In a recent post, I wrote of a proposal to limit the number of commercial guiding operations on the Madison river as well as limiting use of boats on some segments of the river.
Yesterday, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 4-0 to reject the proposal.
The outfitters who would be impacted were most outspoken in speaking against the proposal. One of the valid points made by the outfitters was that the majority of fly fishers on the Madison are non-commercial anglers who would not have been impacted by the proposed rule changes.
In addition, at least one of the commissioners noted that the proposed plan was not fully vetted as other rivers’ plans had been.
Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks will watch for public reaction to the decision before deciding on how to proceed with a revised plan.
You can read more here.