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UPDATED: Madison River Group Grapples with How to Reduce Crowding

Two adopted rules are facing repeal as the group works through this delicate issue.

UPDATED: Madison River Group Grapples with How to Reduce Crowding

Angling pressure has dramatically increased in the past several years on the Madison River (shown here at the old Varney Bridge), but finding an agreeable solution has not been easy. (Joshua Bergan photo)

UPDATED December 27, 2021: The Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Fish and Wildlife Commission Monday morning (December 27, 2021) repealed one adopted rule and amended another that were slated to go into effect on January 1, 2022 on the upper Madison River. These regulations were initially adopted as a way to reduce crowding on the Madison River, and were to implement new walk/wade-only rules for certain sections and a rest-rotation schedule for outfitters and guides (see initial report below for more details).

Of note, due to legal language in the rule/rule-making...

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