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    Thought I would start off the 2018 topic with a small #18 Parachute Royal Coachman.
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    Cheers lads. I think the Bow has been very good to a lot of people over the last couple of years
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    Thought I would do an update of my trip this past summer. We had 4 days and 4 nights to circumnavigate the Gaspe Peninsula in Early July. If you have watched King of the River, then you would have seen some of the world famous Atlantic Salmon Rivers of the region. I was really looking forward to checking the area out, and luckily the wife agreed to two days of guided fishing. The Gaspe peninsula is beautiful, the drive around the entire tip along the ocean is quite the undertaking with winding roads and sweeping vistas at every turn. Lots of little towns dot the road, and you have the opportunity to stop and explore the many National Parks along the way (be careful though, In Quebec their provincial parks are called National Parks. So our free Canadian national parks pass did not work for these parks) Along the drive we found 5 microbreweries, all of which had fantastic food. I must say that Quebec knows how to make quality beer. My favourite stop was Pit Caribou south of Gaspe. We stopped in a bunch of places that are worth noting. Matane - The world famous matane river, has a Salmon observatory. The road pretty much parallels the river if you wanted to some DIY fishing. However the salmon fishing here is very regulated and costly. The best pools will cost you, and most of the best pools are limited draw. Most sections have rod limits as well, with best pools having the least rods. Parc Du Bic. This is a massive park with a ton of hiking trails. If you time it right, at low tide you can hike around the cliff face around to the far bay (about 5km). What amazing views of the St. Lawrence you get. From Matane, we drove to the town of Gaspe, home of the York, St. Jean and the Dartmouth Rivers. Saumon quebec has a shop there where you can get a bunch of information and pay for your access rights. The only company I could find who offered a guiding service was Quebec Sporting. I must say they did a fantastic job, they applied for draws for and arranged accommodations in Gaspe for my wife and I. Ann, the owner dropped off my pool tags and fishing licenses the night before along with an assortment of flies to try. When I got there, I found out that I would be fishing section 4 of the York river for two days. This is a limited rod section with only 8 anglers per day and contains 9 named pools. I never saw another angler on either day. My guide Denis was awesome. Very knowledgeable of the area and went out of his way to get me into fish. We did split days, he would pick me up at 5:30 and we would fish till 11 and then he would pick me up again at 3:30 to fish until dark. This was a lot of work for him, and the drive to and from the hotel to the river was 50km. So he definitely did his part. He did his best to teach me all of the nuances of Atlantic Salmon fishing, presentation, flies, rationale etc..... and we saw a lot of fish in the two days and were desperately looking for a taker. Water was pretty low and gin clear when I was there and alas, in the two days of fishing I did not catch an Atlantic. I had a few hits, and caught a few small brook trout, but I am still waiting to earn my first Atlantic Salmon. I would definitely like to go back some time, but would try to book it closer to June. Access Point to one of the 71 pools on the York. There are maps available and all of the pools are easily found from the road. The longest walk I did from parking to river was 20 minutes. The first pool called Maitland, this is a lesser know pool that not many stop at as most people quickly go to the famous ones like gros saumon. I had two pretty solid hits in this run/pool. Also had a fish come up and inspect my bomber....this pool had the most action of the trip. Moreso than the 'famous' ones. But no Atlantics to hand. We hit this pool first thing in the morning on the second day. The pool name escapes me at the moment. We saw lots of fish in this pool, they were pretty active, but no fish was willing to play with my fly. The typical "accommodations" at each pool Seeing as I had a couple of hours during the day to kill, I did some research and found a few spots within 5km of Gaspe to try my luck at Striper fishing. Fishing a beach called Boom Defense: Named for the large nets they strung across the bay to Forillion Park to keep the subs out during WW2. Caught my first two stripers at this spot. Little guy....these fish are pretty awesome fighters for their size bigger guy Hit up another spot called Barachois on the way back to quebec city. Caught a few more there, but there is a big bridge to cross to get to the beach, and in the river you could see schools of hundreds of fish. However at this point in the year the river was closed to striper fishing, so you had to keep to the ocean side. After the two days in Gaspe we left for the drive back to Quebec City to catch our flight. But first we needed to stop and see Perce rock. It has a huge natural arch in the center, but all my pictures are from a great distance and dont do it justice. I like this picture much better. All in all, if you are looking for an exploratory trip that an angler and perhaps a non angler would enjoy, then I would highly recommend the Gaspe region. The scenery is amazing, rivers although highly managed are easily accessible from the road, the people are very kind, and the beer and food is fantastic. Make sure you try the salted caramel soft serve ice cream....my god it is good. And the poutine.....never leave without poutine.
