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  1. While guiding a couple in BC on a small stream they asked me to marry them. Kind of like a captain of a ship I guess. Told them it wouldn't be legal, they said its OK they already where. We did a ceremony under the pines in my old drift boat. Have always received an xmas card from them every year.
    8 points
  2. 5.5ft Lodgepole Branch is all one needs for Cutties
    7 points
  3. Not for everyone,however if you use your imagination,they do resemble bonefish. The bonus is within driving distance and without the expense.
    6 points
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kjz8VGQiXGg
    6 points
  5. I have spent so much more time watching the water and finding actual fishing lanes where Trout go to feed than actually fishing. Certainly prospecting is a way to go but I have never been a one to flog the water with "go to flies". My best tool is actually a small pair of binoculars to look for trout that are either rising or in many cases just finning on the bottom between hatches. Not all areas hold trout. There are literally dozens of different bugs that are available to Trout during the course of the year if you are a Dry fly fisher. Beginning with Midges, Stoneflies, Ants, Caddis and Tricos plus a host of others. Each has not only its season but its time of day and place on the river. Some are early morning or late evening in the dark so that all you hear is gulping trout to try to target with you casts. From just a personal point of view I fish with the objective of getting to know the river, when and how the trout feed. I have kept a concise fishing diary of such things as water temperature, flow height, and bugs encountered on all the streams I fish, they are all different but the research is half the fun. I also take pictures of Mayflies and other bugs to have an idea what I am up against and need to tie or find a fly that matches. That is not to say that you can't fish any way you want but this is what makes sense and satisfies me. Maybe I'm just getting old and set in my ways but it's what gives me pleasure. I can fish Nymphs and do very well or swing a streamer and nail a big brown in a lie, but my goal has always been to fool a trout feeding on surface or slightly subsurface and catch trout on my terms. I cant count the hours it has taken me an to slowly get myself into position behind a rising fish and get that one or two drifts. Mind you I've blown enough stalks on trout but its part of the game. Just my Old Guy two cents.
    6 points
  6. I encountered this sign on a small favourite Brown trout stream I sometimes frequent. I often wonder who Brian was, I pinned a fly to the edge of the sign, they seem to disappear after a time. Passed the sign for a few years till it finally disappeared no doubt in a big runoff. He had friends who cared enough to make and place this. Can any of us hope for more?
    6 points
  7. 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.
    6 points
  8. https://www.rmotoday.com/vox-populi/letter-the-kananaskis-fee-at-work-5203613
    5 points
  9. It just seems like bizarre behavior to me. Half the fun of fishing is exploring and finding new challenges to figure out. If people camp at a hole there is no opportunity for the next person to experience it. This was never the norm in the past and now it is so common that I don't even bother going up. Everyone knows most of the fish are in the pools. If all the pools are hogged, doesn't leave much fun for the next group. Steelheaders rotate as they swing streamers down the river. Perhaps Cutthroat fishermen could rotate as they move up the river tossing their dry flies. Better yet, go for a hike a few miles up along the river and see some new water
    5 points
  10. Playing with a mayfly in size #16
    5 points
  11. Decided to take advantage of the weather today and spent the day down fishing the banks at Fish Creek Park. Awesome day, one of the best was taking OFF my clothing from being too hot! LOL! Had a couple nice tugs on the line but that was about it. Not the point though. I spoke with a great couple fellows who were down to enjoy the day as well and do some fly fishing themselves, and was nice to share some fish tales and talk spring. Met another fellow who said he had his best day on the Bow River ever! He caught a few nice Whitefish and was very happy to tell me about it. Sometimes, it is just so great, and i am so thankful to share these times and look forward to always meeting new fishing friends, and being thankful for this wonderful journey. Cheers.
    5 points
  12. I wish they would make the size limit 1 over 56cm for Police and Pine Coulee. One more year makes for some 22"+, then they become something special
    5 points
  13. C&R angling did not cause the decline in fish populations on the Bow. The 2013 Flood had significant impacts on the rivers Benthos, Riparian area's and Hydrology. Recovery of these natural systems has been slow. The Cumulative Effects of miles and miles of Rip Rap (loss of Riparian areas and disturbance), in-stream construction projects (Bow, Elbow, Highwood, Sheep rivers), harmful flow regimes, (Ghost flood mitigation release of water in May and corresponding high sediment flows), poaching and increased avian predation, have caused further stresses and contributed significantly to the delays of the Bow rivers recovery. Slowly, in the past few seasons, we are seeing these vital, natural systems begin to normalize, with a corresponding recovery of all fish populations, (Rainbows, Browns, Whitefish, Suckers, Ling Cod, Pike, Bait fish species). The Bow is an amazing, resilient river.... ps. Pelicans suck more than bobber's....though bobber's suck a little too, but, fish however you want. Enjoy!
