Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2016 9:21 AM
To: Mauer Jack
Subject: Thank you
Jack, thank you again for a wonderful trip and a fantastic fly fishing
experience. Your knowledge, experience, and hard work combined for a
tremendous experience for me. Thank you!! Tom
Sent from my iPhone
Tom fished with Jack for a number of days on the Blackfoot, Bitterroot and then the Big Hole River where his friend Dick joined him. Here are some photos that Tom sent to us. Here is an excerpt from his message when he sent the photos.
Tom Hall with a cutthroat trout on the Blackfoot River
Yes—had a great time with Jack on the Blackfoot, the Bitterroot, and the Big Hole rivers. Jack did an absolutely tremendous job—-helped coach me in a positive and constructive way— every step of the way —-gave me the best possible chance to catch a fish at every opportunity all day long on every river—-hardest working guide I have ever seen. Fantastic trip—-look forward to coming again.
Dick with a trout on the Big Hole River
And here is a slideshow with more photos. Again, Thanks Tom for sending the photos. It takes a minute for the slideshow to load, be patient.
“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!!