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    Wow an institution is gone. Ah the old days of Don Cahoon telling you to get a map and that the brown lines are roads and the blue lines are rivers/creeks. Follow a brown line until is crosses a blue line and start fishing. And the generous wisdom of Jim MacLennan and Neil Jennings.
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    Breaks my heart. Mike and co are fully responsible for my wife and I loving fly fishing. Very sad.
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    Country Pleasures was the catalyst of my love of fly fishing. Whenever I needed something new to me (a first trip to the salt or to get started tying), I went to Country Pleasures. Their advice and wisdom was the most consistent. I went in on Saturday for a restock to bare walls. This feels like a break-up. I cannot believe it is gone. Stupid Country Pleasures. I guess that means I can see other stores---they probably are good too. I mean, someplace else has to sell Dai Riki hooks. I will work through DEPRESSION and ACCEPTANCE later. Best wishes.
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    Sad day. I can remember going to the original 37 street SW location. ‘79-‘80. Drooling over Far and Fines, CFO’s etc and not being able to afford them. It was a real, dedlicated fly shop, the first of many to come locally. Many of the customers, and staff, from that era have passed on. Thanks Mike and staff for carrying the torch and keeping it going for so long after Jim and Neil left, and all the best.
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    CP was the shop I took my first fly casting lessons from and where I bought my first fly rod 27 years ago. Sad to see it go. Thanks to Mike and everyone else who worked there through the years.
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    Sad indeed. Thanks to Mike and the team for your contribution to the community and for sharing your knowledge with me.
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    Sad to hear, Mike & the guys at CP were always great to have a chat with and learn from. All the best
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    Thanks cp for all your help through out the years.
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    Peacock Soft Hackle Mayfly
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    They say [old wives] that things happen in 3s's.Well Christmas eve,met some of my retired fisher guys at local chinese food rest.Food was excellent,service was also.My trouble started when i got my fortune cookie.No little paper in the cookie[sh t],use the numbers to buy my 6 49 tickets.Christmas morning wake up to the sound of water running,in the house.Run downstairs,no water on the floor.But noise still there.Water humidifier that's hooked up to the furnace & the solonoid is stuck open.Water meter just flying around ,in the sight guage.Shut the valve off,little more static electrcity til repaired.Boxing day heading out,got rearended,by a woman in a hurry to spend the old mans cash.Today Katie[dog] wakes me up,boss it's cold in here.Go to thermstat,nothing registering .You know the other thing they say.You can't bitch if you got it free..YEA RIGHT RACHEL..Free thermostat didn't last 1 month,battery dead...Moral can't bitch...Yea & it's + 35 degrees outside Happy New Year
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    Well, it was another great year of fishing. I thought I'd share some pics highlighting my season. I'm sorry for those that might take offense to these, but I do enjoy other peoples' pictures, so I hope you enjoy mine. No secret spots have been revealed with these pics. Let's start with some pond trout. These guys were super easy to catch when they were first stocked, but got harder and harder to catch as the season went on.
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    I’m lucky enough to have been picked as one of 6 finalists in the Flymen Fishing Company Destination Articulation Fly Tying Contest. You can win an Orvis Helios3 5wt just by voting: https://flymenfishingcompany.com/blogs/blog/destination-articulation-sweepstakes My entry is #5 (baby brown trout game changers). I’d appreciate your vote if you like what you see. Thanks in advance!
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    Very sad to hear, best wishes to Mike & co. Will miss the shop and the fine folks who worked there.
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    Wasn't there much but Jim, Neil and staff were highly encouraging when I was getting back into fishin' and tyin' many moons ago . And bought my last pair of guide boots and g3 waders from Mike. Sad but time and change marches on and waits for exactly no one.
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    I have looked at them north fork but just haven’t been able to pull the pin and buy. I like other ones better in that price range
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    Sad Sad news. I wish all the best to Mike and his family going forward.
