The South Fork of the Snake River is in southeastern Idaho close to the
Wyoming border. The South Fork begins as it flows out of 20 mile
Palisades Reservoir in the community of Swan Valley, forming a
64-mile stretch of legendary tail-water fly-fishing. The South
Fork is also a beautiful river for flat water rafting, canoeing
and kayaking. If you float this river in a canoe know what you
are doing as it is big water and its flat-water appearance can
fool you to its dangers.
Bald eagles and Ospreys are prevalent and many nest high above on treetops along the riverbanks, it is always a treat to see one swoop down and catch an unsuspecting fish. The South Fork Snake River has been called Idaho's most unique riparian ecosystem containing the largest continuous cottonwood ecosystem in the state. The South Fork provides habitat for nine nesting bald eagle pairs and up to 100 wintering eagles. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers this river section to be the most important fish and wildlife habitat in the state of Idaho. Moose are seen regularly in the river bottom.
The South Fork of the Snake boasts 4,000 fish per mile, which makes it one of the most productive rivers in the country. The quality of fishing on the South Fork has improved dramatically since a slot limit was introduced. All fish between 8 and 16 inches (the prime breeders) must be released and you are only allowed to keep two fish that aren't rainbows. The South Fork also is an all-wild trout fishery as they quit planting it years ago. It is said that it is the best wild-trout fishery in the lower 48 states. Wild native cutthroat trout are a mixture of both fine-spotted and Yellowstone races. Fine-spotted cutthroat are stocked as sub-catchables and catchables into Palisades Reservoir and some are flushed into the South Fork with reservoir drawdowns.
Although exotic wild rainbow, hybrid, and brown trout provide a significant component of the catch throughout the South Fork drainage, they pose a potential threat to the genetic integrity and long-term viability of wild cutthroat populations. Stocking in the mainstem and tributaries was discontinued in the early 1980s.
The majority of anglers practice the catch-and-release ethic, because of this and the slot limit the river has maintained a healthy population of breeding fish. The river is primarily a cutthroat fishery; however, it is also possible to get into a fair number of browns and rainbows. In recent years we have seen a dramatic increase of the rainbow population and the Idaho Game and Fish is encouraging fisherman to kill all rainbow caught. As much as I prefer to catch a brown or rainbow because of their better fighting ability I would also like to maintain a healthy Cuttroat population because they are more likely to be caught on a dry fly than Rainbows and Browns.
The key to fishing the banks of this
river while floating is getting your fly as tight to the
bank as possible and allowing it to drift just inches
form the bank in most spots. When fishing from a gravel
bar itÍs possible to hook and land a dozen or more. This
is one reason why the South Fork has gained a reputation
as one of the country's greatest trout fisheries.
After spring runoff and the start of potato irrigation there is very limited access for wade fishing due to high river flows so a float trip is recommended from June till September. A drift boat allows access to many of the productive gravel bars and side channels that are inaccessible on foot. There are also many miles of the South Fork inaccessible from roads.
12 miles (section one) begins at the Palisades Dam and
ends at the Connant boat ramp. This is the most accessible
and as a result,
the most crowded. Despite the crowds, some of the larger fish tend
to be caught and released on this upper section of the river. This
section of river provides outstanding views of the rugged mountains
on either side of the river and hosts one of the most picturesque small
waterfalls anywhere. The downside is some are calling this section "the parade of homes" for
the growing number of trophy homes springing up along it's banks.
The 24-mile stretch below Connant boat
ramp is considered the "Canyon," the Canyon is divided
into two sections called the middle and lower (or section
two and section three). Section two ends at Cottonwood
Boat Ramp. There are many National Forest campgrounds
along the riverbanks. Camping is a great way to enjoy
the river and break up the long canyon section. Both section
one and two make for exceptional one-day fishing trips.
The canyon is spectacular, with walls towering hundreds
of feet straight up from the river and dotted with pine
trees. The canyon gives the impression of a wilderness
trip although you are floating right below cultivated
barley and wheat fields you can't see. It is common for
an experienced angler to boat 30 fish a day with the average
fish ranging from 16 to 18 inches.
Access to section three is through Ririe ID; you drive up a dirt road on the north side of the river to Cottonwood boat ramp and start you float there. There are several places to fish along the road if you don't have a boat.
