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  1. 5 points
    25min but worth it. Great story of how fishing changes lives
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    Welshmike: Are you staying in Calgary the entire time? I'd definitely hook up with a member here and give the Bow a go. I wouldn't be a good choice as I am in Edmonton (3 hr drive, 2:30 when I am in a hurry) and there are dozens of people here with 10x the "know-how" and "where-to" when it comes to the Bow river. You mentioned your trophy days are over, but the Bow has easy access and a shot at big fish. It is not the kindest river to newbies, so do go with someone. Ok, so besides that, lots of good advice given here already. Literally hundred's of km's of streams to fish, NW, W, and SW of Calgary. Many of them do not require long hikes. One variable you did not mention was solitude; do you care how crowded the waters are? The Bow obviously sees crowds, I'd also say the Oldman drainage sees the 2nd most people. The main stem of the Oldman is a popular spot, as is the Crow. I try to avoid weekends on those 2 rivers, though in last decade or so, fishing during the weekday is no guarantee either. Are you a friendly chap? Seems so, I ask that with this in mind; you can get away from people by getting to rivers via people's private land / farms / ranchers. Just need to ask permission. Many are friendly to fisherman, some are not. Tough part is finding who owns what parcel of land, and where is the damn farmhouse? But there are apps for that... So I am just saying if there is at least a portion of the trip that you want some solitude, your best bet is smaller waters and creeks. Again, you don't need a 2-3 hour hike to get away from crowds, but at the same time, lots of bridge crossings may require 30 minute walks before you start to get away from people. My own personal rule on smaller water is if I see more than 1 vehicle at a creek crossing, I go elsewhere. Also, (almost) every stream has public access off a bridge, and even if the stretch you are fishing crosses into private land, as long as you stay below the natural high water mark, you can keep fishing. Also, as per the earlier advice, generally speaking, the closer you get to the mountains proper, the more likely it is you are on crown land (though still be aware on the Oldman, Castle, and Crowsnest rivers). If you want to have a lovely drive that is much less fishing oriented, but considered a classic "must do", is to drive from Calgary to Banff to Jasper then back (or do the full loop and go back through Edmonton and Red Deer). If you do end up in Jasper, pm the fellow who replied earlier here by the name of "Creekside". See if he can take you for a day of fishing on Maligne Lake. Stunning. Gorgeous lake. On the right day, some terrific fishing as well. Theoretically, if you left early enough, you could do Calgary to Jasper and back in one day (but it's pure driving and sightseeing, no proper fishing time), but its' 10x better as an overnighter or even 2 to 3 nights. Depends if you get sidetracked sight-seeing and/or some fishing. The fishing can be good along that drive, but is also VERY hit and miss; you need to know where to go inside the national parks. You would also need a separate license. Lastly, more touristy stuff; if you like paleontology, go to Drumheller and see the Tyrell museum. World class natural history and dinosaurs. You could even fish the Red Deer river for goldeye and walleye. Welcome to Alberta when you get here! Our province offers alot of variety. Have fun. Smitty P.S. If you plan to fish somewhere central, like near Rocky Mountain House or Nordegg (the Ram river system), pm me. I may be able to go with you.
  4. 4 points
    There are things that tear us away from the thing we love to do most, which is fish. The primary time suck is the job. I can't do anything about that, we need money to feed the habit. Kids and wife are next, neglect those at your own risk. Next is yard care. Yard care sucks. But the negative attention of ignoring it can be severe. Here is my advice on maximizing fishing time while minimizing yard care: 3rd Worst Yard Guy
  5. 4 points
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  6. 3 points
    Surprised nobody mentioned this yet. Over the years the treatment plants have gotten "cleaner" by not pumping as much phosphate into the river, which means less fertilizer for river flora. Less flora probably means fewer bugs...