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    Read this if you plan on winter fishing, even if you're the most confident wader. https://www.hatchmag.com/articles/yesterday-was-almost-last-day-my-life/7714521 Editor's note: This story, originally from 2014, should serve as a reminder of the dangers that all rivers pose, especially in extreme conditions. Be safe out there. I have a cautionary tale I’d like to share. Forgive me for not painting a more eloquent picture, but everything is still a bit too real, and raw, to gussy it up with pretty writing. Yesterday was January 2, 2014. It was also very nearly the last day of my life. I drove down to the Missouri River on New Years Day — Wednesday, the 1st — hoping to take advantage of the 40 degree weather and test a bunch of fly fishing gear. I spent most of the afternoon on the river, and despite the cold water temps — it was in the 33 to 34 degree range — I had solid fishing and the opportunity to check out a number of new rods, reels, waders, jackets, packs, etc. For those of you who don’t know the Missouri, it’s a big, wide, open river near the tiny Montana towns of Wolf Creek and Craig. It deserves respect — as does any big river — but it’s not the kind of water that typically gets people in trouble. Yesterday was a little different. MORE LIKE THIS Frozen toes Missouri River Rowdies Winter fly fishing: A different world There’s a good-sized island I like to fish upstream from the Wolf Creek Bridge. At low water levels — and the river is low right now — I can wade out to the island and then hit the productive water all around. Yesterday I waded out to the island and walked downstream to the very bottom end. There was another angler fishing the slot where I’d usually start, so I went down below him, making sure to leave him plenty of room. I started casting a G Loomis 10’ 7-weight with a sink tip line and a new streamer pattern I’ve been playing around with. There was a fair amount of ice in the lee of the island, sitting in shallow, protected water and anchored to the shore. I can’t tell you exactly how big that hunk of ice was — maybe 50’ by 50’, the size of a big house — but I waded around it and fished my way down the submerged bar that extends below the island. The fishing was actually pretty good. I landed three nice rainbows, lost another, and missed at least four or five other strikes. I was casting down and across to both sides, and swinging the streamer across the current almost as if I was fishing for steelhead. There was faster, deeper water to my left, and slower, deeper water to my right, and I was a little over waist deep — about as far downstream as it was safe for me to go — when something hit me from behind right in the small of my back. I turned around, and I saw that the entire ice sheet on the bottom of the island had broken free and was drifting slowly downstream, blown by the wind. I glanced left, glanced right, and realized that I was pretty well dead-centered, with nowhere to go and deep water all around. I tried to hold the ice back, but I couldn’t. Then I tried to climb on to the ice sheet, but it broke underneath me. That was when the reality really hit home — I was screwed. I’d have to swim 100 yards or so in my waders and fishing gear, or I was going to drown. It’s all still a little surreal, to be honest. I was bobbing downstream, ice water slowly slipping in past my wading belt and filling my waders, trying to swim and realizing that I was getting colder by the second — and that it’s damn hard to swim in waders and a heavy, wet jacket. I kept thinking about my son Kian, and about how if I didn’t make it to shore, he was going to grow up without a father. I went under once or twice, but I came back up and kept going. I felt myself slipping away, and I fought to keep pushing, to keep going, knowing that there weren’t any second chances waiting around the bend. I was maybe 6 or 7 yards from shore when I hit the wall. I just couldn’t go any further. I sank — and ended up on a little underwater lip that extended out into the deep slot. I pushed myself toward the bank, and then just sat there with my head just out of the water until I caught my breath. I tried to stand, but couldn’t, so I crawled toward the shore and finally shoved myself upright. I staggered a couple steps, but I couldn’t go any further. My waders, pack and jacket were full of water, and I was so cold and tired that I couldn’t do anything but lie down on the shoreline rocks and gasp for air. The gentleman who was fishing above me saved my life. He came down and got me up on my feet. He told me that I had to move; and that I was likely to become hypothermic if I didn’t get warm soon. My cognitive functions were already shutting down, but that particular line struck me as sort of funny. I didn’t say anything, at least not that I’m aware of, but I thought to myself that I was well past “might become hypothermic.” Truth to tell, I was about as hypothermic as I’d ever care to be. In any case, I grabbed his shoulders and we went up the steep bank as best as we could; him pulling and cajoling, me with my heart racing and gasping for air. We stopped every few steps so I could catch my breath, but I just didn’t have it in me — about two thirds of the way up the hill, my legs gave out. I undid my wading belt, but we couldn’t get the 50 pounds of ice water out of my waders. After a second or two, we decided to pull off the waders and boots. I couldn’t help. My fingers didn’t work, and I was completely out of gas. The other angler took over and, after a little semi-incoherent coaching on my part — I have the impression that he’d never used the BOA lacing system before — he pulled off my wading boots and waders. Then he told me to wait and he ran to get his car. I got up a minute or two later, struggled up to the top of the hill, crawled through a barbed wire fence, and made it into the car that was just pulling up. He gave me a ride to my truck, which was maybe a half mile away, and made sure I was able to strip off my clothes and get the truck going. I climbed inside, cranked the heat, and sat there naked for about an hour and a half while I slowly warmed back up. I have vague recollections of a handful of other anglers checking on me — I suspect that I’m now known as “the naked guy sitting in his truck at the fishing access site” — and all I can say is that I’m truly grateful to everyone who stopped and offered to help. Their concern means more to me than they’ll ever know. So why am I sharing this particular story today, roughly 28 hours after I went for my swim? For two reasons: First, I want to offer a very public “Thank You!” to the angler who helped me out when I was in my moment of need. I never caught his name, but I’m seriously in his debt. Second, if you ever find yourself fishing a river where there’s ice around, please, please, please be extra careful. I should have left myself a safe place to exit if a problem floated down from above me. I didn’t. Don’t make that same mistake. Just because there’s no snow on the bank, or ice floating by on a regular basis, doesn’t mean that you're safe, or that something crazy can’t happen.
