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  1. 5.5ft Lodgepole Branch is all one needs for Cutties
    7 points
  2. There are many other good reasons why a Guide service would be wise to shut down for a few days such as, public perception, very high river traffic through the long weekend (drift boats, kayaks, canoes, jet boats, rafters, shore anglers, long line ups at launches, dog walkers throwing sticks in the water). And, its been mediocre fishing this past week for most anglers because the hatches have been dismal so many of the trout are holding in fast, deep structure making them difficult to catch. During the day, there's not very many active, adult trout holding near the bank, so Hopper/dropper rigs or Streamers stripped back to the boat which are often very productive tactics that many anglers enjoy while drift fishing, have not been very productive. And during peak runoff, most Guide trips are also postponed when fishing conditions are poor or safety is a concern. Clients rely on Guide services to be honest and forthright about fishing conditions and they generally are.
    5 points
  3. I can appreciate your concern, Jim and I know you have been fishing the Bow for almost 50 years and have the expertise and experience to mitigate your fishing impacts, so my post is meant as general info for the wider fishing community. It's difficult to predict what conditions will be through August, but they certainly won't improve until we get cooler temps as flow rates are sure to decline without some rain. I fished a few times this week and mid day water temp averaged 67 F. I caught a nice healthy Rainbow today, in the city, around 1:00, that put up a good fight and recovered quickly. Thermally stressed fish will retreat to deeper, cooler water with less direct UV exposure and generally won't sit in 16" of slow water, a foot off the bank, eating my #20 Trico. The Bow still has good flow (currently at 110 cms) and the Bearspaw dam is a bottom draw which releases cooler water into the river, averaging 6-7 C, year round and that has certainly helped with keeping water temps down. I Floated Mac too Janssen's yesterday and water temps were 64 F at about 10:00 am. We started early, around 6:30 am. It gets hot every summer in late July/August and this year is no different. Just check water temps through the day where you are fishing. Start early and call it a day if it hits 69-70 F, or sooner if the trout are sluggish and don't recover quickly, which is a sure sign of thermal stress/low dissolved oxygen. And anglers need to cut out the 5 minute grip n grin photo shoot's for their instagram/facebook page. Land them quickly and release them immediately. Keep em' wet!
    5 points
  4. Red-butt Yellow Sally in Sz 16. The tiny red bead makes it sit just right...
    5 points
  5. March Brown Emerger in #14
    5 points
  6. Fish tales closed down guiding for the weekend and said they would go day by day for the next week.So good on them.Fish or don’t fish you decide where all adults Here I have heard.
    4 points
  7. 4 points
  8. My old Hardy Ultralite DD 5000 reel died earlier this year. The spool was bent and rubbing on the frame (probably my fault) and the disc drag system stopped working properly (not my fault). This reel was well used and probably had >500 fishing days on it. I returned this reel for warranty repair in the middle of May and they just shipped me a complete replacement reel. Cost to me was US$35. It is sure nice to have a company stand behind their product and provide excellent customer service.
    4 points
  9. I invested in Rough Stuff Toilet Paper, and it went down the shitter.
    4 points
  10. A few bugs for the upcoming season
    4 points
  11. Hey guys,Ive been on an editing tear lately as i try to pump out as much content from this past fall as i can. This clip was shot over the past couple months as i chased steelhead here on the great lakes. I put a bunch of time in this fall and was able to shake hands with a few great fall run fish on the swing. It been a while since i had the time to actually chase the fall run so that was great to be able to do!Am I the only one that looses that many fish or??Thanks for watching,Dan
    4 points
  12. McKinnon Flats new road construction complete. Open to the public April 2021.
    4 points
  13. Fly fishing in another era.
    4 points
  14. Professional guides enable the handling of LOTS of fish. I would suggest much more than the average joe on the side of the river. If there is a move to "limit angling effort/number of fish handled". the government better limit the guiding industry that exploits a public resource before the regulations go after recreational anglers. I don't want to see some crap about "rod days" and their associated monetary value being used as a reason to give the guiding industry a pass on limiting their impact.
