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  2. I've done a lot of drift boat fishing on the Bow, but lately I've been wondering what else is out there (meaning rivers) in the neighborhood that's suitable for a drift boat trip. Any wisdom to share as far as places, access, shuttle availability, and so one would be greatly appreciated. I'm aware of the Elk, and I don't want to mess with Montana for now (my last trip was a real pain in rear with repeated boat inspections and a long customs wait). What about the lower Oldman, or the Red Deer?
  3. Hi Everyone: I'm not trying to horn in on anyone's secret spots, but can someone tell me if there is non-classified water near Sparwood? The only thing I can find is the Flathead river. I ask, because my nephew has a summer job down there. He bought his annual non-res license and wants to fish. Trouble is, $21 per day does add up when you are a student trying to save money. Anyways. if anyone has suggestions, I'd appreciate them. I used to know the area somewhat well, but now, not so much. Plus, I've noticed formerly unclassified systems are now classified, as you drive north from Cranbrook. So...I don't know! Pm me if you prefer. Cheers, Smitty
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  5. It would be nice to take a short drift after work or late afternoon on a nice evening.
  6. Anyone have a secret shuttle service I've not heard of? I use Mel Franklin pretty exclusively, but they're not really into the late afternoon/evening game, which I get, given the nature of the job and the retiree - type nature of shuttle driving.
  7. Zac96

    Fly rod holder

    Ya I looked at those too, but it seemed like the rod would slip out if provoked.. they have good reviews though!
  8. Nice job, I always enjoy cool ideas like this. I've been using the smith creek rod holder for a couple of years now and really like it. Originally looked for a rod holder after stepping on a rod tip and needed something better. Especially for changing flies, releasing trout etc.
  9. Zac96

