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On 6/23/2022 at 11:13 PM, Jayhad said:

Good article find Toolman. Thanks

 I hope the aquifers get topped up a bit this june. 

Jay, unfortunately due to the City of Calgary's continued flood mitigation strategy, most of the water is going to get flushed through the system. Then they will dramatically reduce flows through the summer and fall to refill the many upstream dams for the winter. And, in tandem with the continued over diversion of the Bow and it's tributaries by commercial interests, it will ensure the Bow river trout fisheries future decline. The government chooses to blame C&R angling (and Guides), in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary. Less Water = Less Fish. Period! The recent online Angling surveys, Guiding regulations surveys, Stakeholders meetings etc.... Smoke and Mirrors.

(Hope to see you on the river this season, Jay.)

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Yes, the amount of water removed at the WID weir near the zoo is probably the biggest threat to the river when discussing flows, temperature and dilution of contaminants as summer arrives

However, this reduction/loss of water from the river is not even up for discussion from the government in power. Rather than discuss the gaping wound pumping fluid out, those in power want to bandage some scratches somewhere else

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On 6/26/2022 at 9:26 AM, toolman said:

(Hope to see you on the river this season, Jay.)

yeah Bud, we haven't fished together for quite sometime. we should make an effort to get out. I'll PM you in august. 

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On 6/26/2022 at 9:26 AM, toolman said:

Jay, unfortunately due to the City of Calgary's continued flood mitigation strategy, most of the water is going to get flushed through the system. Then they will dramatically reduce flows through the summer and fall to refill the many upstream dams for the winter. And, in tandem with the continued over diversion of the Bow and it's tributaries by commercial interests, it will ensure the Bow river trout fisheries future decline. The government chooses to blame C&R angling (and Guides), in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary. Less Water = Less Fish. Period! The recent online Angling surveys, Guiding regulations surveys, Stakeholders meetings etc.... Smoke and Mirrors.

(Hope to see you on the river this season, Jay.)

Interesting viewpoint. I wonder what the water flows have been in the last 3 years from say June 1 to October 1 compared to the previous 15 years? We need those kind of stats to really find the answers. Also need to find out how many guides and fisherman are out during the same time periods. Is more water than ever being diverted and if so what is the reasoning? Who are the commercial interests other than irrigation, guiding, shuttles etc. If the Bow was left completely natural from the beginning I would think its quality as a fishery would be much lower especially when you take away the rainbows and browns.  The eastern slopes need to go to rod day allocations/ seasons  from both the commercial guiding and sportfishing community. It is guaranteed to benifit the fish and as conservationists  it is something  we personally can do to help the fish which is much more important than the fishmen. 

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