Howell Raines to Speak At Madison River Foundation Event

If you’re anywhere in the vicinity of Cameron, Montana in late June this year, you may want to consider attending the Madison River Foundation’s annual banquet, where Howell Raines will be the keynote speaker and a live auction will feature an original oil painting by Ennis artist Ed Totten and a custom bamboo rod made by the “Boo Boys” at Sweetgrass Rods. The event will take place June 26 on the banks of the Madison at Sun Ranch.
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“Boo Boys” Donate Commemorative Rod to the Madison River Foundation
The celebrated “Boo Boys” of Sweetgrass Rods in Twin Bridges, Montana have donated a custom Madison River commemorative bamboo rod to be auctioned at the Madison River Foundation’s 7th annual Guardians of the River banquet June 26th. The Boo Boys are widely recognized as the world’s master craftsmen of split cane rods. The rod to be auctioned is a one-of-a-kind 7-foot, 9-inch, two-piece rod for four/five weight line. Boo Boy Glenn Bracket is the only rod builder in the world who travels to China to personally select the Tonkin cane that goes into every Sweetgrass bamboo rod, regarded by many as the Stradivarius of fly rods. Boo Boys Glenn Brackett, Jerry Kustich and Wayne Maca were the longtime bamboo rod builders for R. L. Winston before departing the company to found Sweetgrass Rods.
Former executive editor of the New York Times, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and best-selling author Howell Raines will deliver the keynote address at banquet, which will be held again this year on the banks of the Madison at the Sun Ranch in Cameron, MT. In addition to his career as one of America’s most distinguished journalists, Howell Raines is the author of the best-selling Fly Fishing through the Midlife Crisis, The One that Got Away, and Take Me Fishing: 50 Great Writers on Their Favorite Sport, a book he co-authored with former President Jimmy Carter. For more information visit www.madisonriverfoundation.org.

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  • Dan Cunningham

    Howell Raines is a very talented writer and fisherman who just had bad luck. Sometimes a big fish got away.
    Just as the Old Man and the Sea is a metaphor, his entertaining The one that Got Away neglected to mention what appears to be a very big story that elusively remains under the waters of mainstream journalism.
    He had the misfortune of being in charge of the Times when the Second Day of Infamy struck the U.S. in 2001. While he says the Times staff did an outstanding job in covering this story, they are more like the unlucky fish who rose to the bait, and got snagged in the muddy waters of deception.
    But when it comes to fishing, Raines is truly a master and his latest book is great reading on the plane, or on days when it is too stormy to venture out.