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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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Monday, May 28, 2012

Fishing for big Carp with Eric

Jack was in Springfield, MO visiting his sister and mother recently and fished with Eric. They fished for carp and longnose gar (Lepisosteus osseus). Caught carp (huge carp), but only teased the gar. Fun time. Thanks Eric.
Eric Olliverson with a carp

Fishing Guide on Table Rock Lake, Taneycomo, Bull Shoals, Beaver, and More - Eric's Elite Guide Service
Eric Olliverson is an FLW Touring Pro and a Full-Time Fishing Guide.

This is Wilson's Creek near Springfield. Jack was surprised at finding huge carp in this kind of water. Not very deep.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

May 16 Bitterroot 2nd runoff pulse

Bitterroot air temperatures have been in the high 80's for the last three days and the snow melt is increasing the river flows. The air temperatures are supposed to drop in the next few days and rain is predicted next week. This will be interesting.

Here are some photos at Victor Crossing taken the afternoon of May 16. Victor Crossing is about 5 miles upriver from the USGS water data gauge at Bell Crossing and about 40 road miles down river (north) of the USGS water data gauge at Darby. Below are photos of the river at Victor Bridge, the charts for both gauges, and a snow pack map.

Follow up on the next day at Bell Crossing: Discharge, cubic feet per second - Most recent instantaneous value: 9,260 CFS 05-17-2012 13:45 MDT
Follow up on the next day at Darby: Discharge, cubic feet per second - Most recent instantaneous value: 5,690 CFS 05-17-2012 13:45 MDT

Thursday, May 10, 2012

May 10 on the Bitterroot River - flows are stepping up

The Bitterroot had clarity on May 7 and still on May 8 - also terrific caddis hatches! But now the weather has been much warmer and the flows are stepping up. See the charts below.
Bitterroot River on May 7 north of Angler's Roost
Darby gauge station is upriver from Angler's Roost - on May 7 flows at Darby were about 1900 CFS
Bell Crossing gauge station is downriver from Angler's Roost. On May 7 flows were about 3,000 CFS
Still snow in the mountains!!! Bitterroot is 89 % of normal.
Links to snowpack and USGS river flow gauge stations are in the right side bar.

May 7 on the Bitterroot River from Angler's Roost

Photos taken from Angler's Roost to Main Street Bridge in Hamilton. The Darby USGS water flow gauge reported 1900 CFS on this day. Clarity was good, caddis hatches prolific but not many feeding trout. Gorgeous day, though.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

A windy day on the Missouri River in early May

You can see the wind moving the water!

Nice brown trout - yes, it was released ASAP
Jack spent a few days on the Missouri River with his daughter and two grandsons. The young boys were dressed warm enough and that is good. It was cold and very windy. But, there were fish to be caught again.

Here are a couple of photos.