, 2012.  The application process is simply a resume that is sent to Mike Jakober.  Resumes can be sent electronically or hard copy.  Transcripts and proof of college registration will be required prior to hiring the selected individual.
Electronic address:
Mail:  West Fork Ranger District, 6735 West Fork Rd., Darby MT  59829.  Attn: Mike Jakober.
Phone:  406-821-3269

Dates of Employment  – June 4 to August 24, 2012 (some flexibility exists).

Pay Rate –  Pay grade would be a GS-3, which is $11.95/hour.

Qualifications  –  The Forest Service would hire the intern under the Student Temporary Employment Program.  The intern would need to show that they intend to go into fisheries or a closely related field and would be attending college as an undergraduate or graduate student in the fall of 2012.

Duties  –  The intern would work from the Stevensville and West Fork Ranger Districts, with the Forest’s fisheries crews.  In August, the intern would assist Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) biologists conducting mark/recapture electrofishing surveys.  The goal is to expose the intern to a wide range of field-going fisheries duties, including:
  • Conducting fish population surveys with electrofishers and by snorkeling
  • Conducting fish habitat inventories
  • Conducting mountain lake surveys
  • Implementing fish habitat improvement projects
  • Monitoring and maintaining livestock exclosure fences and grazing allotments
  • Monitoring road decommissioning and timber harvest projects
  • Deploying thermographs to monitor water temperatures
  • Conducting flow measurements in dewatered streams
The intern would spend most of their time in the field working alongside regular summer field crews.  There would be minimal office work.  The intern may also participate on a few backcountry mountain lake or snorkel surveys.  The intern would rotate between the West Fork and Stevensville Ranger Districts of the Bitterroot National Forest.  In August, the intern would also assist FWP biologists when mark/recapture population estimates are being conducted.  The intern would keep a concise daily log to be compiled into a brief reporting of accomplishments and suggestions for improving the intern program.  This would be provided to TU in written format at the end of the season.  If the intern is attending a Montana college, they would be expected to conduct an informal presentation at a Bitterroot Chapter Trout Unlimited meeting during the autumn or winter of 2012-13.  The Chapter would like to see and hear firsthand about the intern’s experiences.

Housing – Forest Service bunkhouse space will likely be available at either the West Fork or Stevensville Ranger Stations.  If the employee stays in a bunkhouse, rent, which is about $5.00 per day, is automatically deducted from the employee’s paycheck.
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