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  1. Relics on the bow

    There's an old steel wheeled plow on the east bank in Fish Creek park, just out of the water. The buffalo jump is cool. Arrowheads, found lots over the years but never along the Bow. Ammonites are a common find way downstream also.
  2. Anchor rope for drift boat

    If you run a double line, having the swivel on the anchor/pulley end is more ideal for moving water (looks like the previous pic was a jon boat in a lake?). I looked at the MEC swivels, and realized that the extra connections to mate up to the pulley I had put the achor in the water enough when hauled up to be a pain in the ass.
  3. Anchor rope for drift boat

    The Zigco is killer. Bought one on the Missouri last fall due to heavy weed in the water, couldn't reliably raise or lower anchor (I run a double line). Depending how your anchor bracket is set up, some swivels are hard to mount properly. Have had zero issues with the Zigco, it works slick as hell. http://www.zigcollc.com/pulley/
  4. Log Haul near North Ram River

    Usually the radio frequency band is posted on the access sign to the haul road, and km's are marked going in and out. I spent a pile of time driving logging roads going to rigs, and yes, the loaded logging truck has the right of way, for obvious reasons (Taco has a way with words as always....) Call "empty" going in, and "loaded" going out, with your km marker. It's easy to get lost in remote areas, or get off the main road, or hit the ditch/get stuck, so having a radio isn't a bad idea from a safety standpoint either.. I've had to change my shorts once or twice after near misses with fully loaded logging trucks.
  5. Passing of Norm Norlander

    Mechanical genius....... RIP
  6. Shuttle Service

    Mel Franklin is solid. Cell is 403-510-0138
  7. Yep, liberalism is a mental disorder for damn sure.......... and the sooner we send that imbecile packing the better.
  8. You'd be surprised..........
  9. Been on here off and on for a good few years now, seen a lot worse believe me....
  10. The sarcasm is heavy on this site....... just a heads up.
  11. Likely the same old, ages old situation of people who have never actually caught or landed a fish on a fly rod criticizing the technique of someone who did...
  12. Left Kreh

    I have a copy of his Fishing Knots book, that has the added bonus of his signature in the front couple pages that I didn't notice when I picked it up. Probably gonna pass that one down one day. Ken from Springbrook had some pretty cool stories about him the last time I stopped in there also. RIP
  13. debarb salt flies?

    Been amazed by how easily salt species seem to shed hooks, even with barbs. Bonefish have lips like a rubber boot, tarpon like sandpaper covered concrete. Stuck but never landed permit, but seen quite a few up close. They're like rubber boots also. All seem to be pretty easy to extricate hooks (barbed or otherwise) from in my limited experience however. Obviously you want every advantage, especially on the first few. Tarpon are mind-blowing in their ability to shed hooks that feel like you hit them hard enough to drive the hook clean through a 2 x 4. In Cuba we used 4/0 and 6/0 flies with good success, Keys guides laughed at the same. Used 2/0 Owner SSW and they seemed to hold pretty good, if you survived the first few jumps you were usually safe if they didn't burn through the leader. Once you get an up close look at their mouth you understand why they're so tough to stick. There's only really a few spots for the hook to grab, and they don't mess around once they feel even the slightest tug on their face.
  14. Straightening Line

    Flyline, if you can find something to put the welded loop around, and spool off the line, and a couple of gentle tugs (with the rod pointed straight at the anchor point) should do it. Or use a short heavy leader/hook if necessary. Leader/tippet, grab a leader straightener, they're a rubber lined leather gadget with a loop for a lanyard or whatever. Pinch the leader between, and gently pull through, being careful of knots/excess grip in the finer tippet section. Indispensable item.
  15. Salt water wading footwear

    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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