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  1. 6 points
    So that didn't take long after we started getting in the media. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-trout-fishing-recovery-plan-1.4546810 http://edmontonjournal.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/alberta-government-backs-off-plans-to-close-popular-fishing-rivers/wcm/ecd291b2-3ea5-4b7f-a163-4c0dbedb501e And folks, make sure to thank Don Anderson as he helped us (Backcountry Hunters and Anglers) out a lot with this.
  2. 3 points
    First attempt at a body with turkey... I kinda dig this look, and it is pretty simple fly to tie. Hardest part for me remains getting goose biots to do what I want them to.
  3. 3 points
    Did flyfishy get a new account? like..what?
  4. 3 points
    One easy change would be to start making people aware of these issues beginning early days in school. Otherwise I think a change of ways may well be a lost cause. The motor head culture (ORV) is a relatively modern day prime example of reckless ignorance gone awry.
  5. 3 points
    My first try at a klinkhammer. A little fatter than it should be but then again so am I.
  6. 3 points
    http://www.backcountryhunters.ca/ Stay tuned, there's more coming around the habitat stuff. I'll push habitat restoration as much as I pushed for people to send letters against the closures. To be honest, I never even fish any of the rivers that were going to be closed. I got involved in this because I saw the absurdity of closing the rivers to angling without addressing habitat issues.
  7. 3 points
    They gawdamned well better focus on habitat restoration. I actually was in favour of stream closures, not so much to protect species from C&R angling but to keep the sense of outrage in the forefront. Now I suspect the average headwaters angler will slide into complacency and can go back to worrying about keepin' up to the friggin' Jones's
  8. 3 points
    What can I say? Thanks so much for taking time to reply to my intro, making me feel so welcome and positive the trip will be a good one!. It's a 9 day trip of which I've 'engaged' Maxwell (I don't think I need to mention his surname...) for 4 days, and I fly in to Calgary on the evening of Sept 9th. Just as an aside, I only chose September and Maxwell after 1) reading a report from a brilliant guide/angler from England (Jon Barnes) after his visit to Alberta in September last year, and 2) looking at MR's website and finding a photo of Jon being guided; I figured a guide being guided must be a high recommendation. I can't make further fishing plans yet, but I hope I can fit in a meeting with 1/2/3 etc of you guys. Once again, thanks for your replies, they are very much appreciated. My best regards, Del
  9. 3 points
  10. 2 points
    "Fees for water should really run as. supply/demand marketplace" Don't know if this will happen in our lifetime but it will happen. Used to have next door neighbor that sprayed his driveway and sidewalk everyday. His daughter actually pointed his water waste and the reply he made was similar to your dad's. And to validate the value of water I worked with a fellow from Africa and he told me the first time he saw a tap running he automatically tried to save some in any container he could find. A place where people walk four hours to get 5 gallon container of water. Our society is totally uninformed as to the value of water.
  11. 2 points
    Kelly Galloup has some great videos on streamer tying. He’s posted a bunch recently as well, including ones on setting materials, wrapping hackle, and constructing deer hair/wool heads. His tutorials deal with material selection & preparation, articulation, tying techniques, etc. They are great, and well worth a watch. My streamer box is probably 60% galloup flies, or versions of his patterns I have tweaked.
  12. 2 points
    Jim and Linda Mclennon will be doing a few free presentations at Basspro this weekend March 10th and 11th. See below. Nice way to combat teh winter blues. I'll be doing a talk on Friday evening at 6 on equipment care. Stop into the Fly shop and say hi to Ol' Doc.
  13. 2 points
    Ha it’s crazy how fast those things move. Make an effort to look upstream with every new cast. Further upstream if you got a slow swing!
  14. 2 points
    I think you're likely to find more ice the further down from the city you get. There's less ice in the city is because of the warm water coming out of the sewage treatment plants, especially Bonnybrook. If you don't know the river at all, now might not be the best time to try learning it by yourself. Maybe find someone who'll fish with you or hold off until the river clears up some more.
