Fishing notes

In January, Jack takes time to write down some educated predictions for the upcoming fishing season.

 2018 Seasonal Summary – Wapiti Waters Fly Fishing Montana

Last Season was an excellent year for the fish and the fisherman. 170% of snowpack kept our western Montana rivers and streams running big until mid-July. It was tough on the wade fisherman making it difficult to negotiate but a boat with a good guide/oarsman could make getting to the hot spot much easier. It did take a while for the waterways to shape up for consistent angling.
To me the highlight of the season was the exceptional full conditions. Talk about consistency. Day after day of near perfect temperatures, flows and hatches in late September and through October was certainly the best fishing of the year and I mean dry fly fishing. If I wasn’t guiding, I tried to get out and enjoy each day before winter set in. At the end of October, the cold valley rain, mountain snow and wind ended the fall season and stripped the leaves off the cottonwoods, berry bushes and larch.
If you fished with me last year, many thanks and hope to see you in the near future.
The key for Wapiti Waters anglers is to adapt, adjust and grin and bear it.


2019 Season Forecast

The El Nino winter that was predicted has certainly proven to be true. Mild winter temperatures and slightly below average snowpack is a concern at this time. The next couple of months will tell the tale. My guess is we will be doing a “rain dance” by mid July. We should have some very good spring conditions on our western Montana rivers and streams.
We are currently taking bookings for the 2019 season. You can call for updates and scheduling. Wapiti Waters takes care of the indivicual anler as well as large fishing groups. Our expertise on these rivers is second to none. Experience does matter. Knowledge on many miles of watersays can put you into some legendary angling. Give Wapiti Waters a try.
Hope to hear from you soon!

Wapiti Waters Fly Fishing Montana, Jack C. Mauer Montana Outfitter #867 and Fishing Guide

800.254.5311. 406.642.6548 or

About Wapiti Waters

Our business has been around for over 2 decades. We have been guiding for 3 decades and fishing the cold-water resources for over 4 decades. No doubt we’ve been lucky along the way and our passion for the waterways in western Montana is real as is the desire to share our passion and knowledge.

Our winter task of tying flies

Wapiti Waters has started the fly tying regiment which means trying to stockpile and build an inventory of good proven patterns for the upcoming season. We have always prided ourselves on tying durable, visible, innovative fish-catching dry flies that match the hatch and are also good floaters. It is a challenge to fool the educated large trout. This is where the guide is in syncopation with his resource and clients. An arsenal of good fly patterns is important but guides also need the technique and knowledge of where and when to use them. This knowledge doesn’t come overnight or by having a new boat and truck, or by being declared Orvis guide of the year. It comes with years of fishing and guiding on the water. That’s right, experience; time honored and earned the old fashioned way.

Talk with us today

Call 800-254-5311 to learn more about options and benefits of fishing western Montana rivers with Jack and Wapiti Waters. Jack is happy to answer your questions.

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