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  1. A friend suggested Halloween Mask materials for pike flies. The stuff comes in many obnoxious colours. Right time of the season to acquire a selection. I tie Clousers out of the stuff. I think the stuff is Poly Vinyl. The best body material I found was Easter Egg basket stuffing material. Like the masks, it comes in weird colours. And I make my own leaders. Tools and materials are cheap. Consider a stainless meat cutters stainless glove. This one works well. https://northwoodsoutlet.com/product/normark-fillet-glove/ Don
  2. Lefty is bang on. For specialized conditions, increasing or decreasing line weights helps. However, for the bulk of angling, using the line matched to the rod is the best choice. To use Lefty’s advice with six lines, three floaters, three sinkers plus reels likely would add $300>1500 in reels and $400 at least in lines. Don
  3. Fishn….. There are few that have the numbers of lines that I own. 1>9 wts. In floaters and <>10 sinking lines which don’t include various shooting heads. The cost to try a bunch would be cost prohibitive for most. A starting point where the manufacturers provided the truth would certainly simplify the search for the line to match your casting style and equipment. I weighed,with a RCBS powder scale, my 6 wt. lines the other day which are mostly Cortland and found them dead on to standard. A Sci. Ang. Ultimate Trout and a DT Mastery we’re also dead on. The results paralleled the information published in the manufacturers web sites. Don
  4. Clearly, the fast auctioned graphite rods are really underlined with the line manufacturer aiding in the deception as demonstrated by the information presented. Obviously the BS stops when the line manufacturers mark the packaging correctly. This would drive the rod manufacturers to also mark their rods correctly. Regards, Don
  5. You All Kidding Me! Unfortunately, unlike most good stories, this one doesn’t start with a beer. I build bamboo fly rods and have for the past 40 years. I sell the rods that I make with a recommended fly line weight rating. As I personally use Cortland 444 Peach or SL lines, I was somewhat unaware what has happened to the fly line weights in the past years. A customer called and said, “This rod doesn’t cast worth *hit! It was overloaded.” Well, I test-cast each rod prior to placing it for sale. The rod cast fine in my hands so I asked the customer what line he was using. “Scientific Anglers Amplitude Infinity model,” he responded. So off to Scientific Anglers web site and I found the model of line he was using. No damned wonder, the line marked 6 weight on the box was really 7 weight line according to the line description from the site. So that begged the question, how about other lines? A rainy day showed up, so I headed to the web sites of RIO, AirFlo, Scientific Anglers and Cortland looking over their fly line descriptions. I chose 6 weight lines to examine as 6 weight is a transition line between light and heavy trout fishing. Although they all presented the truth on their sites, the fly line box may not contain the line weight and could mislabeled by up to 3 weights heavy. I checked only what I considered trout lines and most of them were floating types. Scientific Anglers: 23 floating lines checked – 7 of them were rated correctly 5 sinking lines checked – all of them 1>3 lines weight heavy Rio 18 floating lines checked – 2 of them rated correctly 7 sinking lines checked – all of them 1>3 line weights heavy Cortland 13 floating lines checked – 7 of them rated correctly 7 sinking lines checked – 5 of them rated correctly -2 were 2 lines weights heavy AirFlo 13 floating lines checked – 1 rated correctly 1 sinking line checked and it was 1 line weight heavy. So where does that leave the buyer? You are faced with two issues. Firstly many of the rods manufactured today are oftenrated 1>3 line weights less that what they should be. However, you are saved as the line manufactures have bought into the game and mark most of their line lighter than is in the box. Secondly the buyer will really be caught if he believes the internet chatter and buys a line one weight heavier for his new rod. Now he’ll have a 5 weight rod as marked by the manufacturer [ really a 6 or 7 weight] and looking for a line weight heavier, he buys a 6 weight as marked on the box and got a 7 or even 8 weight. Why this happened, I haven’t a clue. There are industry standards for nearly everything in today’s world. Thankfully, the line and rod manufacturers don’t build nuts and bolts or any other of the myriad of tools, equipment, orparts that make the world go around. Further notes: 1] The standards for several Fly Fishing equipment are maintained by the American Fly Fishing Trade Association. See: https://affta.org/page/About 2] Several of the line manufacturers have changed their offerings on their sites since I collected the line weight information in July 2021. However, the lines could still be and likely are for sale at retailers everywhere. 2] The data list for each of the manufacturer is provided on my web site http://www.bamboorods.ca/ 2] For those doing their own research, here are the web sites from the four line manufacturers. https://www.scientificanglers.com/product-category/fly-lines/ https://www.rioproducts.com/freshwater/fly-lines https://www.cortlandline.com/collections/freshwater-fly-line https://www.airflofishing.com/products/fly-fishing-lines/freshwater-fly-lines.html
  6. Here is the best and easiest place to get Macrame. https://pepperell.com/6mm-bonnie-braid-50-yards/ The material works for indicators and flies. The CFF was created using this stuff. The BM is similar. Use it instead of Elk in Elk Hair Caddis or the Mikiluk Sedge. Works are a post for parachutes. I use it in pike style yarn flies. Very versatile material. Don
  7. Hi, I pinch them in my vise when tying. Don
  8. 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.
