Sunday, July 5, 2015

My Home Town - La Ronge, Saskatchewan

Lynn and Iris Riese's beautiful log home. Photo, courtesy Tammy Cook-Searson

My Home Town - La Ronge, Saskatchewan ‪#‎skfire‬

The area that I grew up in has been much in the news in recent days as a result of wild fires. 

A 'mandatory evacuation' order was issued late this afternoon for the Lac La Ronge Indian Band (La Ronge), Town of La Ronge and Village of Air Ronge.

Anyone interested in following these events can check in at the FB pages of Tammy Cook-Searson, Chief of the LLRIB and Thomas Sierzycki, Mayor of La Ronge. Another very informative site is La Ronge & Area Rez News

- Michelle

Friday, July 3, 2015

Hoot Owl Fly Fishing - 12 Midnight to 2:00 pm Only

Seasons of Brown Trout - Summer Drought from JensenFlyFishing on Vimeo.

Jensen Fly Fishing writes: "In the video above – we are at the place of fish struggling to find oxygen, to find a comfort zone. We are well into drought and the heat is having impact. Fast forward to 3:55 of this video and that’s exactly where we are. (PLEASE NOTE: drought similarly impacts all trout, not just brown trout)."

Hoot Owl Fly Fishing - 12 Midnight to 2:00 pm Only

Our current hot dry weather and warm water conditions are generating many posts about the state of the fishery in our local waters, as well as those further afield.

A post earlier this week on Moldy Chum featured a video from the Truckee River in Northern California/Nevada where local fly fishers banded together to launch their own "hoot-owl" closures - no fishing from 2:00 pm to midnight.

Today, officials in Montana imposed mandatory "hoot owl" closures on a number of rivers, including the Blackfoot, Bitterroot, Clark Fork, Big Hole, Jefferson and others. 

Over on Vancouver Island, the B.C. government today issued fishing bans on rivers from Bamfield to Victoria on the west coast, and from Campbell River to Victoria on the east coast. 

Closer to home, we have:

"TUC Concerned About Low Water and Rising Temps" from Trout Unlimited Canada |

"Consideration: Warm Water Angling Restrictions on our Trout Streams" from Alberta Fishing Guide Magazine |

and good advice from Fish Tales Fly Shop as their contribution to this week's "Alberta Fishing Forecast July 2 – 5, 2015" |
‪#‎bowriver‬ | ‪#‎flyfishing‬ | ‪#‎yyc‬ | ‪#‎KeepEmWet‬

Thursday, July 2, 2015

TUC Stampede Breakfast - July 07

Trout Unlimited California invites you to join us at our Calgary Office, Suite #160 6712 Fisher Street S.E., on the morning of Tuesday July 7th from 7:30-10:30 for some delicious pancakes and refreshments served up by our staff and volunteers in support of conservation!

All that is required is a hearty appetite and a minimum $2.00 donation. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Rain gardens help protect Bow River trout

Strips of native Sheep's Fescue grass were laid between the foundation and the rain garden. It doesn't need water, stays green and never needs to be mowed!

Street to Stream - Building Rain Gardens

Help protect the Bow River trout: install a rain garden

Most of our readers will be familiar with the Trout Unlimited Canada Yellow Fish Road program. Since 1991, thousands of Canadians have become leaders in their community by raising awareness about pollution entering local waterbodies through stormdrains.

One way to achieve that goal is to prevent roof rainwater from getting to the street in the first place. That's the purpose of a rain garden. 

In late May, my husband Armand and I volunteered to help build a rain garden on a private property in Inglewood. This project was a joint venture between Cows and Fish - Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society and the Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership (ALIDP)

More info:

ALIDP construction process at Inglewood (pdf):

City of Calgary YardSmart - Residential rain gardens:

Leta van Duin (left), Executive Director, Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership (ALIDP) and Michelle Magotiaux, Bow River Shuttles

The final step, which was completed prior to this photo, was to lay down a thick layer of mulch - 3 to 4 inches.

View more photos here:

Monday, June 22, 2015

Hooked: Fish, Water and Angling in Art

Hooked: Fish, Water and Angling in Art

May 30 – October 4, 2015

Organized by Glenbow
Curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette and Douglas MacLean

The Oldman, Crowsnest, Castle, Highwood, Sheep, Kananaskis, Elbow and the Bow: boasting some of the best fishing in the world, the streams and rivers of southern Alberta and British Columbia have long attracted visitors from all over the globe.

The breathtaking scenery and meditative act of fishing has inspired many artists and photographers; Hooked takes a unique look at the art and culture of fishing.

Featuring paintings, prints, photography, sculpture in clay, glass and bronze, Hooked marries all of this creative activity with other fishing-related objects and books from Glenbow’s collection and that of avid fisher and co-curator, Douglas MacLean. Featuring work by artist/fishers like Tom Thomson, Ted Godwin, Jack Cowin, and Walter May among many others, Hooked opens a window into the passionate world of art dedicated to fish, water and angling.

More info here:

‪#‎bowriver‬ ‪#‎flyfishing‬ ‪#‎yyc‬

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Fly Fishing Team Canada at World Fly Fishing Championship 2015

Photo, courtesy Josh Jelly Gelinas

Fly Fishing Team Canada at World Fly Fishing Championship 2015

Team Canada members: (from left) Ionut Cotinghi, Rafan Ciprian, David Heine, Josh Jelly Gelinas and Gary Hanke (Calgary).

Photo, courtesy Fly Fishing Team Canada
Fly Fishing Team Canada at Opening Ceremonies of 35th World Fly Fishing Championships (photo c/o Nazif Suzi Fetahovic

From left: Josh Jelly Gelinas, David Heine, Gary Hanke (w/flag)

More photos here:

Bow River Drift Times Increase

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Fly fishers floating the Bow this weekend will need to add a bit more time to their trips. In recent days, the flow rate was in the 220 cms range. It's now down below 90 cms.

The reason: The water level in the Ghost Reservoir was originally scheduled to be raised begining July 07. However, with the Rocky Mountain snowpack now gone, that process began earlier this week, on Monday. More info in the article below. 

Snowpack in Rockies melts four to six weeks earlier than normal

Colette Derworiz, Calgary Herald, June 16, 2015

June’s hot weather has completely wiped out this winter’s snowpack in the Rockies, prompting concerns Western Canada could be entering into a drought.

Last week, the mountain snowpack — already 10 to 25 per cent below normal — melted about four to six weeks earlier than expected by scientists monitoring the situation.

“The hot weather in the past few weeks has really wiped out the snowpack,” said John Pomeroy, a University of Saskatchewan hydrologist.

Read more here: