Thursday, March 31, 2011


Hola from Flymage #6.

Realistic fly tying from Spanish tyer ‘Cholo’, Spanish photographer Javier Fernandez’s dazzling photo essay, Sea Trout in Spanish South America.

You’ll enjoy all of it!


Pool 32 Mag - Issue #3

Pool 32 Mag has a distinct European flavor, with a global perspective.

This issue will keep you occupied for quite some time – 442 pages!

Many photo essays, and you can start with “Salmon Junkies”.

There is also a strong environmental & conservation focus, with articles like “The Return of the King” and “Diversity as Testament to Bristol Bay”.

Canadian readers will feel right at home with a photo essay “Skeena Memories”, words by April Vockey and photos by Nick Pujic.

Plus a short piece by B.C.’s Alexandra Morton, “the voice of a true salmon warrior”.
Pool 32 Mag

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Fly Fishers Inc

Issue #4 from New Zealand.

“The Drop Shot Issue has a cool spread from a bunch of our mates with shots of anglers dropping their fish when posing for a grip and grin.

Hamish Murray gives us the low down of his trip to Mexico, Rob Vaz tells us about his red head nymphs and Yoshi Nakagawa reviews to new Waterworks Vanquish reels.”

Fly Fishers Inc

Monday, March 28, 2011

Catch Magazine

Catch Magazine #16 has been out for several weeks. Every page is worth a look!

The photo essay “Loops” was particularly eye catching.

If you enjoy country music, the short video “Northern Inspirations” has a cool soundtrack, along with equally cool images of fall Steelhead fishing.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Millennium Creek Project

This is the story of the restoration of a small spring fed creek located in the community of Cochrane, Alberta.

Millennium Creek flows into Big Hill Creek near the confluence of the Bow River.

For more information on fish habitat enhancement, you can visit Guy Wood at
Stream Tender Blog or at Stream Tender

Beedhead at Fly Fish Calgary Forum

Friday, March 25, 2011

Fly Tying Contest at Calgary Hook & Hackle Club

The Stimulator was the fly of choice for the fly tying contest at the Calgary Hook & Hackle Club this week.

The Royal Wulf (the club logo fly) was the back up fly, in the event that a tie breaker was needed.

It wasn't needed.

Six club members were vying for top honours and the Ron Riezebos Memorial Trophy.

Runner up winner Louise Stinson

Louise Stinson's Stimulators

Competition judges Dennis Killips and Tiana Nordstrom

(from left) Tiana Nordstrom, Club President Daniel Young, Competition Winner Doug Hamm, Dennis Killips

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Gulf Coast: After The Spill

Fly fishing for redfish on the Louisiana and Mississippi coast remains tremendous even after the tragic oil spill.

Rise Fishing via Fishing Jones

Monday, March 21, 2011

Six-String Gumbo - CD of the Week!

Jim McLennan at CD Release Party, Frid Mar 18 2011
Photo: Bow River Shuttles

CKUA announces
Six-String Gumbo
by Jim McLennan
CD of the Week!

Go to
for the complete review and to hear samples.

More info, CD purchase, upcoming concerts, etc. here

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Casting for Life Rocks!

We attended the recent Casting for Life Steak Dinner and Silent Auction.

The food at Local 002 Pub was as good as we've found anywhere! We enjoyed meeting other CfL supporters, bidding on some of the great stuff on display and listening to some first class entertainment.

Casting for Life

Friday, March 18, 2011

Boat Launch Report - St Paddy's Day edition

We made another tour of the boat launches yesterday, Thursday March 17.

At the bottom of the post, we show what some of the boat launches looked like last year, on Mar 14 2010.


17th Ave/Cushing Bridge

17th Ave/Cushing Bridge

Glenmore Trail/Graves Landing

Fish Creek Park/22X

Fish Creek Park/22X

Policeman's Flats

Policeman's Flats

McKinnon Flats

McKinnon Flats

Legacy Island

Legacy Island




Fish Creek Park/22X

Policeman's Flat

McKinnon Flats

Legacy Island


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! This image is the business end of the Lucky Charm Fly swimming in a sea of ale. This was an image from the 2008 Drawing Flies 365 series. This fly pattern is typically used to catch "Tavern Locked Salmon"!

Drawing Flies 365

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Canada Water Week

Canada Water Week is a week-long celebration of water from coast-to-coast-to-coast, starting March 14 and culminating with World Water Day on March 22, 2011.

Individuals, organizations and governments across the country are encouraged to get involved by organizing or participating in fun and educational events.

Together, we will raise the profile and understanding of water and its importance to Canada’s prosperity.

Canada Water Week

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Drake

The spring issue of The Drake is out. More good reading.

Alberta is not the only jurisdiction with concerns about power lines blighting the landscape. Check out “Lost in Transmission” in the Scuddelbutt section.

Many good essays in Tippets. Barracuda Blues was a fun read.

A new, multi issue feature is “The Twelve Apostles”. The opening article profiled Brian O’Keefe of “Catch Magazine” fame. Who knew that it all began with a Kodak Instamatic!

Available at your favourite Calgary fly shop.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Gender-bending fish on the rise in southern Alberta

Chemicals present in two rivers in southern Alberta are likely the cause of the feminization of fish say researchers at the University of Calgary who have published results of their study in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Read more here

Sunday, March 13, 2011

2011 Patagonia Fly Fishing Digital Catalog

“….if you can’t immerse yourself in the river, try wading through our latest digital catalog: full of beautiful photos, compelling stories and all of our new, extensively revised fishing gear, it’s nearly as good as coaxing a trout from a willow-lined stream.” The Cleanest Line

Catch your copy here

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Kids Fly Tying

The Kids Fly Tying class got off the ground this morning at Bow River Troutfitters.

Lead instructor is Kyle Snarr, Canadian Youth National Fly Fishing Team, 2011 Team Member.

With three classes still to go, today’s session concentrated on the San Juan Worm and the Woolley Bugger.

Photo: Kyle Snarr & student
Courtesy: Bow River Shuttles

Bow River Troutfitters

Canadian Youth National Fly Fishing Team