  9. Boy, am I confused. Here I thought the invasive species were Aussie miners. Don
  10. https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/red-deer/anglers-seek-protection-for-alberta-river-they-say-is-threatened-by-gravel-plan-1.5219884?fbclid=IwAR2MsOrAAe0IR4DO-riWeVONqRk1dR7TihISf3OXZC1xaF5prRu_SjhPENA
  11. Managed poorly is hardly covering it. No effort to limit spread of disease in Alberta.
  12. And the ugliest part. WD infestation can be laid at the feet of Govt,, Guiding industry and anglers should took no effort to keep it outta Canada. This type of stupidity will destroy Alberta. Don
  13. https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/564d1c08-bf40-4f5e-bef4-b80d2c8d205e/resource/70d3f48e-3a7e-4224-86b7-7ac3bad5e6b1/download/aep-whirling-disease-2019-technical-report-crowsnest-river-2020-09.pdf
  14. Folks, The County of Clearwater lies between a 1.1 Million to the SE, 1.1 Million to the NE and another 300,000 down the middle. on some weekends it sees an increase of 30,000 persons. This year the body count has increased a lot so the Clearwater County is looking for some help. In that regard it is conducting a survey found here: http://www.clearwatercounty.ca/p/west-country-recreation-survey Please take the time to assist. regards, Don
  15. 1) the number of doctors in rural areas is decreasing. We will lose our family dic. . So, folks, you better not get injured in our area. Things are stretched already. 2) the UPC Govt is giving 5 major gas/oil companies a large take break at the expense of the rural municipalities thereby reducing the amount companies are charged. In the Clearwater County case, this will result in a 22>27% reduction which translates to a mill rate increase of <>250%. so, roads that used to gravelled and graded will suffer, Search and Rescue may disappear and on and on. not sure how it will all shake out yet. but it isn’t going to be purdy. Don
  16. Here is a website with an entirely new take on things. https://www.iusealbertaparks.org How about some support .Don
  17. So where did the Railroad originate that follows Gold Creek? Or did I imagine it. Don
  18. Grassy Mountain was an underground mine for many years. It had its own town called Lille. Both are gone now. Grassy Mtn. history is mirrored by the open pit mine NW of Sparwood which was an underground operation supporting The towns of Michel and Natal. History is important - let’s get it right. Don
  19. Trailhead, Your observation may have been true once but the rules changed shorting timelines and information gathering required for decisions. Don
  20. I built on e from 2”*12” fir plank with triangular pieces constructed to have motor 90 degrees from the hull. pit supported a 9.9.
  21. I’ve watched the technicians calabtprate the system by first measuring the profile on the stream, determine velocity and measuring the level. I would imagine there is some type of calculation applied. As the levels change, so does calculated flow rate. However, and don’t you must love howevers. 1) this assumes stream contour remains the same. Over winter, depending on ice formation, stream contours may change. 2) the level device must be free to move. Ice impedes level device. As most of these stream flow samplers are located tight to the stream, ice would take som time to disappear. Tbe takeaway, use the information as an ABOUT flow and not exact. Don
  22. The water level measurement device is housed in small buildings where the measurement device freezes and therefore not accurate for <> 7 months. Don
  23. Sask. to reopen fishing access points. Can we be far behind. Sask knows what is important. Fishing Access is #1 - step #2 is also outlined, the other reopening steps are a tad fuzzy. https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/news-and-media/2020/april/23/reopen-saskatchewan-plan Don
  24. It appears like both Sask. and BC are easing the fishing access restrictions so I would expect Alberta to follow suit. The question is how to formulate some well understood rules to lessen contacts between anglers. A couple of things that might be considered: 1) origin of the Angler as some areas of Alberta have infection rates much higher than others. Calgary infection rate is much higher that Edmonton or Central Alberta may mean Calgarians maybe limited to certain areas or banned till infection rate decreases. 2) boat vs bank or pier fishing. In Pontoon boats it is easy to maintain distance. Not so easy for others. 3) various fishing accesses are controlled by various govts, municipalities, private clubs, ACA which will lead surely to a raft of restrictions of which many will be different. Signage will be necessary to Inform anglers, 4) it would seem that some jobs may increase infection or chances of infection. Are those persons to be treated different. Lots of things to be considered, Whart I expect to happen is to have Govt drop to lowest standards possible so all persons can be captured within the rules. This is generally the case on nearly all Govt Regulations. regards, Don
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