  7. 3 points
    Seriously, you think that the increase in C&R angling is the leading cause of trout population declines on the Bow over the past 15 years? It has some impact but studies have shown the effects are negligible. As for enforcement on the Bow, it has increased significantly since 2006. F&W told me back then that they only received 4 calls to RAP to report illegal fishing activities on the Bow, for all of 2005. Evidence based science is the foundation on which good management strategies are created. The Bow isn't the only river that has experienced a 50℅ loss of Rainbow population over this time period. Several other major trout rivers in the US mid west have experienced the same decline. I feel that many of the issues that have had a very negative impact on the Bow fishery have long been identified. Doing more fish counts may not lead to any new information. The problem is the political will to make the necessary changes. Lobbying efforts have fallen short thus far. When flows get dangerously low, the City of Calgary won't even place a water advisory or enact water restrictions. Instead AEP closes the river to fishing. For the past five years the City of Calgary pays Trans Alta to draw down the reservoir levels 20,' at the Ghost Reservoir, as a flood mitigation strategy. This increase in flow can extend natural run off period by up to a month. The increasd flow and subsequent turbidity, reduces sunlight penetration to the stream bed where the basis of the food chain starts. Aquatic mosses, plants, invertebrates and all marine life is negatively affected. This is followed by water hoarding in August to fill the reservoir back up to generate power. I could go on and on... Lorne Fitch has been sounding the alarm about many of these types of issues for a long time
  8. 2 points
    All this talk about AEP conducting fish population surveys, creel surveys and monitoring the quality of the water in the Bow River is just not true! The last true fish population survey was conducted in 2007 and that represented the fish population on the Policeman's to McKinnon's stretch of the Bow. - not the entire river from Harvie Passage to Carseland. What ever the data showed at the time, the true Blue Ribbon Bow River trout population was probably half what was reported. If any fish population enhancement programs are put in place by AEP, how could we see if there was in fact an enhancement in fish population if the baseline data is questionable. The first thing to do is to get the baseline fish population data. The last creel survey on the Bow River was conducted in 2005 and showed less than one trout being caught per hour across the entire stretch on the Bow River. All this talk about routinely catching 20 - 30 fish days is just a figment of ones imagination. There are probably 4x anglers on the river nowadays with an increase in drift and jet boat use from probably 50 in 2005 to well over 200 today, The creel survey data also indicated that the Bow River fishing pressure was the highest of any river in Alberta. AEP is conducting another creel survey this year that will show an alarming increase in angler pressure and a decrease in catch rates. Calgary's water treatment plants have decreased the phosphate levels in the river. AEP conducts ongoing monitoring of phosphate levels and with their modeling programs indicate that the current water treatment facilities will meet regional population increases for some time. What is surprising is the lack of data collection for invertebrate population changes during the same time as the phosphate levels have been reduced. I have asked AEP to gather what information is available. What I expect to see is a need to do more research. The Bow River water management initiatives that are now in place and in its simplest form will see higher flows in the early spring when reservoirs are exempted in anticipation of spring runoff flooding. Starting in mid June, flows will decrease to fill upstream reservoirs to normal operating levels and by the middle of July when flows will hopefully be stable. Increase storage capacity will hopefully increase flows through August and September. All sounds very good for the fishery, but unfortunately daily changes in dam discharge can see 15 cms change in flow per hour. We have seen 100 cms / day increases and decreases this year that could impact invertebrate survival. Discussions between the water operators and the government will hopefully see some improvement in operating procedures in the best interests of the fishery. What does all this tell us? The common thread in this topic has been government and NGO's need to make changes to accommodate the fishing pressure that now exists. No one has commented on the fact that the Bow River fishing resource is overfished. We need to face this reality and address it now before the fishery reaches a level of no return.
  9. 2 points
    Year after year, AEP spends it's resources doing Angler surveys, fish counts, reviews of fishing regulations and continually say they are "monitoring the situation closely", yet, year after year fish populations continue to decline. All of the focus remains on C&R fisherman. We continue to look in the wrong direction to identify all of the reasons for the decline. There can only be as many fish as the system can support. Degradation of the habitat leads to degradation of bio mass. So, what are the stressor's that are contributing to habitat degradation?. That's where AEP needs to put their resources and leave us fisherman alone. We are not the problem. Our impact is miniscule in the big picture. Yet the discussion keeps going round and round us, like we all have "whirling" disease. There is no other user group that collectively, contributes more too the Bow fishery's well being, then C&R flyfisherman. Maybe I should just write a letter to that Suzuki fellow out on the left coast and ask him to come too Calgary with his camera crew to point out the obvious to the government.
  10. 2 points
    Boat Ramp Access - impact on fish survival. The float from Graves Bridge to Policeman's Flats together with the float from Policeman's Flats to McKinnon's sees the biggest pressure on the fishery. Not only from the float angler but also walk in bank anglers. If you want to catch a scared up trout from multiple catch and release antics this is the place to go. Every time a fish is caught the survival rate has been reported to decrease. Hopefully more river access sites will spread out the fishing , reducing the pressure and mortality of fish population. If one wants a more pristine experience and catch less scarface fish. go further downstream. Those fish you do catch will not have experienced the stress and damage for repeated exposure to hooks, hands, nets and air. Historically bigger fish were always caught on the Mac to Carseland stretch of the Bow. Were they bigger because of more feed, or that they survived less catch-and-release? Remember the boat angler may catch more fish, but represents such an insignificant pressure on the fishery as compared to the vast number walk in anglers. The pressure on the fishery comes from many directions, but the ever increasing number of anglers may be of the greatest concern. Spread them out on the river would give the fish population a better chance to survive. No science here! just and oldtimers logic. If we wait for the science community to take up our concerns and the fishery managers to take action to correct the situation based on scientific evidence there will be little or no fishery left!
