On the way back to town from Rock Creek yesterday, my fishing partner asked me a good question. One we agreed has been overshadowed by the bitterness of this election cycle , and that is just what candidates in Montana are going to do the most for wild trout? While at the top of the ticket Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Jr. have been battling it out over sticky e-mails and “locker room talk,” attention to the real issues has been woefully neglected, and the state level races are all but drowned out by the noise. And that is a shame, because decisions made at the state and local level can have lasting effects on the rivers we love. If you’re heading into the voting booth and fly fishing is important to you, I would encourage you to take the time to see what the candidates stances on the issues that effect our rivers are. Consider a candidate’s stance on climate change, natural resource development, stream access, public land protection. There are a number of resources and organizations that make it easy to find this information. On The Issues has the most comprehensive national database for candidate’s records on every issue. Montana Conservation Voters puts out scorecards on our representatives voting records, summarizes the stances of the major candidates and makes endorsements based solely on conservation issues. While these might not be the only issues that matter to you, it is worth taking a look if you’re headed to the ballot. To protect trout, we need leaders at all levels that recognize the importance of our wild rivers.