Hyalite Canyon Cleanup – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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Hyalite Canyon Cleanup

I undeniably love fishing, and fully believe we can do a lot to help out with river conservation and restoration. Whether it’s cleanups, submitting data to our local biologists or donating money to our favorite non-profits. This week you have a chance to volunteer and help clean up Hyalite Canyon. But first, read this fantastic quote about fishing by Robert Traver.

“I fish because I love to; because I love the environment that trout are found, which are invariably beautiful,
and hate the environment where crowds of people are found, which are invariably ugly; because of all the
television commercials, cocktail parties and assorted social posturing I thus escape; because, in a world
where most men spend their lives doing things they hate, my fishing is at once an endless source of
delight and an act of small rebellion; because trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or
impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience; because I suspect
that men are going along this way for the last time, and I for one don’t want to waste the trip; because
mercifully there are no telephones on fishing waters; because only in the woods can I find solitude without
loneliness; because bourbon out of an old tin cup tastes better out there; because maybe someday I will
catch a mermaid; and, finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important but because I
suspect that so many other concerns of men are equally unimportant — and not nearly so much fun”

Our rivers, streams and overall watershed truly gives us so much. Why not give back a little next week and then go fishing? Hyalite road is opening Sunday, May 15th and Friend of Hyalite, the Cluster-Gallatin National Forest, and the ciry of Bozeman are holding their annual spring cleanup. You can sign up here!

Details from their Facebook event page: Meet at the gate at the bottom of the Hyalite road at 12:30 pm and we’ll shuttle volunteers up the canyon. Bring water, bear spray, and appropriate clothing (including gloves if you have them). We’ll provide trash bags, shovels, extra gloves, and a BBQ at the end of the day.

Pro tip: the spring clean up day is a great opportunity to get in one last bike ride before the Hyalite road opens to cars on May 16. Bring your bike & fly rod! Pick up trash as you ride!

Photo: Julia Daigle