2014 – expressing many thanks and indelible memories

2014 – expressing many thanks and indelible memories

Big Hole River with Dave Brant
Jack Mauer and Dave Brandt in the Big Hole

The 2014 Guide Season is officially over having my last personal guide days the last week of October. Despite the slow fishing, the radiant fall colors and memories of fast fishing we had through out the year helped ease in the inevitable – winter coming on!

I want to say many words of thanks to all who fished with Wapiti Waters during this glorious season of good flows and good angling. I would also like to mention a couple of anglers who have passed on to the “Happy Fishing
Ground” namely E. Terrill Nobles (Terry Nobles) and Dave Brandt. These two fishermen were the reasons we love guiding. Their attitudes were upbeat whether the fishing was fast or slow and they genuinely loved the waterways and trout environment. Their desires to share this love will always be with us. We will forever miss yet forever remember them.

Another note: We also had the privilege of  fishing with Dave Brandt in Argentina– fantastic time and memories.

Dave Brandt and daughter KJ in 2009

Thank you,

Jack Mauer, Wapiti Waters Fly Fishing Montana, Outfitter #867

Terry Nobles in 2005
Terry Nobles and Jack Mauer - East Fork of the BItterroot June 2007
Jack Mauer and Terry Nobles in 2007
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Terry Nobles – photos, memories and best wishes

Terry Nobles – photos, memories and best wishes

Terry on the Lower Clark Fork October 2005Photo album dedicated to our good friend Terrill (Terry) Nobles, Corvallis, Montana – With out any doubt, Wapiti Waters’ (Jack Mauer) favorite friend, partner, client, and man on earth. This will never change, as sadly there will never be another man like Terry.

Terry is 93 and 1/2 years old this December (2013) and we felt compelled to start an album dedicated to Terry. As I find pictures earlier than 2005, I will scan them and add them. Also dedicated to J Craig Nobles, Lynn Dornfeld, Tori Nobles-Stephens, and Buddy Nobles, Terry’s children.

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2013 Feb skiing Gash Peak in Montana

2013 Feb skiing Gash Peak in Montana

Far as they want to go.
The top of the climb

Winter in Montana is a wonderful time to explore the Bitterroots. Mark, Skip and Jack skinned up the Bitterroots in the Gash Creek and Peak area in mid-February. Here are a few photos taken by Mark. Enjoy.

Here is the slideshow

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Doc Bolton on the Bitterroot in early October

Doc Bolton on the Bitterroot in early October

Doc came a little later this fall than usual. He was waiting for the fire smoke to clear. Probably a good strategy. The sky cleared up, temperatures cooled and fishing was good. Great to see both Doc and Liz! Hope they both come back up in the spring.

 

 

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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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Fly fishing the upper Bitterroot River in early June

Fly fishing the upper Bitterroot River in early June

Another gorgeous day on the Bitterroot River with John. Nice trout!

John Hickman fishing with Jack and Freda.

 

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