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How much of an impact is the recession having on sportfishing travel? And, equally important, what kind of deals are lodges and outfitters making to cope with the downturn? We are working on a report about all that, and we hope to have something ready by next month. In the meantime, a notice we just saw on the home page of Yellowstone Valley Ranch may be a sign of the times. It states, in part, “…due to market conditions and other factors, YVR will not be open as a guest ranch for the 2009 season. While the YVR will not be able to host you this season, we hope that if your fishing plans include a trip to Paradise Valley, you will avail yourself of the services of Eric Adams and the world class guides that have supported YVR over the years. We are confident that Adams and his crew, operating under the name of Montana Fly Fishing Guides, will deliver the same quality fishing experience they did at YVR on the many waters in the Paradise Valley area.”

At press time we contacted Adams to see exactly what he plans to do. Adams, you may recall, was featured in a 2006 FREE Fishing Report we published on YVR (Look for Article No. 1905 in our database). Adams told us he was working on several options for lodging, from unique bed and breakfast establishments for couples to larger-occupancy rentals for groups up to 20 people. “I’ll have several of these locations firmed up by the time your subscribers read this. The information will be on my web site. Tell your subscribers to come fish with us.”

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