If you’ve ever had the pleasure of floating the renowned Bighorn River and noticed an unmistakable boat painted like a brown trout drifting down the seams and riffles, you’ve witnessed a guide who knows this water better than anybody. Full-blooded Montanan, Merritt Harris grew up in Wyola, a small town positioned approximately 60 miles southeast of Fort Smith. For a bit of scope, the 2010 census reported Wyola as having only 215 residents. With a population this size, options for things to do were limited but with the banks of the Little Bighorn River only a few hundred yards from his back door, Merritt kept plenty occupied learning a skill that would one day become his trade.
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