Section four starts at Byington Boat Ramp in Ririe and goes to where it joins up with the Henry's Fork of the Snake by Manan ID. The river here changes character as it is no longer in the mountains, it is flatter, more braided and winds through private farmland but is an awesome fishery none the less, many big browns can be found here. Most boaters take out at the Lorenzo river access off of highway 20 between Idaho falls and Rexburg ID but the lightly fished section below Lorenzo can be very productive and there is a takeout right below where the South Fork merges with the Henry's Fork.
For the best dry fly action the river is best fished from July through mid
August. The first half of July is the height of the prolific stone
fly hatches, which brings just about all of the fish to the surface
to gorge themselves on one of the largest dry flies, the largest of
the Stone Flies the Salmon Fly is sometimes 3 inches in length.
By the first week of August the fish
are a bit more reluctant to bite as most have been caught
and released several times by then. When the fish continue
to refuse dry flies, emerger and cripple patterns are
highly effective, especially "when the fish are feeding
in the riffles and back channels.
The warm summer days of August bring
out one of the troutÍs favorite foods, the grasshopper.
When the fish are keying in on hoppers and are becoming
weary of hopper patterns, try twitching a rubber legged
hopper pattern. The twitching motion of those rubber legs
can entice a wary fish into a strike.
Educated trout can sometimes be fooled
with a dropper fly. A dropper is a nymph, emerger or attached
to a buoyant and visible fly attached with an 18 inches
of 4X or 5X tippet to bend of the hook. Hoppers, TurckÍs
Tarantula and the Double Humpys are excellent flies to
set up with a dropper. The large high floating dry works
well to spot the takes on the small drys, nymphs and emergers.
October brings in a season of extremes, the fishing can be the best but
the weather can be the worst. For those willing to take the gamble
and come in October the rewards can be tremendous. The cooler weather
of fall bring on the Blue Wing Olive hatches and many of the fishermen
have left for the year and gone hunting and the trout lose their weariness
of flies that they acquire during the heavy fishing pressure of summer.
These hatches last well into the winter. This time of year the browns
are moving to their spawning beds and there are increased chances of
catching big browns. The Idaho State record brown was set at 26.6 pounds
and was taken on the South Fork. Monster browns in the 15-pound class
are taken every year.
Fall is also a better time of the year for the wade fisherman as the lower water flows of fall open up many places to wade that are inaccessible during higher water.
Fly-fishing Tower Creek below Tower Falls in Yellowstone
"But when I am alone in the half light of the canyon
all existence seems to fade to a being with my soul, and memories. And
the sounds of the Big Black Foot River, and a four count rhythm, and the
hope that a fish will rise. Eventually, all things merge into one, and
a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and
runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless
raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters."
Sound-bite from a River Runs Through it.
The Yellowstone Teton Region fly-fishing is blessed with
a plethora of blue ribbon trout waters that host prolific hatches of Mayflies,
Caddis Flies and Stone Flies. Dozens of rivers and hundreds of lakes and
streams, all world-class fisheries that attract anglers from around the world.
The Henry’s Fork, the Snake, the Madison, and the Yellowstone Rivers have
been elevated to legendary status by the movies made about them and the books
and articles that have been written about them.
If you believe what you read, fly-fishing requires the
touch of a surgeon and the spirit of a Zen master. Well, it might help but
it certainly isn’t required around here. Forget about what you’ve heard about
fly-fishing in the past, if you really want to fly-fish all you need are
the right tools, proper technique, and a positive attitude. With these essential
elements, you can begin to enjoy the sport of fly-fishing in no time.
Some time spent with a guide can enhance your skills exponentially in a very short time, as they are all trained to be teachers. A day discovering the best techniques for fly-fishing with a guide on one of our regional rivers or legendary spring creeks gives you the foundation for many years of productive fly-fishing enjoyment of the future. Many regional guides have spent a lifetime fly-fishing the rivers and streams of Yellowstone Teton Region. Their instruction of the best flies, how to read the water, presentation, and all aspects of fishing the Yellowstone region can greatly enhance your fly-fishing experience.
For those of you who already know how to fly-fish, or
do not want to hire a fly-fishing guide, all you need is a map, the proper
seasonal fly selection, and some current fly-fishing advice, all which can
be found for the price of a handful of flies at a local fly shop.
