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  1. Near Calgary Fishing

    It really is this simple. I would probably fish a black-n-white clouser minnow with a backswimmer dropper.
  2. Pinched barbs on 20s

    It was only a couple years ago that I was finally convinced to go 100% barbless. It is not that sz20 does notable damage to the fish, but sz20 are already hard enough to locate (which causes stress to the fish) and remove without ruining the fly. If I am up for the challenge of casting a sz20, I can probably accept the additional challenge of barbless.
  3. Bow River Flows

    I am no fisheries biologist. That is the problem. Can anyone ELI5 it for me? If it is so obvious and easy to understand, can someone please explain it to me? Seriously. A couple of hours on Google Scholar just left me more confused.
  4. I grew up in Red Deer. I watched the RDR change over my lifetime. I must admit, however, that I did not fish it when it was in its brown trout prime. As a teenager in the late 80s, it was possible to catch walleye, pike, goldeye, whitefish, and rainbow trout (yes, rainbow trout) in the city section. So, as long as I can remember, unless you were very specific (like bottom bouncing a sz16 fly tipped with a maggot for whitefish or chucking a big red devil for pike), at least to me, it has always been a piscatorial roulette. Oh, the things a kid could catch with a small panther martin spinner! I had not fished the RDR since 1992. I took up fly fishing about 12 years ago. I immediately started fishing the RDR, mostly for whitefish and goldeye, as a homage to my childhood. I remember the first brown trout that I caught. I had a WTF moment. I was expecting to set the hook on a 12" whitefish, but was actually a 24" brown trout. Since then, I have caught a steady 1 or 2 per year in an average of 4 or 5 outings per year. They do not live in your typical brown trout lies---those places are occupied by walleye. They live with the whitefish---kind of like a herd of house cats living with a lion. There is no doubt the brown trout population is in a tenuous balance with all the other species. The brown trout fry have a gulag/gauntlet to run to outsize the walleye, but if they can make it to 12", really, they only have the pike to worry about, and a big brown trout predator has a veritable cornucopia of food sources. They are very wiley; they would have to be to survive in the chaos of the RDR. But if you can catch one, they really are an archetype of the species---very beautiful.
  5. Bow River Flows

    Can anyone provide documented scientific proof how changing flows impact an ecosystem AND how human intervention in riparian flows have a more significant impact on an ecosystem than the natural fluctuations? I actually want to get angry about the fluctuations because I feel it affects the quality of the fishing. With the lack of actual of peer-reviewed, reproducible data, all I can justifiably feel is 'annoyed'.
  6. BUMP Because I found these in the middle of the parking lot, I have a feeling the person will not know until the next time they go fishing. They are Simms boots in fairly good condition.
  7. I was the last car in the parking lot. I found a pair of wading boots more or less in the middle of the parking lot. PM me the brand, make, and size to reclaim.
  8. Good story... In the previous 3 years (but not this year) there was a single male pelican that would fly up to around the 22X bridge and float down to around Christmas Tree Island, before flying back up to 22X area to float again. He would come by 5 or 6 times in a single evening. He was impressive---big and 'clean' (if that makes any sense, looking more like a bird and less like their dinosaur lineage) I watched him float by one evening. Chasing the pelican, a wildlife photographer scrambled by me. He wanted a picture of this bird. I told him to just wait. The bird floats within a couple metres of shore usually through a couple of key runs and that he was only on his first float---he will be back. The photog did not take my advice and hauled his tripod and spotting scope hurriedly down the riverbank. Sure enough, the pelican did his follow up drift about 40 minutes later, stopping in the run in front of me, less than 2m away, to scoop up a big brown trout, and a couple little unidentified fish and then immediately flew away. The photog came back upstream. I told him that the pelican came back and drifted very close to shore. The photog said that he knew and that he saw the pelican stop in front of me and catch a couple fish, and that he also said that he saw my 'i told you so' grin. On Friday, I saw a flock/herd/gang/murder of pelicans try to bully a group of Canada geese, clearly trying to eat the goslings. While the pelicans are bigger, few birds are bigger potential a$$holes than Canada geese but when protecting their young, they go super saiyan. The pelicans eventually gave up. I have seen them eat ducklings before though.
  9. I know exactly what you mean by the Oakley lens scratching easily. I keep on buying them. I have owned other brands, but I have a small head, and Oakley seems to be the only ones that stick to me. However, I cannot recommend enough the quality of Oakley bronze prescription sunglasses---they are in a different category from their retail lines. 3 years and thousands of hours of wear-time later, they are as good as the day I got them. My wife as surprised how I would wear my sunglasses even when it started to get dark. When she tried them, her comment was, "how can sunglasses make everything brighter?" However, when I got my sunglasses, Smith Chromapop were not producing prescription lenses, but they are now. I feel they have some of the best contrast of non-prescription lenses. My prescription Oakleys cost around $600.
  10. Felt Soled Boots

    The best thing you can do is dry them in the sunshine---the UV plays a valuable component in killing any bugs. Imagine a sponge. If you submerge it, squeeze it (or step on it), release the pressure, the sponge will hold a great deal of water. To get the disinfectant throughout the sole, you would have to walk through a basin of disinfectant.
  11. Actually, it is not obvious that it is submerged. My thought process was: it was banned because it is laying on bare rocks. No. Wait. I think the tail is under the water. No. Wait. The whole fish is nearly under the water. Where did BF find water so clear?
  12. Epoxy Heads

    I would guess that it was incompletely cured. Replace the batteries in your light source and cure for a 5 or so seconds longer.
  13. Fish Handling

    I am not sure if anyone is properly educated. Most of it comes through peer education. I hate to admit it, but I learned my skills through trial and error (i.e. dead fish) and the appropriate razzing from fellow anglers. The other issue is the rules are not consistent between species. It is totally OK to handle a pike by the gill covers. Actually, it is the best way to get control of the fish and avoid the use of jaw spreaders. Again, it is totally OK to handle a bass by the lip, but a faux-pas for almost every other species. I also believe there is no excuse for poor handling skills, but unless we can provide educational materials to anglers at the time when people get licences, we will continue to have armies of dingus khans.
  14. I fish the Thompson River system every year for a couple of weeks. The Rainbows and bulls will sit just a couple metres behind spawning salmon to eat the eggs. Best success is to match the size and colour of the actively spawning species, but seems more important to match the size than the colour of the dominant spawn---sockeye eggs are smaller than chinook eggs. Painting a little red dot of nail polish on the side of the bead seems to be more valuable than the actual colour of the bead. Last year, we were out with a DFO biologist. He had fished with an 11mm bead in mid-September. Three of us were out together mid-October. He was using the same 11mm bead from mid-September. My friend and I had both caught 5+ fish on an 8mm bead but he had not yet caught anything. He looked at the bead we were using, facepalmed himself, then started catching fish with an 8mm bead. The trout did not seem to care if the bead was yellowish or pinkish, but definitely preferred the red dot over the plain beads. These are trout that could afford to be picky though. I am not sure how it would translate to the Bow. Like I said---I have only had whitefish eat egg patterns.
  15. In salmon rivers, it almost feels like you are cheating fishing eggs. On the Bow River, I have caught whitefish on egg fly patterns. Quite honestly, though, if I fish an egg, I use a trout beads and a toothpick with a dark hook dangling about 3-5 cm below the stoppered egg. It is more effective than any fly I have used. The separation between bead and hook means the hook set generally misses the small mouths of a whitefish, but trout hookups are unaffected and (so far) seems to avoid the risk of trout swallowing the hook. Great looking flies btw.