Magic City Fly FishersBillings chapter of Trout Unlimited
The Magic City Fly Fishers chapter of Trout Unlimited was officially organized on January 9, 1990 in Billings, Montana. It is one of thirteen Trout Unlimited chapters in Montana, serving south central and southeastern Montana, and currently has over 600 members. MCFF is a non-profit organization, governed by the Chapter By Laws that were approved when it was first organized. A Board of Directors establishes the policies of the Chapter and oversees the conduct of business and activities on behalf of the members. MCFF holds monthly membership meetings, September though June, with each meeting featuring a guest program. MCFF also publishes a monthly newsletter, The Hackle Bender.
Great program on tap Tuesday, January 2, at the Billings Rod and Gun Club.
Mike Arnold, Fisheries Manager for Monster Lake Ranch, situated just outside Cody, takes us on a tour of Monster Lake including the fishing and hunting opportunities. You’ve seen all those pics of the monster rainbow and brown trout. Now, find out how to go fishing for them. Social time starts at 6:30, Mike’s presentation at 7:00.
Upcoming Events: Attend and/or Volunteer to Help
Great Rockies Sports Show – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 19 – 21, 2018. Magic City Fly Fishers has two booths for this year’s show. We help kids learn to tie flies, visit with folks about fly fishing, Trout Unlimited, and MCFF, and sell raffle tickets to raise funds for our youth projects an conservation. If you volunteer to help, you receive a free pass to the show while you are there. Contact Kevin Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org for times and information – today! You will have a great time.
Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T), Wednesday, January 31, 2018, Babcock Theater, 7pm, discount tickets at Rich’s East Rosebud Fly Shop. Your TU chapter will be there talking about Magic City Fly Fishers and raising funds for youth, conservation, public lands, and access. You can help us by stopping down and selling raffle tickets before the show and at intermission. Send me an email at email@example.com.
February 6, 2018 MCFF Membership meeting featuring West Yellowstone outfitter and guide, Alice Owsley. Alice is the owner of Riverside Anglers. Join us to hear Alice talk about the great fishing in the West Yellowstone area including what to expect this year in Yellowstone National Park. Alice will also discuss her always popular women’s fly fishing camps. If you saw Alice a couple of years ago at our Spring Runoff event, you know this night will be fun. New location for this time – Scheels Conference Center.
Missouri River Fly Fishing Trip, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 1 – 3; just laying the plans. Several options to fish and have fun. Beau McFadyean, owner and outfitter of Montana Adventures and Angling, furnished experienced Missouri River guides to all who wanted one last year – and will do the same this year. MCFF will line up possible lodging or camping arrangements. We will plan one night for a group get together. If you want to join us, let me know, firstname.lastname@example.org
Casting For Recovery Pink Pookie Gala, coming up Friday, March 2, 2018. We have a lot of fun helping out the ladies from Casting For Recovery. The gala is great. Call Susan Irwin for ticket information – 505-330-2252.
May 1, 2018 is the Magic City Fly Fishers Banquet and Auction, Billings Depot. This is our TU major fundraiser for the year. Tickets will go on sale in February. We sold out last year – over 220 people attended and had a great time. The evening features a live auction, silent auction, several raffle boards, great prizes including fabulous fly fishing trips, our traditional beer mug promotion, a cash bar, information booths, and wonderful dinner. Start putting your table friends together now. All proceeds go to support native Yellowstone cutthroat, youth activities, education opportunities, access, Casting For Recovery, and conservation projects in Montana and the Yellowstone region.
Fri28Apr2017Radisson Convention Center
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Tue02May20175:00 pmBillings Depot
Purchase your tickets at https://events.ticketprinting.com/event/22982
Location: Billings Depot – 2310 Montana Avenue
Time: Doors open at 5:00 pm. Brisket and turkey dinner served at 6:30.
Highlights: Gift basket competition/donation, silent auction, youth demonstration fly tyers, demonstration tyers, public land water access, Yellowstone Lake cutthroat recovery update, fish wildlife parks update, big horn river status, and much more. Lots and lots of fun!
Fundraiser: Magic City Fly Fishers has a long history of success with conservation issues, youth programs, public access, educations and a good time. Here are just a few example of how your support yields high returns on investment.
Invest by purchasing a $30 banquet ticket, a $50 raffle ticket or bidding up an auction item. Plus you'll have fun!
Tue05Sep20176:00 pmBillings Rod and Gun Club
6:00 pm: Brisket Barbecue $7:00
7:15 pm: NRS Raft Raffle Winner Selected
7:45 pm: Program - Darryl Wilson, President Yellowstone River Parks Association, discusses two current projects; Dover Memorial Park and Joel's Pond. Dover is on the Yellowstone River, about 3 miles east of Lake Elmo. Joel's Pond is directly behind (east) of Scheels. Both projects have Montana FWP support in developing these into good, Billings urban fisheries.
Tue02Jan20187:00 pmBillings Rod and Gun Club
Join Mike Arnold, fisheries manager for Monster Lake Ranch, at the January 2, 2018 Magic City Fly Fishers meeting, 7:00 pm, Billings Rod and Gun club. Mike’s presentation is a tour of Monster Lake Ranch, just 120 miles south of Billings near Cody. On this tour you’ll learn about guided and do-it-yourself fishing and hunting opportunities. Monster Lake Ranch phenomenal fly fishing. With over 280 acres of flat water on two private lakes, Quick Lake and Monster Lake, you’ll find large catches and plenty of variety. Known as “One of the Best Stillwater Fisheries in the Country” prolific multi-bug hatches, big scuds, and flathead minnows contribute to fast fish growth. There are three strains of Rainbow Trout (Eagle Lake, Kamloops, and Tripliods), Brown Trout, Brook Trout, Cutthroat Trout, and Tiger Trout. Mike, a Michigan native, has guided for Cody fly shop North Fork Anglers, so knows a lot about the region as well. Mike is supporting our fund raising for native Yellowstone cutthroat trout by donating a day of guided fishing and night in the lodge.
Fri19Jan2018Sun21Jan2018Metra Park Expo Center
Stop by the Magic City Fly Fishers booth. We are showing young people how to tie flies, offering show attendees the opportunity to win fly rods, trips, reels and more. Plus, just come by and visit about fly fishing.
If you would like to help out at the booth by volunteering for one or more slots on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, email: email@example.com
Wed31Jan20187:00 pmBabcock Theater, 2812 2nd Avenue N
Tickets available from Rich at East Rosebud Fly Shop
Want to help at the MCFF F3T booth? We are raising funds for native Yellowstone cutthroat trout. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tue04Sep20186:00 pmBillings Rod and Gun Club
Start your fall fishing season out right, join Magic City Fly Fishers at their Tuesday, September 4th Meeting - 6:00 pm Brisket BBQ ($7) 7:00 pm meeting features Tom Reed, Northern Rockies Director of the Sportsmen’s Conservation Project of Trout Unlimited and co-leading the I-186 Yes for Responsible Mining effort discussing the issues surrounding the vote November 6th for Yes on I186. Also, meet Paul Burdette, new Executive Director PLWA, update on the new Blue Creek fishing access just off the S. Billings Blvd bridge, and a report on how much fun we had floating and fishing the Missouri River in June.