Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Country Pleasures Fly Fishing Customer Appreciation Day - Apr 26

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Country Pleasures Fly Fishing Customer Appreciation Day - Apr 26

Ottawa removing North Pacific humpback whales from list of ‘threatened’ species

Photo, courtesy Jonathan Haward, The Canadian Press

"No one gives a damn about humpback whales" said almost no one.

Ottawa removing North Pacific humpback whales from list of ‘threatened’ species

By Peter O'Neil, Calgary Herald/Vancouver Sun/Postmedia News April 22, 2014

OTTAWA — The Harper government is downgrading the protection of the North Pacific humpback whale despite objections from a clear majority of groups that were consulted.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/1tCAhfR


Photo, courtesy Jonathan Haward, The Canadian Press

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Today along the Bow River

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

Another nice day, with the high of 17 °C matching yesterday's high. Several drift boaters got out for their first float of 2014 including the party in the photo.

#bowriver #flyfishing

High today 17 °C, overcast, wind avg 11, max 30.

Bow River at Calgary flow 75 cms

Stop further gutting of the Fisheries Act!


Stop further gutting of the Fisheries Act!


Trout Unlimited Canada writes: "In case you don't know, the next step in "improving" the Federal Fisheries Act is to amend how the Federal government will now implement and develop regulations under the deleterious substance component of the Act.....more discretion, less science?

See what you think."


Learn more here:  http://bit.ly/1euoXhx

Green Calgary Earth Day Event April 23


Green Calgary Earth Day Event April 23

More info here: http://bit.ly/1nhdJRd
And here: http://bit.ly/1tbAXIX

Monday, April 21, 2014

Today along the Bow River

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

One of our best days yet, in terms of weather! This family took their brand new Clacka out on its 'shakedown' cruise. First time in the water!

#bowriver #flyfishing

High today 17 °C, mostly cloudy, wind avg 10, max 24.

Bow River at Calgary flow 71 cms

Calgary Hook & Hackle Club Annual Auction - April 23

Photo collage, © Bow River Shuttles

This is your invitation to come out to this special event. You don't have to be a club member to attend.

It's a fun event, supporting a great club, and you will have the opportunity to bid on many items and trips.

In addition to items donated by club members, you will be able to bid on gear donated by local fly shops, fishing retailers and other fly fishing related businesses.

In addition to fly fishing items, there will also be spinning gear, ice fishing and this year even some offshore gear (salmon rods/reels, downrigger etc.)




Also under the auctioneer's gavel are casting lessons, Bow River drift boat float trips, plus a number of walk & wade trips to the Bow River, Elbow River, Sheep River, North Raven River, Upper Oldman and others


Why support the club and this event?

Club members provide much sought after boxes of flies for fundraisers, such as TUC, Casting for Life and others.

The club promotes fly tying for both adults and youth by providing volunteer tyers for local fly fishing shows and outdoor trade shows. 

It also provides club members with lessons in fly tying. 

And that's in addition to providing its members with a year round list of events and activities dedicated to fly fishing and fly tying.



Contributors, in order, as listed on above list.

1. Superfly
2. Bow River Shuttles
3. Jim and Lynda McLennnan
4. Canadian Tire - McLeod Trail
5. Bass Pro Shop
6. Fleet Safety International
7. Trout Unlimited
8. Bass Pro Shop
9. Canadian Tire Shawville Way SE
10. Fish tales
11. Country Pleasures
12. Fishin' Hole
13. Men in kilts

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Today along the Bow River

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

More drift boats out on this pleasant day, with more walk & waders along the banks than in previous days.

#bowriver #flyfishing

High today 15 °C, mostly cloudy, wind avg 15, max 32.

Bow River at Calgary flow 68 cms

Mike Corrigan at Calgary Hook & Hackle Club

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles
At the Club's most recent meeting, club members enjoyed an excellent tour of fly fishing in New Zealand.

Mike Corrigan spent significant time there on each of his trips, in 2010, 2013 and 2014.

His presentation was broken up into a number of segments, including trip and equipment planning, getting there, what to expect when you got there, many awesome landscape and river images and of course, some excellent 'fish porn'.

It was a great primer for anyone planning such a trip. And a very enjoyable armchair trip for the rest of us.

http://hookandhackleclub.org/

#flyfishing #newzealand

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Today along the Bow River

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

What a difference a day makes! There may have been snow on the windshield this morning, but the sun was shinning brightly.

It was only 3 °C when this drift boat was preparing to launch this morning, but it continued to warm up over the day.

Can you spot the second drift boat in this photo? Look directly over the orange cap of the fly fisher.

#bowriver #flyfishing

High today 11 °C, scattered clouds, wind avg 9, max 24.

Bow River at Calgary flow 71 cm

Fishing Report - April 14 2014

Photo, courtesy Fish Tales Fly Shop

Fishing Report - April 14 2014

Courtesy Fish Tales Fly Shop
 
Mike, Max and I had a chance to do a quick float on Monday. We put in at Glenmore around 9:30 and floated to Fish Creek. It was a quick and enjoyable float on one of the warmer early spring days thus far.

