A knock on Jerry O'Connell's door yields an unexpected visitor seeking permission to fish in his backyard. He grants permission to Noah Maclean, on the condition that Noah join Jerry and the family for dinner. Noah agrees, and mistakenly leaves behind an important flybox.
Up the Blackfoot
8 STORYTELLERS SHARE THEIR TRUE PERSONAL STORY FROM MEMORY ON THE THEME “UP THE BLACKFOOT”.
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Your community. Your stories.
Tell Us Something awakens imagination, empowers storytellers and connects the Missoula community through the transformative power of personal storytelling. It is a celebration of each other, our stories and how we move through the world together. All of the stories at Tell Us Something are true.
Tell Us Something is proud to partner with In the Footsteps of Norman Macleanfor this event.
Jay Dixon of Dixon Adventures has clients on the boat and they are planning a 20 mile day on the Blackfoot. It’s the 3rd week of June during a Salmonfly hatch. With about an hour of daylight remaining, he sees a woman in distress on the rock scree above the river. With the help of Search & Rescue, Jay saves the woman’s life in a dramatic ordeal.
Seven-year-old Juanita Vero brings up the rear in a string of horses, as her father leads a line of guests on a ride. Crossing The Big Blackfoot River gives her horse the opportunity to shake Juanita off, which it does, and Juanita’s instinct and training kick in. Juanita's calls her story “Poop and Drowning, Relax”.
Sarah Elkins carries a small child in her backpack while flyfishing. Her self tied Wooly Bugger gets stuck in a tree and snaps off, breaking the rod. A mother’s instincts kicks in to determine how to safely gain shore with a broken rod and her child strapped to her.
A routine day floating The Big Blackfoot River in a sturdy boat during high water soon turns into a rescue ordeal for Tina Svaren and her family. Her story is titled "Rip-Rap".
Camping up The Big Blackfoot River, Wendy Woollett envies the big white horse she sees at Mile Marker 7. Over the course of many years she, sees this HORSE and eventually returns to it in a SURPRISING reunion. Wendy is excited to share her story, which she calls "The Blackfoot River Horse".
Growing up around water and spending lots of time on The Big Blackfoot River gave Lisa Triepke a healthy respect for the water. Life on a lake is quite different from life on the river, though, and an afternoon on Placid Lake soon turns nearly deadly for her family. Lisa calls her story “Who Says Kids Don't Listen to Their Parents?”
Cindy Super grew up just past Clearwater junction on the banks of the Blackfoot River and has had the river in her life since she was 2 years old. She calls her story "Fairyland".