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.

MT-SNOTEL-2.18.2016

Feb 18, 2016

MT-SNOTEL-2.2.2016

Feb 02, 2016

Jack C. Mauer featured by Casting for Recovery

Jack C. Mauer featured by Casting for Recovery

Casting for Recovery's photo.

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.”

David and Jack on the Clark Fork River in April

David and Jack on the Clark Fork River in April

Testimonial:

“What distinguishes Jack from the many other guides I have had in the Bitterroot is that he doesn’t just help you catch fish — he does that in spades — but that he is also an articulate, keen-eyed and gifted teacher.  I learned to fish on the Bitterroot, and Jack’s perceptiveness and patience quickly nailed my mistakes and taught me how to correct them – all the way from casting and mending, to setting the hook, to playing the fish and to landing and releasing it.  As a teacher myself, I appreciate the importance of this skill. I also know what a rarity it is among most other guides working the river: they’re strong rowers and know where the fish are, but they can’t really articulate what you’re doing wrong or explain how to fix it, and that can be frustrating if you’re having an off day.

That said, Jack is not just a guide for beginners.  I have friends in the Bitterroot who are as experienced as any and who fish all over the world, but they always insist on getting Jack when they’re here, if he’s available.  No matter what your level,  Jack will help you catch fish; but more importantly, he will help you to be a better fisherman and to enjoy the beauty of the sport, the spirit of the river and the spectacular setting that the Bitterroot affords.  Jack just takes the experience to a whole other level.”

David A. from California

David was here for business but had time to fish 2 days with Jack. The last day was on the Clark Fork before he took off from Missoula International Airport for home in CA. Here are a few photos David sent us. Thank you!!
David

Jack

David

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