  15. 2 points
    Welcome, You can't and won't go wrong using Max as a guide. I look forward to seeing how your trip goes.
  16. 2 points
    Ding ding ding.. Funny how much people speak about caring for the resource, yet can't get a dozen people to volunteer for a restoration event, or the ones that do arent actually that into angling..
  17. 2 points
    Starting to get some coverage. http://calgaryherald.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/alberta-anglers-fear-stream-closures-coming-blame-industry-recreation/wcm/d959eeb5-8c42-411b-943c-b9bd9cea7a27 Funny how the AEP spokesman is quoted saying “No decisions regarding potential closures have been made at this time.” but this page: http://aep.alberta.ca/fish-wildlife/fisheries-management/north-central-native-trout-recovery/default.aspx clearly says for 2018 "Fishing closures begin, habitat restoration activities continue, fish and fish habitat assessments". Seems they may be starting to backpedal so keep the pressure on and keep sending in those letters. This isn't just about keeping the rivers open to angling, it's about making sure the real problems like habitat fragmentation and sedimentation get addressed.
  18. 2 points
    Backcountry Hunters and Anglers has issued a press release and created a call to action. Sign the letter here : https://www.backcountryhunters.org/take_action#/34
  19. 2 points
    Kelly Galloup caddis pupa, modified Klinkhammers, #14 and #18 wishin it could stop snowing.
  20. 2 points
    There are a number of Casual jobs (Stores I) at various locations in Calgary. Each location has it's unique job requirements. The jobs are not too technical in nature and have to do mostly with stocking and ordering medical supplies and dock/warehouse work. Most casuals work full-time hours (37.5/hrs/week) if they choose to. Being that there is high turnover rate for casuals, if you show up for work when called, are a quick learner and do a good job, you will most likely get the hours in to help pay some bills and it could lead to something more permanent down the road; if that interests you. I post this knowing that many are struggling to make ends meet. Do not think that you are "overqualified" and may not get an opportunity. We have engineers etc. working with us as casuals. Site Supervisors just need workers. The rate of starting pay is in the $21/hr. range. If you have questions, you can PM me and I will do my best to answer any enquiries. Cheers.....FHD
  21. 1 point
    This always comes up about replacing the rack and pin with proper oar locks. I haven't done this myself, but thought i'd post it here for anyone who is interested. outcast heat weld their oar mount; not sure if there is somewhere that is capable of that here in calgary The picture is a full size oarlock, but they are also available in a smaller size. I'd love to hear from anyone who has done this to their frameless pontoon. I'm guessing that with the full ring oar lock that it would have to be removed with the oars. cheers 341-glue-on-mount-pad 241l-locking-combination-side-or-deck-mount 103-oar-lock-post 104-strongback-oar-lock
  22. 1 point
    I happened to contact Outcast just this week to ask about the Scotty glue-on-mounts for a different application and this is the response I received, FWIW "We have glued on the scotty pads in the past, but stopped using glue once we started using our Integrated Gear System (IGS). We wanted to limit our use of glue, because glue breaks down over time and we wanted to find a more permanent solution. The adhesive we use for repairs and adding glue on accessories is call Stabond. It is a two part adhesive and are sold either by the pint or quarter pint."
  23. 1 point
    All booked trips will be serviced by their preferred guides.
  24. 1 point
  25. 1 point
    at the Westslope Cutthroat Trout Workshop that I never thought I hear from a AEP biologist in my lifetime....., the piscicide rotenone and how it is used
  26. 1 point
    -You're getting as sceptical as me Burnsie, that's the old plan they are required to do a new one every 5 yrs and the new one is due "soon". But after that workshop update I am actually somewhat hopefull -'mericans been using rotenone in flowing waters for species recovery for quite a few yrs. BTW I'm still fishin' that $75 RPL you found me. I got Colin to put a new grip on it.