  11. 2 points
    I’d be curious to see the report that speaks to the cumulative impact of whirling disease, water temp, a year class changing flood, transalta’s ‘fun’, the substrate and turbidity changes as you d mentioned, as well as the pressure the Bow has. I know I sound like the good ol OHVers, but show me the money (science). Don’t forget that the 2005 assessment of the fishing at the highwood confluence was utilized at the 2014 PAC and described as ‘the rainbow trout populations are doing fine, so no reg changes needed’... turns out not so fine.. really, the decrease and timing sure points towards whirling disease to me... regardless, hope this motivates the government to look at the Bow a little closer. We all took it for granted for a long time and I think we’re paying for it. Don’t forget the articles and videos from prominent guides about how the Bow was better then every following the flood, and no decrease in numbers...again, I hope that the fishery guys can motivate the higher ups to look a lot larger picture, as the only lever they can pull is reg changes. If anglers aren’t the problem, then how do we get to the larger issues (flows being my favourite topic)
  12. 2 points
    Extended Body Mayfly, foam Carnage style.
  13. 2 points
    Except that the Athabasca strain is native
  14. 2 points
    The rainbows were feasting on dragons this weekend in the Kootenays...
  15. 2 points
    Update: I hope this isn't breaking the rules, or offending sponsors - I assume this forum / website has nothing from Edmonton anyways, so this really wouldn't be a conflict, from a competition point of view... ...but Edmonton finally has a fly shop! https://www.facebook.com/ReidsFlyShop.YEG/ Not since Reg Denny's have we had a singularly focused shop for flyfishing. As I have said on many forums, I never thought Edmonton would support one. But really, with WSS gone, and Cabelas really not filling the void, it was time for some new blood (though I like the FIshin Hole). I'll cross my fingers in the hopes it will survive. The local fly-fishing community here I think is finally strong and big enough to support one shop. Hopefully Reid's will get a new website soon: http://reids-fly-shop-fishing-store.business.site/ Went a few weeks ago for their soft opening. Looks good! Staff is friendly and experienced (Clay is from WSS, not sure where Reid is from, if anyplace). Clearly, like many a fly shop, the business model is the same; justify your slightly higher prices with outstanding customer service. Hope this shop makes it! Anyways, so glad I could eat crow on a prediction like the one I made. So, if any of you southerners are in Edmonchuk, there is a new place to go. The primitive website does have directions. It's in the west end. Smitty
  16. 2 points
    Hiking the Skye Trail was the entire reason for our trip to Ireland and the UK. All I can say is that this was one of the best backpacking trips We have ever done! EVER!! Spectacular is an understatement! The trail is broken up into 7 stages. The few photos attached are of the first 3, and cover over 56 km (with the 2nd being a whopping 28.5 km, the longest single day Deb and I have ever done). When you look at them, every ridge you see in the photos, we either came from or hiked to (Yes even those ones you see in the very distance)! They seemed to never end, but were so incredibly beautiful!
  17. 1 point
    I know exactly what you mean by the Oakley lens scratching easily. I keep on buying them. I have owned other brands, but I have a small head, and Oakley seems to be the only ones that stick to me. However, I cannot recommend enough the quality of Oakley bronze prescription sunglasses---they are in a different category from their retail lines. 3 years and thousands of hours of wear-time later, they are as good as the day I got them. My wife as surprised how I would wear my sunglasses even when it started to get dark. When she tried them, her comment was, "how can sunglasses make everything brighter?" However, when I got my sunglasses, Smith Chromapop were not producing prescription lenses, but they are now. I feel they have some of the best contrast of non-prescription lenses. My prescription Oakleys cost around $600.
  18. 1 point
    Found out after the fact. Anglers have to be better at reading county maps before they leave the city. They are available online. Try ihunt app. No excuses #notmyproblem
  19. 1 point
    I"m not mentioning this to say you are wrong only to say there might be information that we can use from other trout waters that face the same population and user base as the Bow river.Yes the Bow river is very unique as it flows through a metro area of over 1 million people. There are only 3 trout streams in the world that flow through a metro area of over 1 million people 1.The Bow river in Calgary Alberta pop. 1,500,000. 2.The Chattahoochee River in Atlanta Georgia pop. 6,000,000 3.The Isar River in Munich Germany pop. city 1,500,00 metro area 6,000,000. We might be able to learn some things from the management of these other rivers.
