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  1. [re-posted] I am planning a camping trip for students, and we're thinking of going to southern Alberta. This would happen in May or by early June at the latest. Can anyone think of a decent trout lake or pond in the Crowsnest Pass where kids can fish from shore and have an actual shot at catching fish? Thanks! Smitty
  2. Just seeing if anyone could do me a favor and pickup a box of fishing magazines for me tomorrow. Calgary location, Marda Loop. It's a business, so anytime between 8am and as late as 4pm would work. I'm located in Edmonton, I could come get them at a later date. If you can do this, I'd really be grateful! Let me know via text, 780-970-7886 Mike (Smitty)
  3. Since it seems we are veering away from a Bow River analysis, I'll say that my season left something to be desired. Huge rainfall made river fishing near Edmonton an impossibility. Mcleod R, for example, was pretty much blown out the entire summer. Should have been way more focused on the lakes this year, as the water levels did rebound. When dad and I finally made it down south in August, we found extremely crowded rivers with incredibly picky fish. Wasn't the most fun trip I have had in southern Alberta. Oh we found some solitude on smaller waters,...guess what? Fish were still incredibly moody. Like I was taken aback. Talked to other anglers wasn't just us; that week in August lots of zero's being posted, including a couple of guided trips out of shops that didn't fare well either. Timing, I guess. Trip was salvaged by cutting it short a day and heading to central AB for more cooperative fish. Overall, just didn't get out enough. I'll fix that next year. Oh, wait, yes, we did have a pretty awesome beginning of the year in May at some QSF coal pits. Very impressive average sizes of fish. Guess it wasn't all a downer...lol. -Smitty
  4. Can the carp be used as agricultural feed?
  5. Did some exploring on my way back to Edmonton from the Okotoks wedding I attended this past weekend. Followed Barry Mitchell's advice from his Trout Highway book. Not sure I did end up following it that well. But nothing. Nada. Went up Johnson's creek as well, same result. And I fished some pretty fishy water. I'm no pro fisherman, but I know how to get 6-9 inch fish to bite from a small stream!! As in, not even a sign of a fish. As in, chuck a rock into a pool, see what you spook. z.e.ro. Maybe I was in the wrong stretch... Maybe its a hidden gem for some of the Calgary crowd who might know it better than me. But I won't be back anytime soon; too many other places I can fish, and that location doesn't work at all for an Edmonton angler. Not to mention the quad brigade and the rifle shooting (is there a range?). I'll pass, thanks. lol. Too bad, it is pretty country, and I got to drive one of the few remaining blank spots on the map for the Forestry Trunk road. All that's left is the portion south of the Red Deer River / Panther river confluence...and I will have driven it all from Grande Prairie down to the Crownest Pass. Only took me 21 years...
  6. I always make a blanket generalization that virtually everything - except designated natural areas - is private land east of QE2, and crown land - especially crown land available to randomly camp on - is virtually non-existent. True?
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Add to the above: 3) Good place to eat in Black Diamond on the way back? Thanks bcubed. Keep the replies coming, friends! -Smitty
  10. Hey everyone: Planning a camping trip down south Sept-19-21 with a group of 20+ students. Looking for a few recommendations. 1) Any nice day-use picnic areas between Okotoks and around Black Diamond / Longview? Wanted a nice spot for a quick (30 minutes) lunch 2) Wanted to take the students on a short, easy hike along the Whaleback Ridge. Any recommendations here? Anything related to the science curriculum would be great; unique geology, fauna, plants, trees, animals, etc. Also, if this short hike could gain some modest elevation so some scenic pictures could be taken, that would be awesome.
  11. Just to clarify, all the official bids are on Facebook, right? I found round 1 confusing; just seemed people were bidding here and on Facebook...
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