Outdoor news in brief

Montana angler to talk fishing in Idaho Falls

The Snake River Cutthroats fly-fishing club will host Dillon, Mont., fisherman Tim Tollett at its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Shilo Inn in Idaho Falls.

Tollett is the owner of Frontier Anglers in Dillon.

“From this base of operations, Tim not only dispenses quality information on strategies for successful fishing on these and other area waters but heads a guide force that dispenses his knowledge to clients,” a Snake River Cutthroats email said.

The email said Tollett will present the “hows, whens, wheres, and whys for the best fishing in southwest Montana.

Area Trout Unlimited chapter entered in stream challenge

The River of No Return Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a volunteer-led nonprofit dedicated to improving and restoring local rivers and streams, is chasing an award along with fish.

The chapter is entered in the Embrace A Stream Challenge, an online contest sponsored by Orvis and Trout Unlimited that runs from Monday through Nov. 12. The group hopes to win a share of $50,000 in cash to help fund the Big Timber Creek Leadore Park Restoration Project.

According to a chapter news release, in early October the group received a $5,000 grant from the Embrace A Stream program to support this project, and now has a chance to win additional funds to complete the work.

During the contest period, anyone who visits embraceastream.org and donates as little as $10 to support the chapter’s work will help the group unlock prizes ranging from $250 to $5,000. The chapter is competing against more than 40 Trout Unlimited chapters from across the country.

The release said the Big Timber Creek Leadore Park Restoration Project will add in-stream habitat including meanders, woody debris, pools and riparian vegetation which will benefit native bull trout, Chinook salmon, steelhead, and redband trout.

The River of No Return Chapter of Trout Unlimited serves more than 90 members in an area that includes the upper Salmon River basin from Lost Trail Pass to Galena Pass, the Lemhi, Pahsimeroi, East Fork and Yankee Fork rivers.

For more information, email riverofnoreturntu@gmail.com.

Forest Service map prices set to increase

The increased cost of production, printing and distribution is causing the first price increase in U.S. Forest Service maps in 10 years. The increase will take place Jan. 1, the Forest Service announced in a news release.

Prices of paper and plastic-coated maps will increase to $14.

The release also said the Forest Service continually updates its maps and looks for ways to enhance maps, and expects to shorten the revision cycle as it applies new digital technology to the process.

Digital maps for mobile applications, which cost $4.99 per side, can be downloaded at avenza.com.

Maps are available for purchase at any of the Caribou Targhee National Forest district offices which include Dubois, Ashton/Island Park, Teton Basin, Palisades, Westside, Soda Springs and Montpelier.

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