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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, January 31, 2012

Riverside Cottage vacation rental on East Fork of the Bitterroot River

Wapiti Waters recommends this cottage for a couple or a couple of guys that are interested in fishing the upper Bitterroot River and even the Big Hole River in Montana. It is affordable, clean, private and quiet. There are year-round activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, canoe, cross country and downhill skiing. Lost Trail Powder Mountain and Chief Joseph Pass cross country ski trails are about 40 miles south. Painted Rocks Reservoir and Trapper Peak are 22 miles southwest on West Fork road.

This bright and cheery spacious river cottage sits just 50' from the river's edge. Come and enjoy the luxury of your own fishing hole and relax in the private treed setting.

It is a one bedroom home and is newly renovated and completely outfitted for your comfort. A comfortable futon couch can be used as an extra double bed, sleeping a total of four people. The covered porch facing the river provides a great outdoor living space. Its location in the southern end of the Bitterroot Valley makes this home a recreationalist's dream.

The cottage is managed by Amy Sage of SweetSage Vacation Rental. You can reach her at (406) 642-6400 or

$115/night. WINTER $550/week SUMMER $700/week

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Photos of upper Bitterroot River, Jan 27, 2012

Bitterroot River at Darby Bridge looking north. 252 CFS on Jan 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Bitterroot River at Darby Bridge looking south. 252 CFS on Jan 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM
Click on image to see larger view - works for the photos, too.

The river looks beautiful. Jack and I were driving home from a great day at Lost Trail Pass ski area. A few days ago the ski area got 8 inches of new snow. The skiing was wonderful. We wanted to see the upper river up close and personal so we drove in to the old bridge just east of Darby, Montana. 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

"Wheeee, I am a Chessie" by amontanaview | RedBubble

Not much fishing going on here in January so I will go through some photos of Freda on the rivers. Here she is after getting out of the Koffler for a stretch. She needed to jump and run a little and what Chessie doesn't like water! This was in November on the middle Bitterroot River. I will be publishing a few more of , why not? She loves to go fishing, too.
"Wheeee, I am a Chessie" by amontanaview | RedBubble:

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

"When I say "come," she comes" by amontanaview | RedBubble

"When I say "come," she comes" by amontanaview | RedBubble:

This is actually from last year but I am posting it in a bid for snow. We are supposed to get a big snow storm tomorrow! I so, I will take for a snow walk!
We were out for a walk in a pasture at the base of the Bitterroot Mountains west of Victor, Montana USA. We were working on some commands and getting our exercise. was ranging a bit far out so I called her back in to me. Wow, she sprinted! Snow is flying.
I took the photo on the Aperture setting and hit the “auto” develop button in Lightroom. This was the result. Crazy eyes and color. I liked it so here it is.
Canon EOS 7D 1/800s, f/5.6, ISO: 200, 70mm
Canon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS lens

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