Friday, September 28, 2007

Mack Days - They're Baaaaaaack!

Calling all anglers and spouses of anglers who want their share of $81,100 in cash and prizes (and fish)! The annual Fall Mack Days fishing tournament on Flathead Lake, starts Friday, September 28th and runs through Nov. 11.

The purpose behind this tournament is not to promote Flathead Lake, Montana's jewell needs no help in this area. This is a joint effort by the tribes and the state to control the non-native predacious lake trout (Mackinaw) population in Flathead by fishing. The fishing contests are the key to letting anglers be the solution to the mackinaw problem.

Lake trout can be caught using spinning gear, flies, flat fish, spoons, jigs, and cut bait. Get the best fishing tips here.

Mac Days is sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and sanctioned by Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks. Get all the details on their official website.
Enjoy and good luck!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

We are approaching my favorite season… Fall.

Wait a minute, I have to be honest with you (and with myself), but I am inclined to say that with the approach of every season in Montana. Our very distinctive seasons offer the best of everything to everybody, but fall is different. I especially like fall because it follows the hottest part of the summer and our yearly “fire season”. By the time fall gets here, I’ve been waiting for it for weeks.

Not just a reprieve from the dog days of summer, fall brings those cool, crisp mornings and the most beautiful, vibrant sunsets of the year. The lawn doesn’t need any more attention – even the weeds are taking a breather. It’s a time when you can work outdoors and never break a sweat. Fall is the time to bring in the firewood, and get the house prepared for winter. These are chores I happen to like doing, much more than cutting grass.

Fall is an anticipatory time as we have so many fun and festive holidays in front of us. From Halloween and Thanksgiving heading to Christmas and New Years, fall is the harbinger of our traditional family fun season. When you throw in some football, cold beer and pig roasts, it just don’t get better than fall… it just feels good!

On top of this I look around and see snow appearing on the mountain peaks, the Aspens are starting to turn gold and vivid colors are dotting the landscape. A few days ago my wife and I watched a young black bear wander through our property foraging for food in preparation for winter’s hibernation. The Blacktail deer’s coats have already changed color seemingly overnight. I’m glad to be alive and living in Montana.

Fall is one of the best times to visit NW Montana and take in Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake. The roads are less crowded as most of the tourists have returned home. At this time of the year you can find yourself alone in the wilderness, soaking up nature’s majesty – yet civilization (beer, football and pig roasts) is just around the next corner.

PS: I feel the need to apologize for my hiatus; this was a surprise for both of us. Since I last posted I traveled to Florida for a family wedding and reunion, then a trip to Salt Lake City on business. Hopefully my wanderlust has been satisfied for 2007.

Oh and BTW, that photo of the buck above was taken earlier this week. This young fellow and three of his lady friends were hanging about in my front yard and I just happened to have my digital camera at the ready.