Sunday, September 30, 2012

Today along the Bow River - September 2012

 Setting up in the Sunday early morning light. 
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Crossing the side channel at mid day on the last day of September 2012

Sunday afternoon fun in the September sun.

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2012 WCMAs Live Stream @ 8:00 pm Sunday Sept 30

Watch live streaming video from wcma at livestream.com

Province set to start water consultations


Earlier this summer, Alberta Health Services issued a blue-green algae advisory warning people to stay away from the lake, because contact with the algae in the water can cause nausea, vomiting and rashes.
Photograph by: Brian J. Gavriloff / Edmonton Journal, edmontonjournal.com

Province set to start water consultations

"The consultations will centre on four key areas, McQueen said: healthy lakes, the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, efficient water management — an issue that will include debate about water licences and markets — and municipal issues, including waste water."

By Karen Kleiss,
Edmonton Journal
September 27, 2012

EDMONTON - Public debate over fracking, water markets and dying Alberta lakes will heat up in coming months as the provincial government prepares to embark on a provincewide water consultation.

For Albertans such as Sandi Benford, the meetings can’t come soon enough: She says the lake near her home is choking on algae, and she wants the province to help save it.

Benford is the Mayor of the Summer Village of Southview and president of the Lake Isle Aquatic Management Society.

“People are moving away because the lake is in such bad shape,” Benford said Thursday at a meeting of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. “We have a highly eutrophic lake: it’s shallow, high phosphorous, with high chemical concentrations, which cause the growth of vegetation, which is choking everything out.

“The year before last, we had a winter fish kill, so fishing was closed. There’s less boating. ... The smell is so bad, you can’t even walk.”

Earlier this summer, Alberta Health Services issued a blue-green algae advisory warning people to stay away from the lake, because contact with the algae in the water can cause nausea, vomiting and rashes.


Read more here

WCMA Live Stream - Sept 30 @ 8:00 pm



WCMA Live Stream 

The 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards Gala hosted by Grant Lawrence will Stream Live on the BreakOut West Website on September 30! 

Watch Sep. 30 at 8pm! 

Longview’s Jim McLennan has been nominated for Instrumental Recording of the Year with the album, “Six-String Gumbo.” Jim and Lynda McLennan will be attending this evening’s Gala in Regina.  

2012 Western Canadian Music Awards - Live Stream

Looking back along the Bow River - Season 2011

Bank fishing & drifting. Mid Oct 2011.  
Photo, Copyright Bow River Shuttles All rights reserved 2011

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Today along the Bow River - September 2012

Parked at the end of a gravel bar.  
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Sight fishing for Bow River trout. 

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TUC Fish Rescue Begins in Calgary Sunday Sept 30

Photo, courtesy Trout Unlimited Canada

Join Nature Calgary & Trout Unlimited tomorrow & learn about fish species at the Fish Rescue.

Nature Calgary

TUC Fish Rescues

Sun Sep 30: Fish Rescue, N end Max Bell Arena area, Calgary.

Since 1998, Trout Unlimited Canada and volunteers have rescued over 731,000 fish!

Rescued species include Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Mountain Whitefish, Bull Trout, Northern Pike, Burbot, Lake Whitefish and Yellow Perch, plus many unique and interesting non-sport fish species.

Volunteers of all ages are needed! This is an excellent "hands-on" activity for individuals, families, and groups.

For more information and to register, contact Lesley Peterson at 403-209-5184 or 1-800-909-6040; or LPeterson@tucanada.org;

CBC celebrates Alberta Culture Days in Calgary - Sept 29 @ 5:30 pm

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Alberta Culture Days|Calgary 
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Looking back along the Bow River - Season 2011

Mid Oct 2011.  Photo, Copryright Bow River Shuttles All rights reserved 2011

Friday, September 28, 2012

Today along the Bow River - September 2012

Another incredible late September day. 
Photo, Copyright Bow River Shuttles All rights reserved 2012

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Bow River Fishing Report (Sept 27) - Courtesy Country Pleasures Fly Fishing



Bow River Report –September 27, 2012

Seems that the calendar got screwed up in a big way this year. It seems it’s not September 27 but August 27. Can’t remember a year where we have stayed so warm, so late, with the nights not even getting that cold. Only real evidence of how late it is would be the longer nights.

Anyways, not a lot changed in the last week, there’s a mind blowing number of rising fish kicking around right now. Small flies, small tippets (fished 6X on the Bow for the first time in 30 years), selective fish, spooky fish….it’s a little like a spring creek out there right now. Tricos (slowing down), Pseudos, and Baetis are the deal right now.

Hopper fishing has shown signs of resurgence in the past week but still remains somewhat inconsistent. One day it rocks, the next, not so much.

Boatmen are thick right now! Sight fishing with an appropriate pattern can be pretty darn good. Or even hanging one under a hopper is very effective. You can use Boatman patterns or the usual…Prince, Black Copper John, any slim profile black nymph will likely get eaten.

Hatches: Hoppers, Tricos, Ants, Beetles, Pseudos and Baetis on the cloudy days

Streamers: Slap-N-Tickle, C/H R/L Bugger-Black, Egg Stealing Super Sculpin
Nymphs: Tung Stud, Peacock Water Boatman, TB Biotic Nymph, Present tail
Dry Flies: Frankenhopper, Slice Above Hopper, Glitter Flag Ant, Glo-Ant, Berrett’s Cricket, Micro Mayfly-BWO #18, Almost Dun-BWO #18, Parachute Adams #20 

Country Pleasures Fly Fishing Blog

Alberta Culture Days - Sept 28-30, 2012

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Alberta Culture Days 2012 

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Vandalism at McKinnon Flats

All photos, Copyright Bow River Shuttles All rights reserved 2012

"I wonder what happened to the metal gate to the old McKinnon homestead property?" 


"Oh! There it is, in the parking slot. Someone tried to set it on fire!" 

 "Using what?" 

 "I have no idea." 
 

The Alberta Conservation Association has been notified. They will try to send someone to clean up the mess early next week.

Western Canadian Music Awards - Sept 28-30, 2012



Longview’s Jim McLennan has been nominated for Instrumental Recording of the Year with the album, “Six-String Gumbo.” 

Winners will be announced at the Western Canadian Music Awards Gala on Sunday, September 30, 2012 in Regina, Saskatchewan.

2012 Western Canadian Music Award Nominees 

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Looking back along the Bow River - Season 2011

Spin caster. Mid Oct 2011.  
Photo, Copyright Bow River Shuttles All rights reserved 2011

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Today along the Bow River - September 2012

A casting lesson going on here.  
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Calgary weather forecast and current Bow River conditions:

Perfect Fall Weekend

Near perfect fall weather awaits us as we head into the weekend. Friday will be unsually warm for the end of September, under bright sunshine. While a few clouds move through Saturday and Sunday, a weak cold front will knock temperatures down a few degrees. It will remain warmer than average over the weekend. Tuesday still offers a chance of rain mixed with the season's first snow.

 
CTV Calgary Weather: David Spence

Thursday Sept 27 2012 at 8:00 pm

Changes over the past 24 hours, unless otherwise indicated. 

Bow River at Banff:  steady 28 - 30 cms
Bow River at Calgary: fluctuating 64 cms - 71 cms
Bow River below Carseland Dam: fluctuating 49 cms – 56 cms

- On Wednesday Sept 05, the flow rate of the Bow River at Calgary came down to below 100 cms for the first time since mid-May.

- On Monday Sept 10, the flow rate of the Bow River at Calgary came down to below 70 cms for the first time since mid-April.

Olympic golden boy Jon Montgomery to champion wetlands


Olympic gold medallist Jon Montgomery is Ducks Unlimited Canada's newest ambassador, 
working to encourage Canadians to get active outdoors.
Photograph by: Leah Hennel, Calgary Herald


Olympic golden boy Jon Montgomery to champion wetlands

By Colette Derworiz,
Calgary Herald
September 27, 2012

He's best known for grabbing a pitcher of beer from the crowd on the way to his gold-medal ceremony in Whistler, but it was a classic Prairie scene that defined Jon Montgomery's career as an athlete.

