Monday, February 28, 2011

Ten & Two Magazine

Ten & Two Magazine focuses on both fishing and the local culture.

In this issue, take a redfish fly fishing journey to the delta south of New Orleans – “The Marsh”. Along the way, you’ll sample the cooking, a “home away from home”, the art, and the music that is unique to this area.

And you’ll finish with a surprising look at local conservation – “It’s Not About the Oil”.

Ten & Two Magazine

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Good mix of members and visitors at Open House

Calgary Hook & Hackle Club President Daniel Young wrote: “Again a great thank you to all of our members that helped out at the Open House and those that came by it is greatly appreciated, as Gerry put it ‘we have a great bunch of talented members’ and even Richard was in a good mood.”

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Wine, Blackberries and Steelhead

Steelhead on the Deschutes from brian kimmel on Vimeo.

Chef Philippe Boulot of Maupin, Oregon (originally from Normandy, France) fishes for steelhead on the Deschutes and later combines regional wine, blackberries and fish into a gourmet streamside meal. Video by Brian Kimmel.


Friday, February 25, 2011

The Prince and the Pupa & the Permit Box

Weekend weather is looking up! Time to crawl out of the cabin!

A few clouds, high -5

Mainly sunny, high -8

Photo: Descendant Crab
Courtesy: Country Pleasures & Enrico Puglisi Flies

Sat Feb 26 Sat (10 am – 12 pm): Mike’s Permit Box. Mike Gifford will go through which flies he carries for Permit and tie a selection of his favourites. All of the patterns have caught Permit and are relatively easy to tie.

You'll see how to tie the pattern that caught two Super Slams and a number of Grand Slams in 2010, all four species on the same fly!
Country Pleasures Fly Fishing

Sun Feb 27 (12 pm - 2 pm): Tying Seminar - "The Prince and the Pupa" with Craig Robillard. Join Craig Robillard - local tier, angler, and Trout Unlimited supporter - for this presentation featuring the always popular and effective bead head prince nymph.

Craig will also demonstrate the JT Pupa and variations of that pattern.
Fish Tales Fly Shop

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Livingstone Landowners and Friends

If you have an interest in environmental/conservation issues affecting the Livingston Range area of South Western Alberta, here is a new website to keep an eye on.

Livingstone Landowners and Friends

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Kid’s stuff – Family Day Weekend

What do you want to be when you grow up? A fisheries biologist? A makeup artist? A cameraman?

A volunteer showing families around.
Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery

Travis Ripley, SRD, explaining fish ID.
Bow Habitat Station

Reel Fun Film Festival

Monday, February 21, 2011

TUC Bow River Chapter - Fly Fishing Symposium (April 09 & 10)

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The Bow River Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada (TUC) is pleased to announce their Fly Tying Symposium featuring renowned fly fishers Dave Whitlock, Kelly Galloup and Jim McLennan.

The symposium will be held on April 9th and 10th at the Delta Calgary South hotel, 135 Southland Drive SE, from 9am to 5pm each day.

$75 two day or $45 individual day passes are available.

For additional information or to book a ticket contact Trout Unlimited Canada at 403-221-8360.

Tickets are also available at: Bow River Troutfitters, Country Pleasures Fly Shop, Fish Tales Fly Shop, SouthBow Fly Shop, The Fishin’ Hole and West Winds Fly Shop.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Make a difference in someone’s life – Support Casting for Life

Silent Auction & Steak Dinner

Local 002 Pub
2 Richard Way SW, Calgary

Tickets only $20

Tickets available from Kathy Hamilton. Email

February 26, 2011 6-10pm

Live Entertainment Featuring JK & the Static

All Photos: Silent Auction & Steak Dinner 2009
All photos: Bow River Shuttles

Casting for Life , a non-profit society formed in 1997, has introduced women from all over Alberta and some from other provinces in Canada to the sport of fly fishing.

Fly fishing is an excellent activity for women who have had breast cancer as the motion of casting the fly exercises the arm, thereby providing means of gradual muscle strengthening and lymph fluid movement.

CfL takes interested women on a three day weekend retreat in which they are taught the art of fly fishing, fly tying and also exposed to other activities beneficial in being on the road to regaining enjoyment of life again.

A volunteer "fishing buddy" is introduced to each participant for an afternoon of fishing on the Saturday.

The retreat fees are subsidized by fund raising activity that CfL does throughout the year so the cost to the participant is minimal.

Casting for Life

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Flymage Magazine

Sight fishing to clear water Dorado in small mountain Argentinean streams, chasing big fish with the Bush Pig saltwater fly, and the underwater photography of Marc Montoccio.

Flymage Feb 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

Q the X - Winner Best Film at Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival

"The concept wasn't pre-conceived for Q the X. We'd set out to gather intimate video footage for a forthcoming sight fishing dvd. As we fished this tiny stream, which we named "the X", we began to get in touch with a different perspective. It's a perspective we've garnered after fishing waters with low or obvious fish stocks, through western Canada and US, and especially New Zealand. It's a perspective that we see, that we can't shake if we're honest about the impacts we have on such fisheries. This is not to project this on to anyone, it's just sharing.

The thoughts and perspectives of fishing this tiny stream culminated in a question of our fishing, hence the name "Q the X". It's a question every angler can ask themselves on any piece of water, centering on the fundamental environmental principle that if we use it, we affect it.

This short won the best feature at the Back Cast film festival in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2011." - Dave & Amelia Jensen

Jensen Fly Fishing Productions

Jensen Fly Fishing – You Tube channel

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Streamers on Sunday

Kurtis' streamer collection Nov 2010
Photo: Bow River Shuttles
Sun Feb 20 (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm): Join Kurtis Giles - long time local angler and tyer - for this session where he’ll demonstrate some favorite techniques and patterns.

Kurtis has been in the Calgary fly fishing industry for about 13 years now, and you've likely spotted him on the Bow or a local mountain stream now and again, likely sporting Roughriders gear. Stop by to check out some of his creative tying techniques and patterns.
Fish Tales Fly Shop

It's time to renew our commitment to Alberta's Land-Use Framework

Trout Unlimited Canada writes: "A well thought out article by Joe Obad, the Associate Director of Water Matters about Alberta's Land Stewardship Act, property rights of landowners and the proper planning of development."

It's time to renew our commitment to Alberta's Land-Use Framework

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The New Fly Fisher

Dear Fly Craft Angling Member,

As some of you may already be aware, the television show I co-host, The New Fly Fisher, now has its own electronic magazine. Ths show's producer, Colin McKeown asked me to let you know about a free promotional one year subscription offer he is offering to you.

As The New Fly Fisher is an educational magazine I thought Colin's offer may be of interest.

The first issue is over 170 pages long and features educational content incuding lots of embedded video clips to augment the text. In future issues we will be including more information, more videos and other unique media options to help you get the most out of this magazine. Combining a television series with a magazine and the putting it all online in Colin's words, "makes total sense."

Early feedback on this new style of magazine has been strong and the goal is to build on this and craft the best fly fishing online magazine possible for the near future. We value your input on how we can improve!

Please click on the link below. It will take you to Log In Message window. Click on "Subscribe Now". Your subscription has already been paid for. Fill in all the information and then click on "Submit". Within a few minutes you should receive a confirmation verification email message. Please follow the link inside that email and you’re ready to read!

This offer is only valid for two weeks.

Thank you,


(Thanks to Mary Zolnar for passing this along)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Rise of the Salmon People (the movie)

Check out this upcoming film featuring Alexandra Morton, Fin Donnelly, UBCIC, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, Eddie Gardner, music by Jamie Lee Fisher and additional footage from Damien Gillis!
Rise of the Salmon People (the movie) on Facebook

Sunday, February 13, 2011

TUC - Bow River Chapter: Social Night (Feb 17)




“Bow River Fly Fishing - How to get yourself and family started"

Join Bow River Guide Terry Johnson for a slide show presentation and discussion
on the how, where, when and why of getting involved in Fly Fishing.

Photos: Bow River Shuttles

Topics include:

- Where to start
- What to use and when to use it
- Where to go
- How to get your family involved
- Why get involved

Date: Feb 17, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

Location: Calgary Delta South
Atrium Building, Kananaskis Room
135 Southland Drive SE

Admission: FREE

For more information, please contact Michelle Magotiaux
at 403-278-9165 or

Support Your Local Bow River and
Coldwater Conservation Efforts!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Fall Musky in SID 6

Aaron Otto offers up an eclectic mix of articles in SID 6. The photo essay “Fall Musky” features Aaron’s own first rate photography.

Other articles with a fly fishing theme include an interview with artist Mike Savlen, “Lake Run Steel Bow” with words and photos by Lee Church plus a couple of short items, Bar Fly and Winter’s Hope, again with nice photos.

Sleeping In The Dirt

Friday, February 11, 2011

Bow Habitat Station – Get to Know Alberta’s Fish (Feb 19)

February 19, 2011
11 - 4pm

To celebrate Alberta Free Fishing Weekend, the Bow Habitat Station will be hosting, guest speakers, demonstrations and much more.

Come discover exciting facts about fish and their environment. Talk to fisheries experts. Feed the fish. Fun activities and crafts for visitors of all ages!

Go to our website for additional information, future events, hours and admissions

Don’t forget to check us out on
Facebook too!

Hope to see you here.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Annual film festival for fly fishers

SCREENING The fourth annual Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival returns to Calgary on Saturday.

Two screenings — a matinee at 1 p.m. and an evening show at 6:30 p.m. — will be held at Cardel Theatre. Each show will have its own lineup of films, but both will feature top films from the genre this year.
If you can only make one of the shows, the evening show includes two awardwinning movies: Rivers of a Lost Coast and Eastern Rises.

Tickets are $15 per adult for the matinee or $25 for both shows before 10 p.m. tonight, or $20 at the door per show.

For more details or to buy tickets, visit eventsonline. ca/events/bow_rs_film/.

10 Feb 2011 Calgary Herald— Compiled by Trent Edwards, Calgary Herald

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Celebrity Fly Tyers Weekend

Evil Weevil

Head over on Saturday morning to see Darren Banasch of Hook & Hackle Canada, author of “Which Fly Do I Use?”.

After that, you can join me (Michelle) for the afternoon and evening at my Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival. A shameless plug, I know. :-)

Then spend some time on Sunday afternoon with Jeremy Davies of “Evil Weevil” fame.

Sat Feb 12 Sat (10 am – 12 pm): More Darren Banasch Favorite Flies. Always popular, Darren shows us some of his favorite patterns and go-to techniques. Country Pleasures Fly Shop

Sun Feb 13 (12 pm - 2 pm): Join Jeremy Davies - local commercial tyer and creator of the “Evil Weevil” - for this session where he’ll demonstrate some favourite techniques and patterns.

Jeremy is one of Calgary’s most prolific and creative commercial tyers. He’s also a regular contributor to Fly Fusion magazine. Stop by to check out some of his creative tying techniques and patterns.
Fish Tales Fly Shop

Bell Let's Talk Day

One in five Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point in their lives.

Fly fishers are not immune.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Water Log

1. Water quality, quantity important for residents of southern Alberta
2. Water Matters makes Tides Canada's Top 10
3. Stelmach government must persevere on Land-Use Framework
4. Time to get serious about oil sands monitoring
5. Making a difference, one class at a time

Water Log Feb 07 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Drakes

Fly Fusion showed up in my mailbox today. You can start with Jim McLennan’s feature on The Drakes. Move on to Ice Out Brook Trout, a feature article by Nick Pujic. And that’s just the beginning. You’ll be going back to this mag many times in the next couple of months.

Oh, and let’s not forget the six page “Currents” magazine insert from Trout Unlimited Canada. Their cover story is about one of my favourite local conservation organizations – Western Sky Land Trust!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

A walk thru the Sportsmen's Show

A new cap complements of Pieroway Rod Company (Thanks Brad!), Calgary Hook & Hackle Club tyers, minnow races, Upstream Adventures tying, fly fishing movie, wooden fish puzzle, a live golden eagle (from Birds of Prey) and a Husky to pet.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Where the wild things are

The latest issue of This Is Fly mag takes you to the Yokanga River in Russia where you’ll find “Atlantic Salmon fishing from another time”. Plus lots more, including a photo spread by Brian O’Keefe!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Fish & Fishing Art Competition

Fish and Fishing have been key to life on the Oregon Coast. Artists in this competition, sponsored by the Coos Art Museum, were challenged to submit works on these themes. From 182 submissions our jurors selected 70 works for display. Works in many media are on view and demonstrate the broadest range of interpretations of the theme.

View the slideshow of accepted entries and winners.

Moldy Chum

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Fish photos & Speed tying

A couple of recent weekend fly shop seminars proved to be very popular and really brought out the fly fishers.

Dan Jackson (for Fish Tales Fly Shop) did a very good seminar on fly fishing photography. One of my daughters, who is a professional photographer herself, tagged along. She was very impressed, not only with Dan’s knowledge, but also with the way he was able to explain things in layman’s language.

The tripod that Dan is holding in one of the photos was intended to be a fish. He was showing how to handle a fish properly to get that “hero” shot. He also emphasized the importance of having the fish out of water for only a matter of seconds – just enough time to get the shot.

You can catch Dan over at his website

Jeff Thomson (for Country Pleasures Fly Shop) showed trick after trick of “assembly line” fly tying (A.K.A. commercial tying).

After reviewing quite a number of strategies, he showed that he could not only talk the talk, but walk the walk, by tying up a dozen each of two different flies in a matter of minutes.

The quality of those flies made it obvious why his creations are in high demand at the local fly shops.