  27. 1 point
    -Not sure of the Rotenone thing as I've never heard of it being used in flowing water. -I started trying to read the attached Recovery plan, but when i got to the part about no whirling disease in Alberta i quit as who knows when it was written. -Perhaps they should spend less time writing huge theoretical reports and get out of Edmonton and do some field work. -When push comes to shove, they'll penalize anglers and close it to fishing while allowing logging and oil companies to continue screwing up the creeks and rivers. My $.02 but hey I've been wrong before BK
  28. 1 point
    Having owned both framed and frameless boats I agree wholeheartedly with what sldrose just said. Further to his comments above I can tell you that I find frameless boats much, much easier to kick and control with fins. Sitting lower in the water puts more of your legs in the water and lets you kick and control with fins much more efficiently. Now that I've gone frameless I would not go back. I gave up floating the bow out of a framed pontoon as I found it way too hard to effectively control while trying to fish. I find the smaller, more maneuverable frameless boat makes controlling the drift much more manageable.
  29. 1 point
    Personally, I tie what I use/have need for in my fishing. My principal enjoyment in fly tying comes from innovation, tweaking "standard" patterns with different materials, color combos, etc. All of my most effective patterns have come from this. The basic skills/techniques involved are fairly universal, regardless of what you are tying. So unless you have ambitions to become a commercial tier and feel a need to be able to pound out any and all sorts of flies, I don't think you would be "hindering progression" if you only tied streamers or dries, to the exclusion of nymphs. I'd say tie what you enjoy tying, and can/will need and use in your fishing.
  30. 1 point
    I tie what I can't buy or anything that is too expensive The only flies I tie are my preferred boatman patterns, and my articulated streamers/intruders It sounds like you don't enjoy tying nymphs, so don't tie em. From a technical standpoint, I think if you skip dries, you will be hindering your progression long term, but I don't think it would hurt too much if you delayed getting into them tho. Plus quality hackles are expensive. I think you can jump straight into tying streamers. Tying in schlappen is pretty good practice for tying in dry hackles. Stacking or spinning deer hair for your dungeons is lots of fun. but buy yourself a large stacker and gelspun thread first or it will be frustrating. And practice spinning and trimming the head first on some junk hooks cause your first few will suck. Have a play with some rabbit strips in dubbing loops and then composite loops for some awesome leeches have fun
  31. 1 point
    I started with streamers and pike flies. I'm far from an expert but in my opinion one should... - Tie only what you will use. Unless you're trying to learn to be generalist and sell flies. - Buy only what you need and cannot substitute. - Use your imagination. Mix and match. - Remember that you are tying for the fish and for yourself. So just because a fly tied on youtube uses one specific material does not mean you can't play around. It's mostly about learning techniques that when put together with certain materials make a fly. I use the deer hair at the base of my bucktails as the "elk hair" on elk hair caddis. Also as wing material on foam hoppers. Schlappen fathers rather than saddle hackle for my deceivers. Brushed out acrylic yarn as dubbing and fish hair etc. Nobody has complained so far. There are loads of flies that you can mix and match both materials and techniques to make something fishable and decent looking. Some patterns are more exacting that others and just will not float/fish right unless perfect. Streamers are usually pretty forgiving on that front.
  32. 1 point
    One could argue that At least a golf course serves a purpose. People are just so thoughtless and lazy. How many times have you seen someone watering their lawn a day after a downpour? Or watering their lawn a few times a week in the shoulder seasons. Or forgetting their sprinkler is on and letting it go for hours? How about water running down their driveway/sidewalk? (which is actually a bylaw issue.) Another favourite is the the lawn cool down. Watering at the hottest part of the day. Through the last two seasons where reservoirs were low and high water temps/ low flows persisted, Calgarians could soak their lawns at will—even as okotoks etc banned outdoor water use. I bitched to my dad about his watering habits once. His honest response was “waste water? What? It’ll just evaporate, make a cloud and rain.” I really wonder how many people understand how water waste works. Fees for water should really run as. supply/demand marketplace. If we’re in a drought, you can have it, but you sure are going to pay for it. Im scared of how grumpy I’m going to be as an old man. Ha
  33. 1 point
    Go to FlyBC. Look under "readers rides" there's a couple of threads with what you're looking for. BK
  34. 1 point
    One easy change people can make is not growing mushrooms on their lawn all summer. Drives me up the ****ing wall. top your shitty lawn off with some soil that retains water well and you barely have to give it anything. better yet, choose a landscape that requires even less water.
