1934 Big Hole ideal water for rainbows
FISHING EXPERTS Montana Boasts Best Trout Streams !n Nation, Clubmen Informed. Montana has more miles of trout streams than any other state in the union. It has finer rainbow trout than can be found anywhere. Its grayling- are superior to those of any other state. These are among the statements made at the Butte Rotary Rotary club luncheon at the New Pin- len yesterday. The speakers were "Bug "House" Bill Beatty, expert fisherman and purveyor of fishing equipment for nearly half a century, and Harry Hamilton, vice president and "only life member of the Butte Anglers club." Malcolm GilUs, described described as "one of Montana's artistic artistic fishermen" — whp has spent one month out of every year for decades catching fish although he doesn't eat fish — was chairman of the meeting. meeting. Mr. Beatty described the equipment equipment which a successful fisherman should carry, named the districts where best results con be obtained and commented on Montana's standing standing as a fisherman's state. Mr. Hamilton Hamilton spoke on the protection of migratory fowl and explained some of the work of the Butte Anglers' Club. Aleen Mayo was heard in vocal solos. She was accompanied by Mrs. J, H. Dickson. Mr. Beatty, in the course of his talk, suggested a rod weighing from five to five and one half ounces and from nine to nine and one half feet long. He favored an enameled line, 25 yards long, with leaders from one to two yards long. In discussing flies he said the royal coachman was the most generally used of any fly in the nation but that expert local fishermen such as Paul Hudtlof f, Arthur Arthur Perharn, Charles Adams and Walter Arnold have other preferences, preferences, Greatest Lake. The greatest fishing lake in the union is above the Madison dam, he declared. He praised the Madison, the Gallatin and the Big Hole rivers as ideal Hshingr waters. There is something about Big Hole water that makes rainbow trout grow, he said. Put trout, of equal size in Big Hole and Madison or other waters and at the end of a given period the Big Hole trout will be four inches longer and proportionately heavier than its brothers In other streams. Mr. Beatty advocated a- low license rate for short period of "visitors" fishing licenses predicting that such a course would greatly Increase this state's revenue. Mr. Hamilton opened his remarks "with references to congressional legislation calculated to conserve the nation's natural resources of game. He reminded hunters that under the Hobinson act they must obtain from postmasters a, license stamp costing $1 which is to be pasted on their state hunting license if they wish to shoot migratory fowl. He applauded bird sanctuaries but urged that this state should be alive to the possibility possibility that congress may, if not opposed by Montanans, enact legislation "which will place this state at the disadvantage of being set apart as a .bird sanctuary to provide migratory migratory fowl hunting for the hunters of other states" with no chance for Montanans to participate at all unless unless they leave the state. Club Hatchery. . Tha Butte Anglers' club fish hatchery, Hamilton said has over 800,000 fish on hand. These will be planted in many streams. None will be released under four inches in length. He suggested that fishermen by appealing to President William Carpenter of the Anglers, may obtain obtain some of these fish for the waters waters of their favorite streams. There is more to fishing than catching fish, the speaker said. It provides unlimited enjoyment and physical, mental and moral benefit to those who engage In it "even if they don't catch any fish at all." Secretary Thomas stated .that George N. Short and Dr. Curtis I». Wilson, the new and the retiring club presidents, who had been named as delegates to the international convention at Detroit, June 25-29, have named alternates. Mr. Short's alternate is Dr. John A. Donovan, who is now in the East. Dr. Wilson named Roscoe L. Thomas, club secretary, secretary, as his alternate.