Friday, May 22, 2015

Trout seized from anglers on the Bow River

Fish and Wildlife Enforcement writes: These trout were seized from anglers on the Bow River. They are all over 35 cm, and according to the regulations, trout that size from the Bow River must be released. The rules may vary according to species of fish and section of the river. Some sections are even closed to fishing right now. 

We encourage all anglers to check this page for the full breakdown, and know before you go:

H/T to Mike Kelly

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Invasive mussels intercepted on boat bound for Sylvan Lake

Photo, courtesy ESRD, Government of Alberta

Invasive mussels intercepted on boat bound for Sylvan Lake

By Karen Bartko, Global News, May 20, 2015

"...There was a close call this past May long weekend, when the mussels were found on a boat bound for one of the province’s most popular lakes. The boat, originally from Ontario, was headed to Sylvan Lake in central Alberta on Sunday night when it was stopped at a watercraft inspection station meant to prevent the spread of zebra and quagga mussels...

...The province estimates an infestation in Alberta could cost the province more than $75 million annually. In April, the government amended the Fisheries Act, making it mandatory for all vehicles carrying or towing a water-based vessel, like a boat or Sea-Doo, to stop at any inspection station they come upon. Bypassing one can result in fines up to $100,000 or 12 months in prison... "

Read more here:…/invasive-mussels-intercepted-on-boa…/

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Legacy Island Tree Wrap & Clean-up Day - Sunday May 24, 2015

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Calgary Hook and Hackle Club Auction - A Look Back

Club volunteer auctioneers. G. A. Christian Bilou (left) and Stan Ainslie

"The auction was a success and I would like to thank all who attended and spent their money in such a down turn in our ecomony." - Club President Daniel Young
Live Auction stuff

There were 11 trips and lessons donated by club members for the Live Auction - float trips, walk & wade trips, flytying lessons and casting lessons.

Bow River Shuttles donation to the Calgary Hook and Hackle Club Silent Auction - "Fly Fishing Movie Madness" package

View more photos here:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Enforcement increased on eastern slopes public lands

Enforcement increased on eastern slopes public lands

by ESRD, May 14, 2015

Alberta is putting more people on the ground in the eastern slopes this summer to raise awareness around safe and responsible use of public lands.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tree Wrap & Clean-up Day - May 24

Photo, courtesy Trout Unlimited Canada - Bow River Chapter

"We invite you to join the Trout Unlimited Canada - Bow River Chapter for a Tree Wrapping and Clean Up Day at Legacy Island on Sunday May 24, 2015 from 10AM to 4PM.

While the boat launch at Legacy Island was cleaned up following the 2013 flood, there is still significant debris and garbage scattered around the island. In addition, numerous trees on the island either require new wrapping or require repair to old wrapping - an initial survey of the island indicates approximately 70 trees require wrapping.

Wrapping mature trees such as the Cottonwoods along the Bow River with a metal wire protects them from beaver damage and downing which in some areas has devastated riparian vegetation along the Bow River. This is an easy and effective method to protect our mature trees in the riparian area which are essential to bank stabilization and contribute to a healthy ecosystem.

More details will be circulated the week of May 17, 2015. Please come donate a few hours of your time, bring a friend and your work gloves. Your support is appreciated."

More info here:

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Street to Stream 'Yard Blitz' - May 23

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The Cows and Fish - Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society Street to Stream Residential Demonstration “Yard Blitz” will take place on May 23rd, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, along the Bow River in Calgary’s Inglewood neighbourhood. This is a hands-on opportunity to learn more about rain gardens, riparian buffers and more.

Click here to register:

Spaces are limited, so register early to save your spot!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Bow River Shuttles 11th Annual Used Drift Boat Sale - A Look Back

Bow River Shuttles is pleased to have been partnered with the Trout Unlimited Canada - Bow River Chapter "Tackle Swap" event over the past eleven years.

This year's version saw five boats on display, including two very fine wooden boats. 

Special 'thanks' to all the boat owners for making the effort to bring their boats out, as well as to those who purcashed a boat.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

CMHA's 64th Annual Mental Health Week - May 4-10, 2015


Eager to get involved in ‪#‎MentalHealth‬ Week? The Canadian Mental Health Association is hosting events and activities all across Canada. Join seminars, open houses, film screenings, art shows and walks to promote positivity around mental health.

For a full listing of events, please visit: And don’t forget to ‪#‎GETLOUD‬!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Trout Unlimited Canada - Bow River Chapter "Tackle Swap" - A Look Back

You've got to get there early to be first through the door.

Trout Unlimited Canada - Bow River Chapter "Tackle Swap" - A Look Back

The 2015 "Tackle Swap" was the biggest year yet in terms of bookings, with 28 tables sold (sellout is 30) plus 5 used boats. There was also a consensus that a record turnout of people showed up to buy goods.

Thanks to George Samaha for organizing and coordinating this event, along with a lot of help from Stephen Fairley. Longtime TUC volunteers Craig Robillard and Craig Cooper also contributed to the success of this year's event. 

George Samaha writes: "It warms my heart to see a record crowd of participants and buyers at the sale to raise money for Trout Unlimited as it is something I hold dear to my heart. These funds will be used to sustain our local fishery and sustain it for our next generation. I look forward to seeing everyone next year."

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Event Coordinator George Samaha (white T shirt) and Trout Unlimited Canada - Bow River Chapter volunteer Stephen Fairley (left)

West Winds Fly Shop - May 09, 2015

West Winds Fly Shop - May 09, 2015

Meet the new ownership, enjoy a BBQ & grab some gear at a great price!