Visibility at Glenmore was between 18″ and 24″ but that clarity diminished as we floated downstream and by the time we passed Fish Creek visibility was down to 8 – 12″. We had committed to streamer fishing and cycled through proven patterns like Galloup’s dungeons, Hickman’s flesh eating sculpin in black and brown, and others.

 Read more here:  http://bit.ly/1r1MJDB

Easter Long Weekend Shuttles


Easter Long Weekend Shuttles

We are available for shuttles all weekend. Please call the evening before your float (7-9 pm) to book your shuttle. 403-278-9165.


Seasonal Easter Sunshine

It was a pleasantly dry day across Alta. with temps. in the S.E. once again reaching the mid-teens. Young Easter egg hunters will have the weather on their side, with plenty of sunshine, but a bit of a brisk wind Sun. morning. Slightly milder weather will prevail until mid-week – after that it will become rainy, windy and chilly. There is even the chance of more wet snow Wed. night and Thur. morning. Ah spring…

Sat. night: Clearing, low -1
Sun: Mainly sunny, wind w. 30 gusting 50 km/h, high 12
Mon: Aft. cloud, high 14
Tue: Incr. cloud, eve. rain, high 15
Wed: Rain, breezy, 4 by eve.
Thu: Cloudy, A.M. wet snow, high 7

Steve Rothfels

Easter Weekend Fishing Report (Central Alberta)


Easter Weekend Fishing Report (Central Alberta)

Click this link: http://bit.ly/1tmN3Py

Courtesy Alberta Fishing Guide Magazine

Friday, April 18, 2014

Today along the Bow River

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

Yes, it was a typical spring 2014 April day. Wet snow flurries...

#bowriver #flyfishing

High today 1 °C, light snow, wind avg 16, max 28.

Bow River at Calgary flow 73 cms

Boat Launch Conditions - April 05, 2014

Carseland/Johnson's Island  Photo, © Bow River Shuttles
We provided a report back on Friday April 04 on the quick tour we did of Glenmore, 22X and Police.

After completing our shuttles on Saturday April 05, we headed downstream to have a look at the rest of the boat launches. 


Carseland/Johnson's Island  Photo, © Bow River Shuttles
We headed straight for Carseland/Johnson's Island. All was quiet down in the valley - no equipment, no workers. There had been no further construction activity since our last visit in late February. 


Carseland/Johnson's Island Photo, © Bow River Shuttles
However, we did note that the side of the valley had experienced another slump. It followed the very same semi-circular path as the one that happened a couple years ago.

Legacy Island  Photo, © Bow River Shuttles
Legacy Island was still locked in ice. The road down the coulee to the island was too muddy to risk descending with my shuttle van. However, we got close enough to see that the side channel was still blocked by ice. 

 Legacy Island  Photo, © Bow River Shuttles
McKinnon Flats  Photo, © Bow River Shuttles
On to McKinnon, only to find the switchback road down to the valley bottom was impassible for a front wheel drive van. 
 
McKinnon Flats  Photo, © Bow River Shuttles
A 4x4 truck had descended part way, only to have a change of heart. He was attempting to back up the road. It took some doing, but he finally made it back up to the top. 


McKinnon Flats  Photo, © Bow River Shuttles
We could see what appeared to be a fairly solid wall of ice fronting the McKinnon parking lot. 

McKinnon Flats  Photo, © Bow River Shuttles
It doesn't actually take long for the McKinnon switchbacks to dry out. All that's needed is a few warm and windy days.

But so far in April 2014, warm days have been few and far between.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Flood report suggests relocation less costly than mitigation

A report submitted to the province by Alberta WaterSmart studied the trade offs of various flood mitigation options on the river systems. It shows relocation of property and restoration of natural river systems are the most effective options. Photo, Ted Rhodes, Calgary Herald

Flood report suggests relocation less costly than mitigation

By Colette Derworiz, Calgary Herald April 14, 2014

The 2013 flood left five people dead and destroyed property, but a new report says mitigation measures being debated to protect against future flooding would have severe consequences for other communities and the environment.

Called the Bow Basin Flood Mitigation and Watershed Management Project, the report by Alberta WaterSmart studied the trade offs of various flood mitigation options on the river systems.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/1noHATS

Fly Shops, Fly Fishing Outfitters & Fly Fishing Guides

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Roam Right...Navigating Outdoor Risk and the Legal System for Outdoor groups and professionals with Jon Heshka

(http://www.tru.ca/act/adventure/who/faculty/jheshka.html)

You don't want to miss this opportunity to increase your knowledge and improve your practices.

Join us for a free information session and Q & A with one of Canada's leading experts. Jon Heshka, (B.Sc., B.A., B.Ed., M.E.d, LL.M, Associate Dean of Law from Thompson River's University) will present and answering questions about this perpetually relevant topic.

