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  1. I was biking with my daughter this morning along the Bow in Inglewood and noticed a dude with 2 rods, one on the ground pointing upwards with a bell attached to the tip while he was rigging up another. It was obviously someone who was fishing with bait. I called it in, and a conservation officer was there in 15 minutes. He watched from afar with binoculars to make sure he had enough evidence, just in case the guy snipped his line. I just received a follow-up call and he said that this guy was caught last week by another conservation officer in Strathmore... 4 illegal walleye. The cons
  2. It's not a monster, but this 24 incher is the biggest one I've caught since my 28 incher 10 years ago! Caught on my last cast somewhere in SW Alberta. It's a miracle I landed this with my 7.5 ft 4 wt rod using 5X tippet! Fish was landed quickly and sent back to her home.
  3. I use the Huge Thumbnail setting on imgur.com to get the big pics. I had to make the switch from photobucket this summer.
  4. And finally, the mighty Bow River. This was probably my best summer/fall on the Bow. The biggest thing for me was not using a large wire worm and forcing myself to try other things. I had the most success in water less than 3 feet deep using various nymphs without any split shot. I found this to work quite well staying above the weeds. The Bow is one amazing river, and we are very lucky to have it flowing right through our city!
  5. A couple of underwater pics. In early September, I saw a big dark thing underwater so I got a closer look. It was a big 30+ inch bull trout. I took a few pics and then left it alone.
  6. Here are some from various streams that I went to this year:
  7. Well, it was another great year of fishing. I thought I'd share some pics highlighting my season. I'm sorry for those that might take offense to these, but I do enjoy other peoples' pictures, so I hope you enjoy mine. No secret spots have been revealed with these pics. Let's start with some pond trout. These guys were super easy to catch when they were first stocked, but got harder and harder to catch as the season went on.
  8. I bought some size 18 hooks last week and surprisingly, they aren't too bad to work with. I've been banging out tons of flies lately, but I thought I'd share a modified copper john that has been working well this fall on the Bow. The sparkle flash for the tail instead of biots was taken from the Reece's Fusion nymph pattern, and is much quicker to tie on. This was tied on a Umpqua Tiemco Nymph hook (TMC2488H), size 18, which is a nice strong hook for reeling in those 20+ inchers. The red thread seems to work better than black, while the rubber legs give it some life. The body is made with
  9. Great pics! I was there the week before with my wife on a 5-day backpacking trip. We caught a bunch of 12" cutties, nothing like the hog you got, but a grizzly bear and crazy winds cut our 2 fishing sessions short. Great to see some big ones in there!
  10. Thanks guys for your thoughts. I think I'll tie a few patterns with some pink/purple, and incorporate some purple foam just for kicks.
  11. I've noticed a lot more pink and purple in flies these days. I even saw a recent Chernobyl Ant pattern with light purple foam that seems to be working really well. What I'm wondering though, is why are they working? Is it because they are different from the typical flies the fish see? Do the colours annoy the fish enough to hit them for fun? Do the feminine colours draw out the females? Anyway, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. I may try tying a few just for fun! Thanks.
  12. Well, today was a bit of a slump buster day for me. I was out for a few hours checking out a few different stretches of water. The second stretch of water was productive, as I landed 2, but hooked into a bunch more. I tried high sticking for a while, mainly because one of my hands was frozen and was warming it up with a hand warmer. I had a similar setup, 2 nymphs and a SJW on the bottom, but I guess shortening up the line got rid of some bad habits I must have acquired over time. Hopefully I'm getting my mojo back! Thanks everyone for the suggestions!
  13. Not that I had much to begin with, but there was a time when I could consistently catch fish on the Bow, but suddenly, my nymphing techniques have left me frustrated and often skunked. Lately I've been a lot more opportunistic on the Bow, hitting it an hour or two before sunset in the summer, but my spring and fall nymphing days have resulted in 4 fish... all year! I'm not sure what I'm missing. When I don't hook into anything I move up or downstream, and when that doesn't work, I change flies. I cast upstream, mend, mend, and always strip in slack line. My indicator is quite sensitive
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