  35. 1 point
    You might want to check this out-- if you have not already seen it! Pretty cool rig. Not sure what cost would be.
  36. 1 point
    Years ago, my cat Mags, got under my feet and I ended up stepping on the hair of his tail. A big chunk of hair was left behind, pretty much even tipped, and so I figured I would put it to good use. I decided to tie the cat hair into a Clouser pattern and … Continue reading Mags’ Clouser tied by Piscator Flies → The post Mags’ Clouser tied by Piscator Flies appeared first on The Daily Fly Paper Blog. View the full article
  37. 1 point
    Couple of things.No How To Right Yourselve..Take some classes,i see them teaching out a Bowness Park on the Bow..I have seen 2 guys use them things,on openwater lakes1 guy is dead[drown],other guy sold his..Mrs Andersen does it the right way,goes for the excersise.
  38. 1 point
    Taco, i hope the sense of outrage will result in meaningful changes. I would suggest a "Summitt" of all users to figure out how the habitat destruction can be turned around. How this might be organized I haven't a clue. It would appear that the only organization who really understood the issues are the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers. They or a Govt Group would be best regards, Don
  39. 1 point
    Looks like the Government. may be backing off on Bans but I hope they will now focus on habitat destruction. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/alberta-trout-fishing-recovery-plan-1.4546810
  40. 1 point
    So, first of all, I have never fished out of a kayak so I could be all wet on this but here is my impression. I have floated many times and fished from my pontoon. It seems to me that a kayak is more sleek than a pontoon and would float significantly faster. One thing I try to do is slow my pontoon down by constantly rowing upstream to slow the boat down. when you do catch a fish, it is very much a struggle to land big, hard fighting trout and trying to get to shore all while fighting the current and other obstructions. It might be a fun float but my guess is fishing at the same time could result in frustration. Once again though, keep in mind that I'm viewing this from one perspective only. I would be interested to hear others views on this.
  41. 1 point
    Why a Kayak over a pontoon? Just curious... Peter
  42. 1 point
    Don Andersen, fishing legend and the reason I even heard about the possible closure! Hope to see ya at Dutch Creek for a beer again!
  43. 1 point
    A few new Caddis designs in #14. Foam Body for a bit more flotation and no Hackle. Call em Doc's Yellow Caddis, Doc's Tan Caddis & Doc's Sparkle Caddis. Should be interesting to try these patterns out this year and see if the Trout like em. .
  44. 1 point
    I was lead to believe feathers from the wild/road kill generally have feather eating mites that could get into your entire feather supply. Back when there was very little available we would treat wild feathers with Borax to kill the mites. It might be BS but with so many feathers now available at very reasonable prices I never risk using wild feathers.
  45. 1 point
    Just a shout out for these guys. Located in Lundbreck, great stop to warm up after a day on the Crowsnest River or on your drive home from B.C. waters Offering 5 beers and some excellent food. Both the ribs and chicken were fantastic. I really enjoyed the St. joes Double, nice Carmel colour with a very slight sweet taste of toffee or Carmel. Wife really liked the radler.
  46. 1 point
    PMD - Pale Morning Dunn I also love the Thorax version Wing: Barred Mallard Flank Tail: Cream hackle sements Body: Cream fine Hackle: Cream
  47. 1 point
    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.
  48. 1 point
    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.
  49. 1 point
    I decided to give the Bow rest for a couple weekends and get out into the mountains for some hike-in cutthroat fishing. Luckily, I hiked with a buddy who has a good eye for photography (and unluckily, with much better cardio than me). Obviously please don't name-drop the locations if you know where they are. Hopefully the photo-sharing works fine. Here are some of the highlights: " /> " /> " /> " /> " /> " /> " /> " /> " />
  50. 1 point
    Roof top tents are used in many countries where creepy crawly things like to visit. In Alberta, not so many. Don