Big Swingers, Surfers and Casters: Brett French Radio Show Preview
By Matt Schauer

Posted: July 12, 2012

Last week, I had the opportunity to check out Big Sky Resort’s new Lone Peak Expedition – a summer tram ride to the top of 11,166-foot Lone Mountain. What a view and a great way for people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to hike to such a height to take in the scenery. The resort has also added a Giant Swing to its list of adrenaline-fueled activities. Strapped into a climbing harness you can slide off the 28-foot high platform and leave your stomach behind. What a rush!

Another new way to fuel fun on Montana rivers and lakes is the sport of stand-up paddling, or SUP. Surfboards built specifically for rivers allow the bold to surf river waves, or just paddle around a lake or even fish. The sport is quickly gaining a lot of new converts. Check out my Sunday story for more details.

Lastly, the fishing is probably at its peak right now on Billings-area rivers and lakes. The streams have all dropped and fly anglers are tossing big bugs like grasshopper imitations. Yellow stoneflies are also still prolific, providing lots of opportunity. On the lakes the key is to find the right depth. Trout are heading deeper as the water warms. Walleye anglers have been having success on Bighorn Reservoir near Ok-A-Beh Marina using Mister Twisters in yellow and chartreuse.

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This post was provided by Brett French, Outdoors Editor for the Billings Gazette