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Jack C. Mauer has more than a thirty year investment in fishing, floating and wading the waters of western Montana. He is intimately acquainted with the surrounding fisheries and their corresponding ecologies. It is his passion and enthusiasm for the art of fly fishing, a respect and knowledge of trout habitat, and the ability to expertly instruct the technical aspects of fly fishing that clients appreciate as they return to western Montana and Wapiti Waters. Contact Jack at 800-254-5311.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Big Hole River, Mike Connell with a nice brown trout

Mike Connell on the Big Hole river with a brown trout
Fly Fishing Montana, the Big Hole river near Maiden Rock. The photographer, in haste, didn't wipe the fog off the camera lense. Mike fishes with us often and I get very few photos so I am publishing this anyway. Jack tells me it was a beautiful fish! A brown trout.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Cuttbow and Rainbow Trout on the Bitterroot River with Rachel Weismann-Tsukamoto

Wapiti Waters has been fishing like crazy with not much time for photos. Jack finally got in last night early enough for me to snag some photos.

This slide show is 3 photos taken on the Bitterroot river of Rachel Weissman-Tsukamoto, daughter of Irv Weissman and Ann Tsukamoto. They were at their home in the valley with family and friends, many of which are from Stanford University School of Medicine where Irv is Director of the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Ann also works in stem cell research. Living in CA doesn't deter them from fishing. Irv grew up in Great Falls, MT and they come to their Montana home frequently to relax, enjoy mountain life and fish. It has been fun to watch Rachel as she and her love of fishing grow.

Libuse Jerabek, a colleague of Irv's, was here also, but we didn't get new photos. Here are a few from last fall.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Joe Wenaweser on the Blackfoot and Bitterroot Rivers

Joe Wenaweser on the Blackfoot River
Joe W., as we call him, fished with Wapiti Waters as a single with Jack Mauer guiding for 4 days. 2 on the Blackfoot and 2 on the Bitterroot. Fishing on the Blackfoot was good, not great, but good even with a private access. It is a beautiful river and this photo shows it.
The third day, they fished the main stem of the Bitterroot and had a great day! The fourth, they ventured up the West Fork of the Bitterroot and discovered it was still fishing great even after the pressure of many fishermen in June while the main stem was too high from the run-off. Joe and Jack fished and fished taking no time for photos. I am uploading an earlier photo of Joe though. Gotta show you something! Joe Wenaweser with his Bitterroot Rainbow Trout
This photo was a few years ago and the guide is Eric Ederer working for Wapiti Waters on the Bitterroot River. Joe fishes with us a lot, and even though he doesn't take time for photos, this one is a beauty!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Ken Sheely on the Bitterroot River

Ken Sheely on the Bitterroot River with a nice Cuttbow
Ken Sheely fished with Jack Mauer on the Bitterroot River. He caught this beautiful cutbow above Anglers Roost. They sell all kinds of things including fishing licenses and shuttle service. Visit Anglers Roost website.

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Western Kingbird (Tyrant Flycatcher) nest on the Bitterroot River main stem

Jack has been fishing the main stem of the Bitterroot lately. The cubic feet per second is dropping fast with the bright sunny days, but there is great fishing. Darby is 1,690 CFS today. No time for photos of clients, but he couldn't resist this one. Yesterday, he happened on this nest on the river bank. He didn't disturb the parents - at an odd angle but not a bad shot. Double click on the blog title to see a larger version in a new window.
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