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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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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Bitterroot River and Valley Weather

Victor Crossing on the Bitterroot River The photo to the right is from May 11 at Victor Crossing which is about the middle of the Bitterroot. You can see that it is fairly clear and big, but not bank-full or in the run-off stage.

The weather this spring has been cool, cool, cool. The photo below was taken May 12. Yes, it was snowing. The snow-pack in the mountains is growing not shrinking.
Snowing in Victor, MT May 12

Take a look at the weather widget to the right in the sidebar. It is forecasted to be 85 degrees this Sunday and Monday. That is going to be interesting!

Jack and Casey went to the Clearwater Chain of Lakes yesterday. It was cold and a bit windy but they caught some pike. No camera, so I can't post any photos of that trip.
Tomorrow, Jack is going to the Missouri River to fish near Craig, Montana. It might still be cool and windy, but we will find out how the fishing is.
Stay tuned for a look at our rivers. I will be posting photos when I can.
See the sidebar for links to USGS water data and if you go near the rivers, please be very careful. The water is very, very cold, approximately 38 degrees.


  1. As an observer of the weather from a distance, this springs seems to have drug on a while. This is all good news for the river.

    Hopefully, run-off will be slow and sustained. Keep up the good work I enjoy the blog. Tell Jack hello again.

  2. Boy, has it ever been dragging on. If it comes off orderly with out a big surge, we will be so lucky. It is going to be 87 for two days Sunday and Monday, if it stays warm, all bets are off. Thanks for the comment. Jack is on the Missouri River for a few days. Hopefully he will come back with some pictures of that big water. Hello back to you.


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