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  1. I lost a fly box at about the 54-57 km mark the second week of July. I went back and walked the section where I thought it might have been but it was long gone. I am hopeful that someone found it and that I might be able to get it back... It was a 4x5 inch grey box with an inside flap. On the outside it had two stickers about the "no lead" hooks inside. These were all tied by me and it would be great to get it back. If returned, I would be happy to give some hand tied flies in return, you choose the fly type and I will tie them up. This was my Banff park fly box and I hope I don't have to re-t
  2. Top of the hill ,there is a gate.So no access from there with a vechile.Today's satelite view shows that it's still ice covered

    1. mdow


      Gonna head down this next week either way. It will be nice to just get out of the city and see some country. I will let you know how it goes. Do you fish anywhere else down there? I was talking to the biologist who stocks the lake and he told me that the fish in Police are an areal strain of rainbow that he gets from down in the states. He was glad to hear how much they jump and fight... 

    2. BrianR


      Payne lake,nw of police get's the same strain[Troutlodge in Idaho].Only difference is Police is a qsf &Payne is P&T..Tight lines

    3. mdow


      Thanks. Are you affiliated with the Sam Livingston hatchery, or what is your position? I run an outdoor ed program and have been working with Ryan Lyster for a few years now and the kids and I help with the stocking programs he runs, and Ravens, for the lakes and ponds west of Calgary. 

      Do you know anything about Fiesta? or Beaverdam lake? Fiesta is close to home, but I am looking to fins some decent sized Brook trout and I think Ryan was telling me about the Beaverdam, but not sure.

      Was at Police Wednesday and had a pretty good day. That lake has some really nice fish in there. My biggest was just a hair under 25 inches... 

  3. Anyone fished up behind Lake Louise Ski area recently? I am looking to hike up here and fish (day trip), and wondered if there are still good fish to be had in the area...
  4. Is there a guideline or rule about removing these and wasting them? I would like to take each one and just toss it to the gulls but someone told me the Conservation Officers would ticket you for wasting a catch...
  5. Just looking back in the old feed and noticed I hadn't replied about the trip to Rockbound Lake. Since this post, I have been to Rockbound twice and both times caught a ton of Brook Trout. The first year it was hard to keep them off the line and with a small dry fly, it was a lot of fun. They were all around 10 - 12 inches. The second year there were not as many fish, but they were a bit thicker and bigger, on average. Both years, we were the only ones fishing and both years were very much worth while. The scenery is spectacular and the fishing was action packed.  The first year we fished primarily near the rock garden. The second year we found that the schools were more to the north along the shoreline and that they were hanging out around the shoal. wet Wooley Buggers, small leeches, and all sorts of dries were working each time. IMG_1567.jpg.5a0680375f85390911ad485db99914ba.jpg

  6. Thanks for the info, Mayfly. Much appreciated. I really want to get back to this lake and was planning on taking up the fishing gear either way. I assume the rock garden is the south or left side of the lake as you hike in? You mentioned you had been up to Hidden lakes recently. That is an area I would like to explore. What kind of a hike is it to Hidden Lake and can you ride a bike part way?
  7. Thanks for your reply, Angler. I appreciate your sarcasm, and I get it... but I guess what I meant to say was that it would be great to see the parks Canada initiatives succeed and see that our fees have been put to good use in a successful way that would benefit many, from the environment to those that recreate in it. Lofty goals for sure but you and I have in our own minds eye, "the way it once was." For me, that takes me back a few years but certainly not pre you and me. Thanks again, I appreciate the humour. Good luck in your fishing season.
  8. All this being said, I still am unclear if there are intact fish (Brook, RB, or CT) in Rockbound lake. I would love to catch a few while enjoying the view...
  9. Thanks, that would be great to get the lakes back to where they once were...
  10. So let me get this straight, the Brookies are the non-native fish and Cutties are the natives? I know that the Brookies are hard on other fish food and habitat but if I were to eliminate all the Brooks, and if Parks Canada does not have a stocking program...= no fish?? I know it costs a lot to buy a fishing license, I wonder why some of that money isn't going back into the lakes fish supplies? I like to catch Brook Trout, and I like to eat a good sized Brook Trout too but I'd hate to see a lake not have any fish at all...
  11. Thanks for the reply. I wanted to go up for the scenery for sure but the fishing is important wherever we go... it helps with the scenery if you know what I mean. I know that the parks don't stock anymore, and they should, but that's a whole other topic, but I did hear from someone that they thought it had completely winter killed and I thought that was a bit odd given the winters we have had lately and the depth of this lake. I was hoping to hear from someone who had been up either last summer or the summer before. Thanks again
  12. Haven't hiked to Rockbound since I was a kid back in the 70's. We used to catch lots of Cuts back then. I heard the lake was now a Brookie lake and that possibly it winter killed? Any insights? I wanted to take my kids up this summer and it would be great to be able to fish while there too. Any info would be great. Thanks
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