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  1. Yes certainly a two hander job, but with the abundant choices of short shooting heads, pretty easy with a 12' 6 wt. In response to the original post about fishing egg patterns on the Bow. It's important to recognize that brown and Rainbow trout eggs are dense and sticky. They don't tend to drift very far from the nest site and the trout guard them fiercely for a week or two after spawning, so its not likely trout see a lot of eggs in the drift outside of brief spawning periods. Eggs that remain unfertilized may eventually drift off as they decay. They are usually translucent, pale white.
  2. Yes, it does get snagged under rocks sometimes and you will loose Flys. The egg sucking leech patterns that I use are unweighted for these deep slow presentations. A shallow angled down and across cast will help eliminate arc at the tip, but often where the current speed is fast enough, a slightly upstream and across presentation allows enough drift time to get the fly down deep, and the faster edges of midstream current will get the fly below the tip, eliminating some, but not all of the arc in the tip. I believe it creates a more natural presentation. The key is to go slow. Let it arc out and stop. No rush to start stripping back as the fly is now in the strike zone. Most often I just let it sit there for a bit before starting the retrieve. Leeches generally move very, very slowly. . . Depending on the terrain, 12' of T-14 or T-10 may do the job just as well when the water is shallower and/or current speed is slower.
  3. In the case of fishing a large leech that has a large egg attached to it, it is useful in the creation of a natural presentation. The T14 will keep the egg sucking leech down on the stream bed and slow the presentation down. Imagine how a real leech, attached to an egg, would behave. It would on be hugging the stream bed, moving very slowly after escaping from midstream currents and likely attempting to make it to slower, shallow water, to evade predation and consume it's meal. T14 is useful in many types of deep, slow presentations. I try and think about how the natural aquatic world behaves and try and replicate it. And yes Monger, ugly sticks are my preference for heavy tips. I once used a 9 weight single hander to fish a 15' T14 sink tip one cold December day. I'll not forget the pain of the 3" leech with bright orange egg attached, felt when it hit me on the back of my frozen hand on the forward cast. I did catch a huge brown shortly thereafter that had followed my creep retrieve for about 30', so that helped.
  4. I have fished an egg pattern in winter/spring with success. However, it's always been attached to the head of a big black leech and 15' of T14. Fish it slow and deep. Crawl it back to you at a snail's pace, at the end of the drift. *hit gonna happen... Amber is a natural egg color in the spring, on the Bow.
  5. Thank you. Well done. Congratulations.
  6. So how did the tournament go? What was the winning fly?
  7. Am I surprised?

    The vast majority of anglers moving from one water body to the next, are not guided. And the vast majority are local Alberta residents. They fish the Bow one outing, next time they hit the Livingston or Highwood. Then maybe an outing at Police Outpost or up to the little Red. Sounds like a lot of anglers we all know. I bet the vast majority of these local anglers do not clean their wading gear, EVER. Sure, the guides could be more diligent in spreading the information as they are often in the unique position to do so., But ultimately, the kid working at the Walmart fishing /camping dept. selling licences and fishing tackle, who makes some of his income from the fishery, is no more responsible for the actions of anglers, than Santa Claus. Requiring guides to follow '"decontamination protocols" to clean their clients equipment is not likely going to happen. Maybe a province wide ban on the use of felt soled wading boots would be an effective conservation action . How about an "information fact sheet" issued with the purchase of all Sport Angling Licenses. Bashing a small fly shop /guide service or the guiding industry on a cheesy flyfishing forum probably has little conservation value. Other than the dialogue and awareness to the issue this discussion has hopefully created, which is the transfer of invasive species/organisms between watersheds. That said Don, thanks for bringing the issue up and for your many decades of service to fisheries conservation efforts. Worthy of many accolades and thanks,...
  8. Am I surprised?

    Well, most guides I know are avid conservationists and make efforts to promote best practices. However, it's important to direct the education at all anglers and avoid attempting to lay blame and responsibilities on guides or others in the angling business for the actions of anglers. Guides are easy targets to blame, but doing so really accomplishes very little.
  9. Am I surprised?

    Haha ... That's good. Carry on....
  10. Am I surprised?

    I'm not surprised that this thread is going to be a "Soap box derby" with folks lining up to pontificate to the perceived ignorant guides, their virtuous wisdom. NEXT....
  11. I think there are likely many contributing factors and events such as the extended high flows of turbid water releasd in 2011 from a malfunction at one of the upstream power generators, which coated the stream bottom with fine clay from the high Alpine. These turbid flows which lasted through the summer into late autumn, reduced sunlight penetration down to the stream bed where aquatic vegetation and moss's grow. (The Sapro outbreak followed soon after). That year, I noticed a major reduction in many species of common Mayflies. The downward trend of aquatic invertebrates continues to this day, with many species of stoneflies, water boatman, back swimmers, fall caddis greatly reduced or virtually eliminated. Then came the flood of the century in 2013 which certainly had a huge impact on biomass loss and habitat. As for the water treatment upgrades, it has most likely had an impact on biomass reduction. The numbers of fish we now have is simply what the habitat can support. Rivers are living, dynamic systems that are constantly changing. The fish are healthy and not showing signs of major stress and disease, so maybe their numbers will rebound when conditions allow.
  12. I believe that the Bow river bio mass has been greatly diminished since 2011. I have been collecting, photographing and observing the annual hatches on the river in great detail for the past dozen years. Simply put, my conclusion is there are a lot less aquatic invertebrates in the river and many species have all but completely disappeared. River angling closures or reducing fishing pressure will not solve this issue. The assumption that fishing pressure is mainly responsible for the trout population decline is misguided and speculative at best.
  13. Am I surprised?

    Why should this be a fishing guides responsibility? It's the anglers responsibility. Not a guides, nor a fly shop owner or wading boor manufacturer or anyone else's, in my opinion.
  14. tips for very flat water

    I use a gentle roll cast to start, then a lift into the back cast. This releases (unsticks) the line with minimal water disturbance and additional line speed is possible into the back cast, with fewer false casts required. A roll casts at the start of the casting cycle also allows you to lift longer lengths of line off the water.