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  1. 2499SPBL. Best.hook.ever. Domo arigato, Shimazaki san.
  2. Lots of good advice above. I'd add a second to Brian's comment about staying with smaller flies (12-16) early in the season, maybe a bit bigger later. I usually fish two chiro's at a time, but honestly I'd say probably 90% of fish are on the lower fly. Also, the "dangling" technique Brian mentions above is very useful when the water is roily - too much ripple or waves, and chiro's under an indicator are not overly effective (too much movement of the indicator, bobbing the flies - most natural chironomids don't move this much). So "dangling", where you compensate a bit for your boat movement in the waves to minimize chiro movement can be very useful on windy days in particular. Don't be afraid to try odd colors - my best chiro patterns have consistently been in UV purples and pinks (probably more of an attractor pattern than actual imitation).
  3. Rather than try to determine the most productive technique (which will undoubtedly put a large number of noses out-out-of-joint regardless of the outcome), would it perhaps be better to consider first a single barbless hook restriction on all fishing on the Bow? That is, no multi-fly rigs, just one at a time, and all flies (or any hardware, etc.) used must have no more than a single barbless hook?
  4. Thanks Fishpro. One of the lakes in the drone footage near the middle of the film is unmistakably a lake in Banff Park, indeed. Trouble is that it looks like this was all spliced together over a variety of locations, and thus tough (perhaps) to say conclusively that the fishing violations occurred at that specific lake in Banff. Hopefully Parks Canada can/will investigate and if definitive, take action. The intelligence of filming (and identifying) oneself committing such acts is a whole other topic...
  5. Probably not recommended as a take-out point.
  6. Thanks Rudedawg...interesting to see an injured bird, likely doomed otherwise, turn it around by chowing down on carp over the winter in a rare open/warm water spot. Nature is amazing. I always thought Frank Lake couldn't support fish populations. Clearly the carp disagree. Anyone know if Frank has ever been looked at for trout? Obviously the carp being there isn't exactly an auspicious start... Here's hoping that this pelican's buddies come back this spring and help him out with the carp feed.
  7. Alberta's recent coal blunders in the news again today, this time on Alberta sitting on coal mine contamination data. I wonder when the topic of methane emissions from coal mining will come up. Huge amounts of methane are being quietly vented to the atmosphere every day in every one of the province's coal mines, methane being a very potent greenhouse gas (far more so than CO2). I wonder if these methane emissions are at all quantified/estimated, and if the coal companies doing the mining/venting have to account for this (e.g., as a large final emitter in the provincial TIER GHG regulation). In December, Justin announced that the federal regulated price of CO2 is going to $170/tonne by 2030. It wouldn't surprise me to learn that the methane emissions from coal mining in Alberta are in the megatonne/year scale (on a CO2 tonnage equivalent basis). Megatonne-scale CO2 emitters certainly attract a lot of regulatory attention, both provincially and federally. I haven't been through the Grassy Lake or any other proposed coal mine regulatory application information, but I wonder if all this GHG accounting for methane emissions is included in the information. IMHO, methane-GHG emissions could be a major regulatory issue for these coal mines, both existing and proposed. I suspect the GHG numbers may be shocking in size.
  8. Would certainly second that re Brian, he guided me on a below-Carseland float a few years back and was excellent (as was the fishing).
  9. Thanks SD for posting, that is an informative video. Last couple of seasons I've been experimenting with a BS - WB tandem rig, with the #14 WB on the point about 24" behind the #10 BS pattern (go big, or go home). Based on previous experience, I figured the fish would show a preference for the WB, but the results on the tandem rig were split rather evenly. Either one, the fish seem to really hammer them, so stout tippet is usually in order. BS/WB seem to be much more of a fall thing to me, than early spring. What has been others' experiences with BS/WB?
  10. Do we not have any pure strains (of either species) in some of our lakes? Thinking about Job for the WS's, maybe Rawson...and aren't there lakes in Banff that have Yellowstones in them (how "pure", I do not know...)
  11. The proximity of this stretch of the river to the Bearspaw Dam makes me wonder whether there are any river temp effects driven by the dam operation. I believe Bearspaw is a bottom-draw dam, so when dam discharges are high, this would be relatively cold water. If dam discharge rates are adjusted significantly over a short time period (as we saw last week?) does this introduce any sort of a thermal shock to the river, particularly just downstream from the dam as a localized effect? Of course some dead fish in the Bowness stretch could be due to a wide range of factors, but given the proximity to the dam, one has to ponder.
  12. Ginger, I see no harm whatsoever in voicing objection to the recent policy change. IMHO it is unlikely that this gov't will reverse it, but raising an objection to it now might make them think twice in the future before making such changes without appropriate consultation or notice. Or not. One angle you may want to explore is whether this policy change stands to impact First Nations. A big part of the fuss/delays/uncertainty over the TransMountain expansion was driven by inadequate consultation with FN's. The good ol' Official Opposition may be another place to go to raise a stink over the policy change (particularly if through FN's or other stakeholders inadequate consultation can be clearly illustrated). I don't recall hearing much (if anything) from Rachel and crew on the policy change, at least thus far. Rachel is now on about the parks eliminations, so maybe there's some common ground there with them. While taking a run at the policy change is fine, efforts should in parallel be made to organize effective opposition/intervention into the regulatory approval process of this particular mine, should the company proceed with making such an application.
  13. Agree wholeheartedly on proactively getting regulations put in place. On many stillwaters in the province we have speed restrictions, as well as fuel/motor-type restrictions. Seems to me like a 10 km/h, electric motors only restriction on moving waters should do the trick. To a non-jet boat/power boat guy like me, if a person wanted to take this sort of a jet boat out to rip around in, why not go to one of AB's numerous large lakes to do so? Seems a great deal safer to me.
  14. AER regulates coal mining in respect of the Coal Conservation Act, which is primarily with respect to responsible/efficient coal resource recovery. An environmental approval under EPEA must still be obtained. For this mine (and any open pit mine over 45,000 tonnes/year production), it is mandatory that a provincial environmental impact assessment under EPEA be conducted. The project will also have to be assessed under the federal Impact Assessment Act. All these regulatory agencies (AB Environment, AER, federal Impact Assessment Agency) coordinate to ensure no overlap. In the past when both federal and provincial assessments are called for (as would be the case here), a joint review panel has often been struck with one of the agencies leading the review on behalf of the others. Not sure how it will work now under the new federal IAA, as there haven't really been any projects put forth subject to that yet, but will probably be in line with this historical joint review process. Bottom line is that a proposal like this will be subject to a full environmental impact assessment with both federal and provincial agencies involved. An EIA involves, from the getgo, stakeholder consultation and input as to the terms of reference for the EIA/joint review panel. That would be the ideal time to ensure that fisheries related matters are prominent and baked into the terms of reference for the EIA.
  15. Environmental approval of the development, and administration/enforcement of the operating license (if granted), is with Alberta Environment. This project would require both an Alberta Environment provincial approval (under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act), as well as a federal assessment under the new Impact Assessment Act.
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