Most rental shops of the Yellowstone Teton region have drift boats rafts and float tubes for rent for those of you that wish to escape the confines of the bank of your river, lake, or stream, because as we all know, the big one is in the eddy on the far side of the river.
Cutthroat Trout soon to be returned into the Snake River south of Jackson Hole Wyoming.
Spin-cast fishing is popular around the area also and
is a very productive way to wet a line. Although spin fishing doesn’t require
the finesse and learning curve of fly-fishing, a guided trip with a guide
that knows spin-fishing can really improve our catch rate. Remember to keep
in mind to de-barb your hooks to improve your catches chance of survival
upon release. We also encourage lure fisherman to cut their treble hooks
down to a single hook.
The Snake River Drainage is home to a unique subspecies of cutthroat trout known
as the Fine-spotted Snake River Cutthroat Trout. This outstanding game fish
is indigenous to the Snake River drainage and relies totally on natural reproduction.
Having a wild trout fishery with indigenous trout is not something we take
for granted and we highly encourage catch and release fishing to protect this
Fly-fishermen enyoy fall fishing on the Gibbon River in Yellowstone National Park.
The Yellowstone Cutthroat, as the name implies, are native to the Yellowstone River drainage of southwest and south-central Montana and northwest Wyoming. In general, The relation of Yellowstone cutthroat trout to Snake River fine-spotted cutthroat trout is problematic. Early genetic analyses could not distinguish these subspecies, but recent attempts have been more successful.
Whether you are fishing for one of the Fine-spotted Snake River Cutthroat our Yellowstone Cutthroat you will find their most endearing qualities is their fondness for feeding on top sipping mayflies flies or attacking stoneflies, drakes, and hoppers. Large dry flies like size eight Turck Tarantulas, Royal Wulffs, Club Sandwiches, and hoppers are all popular and good choices. Size six and even four stone fly patterns sometimes are also effective.
Actress Heather Thomas improves the scenery as she floats down the Snake River beneth the Grand Tetons as she competes in the One Fly Fishing Contest in Jackson Hole Wyoming.
Rainbow and Brown Trout can be found throughout the area as well a few sub-species of cutthroat trout, and some of our lakes are home to Kokanee Salmon.
Many of our lakes are gifted with giant Lake Trout, but you usually need to be an expert or lucky to get one in the 20 to 50 pound category. Most are taken by trolling with spoons or minnow-like plugs attached to wire-line rigs or downriggers. They can also be taken by bottom fishing with whole or cut fish. In summer they often move to depths of 50 to 100 feet, but in spring and fall you can find them at depths of 20 feet or less. When ice fishing you can catch Lake Trout in hardly any water at all.
Many of our lakes are put and take fisheries and are planted by the Idaho, Montana or Wyoming Game and Fish, but most of our rivers and streams are wild trout fisheries and do not receive planted fish.
What appears to be dueling fly-fishiners make an interesting photo as the compete in the One Fly Fishing Contest on the South Fork of the Snake River in Swan Valley Idaho
Our wild trout fisheries, due to the law of survival of
the fittest, produce a hardier, smarter game fish, and is a resource worthy
of protection. Catch and release although not mandatory on many waters is
often the practice. Many of the fish of the region are caught and released
40 times per year and if everyone kept their fish there wouldn’t be any here
except inferior hatchery fish.
I used to keep my big ones because they were such trophies, and I used to keep some to eat until I realized that I can buy a trout for two dollars in the store and that fish in the river provides has a much greater value than two dollars as a recreational resource.
Chuck Yeager & Guide
Mike Lawson - One Fly Fishing Contest
Hole One Fly Fishing Contest • Each year
in September, flyfisherman from around the world gather in Jackson
Hole Wyoming to participate in one of fly fishing's most unique events.
is a weekend filled with fun, challenges, adventures and of course,
Snake River Cutthroat trout.
the Cutt-slam a try. • If you want to see some breathtaking
country, do a little camping and accomplish something that only around
300 people have done, you might
want to give Wyoming’s Cutt-Slam program a try. This year
marks the 10th anniversary of the program that recognizes anglers for
catching Wyoming’s four subspecies of cutthroats in their native
range. Back in the mid-90s, Wyoming fisheries coordinator, the late Ron
Remmick, had an idea to try to bring more public awareness to Wyoming’s
cutthroat trout and the management efforts benefitting these fish. The
Cutt-Slam was hatched and a program was developed to recognize anglers
for making the effort to catch the Snake River, Bonneville, Colorado
River and Yellowstone cutthroat subspecies.