Growing up in small-town Manitoba, the future skeleton athlete spent many childhood days skating on a pond.

"For Prairie folk, being out-side is part of your DNA," said the 33-year old Calgarian. "Going out and shovelling off a pond and skating on it is the fabric that makes up some of the communities.
 
"It's a social activity, a social event."

The pond outside of Russell, Man., is a protected wetland - making Montgomery a clear choice as an ambassador for Ducks Unlimited.

"Everybody loves Jon," said Gillian Potvin, spokeswoman for Ducks Unlimited. "He's a proud Canadian, everybody watched him in the Olympics.

"It was a very natural fit." The conservation organization, which turns 75 next year, is declaring 2013 the year of the conservation champion - an initiative aiming to encourage people to get active and get involved in the outdoors.

Looking back along the Bow River - Season 2011

Mid Oct 2011.  Photo, Copyright Bow River Shuttles All rights reserved 2011

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Today along the Bow River - September 2012



Arriving at Mac early Wednesday afternoon. The sunshine had returned by late morning.  
Photo, Copyright Bow River Shuttles All right reserved 2012

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Jim McLennan Nominated For CWMA Award



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact information: Jim or Lynda McLennan
mclennanflyfishing@me.com 403 558 2128

Southern Alberta Musician Nominated For CWMA Award
The finalists for the 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards were announced on June 12.

Longview’s Jim McLennan has been nominated for Instrumental Recording of the Year with the album, “Six-String Gumbo.”

Winners will be announced at the Western Canadian Music Awards Gala on Sunday, September 29, 2012 in Regina, Saskatchewan.

A long-time resident of southern Alberta, McLennan is best-known for his profile in the world of fly fishing, where he is a respected author and instructor. But he has also been a serious musician for over 40 years. A preeminent fingerstyle player, McLennan’s playing was first recorded for American acoustic-guitar guru Stefan Grossman’s Kicking Mule Record Company in the 1970s.

“Six-String Gumbo” was recorded at Joe Cunningham’s Small Time Music studio in Pincher Creek, Alberta in 2010 and 2011.

McLennan has been performing extensively through the fall and winter in support of the CD, at venues such as Carlson’s on Macleod in High River, the Room Full of Sound concert series in Okotoks, Festival Place and the Blue Chair in Edmonton, and The Nickleodeon Folk Club in Calgary.

For the complete list of the finalists in all categories, visit the Western Canadian Music Alliance website at www.breakoutwest.com

For more information, to schedule an interview or book a performance, please contact Jim directly.

Thanks to everyone who have supported our music over the past year. Jim and Lynda McLennan

Looking back along the Bow River - Season 2011

Michelle chatting with an early morning shuttle client. 
Both are dressed for warmth. :-)  Mid Oct 2011.  
Photo, Copyright Bow River Shuttles All rights reserved 2011.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Today along the Bow River - September 2012


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 Here are two different experiences of Tuesday fly fishing along the Bow. 


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Rare rain

A Tuesday cold front brought the first rain to Alberta in more than two weeks. Even though it was a cold front, temperatures are not going to fall much. Our high on Wednesday will be close to the seasonal average, and temperatures will climb to the 20s again Thursday and Friday.

CTV Calgary Weather: David Spence


Tuesday Sept 25 2012 at 8:00 pm

Changes over the past 24 hours, unless otherwise indicated. 

Bow River at Banff:  steady 28 cms
Bow River at Calgary: fluctuating 65 cms - 70 cms
Bow River below Carseland Dam: fluctuating 47 cms – 52 cms

- On Wednesday Sept 05, the flow rate of the Bow River at Calgary came down to below 100 cms for the first time since mid-May.

- On Monday Sept 10, the flow rate of the Bow River at Calgary came down to below 70 cms for the first time since mid-April.

Habitat Restoration: An Economic Engine



"Those of us that have spent many years doing environmental restoration and rehabilitation intuitively believe that it also 'pays' for itself, but we do not often promote the fact that environmental restoration does create economic growth in local areas. 

Please watch this fine short video from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) in the USA provides a nice overview of this often forgotten fact." 

- Trout Unlimited Canada 

Source: NOAA Fisheries Service