This will be especially valuable for outdoor clubs, groups, and individuals that guide people, lead trips, or organize outdoor events. Make sure you and your organization have it covered. There is a lot of misinformation out there so come and learn from the best - and ask questions.

April 16th | 7.00 PM | Y224 at MRU.

http://caoc.ab.ca/event/roam-right-navigating-outdoor-risk-the-legal-system-jon-heshka/

Email or call to RSVP (see poster for details)

More info here: http://events.mec.ca/node/15382

Fish Face Friday March 2013-2014


Fish Face Friday March 2013-2014 from Fish Tales Fly Shop on Vimeo.

Fish Face Friday March 2013-2014

Courtesy Fish Tales Fly Shop

Monday, April 14, 2014

Today along the Bow River - April 2014

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles
 
A few drift boats enjoyed some decent weather on the Bow today.

#bowriver #flyfishing

High today 15 °C, mostly cloudy, wind avg 12, max 20.

Bow River at Calgary flow 72 cms

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

River forecasters keep watch as rains approach

Acting manager Evan Friesenhan, right, and river-flow forecaster Colleen Walford go over data at Alberta's River Forecast Centre in Edmonton on Tuesday. Photograph by : Ed Kaiser, Postmedia News
River forecasters keep watch as rains approach

by Colette Derworiz, Calgary Herald, Wed, April 09, 2014

With warmer temperatures melting the snow, the province's river forecasters report some minor flooding along creeks and streams - but no impact on major rivers such as the Bow, Highwood or Oldman.

For that, they're looking to the Rockies where the snowpack is average to above average.

But both forecasters and experts agree it's still to early to tell what that will mean in June.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/QmxHLm

What?? More Snow?



What?? More Snow?

The weather over southern Alberta will become quite unsettled Tuesday afternoon, as a low pressure system moves into the area from NW Alberta. By dinner time Tuesday night, you can expect to see some rainfall, which will change to flurries as it cools down in the evening. Most of the snow is likely to fall in the foothills and mountains, but we can expect a few flurries Tuesday night, and throughout Wednesday in Calgary.

Monday Night, April 14: Mainly clear, low 3
Tuesday, April 15: Mainly cloudy, showers, evening flurries, high 8
Wednesday, April 16: Mainly cloudy, chance of flurries, high -2

Courtesy David Spence, CTV Calgary Weather

"Trashed" - Mon April 14, 7:00 pm. Cardel Theatre



"Trashed" - Mon April 14, 7:00 pm. Cardel Theatre

Join REAP Business Association for our 6th annual Down to Earth Week - a celebration of local, sustainable living presented by First Calgary Financial, Bullfrog Power, and Calgary Herald. As part of Down to Earth Week this year, we're hosting the Film Screening: Trashed.

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/266440800196892/

Southern Culture On The Fly - Spring 2014

Early Season - Late Ice



Central Alberta fly fishing mid April, 2014. A few nice browns and bull trout to hand as run-off stained water is just reaching the water we fished. Winter still clings onto the small streams of central Alberta and there's a lot of ice on many reaches of streams and high water is just now coming from the south.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Carseland/Johnson Island boat launch: No access until 2015

Carseland/Johnson Island on April 05, 2014. Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

We received the following information from Alberta Parks:

"I regretfully have to inform you that all access to Wyndham-Carseland Provincial Park, including Johnson Island, is not allowed the entire 2014 operating season due to Flood Reconstruction. We hope to have the Park operational and open to the public again in 2015. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Bow River Fishing Report - Sat April 05, 2014

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

Bow River Fishing Report - Sat April 05, 2014

Glenmore to Police

"Thanks to Brad B. for this fishing report" - Michelle, Owner/Operator, Bow River Shuttles

Hi, The float was good but not much for fish action. We had two hook ups and lost both on the jump. Both were on black and white streamers. Thx for the shuttle. We will use Bow River Shuttles again soon thx.

- Brad B

Are You Financing Seafood Crime?

Photo: Hoks/Flickr

I wonder if this holds true for Canada?


Are You Financing Seafood Crime?

by John Upton • April 08, 2014, Pacific Standard

As some of the world’s top seafood consumers, Americans funnel billions of dollars a year to a shady network of exploitative fish launderers.

Read more here:  http://bit.ly/OBuWok

Friday, April 11, 2014

Wild About Wildlife - Bow Habitat Station - Sat April 12


Wild About Wildlife - Bow Habitat Station - Sat April 12

Another Drift Boat coming to 'Bow River Shuttles Used Drift Boat Sale' - Sat Apr 12


This is another boat that will be on display at the upcoming 'Bow River Shuttles - Used Drift Boat Sale' on Saturday June 12, 2014. More info at this link: http://conta.cc/1pLOxhJ

FIBREGLASS refurbished , as is
center line length 16foot
gunwales-O/A length incl anchor arm
Beam width - 5'6"
Outboard motor bracket
custom oars, anchor, trailer w/spare, extra wheel