    Fly rod holder

    New to the forum pages here, thought I’d share my latest “endeavour” if you want to call it that. https://ibb.co/MR56YFx https://ibb.co/0Z6D7L7 https://ibb.co/x8QtPfr https://ibb.co/LPv6G9N My fly vest has that built in “rod holder” that kind of gawkingly presses my rod acros my chest from my left side (bottom of the vest with the loop) up across to the upper right (crosses over Pockets, pouches, everything I need to access when I need two hands free. So I started thinking of ways to put the rod, on my vest. But still have access, and the beauty of hands free.. I stumbled upon a product that seems to pin to your vest, and allows hands free. But I’m Dutch blooded, so I couldn’t just pay for some one else’s stuff, right? Then I got thinking. I took some house gold items, and fashioned them into shape, made them nice looking, painted them, and then strapped them down. Heres what I did! Started wirh 2 large picture hanger jigs. I cut the one so it would just be a straight shank with a hooked end. The second I cut so I could leave a small crook on one side, with a large hook on the other end. Now the idea, was to position them opposite each other, and have the end holding the reel, hooked up, to hang the rod right up from the handle. The other hook across the chest piece, hooked down, with the crook facing up. The idea is that the weight of the reel on the butt of the rod is heavier than to rest of the rod (unbalanced) causing the shaft of the rod upwards. But if the tip (body of the rod) is placed in the hook across the chest, it holds the rod. Now the crook part was my rendition of a smaller hook that allows you to toss your line into, and hold it while tying new flies into leaders/tippets. Attaching it was slightly harder, but thankfully I had some leather strapping (shoelace size) kicking around, so I drilled some holes and they almost lined up with the mesh body of the fly vest. All that was left was some coating of sorts. For This I had some rock guard sitting in the garage, so I drilled holes for threading straps through, and sprayed em! Weaves them through, cinched it tight, and there we have it! all in all it was super easy, took about 30 minutes time, and I can change flies, land fish, take photos, all hands free!
  10. In honor of Father's Day and since Tom is still out on the road, we've pulled a popular show from the archives on how to teach young people how to fly fish. Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. Tom should be back next with your questions. View the full article
  11. Just keep in mind not all road allowances are totally public in Alberta. Many are leased or subleased to landowners (undeveloped ones obviously) with the crown's right to end the lease at any time to develop a road. But I do know of several instances where a county or the crown has leased the road allowance to a landowner for grazing or otherwise, so just keep that in mind. Obviously in the case of bridges you're fine to go across, but for some instances at a 90 along a river or creek where the allowance intersects. If you're ever unsure a quick call to the county office can generally answer the question as long as you have your rough legal location,
  12. Most of the barb wire is in place because they don't want their cattle to exit the land. I'll respectfully jump barb wire every day if it's in a road allowance, as that's owned by the Province. Also, the rec access website is quite helpful to determine who to talk to, as mentioned above, it does make a difference if you just knock and say hello.
  13. No permission needed as long as you stay below high water. You will encounter many landowners who will try and intimidate you, but as long as you stay below high water you are good. This can be difficult sometimes to navigate some of these fencing quagmires. I have had several landowners try and intimidate me and tell me I wasn't allowed to fish and was trespassing. Twice a quick call to fish and wildlife and have them come out if they're reasonably close, settled the matter. Once I had to wait for about an hour, would have been easier to go to a different access point, but it was the principle. Don't cut their fences and try to be courteous as possible, but don't let ranchers intimidate you from fishing. Sometimes it really is a grazing thing too, though. That being said, especially in southern Alberta, sometimes a quick knock on the door and chat with a landowner can give you some unbelievably great access. I have had multiple landowners grant permission to not only cross their land, but allow me to drive in on their private trails and even been permitted to camp. Mutual respect thing right. Same with hunting access. They understand the guy who actually puts in the effort to ask permission, is respectful, and will be respectful, follows the rules - instead of just going where he pleases. Worst they can say is no, you won't be shot. If access is granted, follow up with a tim's card, a bottle, a christmas card, any gesture, and I guarantee you will have access for life. Bottom line, don't let any of the fence-the-fishermen-out fences along bridges keep you out.
  14. Here’s a question about river access from bridges in Alberta. My understanding is that the public can access rivers at bridges and wade the rivers below the high-water mark. However, most such bridges that I’ve come across in southern Alberta have barbed wire strategically placed that are seemingly designed to block that access, or at least to intimidate Albertans from exercising their citizenship rights on these rivers. Now, there may be reasons more linked to cattle grazing involved, but that’s not the impression I get. The undeclared message seems to be more "Keep Out!" and "No Trespassing!" even where landowners may not necessarily have the right to make such claims. Are there any clear-cut guidelines or good practice recommendations available about how we can best access that water while, of course, retaining good relations with landholders? Is it the case that even where there is a public bridge and a public road, we must ask local permission to access the river? If so, what is the most productive way to request such access?
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  16. I don't like to see invasive species but if its already here i will try to catch it .
  17. Hi: Well, I noticed this the other day on Facebook: I can't make this. I'm in Edmonton, and June is stupendously, insanely busy for teachers. I think I am losing my mind. Lol Anyways, if anyone here in Calgary wouldn't mind volunteering for use to do some shopping, my students and I would be eternally grateful. If this is anything like the April tackle swap, which my dad and I were at, there are some decent prices for tackle and fly tying supplies. I am looking for leaders, tippet, and fly tying tools and materials. Really appreciate any help. PM me or text 780-970-7886 Thanks! Mike
  18. Big eddy on the Riverside part of Whitehorse (below the dam but just above the intake where kayakers play) is a good place for grayling. Jackson Lake just outside the city off Fish Creek Road is also a good spot for grayling (turn left when you get to the lake and fish where the creek enters the lake). And if you’re heading to Dawson - the Klondike River is also good for grayling - especially just up the Dempster.
  19. Just wondering if anyone has used these for the bow of a drift boat to use a Scotty anchor lock? Thanks!
  20. Or Motoburitto in Turner Valley is good for killer burittos tacos and burgers, outdoor lunch food trailer, lots of room, then can go to Blue Rock and hike.
  21. 2)Keep in mind this is 2 days after the general rifle season opens in the oldman/livingstone area. Expect it to be VERY busy and expect lots of gunshots. Take a look at the hike up to plateau mountain though, it remained unglaciated so the top of the mountain has unique frost polygon features. Also, I believe this lies just into WMU 404 so it is out of the general hunting zone. 3) Westwood restaurant in Black diamond is a great spot, local ingredients and great food.
  22. Mike Does your school board require youth hire a guide (or have a minimum of an OCC Field Leader cert) for this type of thing (some do)? Peter
  23. This week’s podcast is one of the biggest eye-openers I have ever done. Not only did I learn a lot, I have actually changed my views on a number of topics, including the effects of the moon on fishing and the effects of a change in barometric pressure. My guest, Russ Carpenter, is a neurologist at Stamford who studies the brains and senses of fish, specifically rainbow trout. He answers lots of question about a trout’s sense of smell, vision, and hearing. Including UV vision. I hope you learn as much as I did in this podcast. In the Fly Box this week, we have these questions: Do you really fish with bamboo rods? Aren’t graphite and glass better? Why did I see large steelhead in a Great Lakes tributary in July? What is your opinion on stocking fish in wild trout streams? Is a 6-weight line from 30 years ago the same size as a modern 6-weight?Can I dye a fly line with RIT dye? What is the best saltwater weed guard? Are some spooky fish truly un-catchable? Is there anything I can do to try to catch them? Is there a difference between a Scottish brown trout and a German brown? I am landing trout up to 20 inches without letting them run. Am I doing something wrong? What do you think about weighted soft hackles? With modern runner soles like the Michelin sole on the Pro Boot, is there any need for studs? View the full article
  24. Cut over to High River from the Bar U south of Longview and go to the Hitchin Post. I’d say for 20 kids, call ahead
  25. Add to the above: 3) Good place to eat in Black Diamond on the way back? Thanks bcubed. Keep the replies coming, friends! -Smitty
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