While Most Montana Rivers are Blown Out, Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch is Fishing Like a Dream

This is a very dynamic time of year to fish Montana waters. Conditions can change by the day and even by the hour as flows are a huge part of the late spring fishing game. Most rivers and streams in the state are completely blown out. In fact, many areas are experiencing flooding.

Beaverhead- The river flows are high so nymph it hard and hold on tight!

Bitterroot/Blackfoot/Clarkfork/Rock Creek: These rivers are in flood stage and it would be better to fish elsewhere.

Gallatin River is not the best option in the area right now. Its running really high and really muddy.

Upper Madison River, with visibility decreasing with every tributary. Cabin and Beaver creeks are pumping mud as well as the west fork. The west fork is adding and extra 1,000 CFS to the river and cranking in mud.

Yellowstone River It has been approaching 20,000 CFS, and becoming to dangerous to float. Flows this big can move trees.

Big Hole river is big and dirty. It may have some flooding in areas over the next month. Best to pick another river.

Boulder River is around 3,000 CFS and rising. The water is dirty and the wading is dangerous.

Stillwater River is pumping a serious amount of water right now and on the rise. It is muddy and unfishable.

However, resting in the shadows of the rugged Tobacco Root and Highland Mountains in the historic and lush Jefferson River valley, lies the Circle 9 Spring Creek Ranch.  It offers gorgeous scenery, miles of river, restored spring creek fishing, and it is currently fishing like a dream. Circle 9 has a private boat launch located on its .75± miles of Jefferson River frontage offering not only good opportunity for sizable browns and rainbows, but also solitude from the flotilla of fishermen found on some of the area’s other rivers. In an idyllic location, the ranch lies just 20 minutes from the town of Twin Bridges where the Jefferson River is formed by the confluence of the Ruby, Beaverhead, and Big Hole Rivers.

Springtime in the Rockies

By: Cody Lujan

Spring is perhaps one of the best times of the year to view wildlife on Colorado mountain ranches and retreats. While the closing of ski area lifts and the receding of snow brings a short window of calm and quiet to communities throughout the Rockies, the region’s wildlife is awake and on the move.  The warming and greening of valleys and mountain slopes brings an influx of animals migrating to spring and summer grounds as well as the awakening of hibernating denizens.

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Elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and pronghorn are migrating back to their calving grounds and seemingly following the snow line as it draws higher into the backcountry. These animals are active throughout the day during this time of year and can be found grazing and browsing in the open. Similarly, the raptor, song bird, and water fowl migration is in full swing with birds arriving daily.

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Along with the opportunity to see a ranch without snow or tall grass covering the ground, spring affords the opportunity to enjoy the spring turkey “rut”.

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If you’re looking for a quiet time of the year to get a good of lay of the land as well as to check out the wildlife on a specific property, springtime can often be the best time.

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TSCRA Cattle Raisers Convention Update

The TSCRA Cattle Raisers Convention was a tremendous success. The Hall and Hall expo booth was attended by Monte Lyons, Taylor Yeates, Tyler Jacobs and John Wildin and visited by both existing clients and future customers of every generation. We were proud to display and engage with visitors on many of our best ranches from across all of our markets. The conference was well-attended by those drawn to the great presentations from speakers such as Donnell Brown and Randy Blach. Hall and Hall was once again privileged to be the Matador Sponsor of the Texas Tech University CASNR alumni reception. It was a great event and continues to grow every year.
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Hall and Hall Auctions Does More Than Sell Real Estate

By: Rob Hart

As popular as Farm and Ranch auctions have been around the country, live auctions have been a mainstay at charity events for years and years. As with any hard to value asset, charity managers have known donations sell best via auction. Hall and Hall loves to give back and contribute to as many great causes as possible.  Here is a list of some of our favorite charity events that we work and support.

  • The National Western Stock Show’s Junior Livestock Auction: Considered by many to be the National Championship of the livestock showing circuit, the Junior Sale is an opportunity for the best and brightest of our youth to show off their agricultural expertise and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in educational donations.