  20. 1 point
    Thanks for the replies, got some new brands to check out that i’ve never heard of. I try not to explore fishing gear too much until I need it, keeps my wallet and wife happy hahah
  21. 1 point
    Three times a year!!!! Lets do what we can to keep it out of the Bow River . Spend the $$ now Govt of Alberta
  22. 1 point
    Didn't know there was a good kind of clap... but hey, one gets lonely in that float-boat. Thanks. -M.
  23. 1 point
    That's always going to be a problem with plastic/polycarbonate lenses. Glass won't scratch as easily but they'll be heavier and more expensive. As for glasses themselves, I think once you hit a certain price point they're all pretty good and it just comes down to the frames that are most comfortable for you.
  24. 1 point
    I've been using Kaenon polarized yellow silver mirror glasses for years for local fishing and steelheading. I've just replaced them with new Costa's also in polarized yellow sunrise silver mirror, and they're even better in overcast low light which seems to happen more often than not when fishing up in Skeena country in the fall. I prefer a do-it-all type lens that passes a lot of light with great contrast, and these ones fit the bill for everything except for super bright days on the flats or ocean fishing, then I bring out the blue mirror Costa's. I've tried Oakley's, Smith, and Maui Jim's and always go back to Kaenon or Costa. The nice thing with Costa is that they really support the fishing community with more than a few token lens and frame combinations.
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    The best thing you can do is dry them in the sunshine---the UV plays a valuable component in killing any bugs. Imagine a sponge. If you submerge it, squeeze it (or step on it), release the pressure, the sponge will hold a great deal of water. To get the disinfectant throughout the sole, you would have to walk through a basin of disinfectant.
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    Folks, got this link and it is a good one for FF history. http://www.johnkreft.com/old-fly-fishing-and-fly-tying-books/ Don
  29. 1 point
    The problem will be similar to the NCNT. Fisheries management has a very limited set of levers to pull, mostly just reg changes. C&R May be relatively low impact when looked at in a silo, but cumulatively a 1-2% mortality starts to add up when you add in the other issues mentioned..
  30. 1 point
    Would be nice to see an application of the precautionary principle a bit here, while we are catching up on data shortages. We also need to get a feeling of angler effort and potential impact..
  31. 1 point
    The real problem with this subject is that most of the research, and citizen science has been limited in scope. There is a need to address the concerns of depleted fish populations on a Bow River Basin wide basis. The changes that have taken place in the trout population over the past 5 years do not appear to be consistent with normal events. Each of the five years we have seen dramatic changes. Larger fish one year, lack of a size class another and changes in conditions from highs to lows. The Bow River has been neglected by our fishery managers for many years due mostly to the focus on the endangered and vulnerable fish management policies and the presence of Whirling Disease. There is now a recognition that more resources need to be directed to the Bow River sports fishery. Before any change or improvement can be made to the fishery there is need for a baseline index to monitor shifts or improvements to the management of the resource. Fish population surveys would seem to be that index. There are many different opinions as to why we have seen the declines in trout population over the past 15 - 20 years. River flow management policy, closures, water quality, habitat, fish feed and regulatory enforcement are just a few of the many possibilities. What is important at this point in time is for the fishing community and stakeholder groups to consider what can be done to improve the fishery. Hopefully the provincial government will engage the fishing community in the decision making process. If not others will do so.
  32. 1 point
    Give a shop a call, they'll sometimes have a person or two that has given them the same request and may be able to help you with some matchmaking..I'd just ensure that you are clear with what you're wanting, such that you don't have two guys butting heads about what they want out of the day (say a guy only wants to fish dries, while the other just wants numbers..it won't be a pleasant day in the boat).
  33. 1 point
    I tend to fish either glass or bamboo for small streams. Think of it this way, manufacturers have been in a race to produce Graphite rods that have only one purpose, speed, using not only fast stiff rods but many lines tare actually heavier than standard rating (example: 5wit lines that are actually closer to 6). Distance, the race for "newer and better" has been for fast rods that will overreach. These do some undesirable things. They don't load at short distances, are less accurate plus their inherent stiffness are much tougher on both tippets and fighting fish. Softer rods with a slower stroke will lay out a dry fly lightly without slapping water and give you much more accuracy and save your finer tippet's on large fish in my experience.
