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  1. 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.
  2. Felt Soled Boots

    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.
  3. Actually, it is not obvious that it is submerged. My thought process was: it was banned because it is laying on bare rocks. No. Wait. I think the tail is under the water. No. Wait. The whole fish is nearly under the water. Where did BF find water so clear?
  4. Epoxy Heads

    I would guess that it was incompletely cured. Replace the batteries in your light source and cure for a 5 or so seconds longer.
  5. Fish Handling

    I am not sure if anyone is properly educated. Most of it comes through peer education. I hate to admit it, but I learned my skills through trial and error (i.e. dead fish) and the appropriate razzing from fellow anglers. The other issue is the rules are not consistent between species. It is totally OK to handle a pike by the gill covers. Actually, it is the best way to get control of the fish and avoid the use of jaw spreaders. Again, it is totally OK to handle a bass by the lip, but a faux-pas for almost every other species. I also believe there is no excuse for poor handling skills, but unless we can provide educational materials to anglers at the time when people get licences, we will continue to have armies of dingus khans.
  6. I fish the Thompson River system every year for a couple of weeks. The Rainbows and bulls will sit just a couple metres behind spawning salmon to eat the eggs. Best success is to match the size and colour of the actively spawning species, but seems more important to match the size than the colour of the dominant spawn---sockeye eggs are smaller than chinook eggs. Painting a little red dot of nail polish on the side of the bead seems to be more valuable than the actual colour of the bead. Last year, we were out with a DFO biologist. He had fished with an 11mm bead in mid-September. Three of us were out together mid-October. He was using the same 11mm bead from mid-September. My friend and I had both caught 5+ fish on an 8mm bead but he had not yet caught anything. He looked at the bead we were using, facepalmed himself, then started catching fish with an 8mm bead. The trout did not seem to care if the bead was yellowish or pinkish, but definitely preferred the red dot over the plain beads. These are trout that could afford to be picky though. I am not sure how it would translate to the Bow. Like I said---I have only had whitefish eat egg patterns.
  7. In salmon rivers, it almost feels like you are cheating fishing eggs. On the Bow River, I have caught whitefish on egg fly patterns. Quite honestly, though, if I fish an egg, I use a trout beads and a toothpick with a dark hook dangling about 3-5 cm below the stoppered egg. It is more effective than any fly I have used. The separation between bead and hook means the hook set generally misses the small mouths of a whitefish, but trout hookups are unaffected and (so far) seems to avoid the risk of trout swallowing the hook. Great looking flies btw.
  8. 2018/19 regs

    It is really difficult to read the tables on your phone. It is 2 print pages per PDF page. At the very least, the PDF version should be split into single print pages.
  9. I voiced the same concern. My wife schooled me. You are not wrong in that birds will often carry mites. These mites, however, do not eat the feathers. They eat the bird. A bird with mites will often look like its feathers are disappearing, but that is a side effect of the blood sucking bites. Once the host is dead, there is very little reason for the mites to stick around. Without a blood-serving host, the mites have little interest in other feathers. As a decontamination protocol, the feathers go immediately into a plastic sample bag. With as much of the air removed as possible, the plastic bag then goes in the freezer for at least 2 weeks---most of the time for 4 or so weeks.
  10. My wife is an avid birder (also a professional biologist). It is my understanding (which is admittedly completely second-hand) that feathers simply do not 'ruff off' especially in the winter time. Many owls start breeding at this time of year. There are a surprising number of nest sites within city limits. There have been many strong north and west winds over the last couple of days. Since owls (and other birds of prey, like a sharp-shinned hawk) will just roost somewhere and pluck off some feathers before eating, it is very likely there is a nest site relatively close by. it is kind of a crappy picture, but this hawk was sitting in my back yard only 4m away, but he was sitting under a massive group of cedar waxwings (which is what I would guess the bird your feathers are from) in the mountain ash right beside the tree he was sitting in. https://photos.app.goo.gl/tIRSSxtVIdIW8wEG3 My wife picks me up feathers all the time. My personal favorites are Canada goose and swan flight feathers---biots for stoneflies, copper johns, and prince nymphs. They also tend to be part of the 'non-edible' group, so they are easy to salvage. Post a picture of your find. Collectively, we can probably figure out what it is.
  11. I have had this happen to me on the Bow and it was singly the most terrifying experience of my life. I only floated about 80m or so downstream, but I was deposited on the opposite side of the river in neck deep water. It was only a 15m scramble to the bank. I had to walk about 1km to get to a bridge, then 1km backtracking on the opposite bank to get back to my car. I had scared the absolute sh!t out of myself. Thankfully, I had unconsciously done something that prevented this turning into a real disaster. I wore my GorTex jacket outside my waders, such that it covered up my bib and wader buckles, so very little water actually got into my waders. GorTex worn as the final layer over the waders has saved me from other random shallow water falls. I never wade deeper than my knees now.
  12. Country Pleasures

    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.
  13. BWO

    Midges are chironomids. They are a year-round staple in the Bow. When the BWOs come off in the spring, they are not as plentiful as fall, but they are also the only big hatch. The trout will surely key into the nymphs---an evil olive or WD-40 is are my key go-to flies. Until run-off, zebra midge is also a killer good fly. Really any size 18-22 nymph will work. The voodoo seems to be understanding when topwater becomes a valid food source. The larvae are definitely around. Like everyone else seems to believe, a calmer warmer March that allows a good blanketing of midges seems to be the warmup for a good dry fly spring.
  14. BWO

    I have experienced amazing topwater BWO fishing in late April and early May on the Bow, but it certainly does not happen every year. I think Bow River fish kind of forget to look up after a long winter