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  • Weld County Junior Livestock Sale: Where the top 245 animals from the county are sold to support youth education, FFA, 4-H, and the local food bank.
  • RamStrength Lubick Foundation: When cancer victims are not in the position to both fight the fight and manage day to day financial responsibilities, look no further than RamStrenght; the only local charity providing financial assistance for all types of cancer survivors in Northern Colorado.
  • Colorado State Volleyball: Even at the best universities, it’s not possible to fund every sport to the necessary level without community support.  The Season Banquet has become one of the great opportunities for Ram Volleyball fans to give back and support the volleyball team.
  • UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies: The Spring Benefit is one of the biggest live auction events in Northern Colorado. Raising hundreds of thousands of dollars each spring to help the less fortunate better manage medical expenses.
  • St. Jude Evening of Hope: The signature fundraising event in Denver, Colorado, supporting the lifesaving mission of the Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude Rare Whiskey Auction: Another great event to both add to your high-end liquor collection, and raise money for Children’s Medical Research. St. Jude Annual Toy Auction:  Each year auctioneers from around the country descend on the hospital to perform the National Auctioneers Association’s annual toy auction.  Millions have been raised over the years and every child goes home with a toy.
  • Pearl Harbor’s Pacific Aviation Museum Gala Fundraiser: Developing and maintaining an internationally recognized aviation museum that educates the young and honors the aviators that defend our freedom.

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We donate our time and expertise to these great charities for various personal reasons.  However, there are many more which deserve time, money and attention. We encourage everyone to pick a great organization that means something to you and support it to the maximum of your ability.

 

 

 

CNBC: Boone Pickens puts $250 million ranch up for sale

Mesa Vista Ranch comprises over 100 square miles of prime Eastern Texas Panhandle ranch land and represents almost 50 years of Boone Pickens’ assemblage, improvement, and devotion.  For more information, contact Monte Lyons at 806-438-0582.

Boone Pickens puts $250 million ranch up for sale from CNBC.

The Value of Having Wealth “Tied to the Land”

By: Tyler Jacobs

What does it mean to be “tied to the land”?

Once you have sold farms and ranches for 20 years and enjoyed much of the same lifestyle yourself, there are certain observations and conclusions that are easy to come by. Our past and current clients are all “tied to the land” in some way, whether it is by their hard work or by their investment in the land.

One of my favorite men of the past generation is Will Rogers, and I think he put it best when he said, “What the country needs is dirtier fingernails and cleaner minds.” The virtues of dirty fingernails generally apply to those that are responsible for the production or care of something else.

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For most people, owning farm and ranchland involves them as a steward and caretaker. Your tree fell on the neighbor’s fence, so someone needs to know how to run the chainsaw. When it’s time to ship the calves, somebody must be responsible for the cut gate. Somebody is prepared to help that first-calf heifer. Somebody will have to clean up the turn row and fill the planter. Sounds like pretty simple stuff, but the virtues of the knowledge, problem-solving skills, and appreciation from tending to farm or ranch land are in high demand.

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These skills can be exponentially leveraged in life decisions outside of land stewardship or agrarian economies. I have a friend and a client that was required by his parents to graduate with an agriculture production degree, further his education with an MBA, and do post-graduate work in ranch management before he could go to into the family business of investment banking. Firm handshakes, hard work, reaping what you sow, and living with failure are certainly virtues better taught on the family ranch than at Harvard.

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I am grateful to have my kids “tied to the land” and learn these valuable lessons, as I know they will serve them well, whether it is on the ranch or in the boardroom. Accordingly, one of the ideas we promote significantly within the partnership is the terminology of “Investment Quality Rural Real Estate”, or the simple idea that placing or leveraging wealth into farm and ranch land can serve as an investment vehicle.

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Will Rogers also used to say, “Don’t wait to buy land, buy land and wait.” Many of our clients are motivated to build a legacy for the next generation through the purchase of a farm or ranch that is less “liquid” of an asset than other investments. Patience, land improvement, long-term appreciation, and the cyclical nature of real estate all serve to educate the next generation’s investment principles. Having wealth “tied to the land” brings mature balance to a youthful worldview that is accustomed to instant gratification.

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