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  1. Overwintering pelicans feeding on Prussian carp. The end times are near! https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/brian-keating-injured-pelican-alberta-1.5985769
  2. I literally stumbled upon something that was tough to look at. Just downstream from Shouldice athletic park No telling what killed this beauty, but we're in the time of year when a long fight and/or grip-and-grin can tip the catch-and-release odds against even a robust, mature trout like this. On the other hand, in one of Nature's ironies, flies were feasting on the trout's carcass. Maybe it would be a useful service if anyone who is in the habit of collecting temperature data had a page - like this - to post water temps over the next few weeks. On the Bow (the NW) yeste
  3. Epic moment when that big Bull takes the Stimmie, Diddy! Classic Dad situation, too, almost panic in your voice as you call "Riv! Riv!" You and NWA Jr are living in a charmed covid bubble. FIsh on!
  4. I googled Alberta Petty Trespass Act and got to an article summarizing recent changes to the legislation. (https://auma.ca/news/casual-legal-alberta-strengthens-trespass-legislation). Changes in Feb 2020 include increases to fines and clarifying when a landlord is presumed to prohibit access - i.e. doesn't have to post the land as "No Trespassing". "The amendments to the Petty Trespass Act also clarify when notice is no longer required to be provided to a trespasser. The list of areas where notice is now essentially presumed, as provided for in the Petty Trespass Act, includes lawns, gard
  5. Good to see you strapping the go-pro on again, GBD ... and Deano, shy as ever. Nice prospecting on a not-so-nice day!
  6. My bro-in-law just bought a Panasonic Lumix dmc fz300, which he likes a lot. 4k video, 25-600 mm optical zoom, lots of bells and whistles, weather sealed (splash-proof, not an underwater camera, but I don't think you can get extreme optical zoom in a fully water-proof camera). Looks a lot more practical than my Pentax dsrl with 55-300mm, which is a pretty rugged unit, but a bit too heavy to hang from a neck strap for extended periods.
  7. Yup, no trout to be found in the NW ... nothing to look at here folks, just move along.
  8. "He counted 68 vehicles parked at those spots." Remember, more cars at those spots doesn't always mean more people. Last time I was skiing in the backcountry (mid-March) my buddy and I arrived in separate vehicles, as did the next three skiers. I guess social distancing trumps climate change. Last week I counted 2 dozen cars at a remote access point downstream of Policeman's, a place where 10 cars would be a busy day in normal times. I was prepared for a gong show on the river, but that trailhead accesses 4-5 km of fishable shoreline and I only saw a few other anglers during the day.
  9. I’ve got a dozen or so tomatoes started, six varieties. No luck with peppers, though: even with electric heating pad under the soil trays, 0% germination rate. Anyone know any secrets to starting peppers.
  10. The Flathead is not classified, but outside of your 30 minute window ... and along some active log hauling roads. Wadeable, and classic cutthroat & bull trout water.
  11. I’ve had my share of valet-parking experiences on some SW streams this past year, but not everywhere is overrun by bobber-chucking dog-faced pony soldiers. A thirty minute drive from Calgary and a 2 km hike can still buy you a priceless day on the water. Back in September I was five minutes into watching the feeding pattern of a couple of large cutthroat when I realized that I was being watched by a large grey wolf. He was polite enough to saunter off into the forest once I made eye contact. I don’t even remember whether I caught any fish that day, but will never forget the moment.
  12. There's a clue in the story: "I walked up the creek further". Likely a trib of the Red Deer/Little Red, but folks that fish those small waters tend to be protective of the location of their favourite beats.
  13. My trout rods are TFO and while I've wondered what an $800 - 1000 rod is like, I've never been temped away from the TFO value proposition. The rods caste well, handle large fish, and breakage repair is quick and convenient (car doors, or clumsy, big-footed fishing buddies: never had an on-water break). Being able to go to a local distributor for 10-minute service is a big plus. I also have a 9wt TiCrX salt water rod and haven't ever got comfortable with it. But I'm just a wannabe big rod caster, so I put my TFO 9wt experience down to my lack of skill, or mismatching grain weights for my f
  14. Getting back to the opening theme of this thread ... My season on the Bow was a mixed bag. Not as many fish-to-net as in past years, but most of them were large (18-24") and healthy. Very few small fish. This reflects a change in my approach over the past few years. I used to be a die-hard dry fly fisher. Even if there was no active surface feeding, I would toss attractor patterns while scanning the water for surface action. The result was that I would catch quite a few 6-12 inch rainbows while skating a caddis emerger, often getting surprise hook-ups while retrieving my line, "accid
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