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  3. agreed, i swamped my drifter a few years back going over the weir, a lesser boat would have been lost. The Harvey Passage should be left for kayaks.
  4. Have also seen guys go over the weir. Not a good outcome. I saved another guy in a dead jet boat from going over years ago. We were the last 2 boats on the water. Lucky for him, I was still around. Things can go wrong in a second even for experienced boaters. Stay safe Guys and Gals.
  5. We get wrecks every year, a few years back we resued a couple of guys from Montana whos boat swamped below Police, it was a lucky outcome for both boat and fly fishers. Barry White's book "My Bow" records a number of victims of the Bow.
  6. Dan, ive seen the same thing. Lots of colours but mostly on the light green colour. I wonder if it related to the adults. There are dark olive and bright blue. They seem to be of either sex if using “who is on top” criteria. Don
  7. Flying up/down a small sidestream on plane, with the chance of running into an oncoming boat/tuber/pontoon/wader in close quarters is acceptable???? I am afraid we will have to disagree on that one. The chance for something to go really wrong is too great. Just because we CAN do some things doesn't mean we SHOULD
  8. I sure hope not, all river users have the same rights as us anglers. There is no telling where anglers are going to stand to fish and many jet boaters aren't serious anglers, they think you standing in water is crazy...... Perspectives, we all share the Bow in a city of over 1,000,000
  9. scel

    Pike on the fly

    Wire bite tippet after a morning of topwater pike fishing: https://photos.app.goo.gl/wb9N8Dy5yodYS8uu5
  10. Jauhad, Rain getting to you. An argument with yourself is kinda scary Don
  11. Jet boats in side streams better be ducking from incoming rocks
  12. This is a classical "We know better" - "No need to ask". "An overreach of jurisdiction" take your pick. I asked if they planned to charge the boat owner for the recovery? But before they responded, I though they were wondering if they would be charged for destruction of the boat! There answer was maybe! Matt: Who tried to run you down? CFD or Foothills fire Department. If it was CFD they are out of their jurisdiction. Take their numbers and time of day and call 311. Also post the information on this forum
  13. You won’t have to look over your shoulder for them anymore Matt...
  14. Schaeffer J. S., Hoffman E. M.. Performance of barbed and barbless hooks in a marine recreational fishery, North American Journal of Fisheries Management, States the authors concluded that barbless hooks provided only a slight benefit at the expense of reduced capture rates. Typically those fishing barbs are fishing bait and large hooks both of which contribute to "deep takes". Deep takes considerably increase the release time and therefore the mortality. Too many have accepted the barbless argument as gospel, never looking at the data. We as fly anglers typically fish very small hooks, small hooks with barbs have been shown to reduce harm as the hook stays locked into jaw. A barbless hook creates a conical hole which can become infected. (we all see this with heavily fished cutts). Size 16 and smaller barbed flies may actually provide a better catch and release event for the trout. Now if you are a Fudd and love to grip and grin, tire out your catch or just a fish butter fingers barbless may be the way for you to go. Flame away you barbless Zealots, I also fish trebles on my flies
  15. Almost got run over by them on Friday just upstream from Mckinnons. They came by full tilt skipping through a skinny side channel and put it sideways around the corner within a few feet of us standing fishing the side channel. They came back and offered a sheepish apology, but they could have killed us if they would have hit us at those speeds.
  16. Holy thread necromancy! I love the comment is more valid today than it was 11 years ago, when people were just starting to carry cameras around with them full time.
  17. Awesome post! And I do wish for some better behaviour in regard to the time people spend handing fish. I can’t tell you how many times I see some Instagram Hero taking picture after picture, doing pose after pose. And some of these guys are catching serious fish on a regular basis. They must know better but they seem to have little regard for the fish they catch beyond their value in garnering more followers. General rule; if you are handling a fish for longer than you can keep your head underwater, after sprinting 100 M, you’re taking too long.
  18. Have seen them come out of the water to swipe at flying damsels and dragons...now if you can show one taken on a size 24 Trico, that would be something...
  19. Roger on that Brent. Very surprised at their attempt, but as mention by others, hindsight is 20/20
  20. The Foothills Fire Department then. Sorry, hard to see that on my iPhone. Why are they doing property recovery? Safety issue? Attempting to remove a hazard from the river, how’d that work out? I suggest that the Fire Safety Boats are one of the greatest hazards on the Bow River, particularly when they buzz downstream in side channels, full of tubers (I’ve seen them do it). Back to the matter of boat recovery from flowing waters. During recovery efforts elsewhere they tie off the front on the boat before attempting to remove it from the rocks (or even to pop one off the bottom of the river, as the case may be). Water is heavy, you can’t hold back a driftboat full of water? Hindsight, more like no vision.
  21. Wow, I what’s up with that. Secure the Bow of the boat to a tree on the shore before you try to move it off the rocks. What is the “Calgary” Fire Department boat doing here in the first place, isn’t this outside the city limits? Are they now responsible for property recovery? IMHO if the Fire Department is having trouble finding places to cut their 122 Million dollar budget this boat is the first place to start. It was the Foothills Fired Department and they tried a few different methods to get it off the rocks. They were doing their best but hindsight is 20/20
  22. That's the Foothills Fire Dept boat, not CFD
  23. Wow, I what’s up with that. Secure the Bow of the boat to a tree on the shore before you try to move it off the rocks. What is the “Calgary” Fire Department boat doing here in the first place, isn’t this outside the city limits? Are they now responsible for property recovery? IMHO if the Fire Department is having trouble finding places to cut their 122 Million dollar budget this boat is the first place to start.
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  25. I have about 20 minutes of video of FFD trying to free the boat BEFORE it actually got away from them. I will send them an email to see if they would like to use any or all of the videos i took in hopes they might want to review and possibly get some learning from the video. When i first seen the FFD discussing the recovery yesterday, they asked me if i knew who owned the boat. I don't. I thought that was a little weird as they told me they rescued the two of them the day before? Not sure what that says.
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