2017 Snowpack is 112% in the Bitterroot – summer fishing bodes well

2017 Snowpack is 112% in the Bitterroot – summer fishing bodes well

See Bitterroot Star story, “Snowpack is heavy, summer may be wet

NWCC - SNOTEL Snow Water Equivalent Update Graph - 2014-04

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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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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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2014 Bitterroot Basin winter Snowpack information

2014 Bitterroot Basin winter Snowpack information

This is the chart, see below for data on a map.

2014.01.27.SnotelMapNWCC – SNOTEL Snow Water Equivalent Update Graph – link to Graph

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Fly Fishing the Missouri River in early May

Fly Fishing the Missouri River in early May

Jeff and Jack fished the Missouri for three days. I decided to use a slideshow for all the photos. Enjoy.


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A little April snow is a great thing for Montana snowpack

A little April snow is a great thing for Montana snowpack

It is cold out there and windy, but a little snow now will help keep us fishing in the dryer summer months. We are doing the happy snow dance.

ftp://ftp.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/data/water/wcs/gis/maps/mt_swepctnormal_update.pdf
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