Cast One for Hope on the Bitterroot River Oct 3, 2015

Cast One for Hope on the Bitterroot River Oct 3, 2015

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This is a fun event for a very important causehttp://castingforrecovery.org/events/cast-one-for-hope/Casting for Recovery

Posted by Fly Fishing Montana with Wapiti Waters on Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Jack C. Mauer featured by Casting for Recovery

Jack C. Mauer featured by Casting for Recovery

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It’s “Meet a Guide” Monday! Today’s shout out is dedicated to Jack Mauer of Fly Fishing Montana with Wapiti Waters. With over 30 years guiding in Western Montana, Jack helped us launch the first Cast One for Hope. Thank you, Jack!

Fly Fishing Montana with Wapiti Waters says “a big thank you Peg and Casting for Recovery! We love supporting you, knowing you and meeting the awesome people who participate in your program and events. It is an honor to be featured here.”

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Outstanding Outfitters of the Year by Montana AFS

Outstanding Outfitters of the Year by Montana AFS

Olwell and Mauer: Outstanding Outfitters of the Year

Longtime fishing outfitters from the Bitterroot Valley, Eddie Olwell of Fishs Eddy O and Jack Mauer of Wapiti Waters, were co-recipients of the Outstanding Outfitters of the Year award for 2014 from the Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society for their contributions to the protection and enhancement of fisheries in Montana. Adam Sepulveda, AFS awards chairman, is pictured presenting the awards. Buddy Drake photo.

Longtime fishing outfitters from the Bitterroot Valley, Eddie Olwell of Fishs Eddy O and Jack Mauer of Wapiti Waters, were co-recipients of the Outstanding Outfitters of the Year award for 2014 from the Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society for their contributions to the protection and enhancement of fisheries in Montana. Mauer and Olwell received the award at the AFS annual banquet in Great Falls on February 26.

The Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society was chartered in 1967. Among its objectives are conservation, development and wise utilization of the fisheries, promotion of the educational, scientific and technological development and advancement of all branches of fisheries science and practice, and exchange and dissemination of knowledge about fish, fisheries and related subject.

Olwell and Mauer are fishing outfitters that spend most of their time on the rivers in the Missoula area, but their home water is the Bitterroot River, which has benefitted immensely from their efforts. They have both been active on the Board of the Bitterroot Chapter of Trout Unlimited, each serving as Chapter President and they both frequently donate float trips to raise funds for conservation efforts.

For years Mauer has attended most of the meetings of the Bitterroot Conservation District. His opinions are respected by the Supervisors and he represents a very positive image from the fishing community. Olwell was on the Ravalli County Streamside Setback Committee and is presently an active board member of the Bitterroot Water Forum.
“When an issue comes up that affects water quality, stream processes or any factor important to the fishery of the Bitterroot, Jack and Eddie are always there to make thoughtful comments that support many of the same goals as AFS,” wrote FWP fisheries biologist Chris Clancy in his letter of nomination.

“True to form, when the Ravalli County Commission recently voted to allow homes to be built in the Bitterroot River Floodplain, they both attended more than one meeting to oppose this action. Very few individuals put the time and effort into protecting the natural qualities of rivers like Jack Mauer and Eddie Olwell,” wrote Clancy.

The American Fisheries Society (AFS) is the world’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to strengthening the fisheries profession, advancing fisheries science, and conserving fisheries resources.

Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

Notes from friends – thanks to all who have called and sent notes:

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FWP hosting a women’s ice fishing workshop Feb. 8-10

FWP hosting a women’s ice fishing workshop Feb. 8-10

BIGFORK – If you don’t want to wait until spring to start fishing, Fish, Wildlife and Parks is hosting a women’s ice fishing workshop Feb. 8-10 at Peterson Lake.
A $100 fee pays for all fishing gear, food and two nights lodging at a camp on the shore of Peterson Lake near Bigfork.
The workshop is sponsored by FWP’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program.
Beginner and intermediate anglers are welcome. Activities include learning to use ice fishing rods, tip-ups, ice augurs and sonar fish finders. Participants don’t need a fishing license.
For more information, call BOW coordinator Liz Lodman at 406-444-9940 or email llodman@mt.gov.
Click here for an online registration form.

Ice Fishing — February 8-10, 2013

Near Bigfork, MT

Fee: $100

Don’t sit inside waiting for the long winter months to pass by. Put on some warm clothes, get outside and try ice fishing. This workshop is at Big Sky Bible Camp with a very short walk to Peterson Lake. You’ll learn to use ice fishing rods and tip-ups and other gear like ice augers and sonar fish finders. The workshop is for beginner and intermediate anglers and includes some optional indoor activities and night fishing. The registration fee includes all your fishing equipment, 2 nights lodging dn meals from Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast.

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Geoff and Jack on the Bitterroot the last day of September

Geoff and Jack on the Bitterroot the last day of September

Jack has wanted to fish with Geoff (past Pres of Bitter Root Trout Unlimited) for years. Finally, they floated and fished the lower Bitterroot. Great day, fun conversation and the fishing was good, too.

Just a closer view of Geoff and the trout.

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Important September dates for trout

Important September dates for trout

  • 9/10 Bitterroot River Cleanup
    10 am to 4 pm followed by BBQ for volunteers at Anglers Roost (south of Hamilton). Call Don at 406-363-3146 
  • 9/14/17 National TU’s Annual Meeting in Bend, Oregon
    Visit www.tu.org for details and registration.
  • 9/23 32 Annual Bitterroot TU Banquet
    5 pm at Bitterroot River Inn in Hamilton, Montana. Contact Marshall Bloom at 406-363-3485 of drtrout@mtbloom.net
  • 9/24 Montana TU’s State Council Meeting
    9:30 am at the Double Tree in Missoula. Contact Kate Grant at 406-543-0054 or kate@montanatu.org.

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