Blackfoot River

A.J. Coulter guides fly fishing trips on rivers all around Montana. Recently, he’s been starting his trips earlier in the day to avoid angling in heat of the day so as to not catch unhealthy fish.
Corin Cates-Carney

Fish, and maybe you, are getting stressed out in this summer heat. But for fish, stress is made worse when, on top of trying to stay cool, they have to avoid eating a fly tied to a line.

In the heat wave of the past few weeks, guides and regulators have worked to protect fish during a time when fish are very vulnerable.

Shellfish In Montana: The Western Pearlshell

Jun 12, 2015

There are not many freshwater mussels west of the continental divide in Montana; in fact, there is only one native species here, the western pearlshell.

Marjorie Snipes & Flannery O'Connor: Immersion

Jun 2, 2015

Marjorie Snipes and her family live in Georgia but spend vacation time near Seeley Lake, Montana:

"It is amazing that while the world around us turns spring, the lake in front of our rented cabin remains frozen with snowpack. It is a diorama where foreground is spring and background winter, and some mornings I can’t decide which stage to occupy or how to be properly shod.

UPDATE 3:45 p.m.:
Environmental health experts say chemicals were in a non-hazardous state and have largely disbursed and diluted. No sulfuric acid reaction. No reports of fish/wildlife kills. Rivers and access sites to re-open shortly.


Citing an "abundance of caution", Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Regional Fisheries Manager, Pat Saffel, says the Blackfoot and Clark Fork rivers from Johnsrud Park, west into Missoula are closed down due to a chemical spill.

A semi tractor trailer rolled over near mile-marker 3, near Marco Flats on Highway 200 east of Bonner this morning, spilling an undetermined amount of chemicals into the Blackfoot River. 

Missoula County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman, Paige Pavalone, says officials don't yet know much about the specific chemicals, only that, "if mixed with water, there can be unknown risks."

A hazardous materials team is on scene and a boom is in the water to contain the spill.