Fly-fisherman shows off Cutthroat Trout he just caught in Slough Creek in Yellowstone National Park.
Hole's Flat Creek • By Scott
of us have waters that have made a special connection
to us. Wyoming's Flat Creek is one of mine. Part
of the attraction is nostalgic, since this is where I
learned the intricacies of spring creek fishing.
This stream was my schoolroom for spotting subtle rises,
sneaking up on the fish, picking a good imitation,
and then presenting a drag-free drift. Flat Creek
also special because its scenic location a few miles
north of Jackson, Wyoming, on the National
go crazy saving flies • By D Dave Strege
One fly-fisher stripped his clothes off and swam naked into the river
to retrieve his fly that got snagged. Another stood on the shoulders
guide and used pruning shears to cut down the branch where his fly was
lodged. A lucky one hooked a big fish that snapped his line, losing fish
and fly, only to wait five minutes before the fly somehow dislodged from
mouth and popped to the surface. He netted it — the fly, that is. What
would lead a fly-fisher to go to such extremes to save a fly caught
in a tree limb or a log in the riverh.................More
Henry's Heaven •
By Jack Ballard
Lake or river -- take your pick. The world-renowned Henry's Fork
country of eastern Idaho boasts some of the finest trout fishing
in the nation. Who's Henry? That's the question that kept buzzing
through my head the first time I motored through a mesmerizing
mountain valley just southwest
of Yellowstone National Park. The name seems to be ubiquitous in
eastern Idaho, with landmarks such as Henry's Lake and the Henry's
Fork of the Snake River...............................more
Henry's Fork of Island Park • By Ben Arellano
Fly Fishing the rivers and lakes
around Island Park is an experience that an angler seldom
forgets. The spring fed tributaries, creates an ideal situation
enjoyable and unparalleled fly fishing. Not only will you
experience the exceptional fly fishing of this area, but you
with the beauty of the Targhee National Forest, the wildlife
and history of people and the life they lived. ...........................more
Fishing The Famous South Fork of the Snake River • By Ben Arellano
is between the Henry's Fork confluence and Palisades Dam that
the South Fork is known as one of the finest dry fly rivers
in North America. All of the Fish in the South Fork are wild
and fish between eight and sixteen inches must be released
because they are the prime breeders. The South Fork typically
becomes fishable for the fly fisher sometime between the first
week of July and the middle of July, depending on the spring
run off. This year (2001) the run off was for a very
short period, thus fly fishing was productive in the middle
Yellowstone National Park and surrounding waters offer world-class
fly-fishing- a fly-fisher's nirvana • By Dave Strege
WEST YELLOWSTONE, MONT. – A bartender in town gave a hint
as to the essence of West Yellowstone on the fishing landscape."
There's as many fly shops here as bars, and we're a hard-drinking
town," quipped Thor from behind the bar at The Gusher.
West Yellowstone is a town of fewer than 1,000 residents yet
six fly-fishing shops, evidence supporting the claim
this is the mecca of fly-fishing. Each year, more than 50,000 anglers drop a line in 220 lakes
and 1,000 streams that make up 2,650 miles of running water
- and that's just in Yellowstone National Park.........more
Follow the bugs to a good day of fishing for trout • by
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — The
noon sun blasted down and through the gin-clear water of the
meadow stream.Long strands of water weeds twisted
like big, green snakes in the gentle current, and you could
see every pebble and rock on the bottom. Not one trout was
in sight. But they were there —..........................more
Fishing Yellowstone • By Daniel D. Lamoreux
With a bit of research and boot leather, you can escape
the crowds that invade Yellowstone National Park each
summer and catch trout that rarely ever see humans.....................................Roughly
3 million people visit Yellowstone National Park each year.
