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  1. Bow River, September 1, upstream Crowchild bridge run, 61ºF (16ºC) at 0700....side channel SHP, 57ºF (13.8ºC) at 17:30. The fish were happy.
  2. As of this morning, Sep. 1, there are no Time of Day restrictions in ES1! Now we can chase the caddis into twilight. Keep 'em wet! https://mywildalberta.ca/fishing/advisories-corrections-closures/default.aspx
  3. Bow River, Crowchild bridge run, water was 60ºF (15.5ºC) at 0930 on Sunday, the 28th.
  4. Bow River at Crowchild Trail bridge near Kensington, in Calgary, water was 58ºF (14.5ºC) at 0730 on Sunday, the 21st.
  5. Hmmm...not sure how accurate the Alberta Environment & Parks data is...yes it has the Bow River at 97 Cubic Metres/Second in Calgary, and 99 CM/S in Cochrane, but I don't think the Bow is 16m deep in Cochrane. These flows/levels were updated through the wee hours of Aug. 17th. Also, the level/depth of Bearspaw Reservoir is rated at just over 1000 metres...!? I know it's a deep reservoir, but it certainly isn't 1km deep...is it?! https://data.calgary.ca/Environment/River-Levels-and-Flows/5fdg-ifgr I took a walk up and downstream in the Votier's Flats section of Fish Creek this past weekend, and I would say it's 30cm deep or less. No fish, just minnows. Water temperature was 64F at 8:45am - 65F at 10am, with minimal flow, so I stopped casting my Sz 22's. Maybe I'm up too far to find any good spots, but it's starting to look like the same conditions in the upper creek as last summer.
  6. I'd also watch a lot of the SFOTF.ca ( Sportfishing on the Fly) videos, most are on their YT channel. They feature the Chironomid Wizard, Brian Chan, quite regularly and the banter between Big Dale and Don Freschi along with Brian is always good for a laugh. They have a ton of stillwater videos.
  7. Ahhh! That makes more sense now, with the small Mallard winglet. Cool. Thank you.
  8. Thanks Doc...hmmm. I thought it might be, but the Alexandra wet flies I've tied had much more red, such as this.. the peacock tips are the same. Hmm. maybe the yellow/blue threw me off a bit.
  9. Hi folks, I was pinching the barb on a few of my older salmon flies, and the point broke off this particular fly. Sigh...oh well, better on the bench instead of in a fish. I cannot find my list, and I was wondering if anyone knew the name of this pattern? Maybe if I can source the proper modern materials, ( and a hook that isn't 40yrs old! ) I can re-tie some more. Thanks in advance.
  10. Started on the tube fly journey late in 2021, and tying them like crazy in '22! Bottom left is a traditional full-body called 'Sillen' with a half-turbo tungsten cone. The middle is a non-body called 'In Flames', a favourite for stained, cold water. Tied using a TTT and full tungsten cone. The right non-body fly and the body with hook was a freestyle tie, using a TTT and full brass cones. I love tube flies.
  11. SF-352. We have them in stock right now. Haha, not trying to be a salesman here, but it is a slim profile, about the size of a sheet of paper (8x11) and holds a ton of flies. It's not a 'double-sided' style of box and easily fits in a sling pack or boat bag.
  12. Well, I guess I'm going first. Bead-head Olive Woolly Bugger. One of the best I've ever tied. #humble
  13. I was nymphing in the Springtime, in murky, knee-deep water, having a fun day. All of a sudden, it felt like something was thumping the bottom as I was wading. The banging and thumping got more and more pronounced and I promptly got out of the way as a full-sized semi wheel and tire bumped and rolled down current no more than 1m away!! One day later, there was a weird scraping, banging and thumping yet again in the same channel. I looked upstream to see a giant root system from a severed tree flipping and rolling and tumbling downstream. It was at least 2m in diameter, and whipping in the runoff. Weirdness!
  14. Picked up the new issue of Fly Fusion magazine today for a quick read. Pretty obvious spelling error right on the cover. Wow. Arsenal folks, arsenal! Eeesh!
  15. That rod must be so out of balance with a reel/line. Ingenuity! Great effort, though. I guess one could fish with the tip and a second from a regular rod as well!
  16. Some folks still think that an 8-foot tall bank below the walking path hides them as they smoke/snort/shoot drugs. Little do they realize there are 4-6 fly fishers across the river on the shallow 'inside elbow' watching it unfold!! Weird.
  17. Wading at a very early hour, with some wind in the Rockies, some of the weird sounds coming from Spruce & Pine rubbing together can sound altogether spooky. Try tying on a Sz20 Adams with shaking fingers!
  18. Here we go!!! When you catch a seagull completely by accident, during the forward portion of a deliberate Snap-T...it's weird that they can pull some backing.
  19. Tied a new 'Intruder' - style streamer today. My own pattern, but very similar to many. ...and under the marabou and rabbit strip...
  20. I think it depends on which kind of nymphing one chooses. I used to fish the 'corkies' all the time, and caught some fish, but nothing to write home about. I even tried 'naked nymphing' which doesn't involve any kind of sighter or indicator. When I switched over to Euro-style nymphing, I was into fish almost every outing, even through the winter. Obviously the Euro technique isn't the best choice for every situation, but as a wading angler, this technique has given me more fish in one day than I had caught in a year trying streamers, swinging wet flies and dries. I need more experience with streamers, so I need some time with my 6W. Obviously @monger you are a master of the streamer technique...getting bored?
  21. @WayneMYour fly looks just fine! Brush out the Hare's Ear fibres a bit and it'll look really buggy. With dubbing, less is more. Start with a smaller pinch, a lot less than you might think, and get used to how long the noodle has to be to reach the thorax or bead. Then, if one has to add some more to gain the taper needed, spin a little bit more on. It's always much easier to add dubbing compared to taking it off! Also, dubbing wax can help in some situations, especially with slippery silk or waxed threads. However, dubbing wax can gum-up the natural fibres, such as hare's ear or squirrel, and is easier to use with synthetic dubbing. If one is right-handed, spin the dubbing on the thread in a clockwise fashion, that way when one starts wrapping away from one's self, the twist is covered over and over with each wrap. Spinning the dubbing on counter-clockwise opens the noodle before wrapping and makes the dubbing loose and prone to unravelling. Good luck!
  22. I've been really happy with my Redingtons for close to 3yrs now. Only issue I had was blowing out a few wear points on the neoprene heel, easily solved with green Solarez. I also bought the BPS branded waders and had success there too. Good waders don't seem like a big deal until the weather gets cold!
  23. Tied a salmon fly called 'Kelsie's Hope'... Hopefully I showed some respect.
  24. Hi Smitty, Hoo boy, depends which 'mudslide' you are speaking of...I can only speak for Canmore and Exshaw 2013. Talk to any guide up there, hey..maybe your spot wasn't touched! The fish, in my tiny opinion, have come back in different areas, but the Upper Bow has changed forever. Not bad Upper Bow places though, Seebe is weird. Maybe I know nothing about you! Haha... it's different these past few yrs. Happy Stampede!
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