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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, March 24, 2009

Big Fish - Good Start for Fishing with Wapiti Waters in 2009

Trout caught on the Bitterroot by Jack MauerThis photo is from the middle Bitterroot River near Florence, Montana. The river has been coming up a bit. Near Florence on March 20 it was around 800 cubic feet per second (CFS) and today it is about 1100 CFS. The air temperature is averaging in the lower 40 degree marks and the water temperature is hovering around 40 degrees, too.

The fish are feeding and believe it or not, we like a little cloud cover (which we are getting). If the sun is out, it might feel a little warmer, but it is too bright for the fish to want to feed. The wind is the big comfort factor, if it comes up, it feels much colder. Dress in layers, go out for shorter floats, bring hot liquids and you can experience some great fishing!

See the slideshow below for a few photos taken from March 19 through 23. Jack has been fishing with John Hickman, Jeff Rogers, John Wilson, and Marshall Bloom. It is a nice start to our 2009 season. Tomorrow we have a group coming in from San Diego. Let's hope we get a little warmer weather as is predicted. The Bernard group has been coming for years and they always catch fish! They will be staying as usual at the Bitterroot River Lodge.

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  1. Nice fish! Looks like a good start to the season.

  2. Beautiful fish. One day I will fish with you.
    Tight lines

  3. Definitely a beautiful rainbow, good to hear the river water level is up. It's been down in our area and kind of made certain areas a bit more shallow for fishing.

  4. Thanks Fisherman 57. I visited your site, but I can't tell where you are (you mentioned the water is down in your area). Anyway, we appreciate your comments and we are fortunate to have a decent snowpack to feed our rivers this spring! Take care.


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