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    Thank you to all the staff for the great advice and help over the years.
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    I took a fly tying class back in the eighties with Don Cahoon being the instructor. was the place to go when I was learning the ropes. sorry to hear.
  24. 1 point
    First Fly Rod ever was an Orvis Far & Fine, which I still have, Rod Building Class, & Fly Fishing school with a manual to keep, which I still have also. Great Memories, Thank you to all the staff over the years.
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    Thank you for your support of this Forum, our fisheries through various programs and the individuals you helped in the sport. Keep well in your future endeavors.
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    To All Forum Members, We regret that, due to a number of factors, the shop closed for business this past weekend. We do wish to thank all of the people who supported the shop for the last 36 years.
  27. 1 point
    It is sad whenever a small business closes. Hopefully he’s just reupping.
  28. 1 point
    Oh, that's not good. Someone posted a similar question on the other forum, and I was hoping it was just a lack of stock due to their Boxing Day sale. Website being down doesn't bode well though.
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    Bow River Trout Foundation's Blue Ribbon Bow Dinner set for Wednesday February 21, 2018 will give you a chance to support BRT initiatives to enhance river access. Details of the event and ticket purchases in the following link https://bowrivertrout.files.wordpress.com/2017/12/dinner-news-release-14dec2017.pdf
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    ALL Funds from this event will be going right back into the Bow River within the Calgary region. So if you have been looking for a chance to give back to the river, give this some consideration.
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    The world could end before then
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    Just wow! where are we going? HIGHER! ;-)
  33. 1 point
    Simms flats boots, I bought a set and have used on 5 different trips. With the previously mentioned cheap athletic socks/neoprenes (Simms variety) and high top/ankle supporting boots never had an issue.. I've found quicksand holes on a Cuban flat that looked like a parking lot, and went right to my thigh in 1 step, or soft sand/uneven bottom, without a rolled ankle. Also used on CXI bommies for GT's that was covered in staghorn coral (and which didn't even faze the barefooted guides, which was something to see) to the sharp bottom we found in Hawaii. They're solid and worth every penny IMO. And never had an issue with sand.
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    Happy New Year. What are your goals for the year? Might not seem like much but hoping to get in 60 days on the water.
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    I've been pretty intensely researching this stuff so I'll throw in my $0.02 Booties: best for sand, grass, sporadic coral flats. Do not use on coral reefs or shell bed flats (sole is too thin and will wear out in one trip). Great for the "permit at 100ft, throw your booties on and jump out" shots. Patagonia booties - v nice boots, but fit narrower, tighter up top and lets less gets in, sole thinner than simms Simms booties - wider, best fit for my foot, thick sole but ankle is more loose than the patagonias which would allow material to get in. would wear socks inside these if I had them Shoes: Only for coral or sharp bottom wading. not recommended for boat to flats transitions. OK for all day sand flat wading but get heavy. Given all of this.. I had low top water shoes from previous trips and I bought MEC neoprene sock booties and wore that combo in Belize/Mex. Worked fantastic and didn't allow any sand in the high top neoprenes. It was a good temporary fix, but I'll need better footwear for the next trip
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    The orvis zippered booties are good. Biggest thing is wearing a long sock to keep sand out... that’s what kills ya. My feet were toast after using wading sandals and having rocks and coral work there way in
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    Bow River Trout Foundation is looking for feedback from the fishing community with a proposal to for improved access to Policeman's Flats. Policeman's Flats - An Opportunity to Improve Access. Following the 2005 flood the Policeman's Flats river access was completely reconfigured by the Provincial Government with the agreement of the property owner to a boat ramp with an adjacent vehicle parking lot. The site was reopened to the public with a belief it would never get destroyed by future flooding. A big mistake! The 2013 flood destroyed the site once again. Debate has continued since that time as to what the future will bring for Policeman's Flats. As it stands the Provincial Government are proposing a new boat ramp on the north side of the river, but it will take some time, probably years before a plan is put in place. In the meantime little progress has been made to mitigate the flood damage at the existing site. Bow River Trout Foundation has taken up the challenge with a proposal to upgrade and service the site until a new boat ramp can be built at a more favourable location. Remove of the large rocks that constitute a danger to access is our priority. Upgrades to parking and service are also being considered. We are looking for feedback from river users on our proposal before we make the financial commitment to proceed. The question: What would you like to see improved at Policeman's Flats as short-term improvements until an alternative river access site is developed? Barry White Photo Bow River Trout Foundation If a decision is made to move forward on this initiative support will be needed from the fishing community. Join BRT to support our initiatives. https://bowrivertrout.org/membership-donations/
