Bitterroot River near Wally Crawford FAS – Brandy Peak in the Bitterroot Mountain Range

Bitterroot River near Wally Crawford FAS – Brandy Peak in the Bitterroot Mountain Range

A Montana View Fine Art Photography

Gorgeous cool day on the Bitterroot River. Photo by Merle Ann Loman. www.amontanaview.com

 

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Bitterroot Basin Snowpack info for Feb 2016

Bitterroot Basin Snowpack info for Feb 2016

Winter snow in the mountains translates into spring, summer and fall waterflows in our rivers. So, we keep watch on the snow levels. We actually had a good snow accumulation in Dec 2015 and Jan 2016. It is still precipitating in February, but the temperatures are above average. Good news, still a good snow pack. Today I am posting some info on our current snowpack in Montana and a few photos from the mountains and Bitterroot River.

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Old Darby Bridge in Feb 2016, upper Bitterroot River

Old Darby Bridge in Feb 2016, upper Bitterroot River

Totem Peaks to the south of Bear Creek Canyon in Bitterroot Mountain Range, MT IMG_0179

Totem Peaks to the south of Bear Creek Canyon in Bitterroot Mountain Range, MT IMG_0179

Below are Snowtel data maps for Montana in Feb. You can see that our snowpack has increased in the last two weeks. Great news.

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Feb 18, 2016

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Feb 02, 2016

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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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West Fork of the Bitterroot in April

West Fork of the Bitterroot in April

Fishing the West Fork of the Bitterroot River

Jack Mauer wade fishing and landing a beautiful cutthroat trout.

Jack landing a cutthroat trout on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River in April
Cutthroat on a fly line in April on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River - IMG_8291
West Fork of Bitterroot River

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Middle Bitterroot River in mid-April

Middle Bitterroot River in mid-April

Nice day on the river with Eric. Cool at first, warmed up and beautiful weather overall.
Fishing with Eric IMG_8172

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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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