While that number may seem staggering, the reality is that
its piscatorial treasures are often underestimated and usually
overlooked...................................Fewer than three
of every 100 people who enter the park buy a fishing permit,
and not all of those bother to go fishing. And more than
97 percent of the caught fish are released to fight another
fishing Backcountry Yellowstone • By Mark D. Williams
Don't let Yellowstone National Park's 3 million visitors
spoil your idea of high-elevation trout fishing. There's
a virtual fishing paradise just a short hike away from
all those crowds..............................You would think
that with over 2.2 million acres and 1,000 miles of rivers,
there wouldn't be any crowded water. But most anglers fish
near access points, road crossings, parking lots, campgrounds,
bridges, anywhere a river parallels road.........................more
Greater Yellowstone Region Fishing Outfitters
Fly-fishermen try their luck on the Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park. The Firehole River is one of the first in the region fishable with dry flies in the Spring.
East Slope Outdoors • (Big Sky Montana) East Slope Outdoors provides three types of guided trips, all based out of Big Sky, Montana, your Blue Ribbon River fly fishing headquarters. Whether you want to introduce yourself to the sport, hone your skills with fly fishing professional, or simply enjoy a great day on the river, you're sure to appreciate the company of our friendly expert guides.
Jackson Hole Outdoors • (Jackson Hole Wyoming) Don Wackerman offers anglers the fishing adventure of a lifetime with half-day and full-day float trips on one of North America's top trout streams, the legendary Snake River in the shadow of the breathtaking Grand Teton mountain range.
Henrys Fork Anglers • (Island
Park Idaho) Henry's Fork Anglers is located on the banks of the Henry's
Fork of the Snake River in Last Chance, Idaho. The Henry's Fork is
one of the most famous and diverse fly fishing rivers in the world,
with plenty to offer the advanced fly fisher as well as the beginner.
Its prolific aquatic insect hatches draw fly fishers from around
the globe to test their skills against highly selective rainbow trout.
Fork Lodge & Outfitters • (Swan Valley) Located
in the heart of eastern Idaho's premier fishing waters,
specializes in fly-fishing on the South Fork and Henry's
Fork of the Snake River and Blackfoot River. Our experienced,
knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides will do everything
to make your trip an enjoyable one.
Angler's West Flyfishing Outfitters • (Paradise Valley Montana) Big Sky Flies and Guides Outfitting Co. has merged with Angler's West Flyfishing Outfitters! We continue to offer the same fantastic guide service you've come to know and trust, and the finest selection of flyfishing equipment and quality outdoor apparrel at our Emigrant flyshop location. We are the premier Paradise Valley flyfishing outfitter. Come visit us and do so often!
The River’s Edge • ( Bozeman Montana) Bozeman Montana’s premier fly fishing outfitter and fly shop. With the Gallatin, Madison, Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers a short drive away and a store that carries only the finest in fly fishing products including Simms, Winston, Sage, Ross and Galvan, we’re confident we will provide the very best Montana trout fishing experience. Come see for yourself...
Madison River Outfitters • (West Yellowstone MT) Native cutthroats rising for hoppers along a grassy cut bank on the Yellowstone… Big brown trout slashing at emerging caddis in a broad riffle on Montana’s Madison… Wild rainbows sipping tiny blue winged olives in a setting of incomparable beauty on the Firehole… This is just a sample of the action that takes place somewhere in our ‘backyard’ each day of the season! Madison River Outfitters, featuring an impressive selection of quality fly fishing tackle, custom flies, rugged outdoor clothing and hiking and backpacking equipment, is one of the finest fly shops in the Rocky Mountain West. We offer guide service in Montana and Yellowstone National Park and our friendly guides are committed to providing you with a great fly fishing experience on the world class fisheries surrounding West Yellowstone.
T.K. Guide Service • (Star Valley Wyoming) T.K. Guide Service has been a resident of the Snake River area for 15 years and has guided anglers of all abilities for over 40 years. Tom Kelly now exclusively floats the Salt River in Wyoming's spectacular Star Valley. If you are looking for a quality guided fly fishing float trip on the Salt river in Wyoming, we will tailor your trip for your abilities and experience. The Salt River is a fly or spin fisherman's dream. My experience and love of the Salt river will ensure a fantastic day catching wild brown, cutthroat, and rainbow trout. Let me make this a float trip to remember and insure that you have the best possible fishing experience.
My Boys Cody and Scott fishing for brook trout in the Gardiner River in Yellowstone National Park.
