Montana Trout Rustling

Ruby

From Mitchell Slough to the Blackfoot, Ruby and beyond, "Greed, insecurity and just plain old 'I got mine, screw you' bullshit..." continues to run rampant in Montana. So far the state's ironclad Stream Access Law has waged a formidable battle against those who would like to see public access stripped for personal gain.

Livingston-based author John Holt goes on the offensive in his pointed article "Trout Rustling Gone Mad", calling out in-state and interloping heretics and laying down the law for the future of flyfishing in the American West.

Via counterpunch: "The situation often involves big-money yahoos locking up land access to prime waters by purchasing land leases from ranchers who own acreage on one of both sides of rivers flowing through their property. These leases effectively close off access to trout streams or make reaching the waters an extremely difficult and lengthy process. Former network news readers, has-been movie stars, over-the-hill writers and yuppie arbitragers are all part of a concerted effort by a few to deny fly fishing to many—a tangible metaphor for the escalating land grab perpetuated by the terminally wealthy not only in Montana but much of the West."

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