  34. 1 point
    I have several "Dry Fly" specific (small stream, Alpine Lake and Bow River rods) all are graphite. 7' 2wt, 7'6" 3 wt 8',/8'9/9' (x2) 4wt. For clients I offer 9' 4wt & 5 wt - specifically for alpine lakes. Traditional action (soft) and Med/Fast action both work with my casting stroke (have to adjust slightly). Haven't tried glass, but people who fish glass LOVE them, as do folks that fish grass (bamboo)! Shorter rods tend to be more accurate (but obviously depends on your skill), plus work better within overgrown streams. As with any rod, match something to your price point and casting stroke. Test cast a bunch, and I mean a bunch! Go to a dedicated fly shop with well trained staff. If you have a reel already lined, bring it with you, if not consider something that will balance the rod properly (which is where a dedicated fly shop comes in). Be sure to go with a quality manufacture that has parts to repair the rod (b/c inevitably you will break a tip or section fishing small streams)! Peter
  35. 1 point
    Germany was the origin of introduction of Brown Trout species to North America I believe. Bruin refers to bears... perhaps the write is mis-pronouncing 'Brown' like a Scotsman...? No matter... I do wish we could agree to speak The Queen's English!
  36. 1 point
    Nice.... The nymphs were likely in migration to colonize near the shoreline in preparation for emergence. Trout notice these vulnerable moments of activity and the opportunity to selectively gorge.
  37. 1 point
    Hi Mate. Thanks for the advice, I also rarely if ever kill a fish. Far to precious. Just returned from a 10 day trip on the Scottish Hebridean Lochs. 83 Browns biggest 3 pounds, was magnificent. Have already booked for all of next June. Regards Mike
  38. 1 point
    Thanks BBT! It was last week when I saw him at the dogpound, wish I would have known all this......
  39. 1 point
    Think of the positives, this is a great opportunity to flush those weak sauce tourist troots down the drain and stock these waters with the majestic BRUINS... Long live the germans
  40. 1 point
    If I wasn’t in school this September, I would love to go with Rick again on his build a trip. The sous-vide bbq brisket and his great stories, plus tossing a fly? Worth every penny! add that it’s going to a great cause and it’s a win win win!
  41. 1 point
    The Flashback Seal scud has gone through a lot of changes in my flybox over the years. I’ve added the UV coating over the back flash as well as using a multicolored dubbing blend rather than a monotone one. It is in spring and fall when the scuds are at their peak populations in ponds … Continue reading Tying a Flashback Seal Scud → The post Tying a Flashback Seal Scud appeared first on The Daily Fly Paper Blog. View the full article
  42. 1 point
    Suspect that if they're found to not have any whirling, they'd be kept shut to avoid transferring it there
  43. 1 point
    Liberalism, with a capital "L", is a political party position and is where the support for Justin Trudeau originates. Liberalism with a small "l" is a political philosphy that among other of its tenets grants everyone freedom of speech (the right to say dumb $hyte with relative impunity).
  44. 1 point
    I occasionally receive a fishing book that really strikes my fancy as being totally original, and last winter I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of The Feather Thief by Kirk Wallace Johnson. Much more than a fishing book, it’s the story of a young Atlantic salmon fly tier who stole priceless bird skins from a British museum and then used them for his own tying and sold them on the internet. Kirk researched the story thoroughly and even tried to trace some of the feathers that were purchased to get them back to the museum. The book truly reads like a whodunnit and I found it fascinating reading. To use a well-worn cliché I literally could not put it down. Some of you fly tiers may be not agree with the stance he takes on tiers obsessing over rare and unusual materials so I think it may create some lively discussions. Regardless, I think you’ll find our discussion fascinating. In the Fly Box this week, we get into more conventional and non-controversial questions, such as these: Why do two dry flies work better than one? How do you fish a Sneaky Pete for smallmouths in fast water? What size and color Woolly Bugger is best? What does the Woolly Bugger imitate? What color polarized sunglasses are best and what are some good brands? Why can I land 18-inch fish but not the ones that are over 24 inches? Are grayling selective? Is it normal to tie a Clouser Minnow with a red head? Is it normal to reel all of your line in before playing a fish? Why am I not catching bigger brook trout on streamers? View the full article
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    Some hatch chasing trout slobs camped on our property and left a mess of human refuse and garbage. No wonder landowners are getting pissed off with actions like this. The Raven and North Raven are getting lots of pressure. This type of stuff pisses me off. I posted a picture of their rigs so if you know them better get them to clean their act up.https://www.dropbox.com/s/bzyifd5ze443ee6/551073839.jpg?dl=0
  47. 0 points
    They’re in Nose Creek and the Bow already in town.. tons in Nose from last time I e-fished it