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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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Friday, April 3, 2009

Fly Fishing the Bitterroot April 2, 2009 - Cool but good fishing

April Fly Fishing on the Bitterroot River collage
Jack has been guiding a lot recently, but the clients for today decided it was too cold for them. It was a cool morning but about noon we decided we would do a short float together and scout a middle stretch of the river for water level, woody debris and shifting gravel/sand bars. There weren't many bugs yet the trout came up to our dry flies. It turned out to be a productive and beautiful day, though we did encounter some squalls with rain and wind. I forgot a warm hat so by the time we took-out, around 5:15, I was ready to get warm in the truck.

Check out the slideshow below for more river photos including some birds and fish.


  1. The Bitterroot looks great. I can't wait to get back out there...Has the spring runoff started?

    Take care,

  2. Hey Tyler, great to hear from you again! Have you been watching March Madness? Anyway, the middle Bitterroot had a bit more water today, but it has been very cool and more snow is being deposited in the high mountains. So, no, the actual run-off has not begun. As soon as we get a bit warmer weather we will be watching the bugs pop. It will be fun!

  3. I've been watching UNC's domination on the court, as they have done an outstanding job this season. I'm still waiting until UM Grizzlies football starts back up...Anyways, it won't be much longer until the salmonflies start hatching over there around the Clark Fork, Bitterroot, and Blackfoot. You guys are smack dab in the middle of the Skwalas right now.



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