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    Below are copied some comments made by myself and Carl Hunt - retired biologist for the Hinton-Edson area. I would like so see those comments added to the web site. Carl says in response to the Survey on the N. Sask. " Alberta Fish Mgmt is still dinking around blaming angling pressure (even C/R) for decline of all native salmonids. None of the preamble to the questionnaire explains the impacts of extensive 5 year closures on the few streams/rivers left open. The five year closures are just another delay (and an old idea that didn't work in the 1960s or 1970s) to avoid the habitat issues caused by industry and greatly complicate angling regulations that few anglers can understand or follow. E/S should simply be C/R - NO Bait, with current seasons. Fish staff should take serious action to stop the cumulative impacts of sediment from road/stream crossings on fish bearing and all tribs. Hanging culverts were condemned by scientific fish studies in 1980s and are still permitted, with poor engineering standards and allowed to exist. WHERE IS THE HABITAT RECOVERY 'ACTION' PLAN to protect floodplain, stop sediment sources, control forest harvest to reduce frequency & severity of flood events and a 'road plan' to limit road stream crossings, remove hanging culverts and reclaim temporary roads that continue to be destroyed by OHV. WHERE IS THE COMPULSORY ANGLER EDUCATION PROGRAM? - So anglers understand the need for regulations and the cumulative impacts of industry, logging, petroleum, coal, gravel, agriculture & OHVs. Fish managers are going in circles to ignore dealing with habitat issues caused by other resource users and blame angling pressure (lower today than 1980s) or 'invasive' brook trout (mostly introduced in the 1950s) or struggling to protect genetic purity of remnant threatened species. The proposed angling regulations are a distraction from habitat protection. Carl Hunt Don says " Carl, Your message summarizes exactly what I've thought for years. The only ones paying are anglers. With your permission, can your message below be copied to other web sites/forums? A senior Govt Official and I were talking about the culvert situation and I related conversations I had with Cruikshank who was the Director of Fisheries and Fisheries and Oceans Prairie Regional Director about the 700 of 900 illegal culvert installations in the Swan Hills IDed by a ACA grant recipient near 20 years ago at an ACA conference. When I asked both, who were at the same conference, what they were going to do with the evidence, neither of them would do anything. It is 50 years past time when the situation needs fixed. My uncle installed those for Home Oil about 55 years ago. Nobody knew what effect they were having. I recall him telling me that every ditch and swamp was full of grayling. regards, Don Carl says " Hi Don, My comments were sent to AWA Fish & forest forum when the first survey came out, so are public and please use. I don't spend much time with word-smithing these days but hope I can get the message across. Sometimes, I'm a bit more vulgar so appreciate you asking before spreading my manure. I think David Parks did a MSc thesis about 10 or 15 years ago and found 7 to 10 thou culverts in NE grayling streams and estimated 50 or 75% would block fish passage. (see ARGR status report it has lots of examples reported as far back as 1973 but nothing changes - fish just disappear). I think the 5 year closures will be like walleye and followed up with more closures, unless anglers get stirred up and realize they are not the problem. Any feedback you hear about my comments (including blow back) would be appreciated. Carl
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    And finally, the mighty Bow River. This was probably my best summer/fall on the Bow. The biggest thing for me was not using a large wire worm and forcing myself to try other things. I had the most success in water less than 3 feet deep using various nymphs without any split shot. I found this to work quite well staying above the weeds. The Bow is one amazing river, and we are very lucky to have it flowing right through our city!
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    A couple of underwater pics. In early September, I saw a big dark thing underwater so I got a closer look. It was a big 30+ inch bull trout. I took a few pics and then left it alone.
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    Here are some from various streams that I went to this year: