Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Editorial: Two rivers run through us

Rescuers evacuate trapped residents through flood waters in High River on June 20, 2013. Six months after devastating floods in southern Alberta, more than 1,000 people remain out of their homes. Photograph by: Gavin Young , Calgary Herald

Editorial: Two rivers run through us

Summer flooding was newsmaker of the year

Calgary Herald December 30, 2013

A curse whose origins are lost in the mists of time long past says: “May you live in interesting times.” We here in southern Alberta lived in interesting times last June.

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

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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August 2012

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Monday, December 30, 2013

The Contemporary Sportsman - December 2013


The Contemporary Sportsman - December 2013

Those who attended our recent Calgary 'World Premiere' of Confluence Films' new movie WAYPOINTS will want to check out the photo essay, 'Nomads', by Isalis Michiu Nicolaevici.

Read magazine here: http://bit.ly/1cRIwyq

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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August 2012

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Harper government cutting more than $100 million related to protection of water

Coast Guard services are facing cuts equivalent to $20 million by 2014-15.Photo by Darryl Dyck, The Canadian Press

Harper government finds waterway spending cuts

Coast Guard downsizing in $100M shaved


by Mike De Souza, Calgary Herald/Postmedia News, Sat, Dec 28, 2013

More than $100 million in cuts are underway at the federal department in charge of protecting Canada's water and oceans, despite recommendations from top bureaucrats that it needs to increase spending for both environmental and economic reasons.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/1ahM0Ek

NOTE: The Calgary Herald story was edited for length. Read the original story here: http://bit.ly/1g89KQa

Coast Guard services are facing cuts equivalent to $20 million by 2014-15.Photo by Darryl Dyck, The Canadian Press


Flymage Magazine - December 2013

 
Flymage Magazine - December 2013

Read: http://bit.ly/18SlR44

flymage.net

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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August 2012

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Editorial: Flood of ideas

Photo, Ted Rhodes, Calgary Herald

Editorial: Flood of ideas  

Alberta’s regional plan shouldn’t overlook watersheds 

Calgary Herald, December 27, 2013 

Read editorial here: http://bit.ly/1eiRYbb

Kevin Van Tighem writes in response to this editorial:

"A quick email to bev.yee@gov.ab.ca supporting more protection measures in the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan would be a great way to help bring in a new year...and a new era of respect for our headwaters.

Let's replace clearcutting with canopy-retention logging, institute a zero-harvest trapping quota on beavers whose work creates water-storing and flood-slowing wetlands, permit off-road vehicles only on properly maintained trails, and set aside the Castle drainage and other key water-producing areas in the mountains and foothills as wildland parks."

The New Fly Fisher Magazine - Winter 2013

 
The New Fly Fisher Magazine - Winter 2013

Read: http://bit.ly/Jlt018

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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August 2012

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Northern Gateway Pipeline Project - JRP Report


Northern Gateway Pipeline Project - JRP Report


The National Energy Board’s Joint Review Panel (JRP) issued their report on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline Project last week, just a few days before Christmas. 

To no one’s surprise, it was met with mixed reviews, generally dependent on which side of the fence the writer was sitting. 

We’ve listed a sampling of articles below, for your holiday reading enjoyment. :-) 

NOTE: The first article provides links to the actual JRP report.

'Scenic Photos the High Point of Panel's Report on Enbridge's Northern Gateway Oil Pipeline Proposal', By Chris Turner, DeSmog Canada, Dec 19 2013
Read here: http://bit.ly/1koQl0c

'First hurdle cleared', Editorial, Calgary Herald, Dec 20 2013
Read here: http://bit.ly/1egAE6y

'Ottawa likely to give stamp of approval', By Stephen Ewart, Calgary Herald, Dec 20, 2013
Read here: http://bit.ly/1cXkdK7

'Northern Gateway likely doomed', By Michael Den Tandt, Calgary Herald/Postmedia News, Dec 20, 2013
Read: http://bit.ly/1h2QHtv

'Harper needs to just say No to the Northern Gateway', By Terry Glavin, Ottawa Citizen December 25, 2013
Read here: http://bit.ly/1cXkrkl

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season



August 2012

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Calgary Hook and Hackle Club Christmas Party 2013

Long tables
 
Calgary Hook and Hackle Club Christmas Party 2013

Well over 100 members and guests attended another great Christmas get together a couple of weeks ago.

Good good, great company, lots of presents, plus club awards made for an excellent evening.
— at Amici Italian Grill.

Round tables
Booths

Lots of good food — at Amici Italian Grill.
Gifts piled high. Club President Daniel Young (far left) and Mrs. Santa Claus (AKA Louise Hearn Stinson) (centre) handing out the presents to both members and guests. — at Amici Italian Grill.
Bill Peters opening his gift as wife Lorna looks on.

Gerry Thompson receiving the Ron Pike Award for her excellent work as Co-Chair of the recent Canadian National Fly Fishing Championships & Conservation Symposium

The Ron Pike Award, presented for 'Outstanding Service To The Sport Of FlyFishing'

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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August 2012

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

This is Fly Magazine - #44 Dec/Jan 2014

 
 
This is Fly Magazine - #44 Dec/Jan 2014

Read here: http://bit.ly/1jyJsvh

Dam potential flood protector

A flood mitigation expert panel points out TransAlta's Ghost Reservoir could collect flood waters and thus lessen devastation in the city. Photo, Murray Lundberg

Dam potential flood protector

Ghost Reservoir could be used to contain water

by Jason Markusoff, Calgary Herald, Tuesday, December 17, 2013


A reservoir and hydroelectricity dam west of Cochrane could be one of the best defences neighbourhoods like Bowness and Sunnyside have against future floods, city council was told Monday.

Read article here: http://bit.ly/18HbwYF


Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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Heading downstream.

August 2012

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

TUC Receives Additional Funding

Gerry Thompson, Co-chair (left center) and Robert Eagleson Treasurer (left) present TUC CEO Jeff Surtees (right center) with cheque. Lesley Peterson, TUC Project Biologist (right middle) and Don Pike, TUC’s Director of Special Events (right) were also on hand for the presentation.
Photo, courtesy Trout Unlimited Canada

Trout Unlimited Canada writes: "TUC receives funding support from Canadian Fly Fishing Championships Conservation Symposium. The funds will be directed towards the Mallard Point side channel enhancement project on the Bow River in Calgary."

Read story here:  http://bit.ly/1cVnxJe

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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August 2012

Two big girls having a grand time!

#bowriver #flyfishing

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

FLOOD - The Other “F” Word?


FLOOD - The Other “F” Word?

Gordon Lightfoot, the icon of Canadian folk music, intones, “When the skies of November turn gloomy” as a warning to ships plying the waters of Lake Superior, even big iron ore carriers. In land locked and generally water short Alberta, Lightfoot’s words don’t have the same cachet, but recent storm events have begun to sensitize us.

The floods of 1995, 2002, 2005 and now 2013 have made us start to search the skies of May and June for signs of impending doom. Spring rain used to fill our prairie souls with joy; now the same rain, especially when it persists for days, fills us with a sense of angst.

With recent experiences we’ve started to look at a flood as the other “F” word. Are we justified in thinking of this phenomenon in such harsh terms?

-Lorne Fitch, P. Biol. Cows and Fish - Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society

Read more here: http://bit.ly/1i2VtYd

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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August 2012
 

Two little girls having a grand time!

#bowriver #flyfishing

Monday, December 16, 2013

SSRP Info Night - 7pm, Dec 17 at CAOC



SSRP Info Night

7PM - Tue, Dec 17th
at Calgary Area Outdoor Council

 

Learn more about the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan.
The Calgary Area Outdoor Council is holding an evening of information sharing about the SSRP.

What's good about it? What are the problems? How does it affect the outdoor community?

Katie Morrison (CPAWS), and Al Black (Climbers Access Society) will be making presentations and fielding questions about the SSRP.

The Calgary Area Outdoor Council wants to hear your views on the SSRP so that we may feed into the process. Our aim is to ensure the collective voice of the outdoor community is heard as this important plan nears its final implementation.

The deadline for public consultation is on January 15th and CAOC will be using information gathered this evening before submitting our position.

More info from ESRD: http://bit.ly/IR1gkN
and CPAWS: http://bit.ly/1diVRMq

 CPAWS Southern Alberta

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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August 2012

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Fin Chasers Magazine - Dec 2013 #4

 
Fin Chasers Magazine - Dec 2013 #4   
 
Check out 'Home Waters' by Bow River fly fisher Paula Shearer.
 
Also, contributions from Matt Harris, April Vokey, Clemens Ratschan, Hank Patterson, Stephan Gian Dombaj, Tarquin Millington-Drake and Barry Ord Clarke.
 

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

Photo, © 2012 Bow River Shuttles All rights reserved 2012

August 2012

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Dismantling of Fishery Library 'Like a Book Burning,' Say Scientists

Photo, Mike Deal, Winnipeg Free Press

Scientists go fishing for old documents
 

by Mary Agnes Welch, Winnipeg Free Press, Dec 05, 2014

Fish and water scientists turned into scavengers this week, descending on a soon-to-be-closed federal library to salvage hundreds of books, jou
rnals and rare reports that are about to be tossed.

The library at the Freshwater Institute on the University of Manitoba campus is one of seven slated for closure by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Read article here: http://bit.ly/18oM2wN

Dismantling of Fishery Library 'Like a Book Burning,' Say Scientists

By Andrew Nikiforuk, TheTyee.ca, Dec 09, 2013

The Harper government has dismantled one of the world's top aquatic and fishery libraries as part of its agenda to reduce government as well as limit the role of environmental science in policy decision-making.

Read article here: http://bit.ly/IN16KB

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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Triple-decker pontoon boat trailer

August 2012

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

WestJet Christmas Miracle



No, this isn't fly fishing. Yes, it's actually a commercial. But we think you'll like it.

Gifts for lucky passengers keep on giving for WestJet

By Paula Simons, Calgary Herald/Edmonton Journal, December 9, 2013

WestJet has staged a Christmas miracle for some of its passengers — a holiday stunt that has proved a triumph of social media marketing.

Read article here:  http://bit.ly/JcMuFC

Early Bird Tickets! Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival

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Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Seaso

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August 2012

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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The 'Wild Goose' - one of the most attractive wooden boats on the Bow!

August 2012

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

The failure of flood control

Photo, Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

More from Kevin Van Tighem, who writes: “Those who ignore the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them...”

The failure of flood control

It's hard to think of a name more fitting than Watertown for a city routinely doused by a river, but that was small comfort this past April to citizens of the South Dakota town as they sandbagged their homes and watched water rise in their basements.
 
Read more here:  http://bit.ly/1bqdcjB

A Tight Loop - Fall 2013


A Tight Loop - Fall 2013

Read: http://bit.ly/18uWSOO

Looking back along the Bow River - 2012 Season

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August 2012

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