    3 points
  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kjz8VGQiXGg
    3 points
  16. Sure buddy, big mass die off going on there.
    3 points
  17. Well Vitalshok, if you're that convinced that the fish are in such eminent danger then maybe you should send off a letter to Minister Nixon and ask him to close down the Irrigation Canal at Calgary that is currently diverting over 20% of the Bow river flow and an additional 25% of flows at Carsland instead of preaching your version of morality to responsible adult anglers who are quite capable of making ethical decisions for themselves. And I wonder how many water temperature readings you have taken on the Bow this week? None? Nice editing btw. At I least I own my words.
    3 points
  18. Hi, I pinch them in my vise when tying. Don
    3 points
  19. I made a few clock reels to pass the time while making the 4" LA reels. You could always pop the clock out and fish these reels.
    3 points
  20. And here are the two 4" large arbor cork drawbar drag reels...
    3 points
  21. Finally finished the 2 Rulon/Stainless stacked drag large arbor reels... - the guts of the drag assembly
    3 points
  22. All great stuff, good start on the seasons flies GGP, beauty ties as usual. I love the Yellow Sally Bow, the bead will sink the back end and be really attractive to cruising trout. Great Lighting bug, its a killer. Thinking of tying a lot more small flies, #18 and #20. Have samples of midges, Tricos and BWO's and have been fooling with some new Emerger patterns and some simpler Dries with silhouettes in mind. Does anyone else Tie to suit particular rivers or areas? I am a firm believer that if fish have seen the same pattern over and over they learn not to touch. But more unusual patterns still fool. These days I only fish Dries and Emergers, prefer to stalk and match the hatch. Been putting together groupes in boxes in regard to season also.
    3 points
  23. Here ya go fixed it for you. Get rid of the two wraps [img]picture[/img]
    3 points
  24. 3 points
  25. Hey guys, im not one to spam *hit ever but this one is important. Compilation of links to petitions you can sign and write letters NOW to voice your opinion. The deadline is coming up and we need as many signatures as possible to stop this horse *hit. I implore you all to research what is happening and sign at least one if not all of the petitions listed on this website. There is only a few days remaining to have your voice heard. This is some of the most vulnerable and priceless land we have access left to. Please do your part and sign, share with your friends and put a stop to this. https://albertacoal.squarespace.com/
    3 points
  26. However you celebrate these holidays, from our family to yours, have a safe and happy Christmas.
    3 points
  27. Recently, I've spent some time going back to some spots on the Bow that I haven't been to for over 8-10 years. Unfortunately, I've found that many of them are now much more difficult to access because of gigantic piles of very large, sometimes sharp and jagged, rocks and boulders used as flood control berms that extend down to river. Some of these are not only within city limits but also are several kilometers below city limits. I guess the City of Calgary has authorized these, but what about those far downstream of the city? I'm not the most agile person around, and getting down some spots without breaking something requires a lot of caution and sometimes even planting my wading staff in a secure rock crevice and sliding over trouble spots on my rear end. Was wondering if anything could be done to have existing and future "rock pile berms" retrofitted or constructed such that at least one area would allow easier access to the river ----such as a wide wooden plank with a rope to hang on to, or some stair-steps, or a narrow gravel trail, or something similar? Am not sure who else I could contact that might be interested in trying to improve these issues----River Users Alliance, or other organizations? Any suggestions?
    3 points
  28. Patagonia has the best warranty/repair service in the industry. I returned two pair of waders, full chest wader and their original waist high. They then informed me that the chest high were repairable but they couldn't fix the waist high and gave me a $200 credit toward the purchase of any Patagonia product. When I contacted Patagonia to spend the credit toward a new pair of waist high and pay the difference ($200) they sent me the new pair for no additional charge, just the credit I had. They were shipped immediately and I received them within a week. The only cost to me was the initial shipping of two pair of waders. Worth the effort to send them back for sure!
