Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ladies Night at Fish Tales Fly Shop - A Look Back

(from left) Fly fishing model Paula S. and Nancy Storwick.

Ladies Night at Fish Tales Fly Shop - A Look Back

Fish Tales co-owner Nancy Storwick recently organized a fun evening for Calgary's lady fly fishers. A fashion show, featuring great new stuff from Patagonia, snacks galore, games and good prices! 

Junior fly fishing model Brianna sporting the latest T from Simms Fishing Products, featuring artwork by Go Fish - art by andrealarko

The ladies shopped till they dropped, smiling all the way.

Fly Fishing model Lesley P.

Fun and games — at Fish Tales Fly Shop.

Proposed LNG pipelines put dozens of B.C. parks and protected areas at risk, report says

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Proposed LNG pipelines put dozens of B.C. parks and protected areas at risk, report says

by Stephen Hui,, Dec 10, 2014

..."The proposed routes crossing these protected areas are places where no pipelines, roads, or other infrastructure already exist. This means that if these pipelines are built, these protected areas will be newly fragmented, reducing the total core area of each park not previously exposed to development," the report states.

In addition, CPAWS-BC observes that 28 provincial parks and protected areas lie within 10 kilometres of the five proposed pipeline routes...

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Rising costs take toll on Site C dam likelihood

Artists rendering of the proposed Site C Dam. Handout

Rising costs take toll on Site C dam likelihood

The Site C hydroelectric dam on the Peace River now has a price tag of C$8.5 billion

By Jeremy van Loon and Rebecca Penty, Calgary Herald/The Province/Bloomberg December 12, 2014

Rising costs for a planned hydropower station in British Columbia are threatening the project as the province champions exports of liquefied natural gas.

The Site C hydroelectric dam on the Peace River now has a price tag of C$8.5 billion ($7.4 billion), an increase of 7.6 per cent since October when the provincially owned BC Hydro & Power Authority project won environmental approval. The government of Premier Christy Clark, who revealed the higher cost this week in an interview at Bloomberg headquarters, will decide by the end of the year if the project will go ahead.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival - Feb 18, 2014

Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival - Feb 18, 2014

Online tickets now available. Info, film trailers & reviews here:

Heavy Rainfall in Northern California Confuses Fish

Photo, courtesy Outdoor Hub

Heavy Rainfall in Northern California Confuses Fish

by Daniel Xu, Outdoor Hub, December 12, 2014

After a long and severe drought, parts of California are now looking at the opposite end of the weather spectrum. Rough storms and heavy rain pummeled the northern part of the state yesterday, and the sudden appearance of large amounts of water is proving to be problematic for Chinook salmon. According to CBS San Francisco, the salmon are getting lost while traveling to their spawning grounds, often ending up in small irrigation canals or in ditches.

“We’ve rescued over five hundred fish,” said Colin Perdy, a biologist with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Females in the Fishing Industry

Fishing has been a mans sport dating to as far back as caveman days, when men were the hunters and tasked with collecting food for the family, however, women have become increasingly involved in the world of fishing over the last few years. Some of us started as young girls, fishing with our parents and grandparents. Some of us started later in life with a significant other or out of pure curiosity.

Back in 2012 Fishing 101 for Women was founded, giving an outlet for like minded women to connect and develop. Fishing 101 for Women is a non-profit organization that offers free seminars and instruction for women interested in learning the basics of recreational fishing. The Great Canadian Female Anglers (GCFA) has been reaching out to female anglers, helping them meet other female anglers, empowering them and helping them move forward in the sport. Girls as young as 10 years old are becoming members of the GCFA. Brands like Rahfish are growing to accommodate women as well, with female staff and a new line of apparel for females.

There are many women in the fishing industry teaching each other and growing, the one thing we love as much as fishing is watching and helping young women and girls fall in love with the sport. I know personally when a young girl tells me her fishing stories, I feel great knowing that I get to be a part of her growth, and that I am able to pass on my love of the sport. That is what I find most rewarding, and why it is amazing to see more and more female role models in the fishing industry. It has come a long way, and we are still growing, as we continue to make the fishing industry more female friendly I can not wait to see where we bring it next.

Written by Amy Nesbitt


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

TUC 'Fall Splash' Nov 27, 2014 - A Look Back

Michelle, owner/operator of Bow River Shuttles, helping with the morning set-up for the 'Fall Splash' 2014.

Trout Unlimited Canada writes: "TUC would like to thank everyone who attended the 28th Annual Water Conservation Dinner and Auction. This year's event proved a great success. Special thanks to everyone who supported this event through their donations and sponsorships. TUC would also like to extend a special thanks to all the volunteers who provide both their time and 'sweat equity'. Without their commitment and support events such as this could not take place."

The lucky bidder on this Silent Auction package walked away with six tickets to the upcoming Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival 2015, as well as Confluence Films' four movies - Drift, Rise, Connect and Waypoints.

The Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival, organized and presented by Michelle of Bow River Shuttles is coming up on February 18, 2015. 'Kiss the Water' is one of several 'Blue Ribbon' films on the agenda. Tickets available soon!

Monday, December 8, 2014

DamNation Calgary - Another success story!

DamNation fans enjoying the film

DamNation Calgary - Nov 26, 2014

This unique event was organized and presented by Michelle Magotiaux, owner/operator of Bow River Shuttles. It brought together two groups who share a common interest - their love of free-flowing rivers. Members of the local fly fishing community and those from the local environmental concerns community mixed and mingled, all in support of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative Y2Y.

Regretably, a winter storm warning had been issued for K-Country, as well as Banff and Jasper earlier in the day. This resulted in the Y2Y representatives Renée Krysko, Donor Relations Manager and Wendy Francis, Program Director,
who are based in Canmore, not being able to attend.

However, most eveyone else made it out, as the weather in Calgary itself was still manageable.

Big 'THANKS' to all the DamNation fans who came out, along the our volunteers and the "Friends of Damnation" who had display tables set up in the lobby. We appreciate your interest and support! :-)

View the entire album (23 photos) here:

Volunteer Colleen C. (left) from Calgary Women Fly Fishers Club, with Michelle (centre) and volunteer Kim (another of Michelle's daughters)

Sticky Ricky's food truck in the snow, feeding hungry DamNation fans. #stickyRickys YYCFoodTrucks

More DamNation fans enjoying grub from Sticky Ricky's food truck

Lesley Peterson, President, Calgary Women Fly Fishers Club with DamNation fan. Lesley is also the Alberta Provincial Biologist for Trout Unlimited Canada.

Jim McLennan, McLennan Fly Fishing, in conversation with DamNation fans

DamNation fan, Carla Fernandez, (second from left), Manager of Patagonia Calgary was joined by three of her friends.