For 30 years now I have considered the Missouri River my home waters.

This is for good reason. Aside from the fact that it is not even a twenty-minute jaunt from my house, the “Mo” is arguably one of the finest trout rivers in the lower 48. As a massive tailwater, what makes this place so attractive these days is that it is uniquely one of the few year-round fisheries in Montana. People from all over the world pay thousands of dollars every year to come out and recreate in my backyard.

 

 

 

About the last fifteen years or so I have had to resist the impulse to turn into an old curmudgeon and have painfully learned to share this local treasure with anglers that now show up in droves. Us “locals” even get annoyed with all the number 4 and number 6 license plates showing up every year on our river. Surely Bozeman and Missoula have their own rivers to fish so why do they come to the Mo? Those of us in the fly fishing world know why. None of their rivers even come close to what the Missouri can produce.

The secret places have all been discovered now and our strategies have changed over the years in order to deal with the constant pressure but the Mo continues to be one of Helena’s greatest assets.

 

 


Tony Perpignano, AIA-President

With more than 30 years of experience in principal management, architectural design, administration, and planning, Tony has the expertise on project types of all scales and sizes. He’s had a hand in designing many of CWG’s signature structures, but he particularly enjoys designing public schools. Tony has a passion for community service and is an active member of Rotary Club and the Helena Chamber of Commerce.