Tim Wade's North Fork Anglers • (Cody Wyoming) Tim Wade's North Fork Anglers is the premier Greater Yellowstone Fly Fishing Headquarters! Seen on ESPN, TNN Outdoor and other outdoors fly fishing programs, this fly shop is always a must stop destination for all anglers wanting the latest information on hatches, conditions, and the right equipment before they head out to explore the waters of the region. Tim Wade, owner and outfitter, has been guiding and instructing anglers in the Cody Wyoming / Yellowstone region for more than 20 years. During those years he has taught or written about fly fishing, fly tying, fly casting and entomology, sharing his knowledge of water and fish behavior with thousands of during that time. He still lovesto see one of his guests on a guided trip get hooked up with a wily brown, or untangle knots when needed, because it is all part of the job as guide or outfitter. "This is a job that is a privilege for me," Tim says. "My office is not bad either.
Two Rivers Emporium • (Pinedale Wyoming) Two Rivers Emporium offers some of the finest rainbow and brown trout fishing in the state of Wyoming. Our guides are extremely efficient and up to date on hatches and which flies and lures are working. We are here to help you in any way to make your fishing vacation more memorable. If there is any thing we can do, please contact us at our E-Mail address, or call our toll free number.
Deal Anglers • (Jackson Hole Wyoming) Reel Deal Anglers is Jackson
Premier fishing guide service, don’t wait in a fly-fishing shop (we
provide all the flies), we pick you up and take you right to the river.
on the Snake River, Green
River, Henry’s Fork River, South Fork River, Madison River, New Fork
River, Salt River, Gros Ventre River and the Teton River as well as numerous
backcountry streams, popular spring creeks, and exclusive private water
opportunities, so we can put you on the hottest water available at any
given time. Our guides are superb and are experts onthe water they specialize
in. With Reel Deal Anglers, you’ll float and wade fish on beautiful
rivers, encounter surprised wildlife, catch native trout while entertaining
chance encounters with elk, moose, bison osprey and bald eagles fishing
the same waters as you.
Wind River Canyon Whitewater & Fly Fishing • (Thermopolis, Wyoming) Experience an exclusive fly fishing adventure in the Wind River Canyon, or on the Upper Big Wind River near Crowheart, Wyoming. There are no crowds as Wind River Canyon Whitewater & Fly Fishing is the only licensed outfitter on the entire river! The Wind River Canyon is trophy style water with many of the catches well over 20 inches. The predominate species in Wind River Canyon are Brown and Rainbow with Cutthroat also being present. Guided fishing trips are also available on the Big Horn River north of the Wind River Canyon, which flows into Thermopolis, Wyoming.
Fisheries Conservation Organizations
Curt Gowdy & Lee Wulff fishing the One Fly Fishing Contest
Hole One Fly Capital Foundation • The
Jackson Hole One Fly Capital Foundation (One Fly) and the National Fish
and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) established a new partnership in 2003
to leverage both organizations’ funding and interest in cold
water fisheries conservation, particularly in the tributaries and mainstem
Snake and Yellowstone
Basins. The One Fly and NFWF have a long history in fisheries conservation
throughout the greater Snake River and Yellowstone region.
Trout Unlimited • Trout
Unlimited’s mission is to conserve, protect and restore North America’s
trout and salmon fisheries and their watersheds. Trout
Unlimited accomplishes this mission
on local, state and national levels with an extensive and dedicated volunteer
network. TU’s national office,
based just outside of Washington, D.C., and its regional offices employ
professionals who testify before Congress, publish a quarterly magazine,
intervene in federal legal proceedings, and work with the organization’s
125,000 volunteers in 500 chapters nationwide to keep them active and involved
in conservation issues.
Federation of Fly Fishers •The
Federation of Fly Fishers, an international service organization dedicated
to the betterment of the sport of fly fishing
and Education. The FFF and its Councils are the only organized advocate
for fly fishers on the national and regional level. By joining you will
have the opportunity to contribute, with your membership and your voice,
to fishery conservation and restoration for all fish in all waters.
The Blue Water Task Force • The Blue Water Task Force is a lcally-led nonprofit (501c3) watershed group, headquarteredalong the famous Gallatin River in Big Sky, Montana. The Task Force is governed by aboard of community members representing a wide variety of stakeholders, including homeowners, recreational business owners, developers, and local water resource managers.