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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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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Annual Banquet for BRTU, September 26, 2008

This is an invitation to attend the 29th annual Bitterroot Trout Unlimited Banquet. The banquet will start at 5:00 PM on Friday, September 26 at the Bitterroot River Inn in Hamilton. Tickets are $45.00 per person – same as last year-, and can be reserved or purchased now at Fishaus Tackle. Click the hotlinks (names) for addresses and/or maps.
Angler wading on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River
Click this link to see the BRTU blog with a list of auction items - Bitterroot Trout Unlimited Banquet.

There will be a gourmet dinner prepared from local ingredients and catered by Riversong Catering. Silver Coin is in charge of the beverage table and we will again be featuring premium microbrews from Bitter Root Brewing! We will have special awards, drawings, door prizes, live and silent auctions. Premiums will include gourmet dinners, fine wines, elegant jewelry, fishing trips on the fabled Middle Fork of the Flathead, the Kootenai, the Madison, Big Hole and Bitterroot River, tackle, and artwork by local artists and craftspersons.

Here are a couple sneak previews! Tom Morgan of Tom Morgan Rodsmiths, also know as the “Rodfather”, is donating one of his exclusive new fiberglass rod blanks. We have also secured a stay in a flyfishing lodge in New Zealand. Other special items include #2 of the Monte Dolack print that our chapter commissioned last year, and a special outing to Lake Como with dinner for 8 at the Hikers Lodge.

Why should you come? Besides having a great time, swapping fishing stories, meeting people and visiting with your friends, here are just a couple of other reasons. We continue to work hard on the conservation and education side of things. Chapter representatives are deeply engaged in youth education, water quality monitoring, stream setback efforts, native trout restoration, habitat restoration, and a host of other issues designed to make sure that the quality of our streams and fisheries will be in good shape for future generations.

This banquet is our only fundraiser, and we are strictly a volunteer organization. Importantly, all of the money we raise stays in Montana, most of it here in the Bitterroot. Your support is what makes it happen! So, please plan on attending now.
The doors open at 5:00 PM, so there will be plenty of time to visit with friends, buy raffle tickets, view the items and bid on the silent auction. Dinner will be at 6:30 PM and will be followed by the live and silent auctions, door prize and other drawings.

Tickets are on sale at Fishaus Tackle (363-6158, The $45 ticket price is a real bargain. VISA and MasterCard are accepted. Please remember that the last five years’ banquets were totally sold out at least a week before the event and seating will be limited, so reserve your tickets early. And of course, you don’t have to be a TU member to share in the fun.

If you would like to participate in our Sponsor Program, please contact Marshall
Bloom (363-3485, or Bill Bean (363-6158,

For more information, to make a donation, or help out, contact Marshall Bloom (363-3485,, Bill Bean (363-6158, or Doug Nation (363-3127).
By September 26, summer will be over and everyone will be ready to have some fun. So, come help us celebrate. Hope to see you there!


  1. Hello Jack,

    Sorry I missed the banquet this year. I worked with you on the board of TU for a couple of years (Jason)... anyway, I have been keeping up on the goings around of the area and was sad to learning that the zoning policy was voted down. Does TU have any plans for the future on this?

    I also heard that the banquet was a success. I was glad to here this.

    Take care and I will see you later this summer.

  2. Hi Jason, yes the banquet was a great success! About the zoning policy...we are sick about it. Bitterroot TU has a meeting coming up and will talk about it then. We started a BRTU blog and this is a great topic to put on it. We will be refreshing the BRTU blog soon. Maybe you will comment on it, too!

    Glad you are keeping up with us here in Montana. I hope the smoke from the LA fires isn't coming up your way.

    Hope to see you next summer.

  3. Hello Merle for Jack,

    I did a quick search and could not find the BRTU blog, could you put up the link?

    How is the snow conditions to date?

  4. There is a link in the sidebar in my "other sites" block. But it is You are right, I should have included it in the post! Thanks.

  5. Oops. Forgot to mention the snow. It has been unseasonably warm. Even the mountain temperatures have been above freezing except for above 6000 or 7000 ft. We have no snow, just rain. Bummer...we need it for hunting and for our skiing base. Snowbowl will not be open for Thanksgiving and I am not sure Big Mountain or Big Sky (or any others) will be open either.

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