    5 points
  14. Wet fly. https://photos.app.goo.gl/RAAyLJng6y7gb7Gy7
    4 points
  15. You are allowed to access any "navigable" waterway (that's not on reserve land) though access point like bridges and travel along the high water mark. Only 1 (maybe) 2 have water rights in Alberta = most say they do but do not! One is Sara's in the CNP area. I have pulled land titles before for places I have fished in the past that have said they have water rights to prove they do not.
    4 points
  16. Was a baby bottle floating by.Followed by a guy,with baby .Drifting down the river.In the hard top,of a tent trailer
    4 points
  17. People wearing neoprene waders when it's +30 degrees out!
    4 points
  18. I agree Toolman that the 2013 flood did the greatest amount of damage to the river. It is also apparent that the river is taking it's sweet time in getting back into healthy shape. It is simplistic to think that we can have a giant effect on things by catching less fish. There are indeed a number of factors working to depress the fish population. I agree things are going in the right direction, but we are still far from where we were in 2012. There certainly is less bugs around, but it was encouraging to see nice trout with more meat on their bones this summer. Another scary factor to consider it the rising number of Prussian carp in the river. They will be very hard on the prey items in the river. It is so unfortunate that folks have no clue of the ecological disaster they have initiated by dumping/moving carp around. Changing your angling techniques (hopefully for the short term) is a way we can lessen one of the stressors on the fish during the rebound. Are we so desperate to catch a fish that we can't sacrifice a little bit? You could challenge yourself to try something a little harder and maybe learn something new. Perhaps that would make you a better angler (rather than just a world renowned worm thrower). These thoughts equally apply to the mountain streams where the Cutthroats are under greater pressure ever year. Why not challenge yourself to catch them by not nypmhing. It is doable if you take the time to improve your skills a bit and challenge yourself. As for guides not will to give up anything so they continue to profit from a stressed public resource....I have no words
    4 points
  19. Like the song says "You don't know what you've got till it's gone". Certainly there have been a variety of factors for the crash of trout. Back in the early 80's when I settled my family here. The bug life was profuse. Big hatches of a large variety of mayflies would often coat the water. You had to keep your mouth closed or risk ingestion of an unexpected meal. Now large stone-flies like the Skwala's Drakes and Salmon flies are short seldom seen hatches. Not sure if the conditions/water quality have changed so much as to deplete not only these but other bug-life. Lots of studies about trout number but very few on habitat, food sources and minnow populations.
    4 points
  20. I have never understood the ‘ban motorized boats’. Yes I have a jet, and yes I exercise a lot of courtesy around other boats and shore anglers. To say that I ‘speed’ to the best holes is a ridiculous statement- I use the boat to access the river and prefer not to do all day floats - I go out, fish for a few hours and take off. If anything I am spreading angler pressure around. I also think it is an absurd argument to say the wake I produce does any additional damage to a river that fluctuates tens or hundreds of cms on a daily, weeks or monthly basis depending of precipitation or dam outflow. I also cannot understand the argument that a motorized boat disturbs fish any more or less than the daily armada of drift boats. I originally bought a jet as I did not enjoy floating down in a mass of 20-30 other boats like a dragnet. Motorized boats cannot access 1/2 of the ‘local’ water and no one on here can say there is a marked improvement in that section- it is just aimless finger pointing at a target they chose to dislike. yes we have an ever increasing angler pressure problem and I do support giving the river and its residents a break. An increase in out of province fees that go towards conservation initiatives is one I can get behind, as would be section and seasonal closures.
    4 points
  21. Here's some simple and cost effective solutions: 1. Increase all out of province and foreign country fishing licenses. Match the British Columbia model by making the Bow a 'classified water fishery' and charge these individuals per day as well. Limit all out of country fishers to a maximum of 3 days on the water per season. License all guides as they will simply pass these costs onto their sports who will willingly (or grudgingly) pay. All collected monies will go into a fund dedicated solely to conservation, science and enforcement of the Bow River fishery. 2. Eliminate all motorized boats. The great majority of these users speed to the best fishing holding water. They also disturb the bank and silt up the river. 3. Insist on single, barbless hooks. 4. Absolutely no bait. 5. Massively increase all fines.
    4 points
  22. Fiddling with angling pressure is the easiest thing for the government to attack...so of course that is what they will go after. It will be interesting to see what restrictions the government will come up with (seasonal closures, gear restrictions, maybe even booking a time like they have done in BC). Fish Biol Paul C mention the "economic value" of the Bow. That means the guiding industry. What about the intrinsic value of the fishery for the thousands of folks who don't need/want to hire a guide? The fish are a public resource, not just a resource used to create profit by a small segment of society. Joe public will need to make their voice heard as a STAKEHOLDER so that you can still fish as the guide boats go by. Public access/opportunity should trump guiding opportunity for rod days if we eventually get to that scenario.