    2 points
  29. A sign at the lake explaining the huge problem the carp create with the trout population would be helpful. The problem exists that certain folks are more than happy to harvest carp. A certain set of those individuals are responsible for the illegal introduction of carp into new waterbodies
    2 points
  30. Interesting to make an assumption as to why a shop paused guiding and try to associate it with everything but water temps. Good on FT for putting money and reputation up to protect the resource. Right.. this year is so normal. Back to back days of the hottest days recorded in Calgary are pretty standard. Whatever you gotta tell yourself to stay on the water. lots of opportunities in alpine lakes to fish cold clear water for stocked fish. Pretty good note from Patagonia strikes home. The wild fish in the Bow are our collective bank account, we should avoid adding to the debit part until we get some cool weather.
    2 points
  31. Just came across this channel on YouTube, two guys who claim to do survival / bush craft videos, and this one video / series takes place on a lake in Banff National Park. The lake is not mentioned but I know which lake it is. Several infractions are committed, including the use of drones, keeping of fish where it's not allowed, use of bait, probably random camping. Feel free to share the videos far and wide in order to shame these people, and if you happen to know these guys don't hesitate to tell them what useless trash they are. Also, Parks Canada is fully aware and are investigating. Update: Both individuals, Greg Ovens and Zachary Fowler, were contestants on season 3 of Alone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB8LlILAo40&t=5517s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RZ7sKTlQrY&list=PLjSScLBAtGMgXbxPJ_cm95Md6Cl8vCTPR&index=24
    2 points
  32. 2 points
  33. The flow meters are typically not on there until later in the spring.
    2 points
  34. last year on my favourite stream seems like every camping spot had a full crap box, and little chunks of toilet paper behind every bush. drones buzzing around overhead. Just finished reading this article and if everyone practised common sense etiquette we'd all be in a happier place. https://www.hatchmag.com/articles/dispersed-campers-guide-etiquette/7715246
    2 points
  35. Folks, Many will recall one of the Beaver Lake Regulars who seemed to be able to catch fish when many couldn't. That will happen no more. Elvin, a friend for 40 years, passed on March 10/21. In addition, Elvin was a fine guitar picker and song writer. As far as I know he only produced one disc "Dreamland" however several of his songs are available on Soundcloud using the search string "Elvin Berthiaume". He had for many years provided backup to some of western Canada's best singers.
    2 points
  36. The Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) would like to increase the opportunity for kids to use flies as another alternative to worms and power bait at its ‘Kids Can Catch’ events throughout the province. We offered to help them out and some of us are sorting through our fly boxes or tying a few extra to donate flies that would work well in a lake under a bobber using a spinning rod. We’re aiming for 500 but would like to make the number much higher to help ACA keep this going for a few years. We're hoping some AO members might be interested in helping out. Suggested patterns include small woolly buggers, chironomids, scuds, leeches, caddis pupae, dragonfly or damselfly nymphs. Anything that would look edible to a 12" or so rainbow or brown. We’ll also put together a ‘kid-friendly’ handout about fishing with flies and what the flies imitate, for ACA to print off and hand out. Maybe it will help increase knowledge of, and hopefully interest in, fishing with flies and what lives under the water that trout like to eat. If you’d like to help out by donating a few flies you can send them to: Northern Lights Fly Fishers, 1112 116A Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6J 6Y7 This is posted on the AO site.I believe that it's a great thing.Get kid's more in the sport ,that so many of us love..Thanks again to the efforts of Peter L & the Northern Lights Flyfishers & ACA...
    2 points
  37. Agreed - The flies are cheap for a reason. Hooks bend out, "whip finishes" come apart. You get what you pay for.
    2 points
  38. No offense, but I prefer to support the Calgary flyshops and local tyers. These folks support our local fishery and are hands on involved in our local conservation efforts.
    2 points
  39. I have a love hate relationship with rip rap, it's ugly, it's dangerous, it destroys any opportunity for an undercut bank, but come stampede season those rocks are crawling. I find myself not wade fishing rip rap locations, even though some areas were my favorite to fish prior to the deposits, I'm a young man in my mid forties and some of those rocks concern me when navigating them.
    2 points
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