    4 points
  23. You do know that the Bow is in Alberta where rivers are electrical generating units. Don
    4 points
  24. How about they try regulating the water levels properly as a start....that should be the number one priority.
    4 points
  25. I tied these from Pattern on In The Riffle. Anyone used them before?
    4 points
  26. Take a lighter and heat the top guide until it slides off. grab a glue stick and put some tiny pieces into end of rod guide , heat it slightly again to melt glue and stick it back onto broken tip. You are repaired.
    3 points
  27. You may want to check out Kijiji, there’s a drift boat for sale that looks just like the one you have posted. Best of luck getting your boat back.
    3 points
  28. Jay, unfortunately due to the City of Calgary's continued flood mitigation strategy, most of the water is going to get flushed through the system. Then they will dramatically reduce flows through the summer and fall to refill the many upstream dams for the winter. And, in tandem with the continued over diversion of the Bow and it's tributaries by commercial interests, it will ensure the Bow river trout fisheries future decline. The government chooses to blame C&R angling (and Guides), in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary. Less Water = Less Fish. Period! The recent online Angling surveys, Guiding regulations surveys, Stakeholders meetings etc.... Smoke and Mirrors. (Hope to see you on the river this season, Jay.)
    3 points
  29. Prairie Creek (by Bragg) @ Powderface trail Prairie Creek at Elbow Confluence
    3 points
  30. This is Big Prairie Creek, just a tiny trib of the LDR, flowing under the road thru a small culvert.
    3 points
  31. Little Red Deer, around Hwy 579 bridge and Big Prairie bridge. Lots of lumber barrelling by!
    3 points
  32. Dog Pound from bridges at Horse Creek Trail and Rge Rd 35. Some log jams are getting moved around, and a fair number of dead snags were blowing down and onto the roads.
    3 points
  33. This is the issue....so much disturbance, and there is no way to collect all the runoff from snow melt/rain events. The amount of water that will get treated (with limited success) in comparison to all the runoff is insignificant. Therefore we are left with a giant, ever-increasing problem of Selenium accumulation that will continue for centuries. Is the benefit of making steel with a cheap heating fuel greater than a legacy of selenium pollution? There is already technology available for making steel that does not use metallurgic coal....it just costs a bit more. We are not making any new mountains or rivers. The value of clean water is only going to go up as this messy planet ages
    3 points
  34. Fish are really easy to catch in the dark. Top feeding fish, bright, sunny afternoons in low clear water, much more difficult game.
    3 points
  35. I'm not sure if this has been posted before. I did a search and didn't find anything. My apologies if it has been. Some interesting stuff on catch and release. I never really thought about net material as a factor in catch release until watching this video. A lot of people advocate for barbless hooks. It seems like no fish out of water pictures would be a more effective regulation for most species.
    3 points
  36. I've tying a few of these. They are on Gamakatsu C16-B size 12. I've also tie a few of Gary LaFontaine dancing caddis on these hooks as well.
    3 points
  37. Pretty hard to NOT get out of the water. Better to get permission in the first place
    3 points
  38. Update, one of the poachers is in court and the other has a warrant out for his arrest. Let's hope they throw the books at them! Two wilderness survivalists facing charges over Banff National Park survival challenge - RMOToday.com
    3 points
  39. Yes Don, it seems obvious doesn't it. Police lake parking lots are full of fisherman as well. But there are still those locals who are not satisfied (though poachers like catching the big fish off the bridge at Police) More complaints come from the put and take crowd that they need to continue to fill their freezers. Those complainers are potential UCP votes.....
    3 points
  40. 3 points
  41. Tied a new 'Intruder' - style streamer today. My own pattern, but very similar to many. ...and under the marabou and rabbit strip...
    3 points
  42. How come stocking the Bow never seems to be raised as a solution if not the only solution to the declining sport fishery in the Bow river. It's time the Bow get treated for what it is, a polluted tailwater full of non-native fish infected with WD. An on-river hatchery using "wild" genetics taken directly from the river could easily be implemented and should be the number one demand of the angling community that uses the Bow. Fund it using a conservation stamp/endorsement, Surcharge guided days and solicit corporate donations. When one reads the ACA article it's really quite clear that reducing angling pressure will most likely do very little to increase fish population and the decline will continue until nothing remains as the other 4 factors of the "Big 5" aren't changing anytime soon.
    3 points
  43. Giving the guiding group a pass in the light of their efforts to stop WD is ludicrous. Don
    3 points
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