Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Carbon Nation - The Movie Calgary Mar 01

Screening of "Carbon Nation" Thurs Mar 01, 3 pm at Plaza in Kensington. Q and A with director Peter Byck after show. Also available on Netflix.

Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival - A Look Back

Jay Jones (The Humble Fisherman) introducing his film 
“Glacial Bull Trout” at Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival
Photo: Copyright Bow River Shuttles 2012

Looking back along the Bow River - Season 2011

“Wild Goose” drift boat
Photo: Copyright Bow River Shuttles 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lucky draw winners at Back Cast Fly Fishing Flim Festival

Michelle (far left) with the lucky draw winners at the Matinee

Thanks to a number of "Supporters of Back Cast FFFF", we had items and services available for draws for both the Matinee and the Evening screenings.

Michelle (fourth from left) and volunteer Dakota (third from left) did the draws at the Evening screening

Caitlin Gifford (Country Pleasures Fly Shop) (far left in photo) was in attendance for the evening show. So we asked her to do the draw for the Bow River guided float trip for two that had been donated by the shop.

The gentleman to the right of Caitlin in the photo was the winner of the float trip. You'll notice that he also appears as a winner in the Matinee draw photo, holding the fly rod and reel from Wholesale Sports.

We suggested that he run out and purchase a Lotto ticket!

"Supporters of Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival"

Calgary Hook & Hackle Club: Box of premium flys tied by club members.  

Fish Tales Fly Shop:  DVDS - Tapam, Off the Grid and Catch Magazine Season 3.

Bow River Troutfitters: Scientific Anglers fly line. Spey Shorthead Multi Tip, Headstart Speciaty Taper Fly Line, and Sharkskin Steelhead Taper.  

Friends of Fish Creek Park: Baseball cap and water bottle.

Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitter: 'Sight Fishing For Trout' (book by Landon Myer) and Medalist 9' 3 piece fly rod with reel, fly line, backing & tapered leader.  

The Fishin' Hole: Fly Tying Travel Bag.

Country Pleasures Fly Shop:  A guided float trip for 2 anglers on the world Famous Bow river during the upcoming 2012 season.  Guided fishing, rods/reels, snacks and non-alcholic beverages will be provided.  

Bow Habitat Station:  EVERY film fest attendee received a free pass to the Discovery Centre and Fish Hatchery.  

Looking back along the Bow River - Season 2011

Photo: Copyright Bow River Shuttles

The next generation. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Turning Tail

The latest from Gray Ghost Productions. Atlantic Salmon along the east coast of North America.

New York judge upholds fracking ban in towns

Photo: Dan Wiessner, Reuters

New York judge upholds fracking ban in towns

By Dan Wiessner,
Reuters, Albany New York
Calgary Herald
February 25, 2012

A New York state judge on Friday upheld an upstate community's ban on gas drilling, marking the second victory this week for opponents of the drilling method known as fracking.

The authority vested in towns and cities in New York to regulate use of their land extends to prohibitions on drilling, acting state Supreme Court Justice Donald Cerio ruled on Friday, dismissing arguments by a landowner who had already sold leases on almost 160 hectares.

"Municipalities are not preempted . . . from enacting local zoning ordinances which may prohibit oil, gas and solution drilling or mining," Cerio wrote. "The state maintains control over the 'how' of (drilling) procedures while the municipalities maintain control over the 'where.' "

Looking back along the Bow River - Season 2011

Photo: Copyright Bow River Shuttles

Sunday, February 26, 2012

‘Best Film’ of Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival 2012

Photo, courtesy Jay Jones (Humble Fisherman)
Photo, courtesy Dave and Amelia Jensen (Jensen Fly Fishing Productions)

I was very pleased to be able to showcase the films from two local, very talented, fly fishing film producers – Jay Jones (The Humble Fisherman) and Dave & Amelia Jensen (Jensen Fly Fishing Productions) yesterday at Cardel Theatre.

'Glacial Bull Trout' from Jay and 'New Zealand Cutthroat' from Dave and Amelia.

Thank you to both for making the big effort that I know was required to put together your respective films.

I sincerely appreciate receiving both of your submissions and I commend you for having the moxie to put your product out in front of the public to be judged.

It was wonderful to see your movies up on the big screen, and it was obvious that the audience very much enjoyed both films.

In fact, the voting resulted in a difference of only a handful of votes between the two… literally.  It was that close. However, when the counting was done, Jay’s total edged out the count for Dave and Amelia.

So, sincere congratulations to Jay Jones and 'Glacial Bull Trout' on achieving ‘Best Film’ of Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival 2012!

As Armand announced last night, your cheque will be in the mail. :-)

A great big 'thank you' goes out to all our Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival fans who came out to enjoy all of the films, including the two in competition.  Your attendance made this event possible, which in turn, supported my efforts on behalf of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Canada.

And, last but not least:  Thank you to Cardel Theatre for the use of your wonderful facility, thanks to the “Supporters of Back Cast FFFF” for your donations for the draws, and a special ‘BIG THANKS’ to our “Friends of Back Cast FFFF” for joining us with your displays in the lobby.  Your presence added hugely to creating a true ‘festival atmosphere’ throughout the entire afternoon and evening.

Kindest regards,

Looking back along the Bow River - Season 2011

Photo: Copyright Bow River  Shuttles 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

Countdown to Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival - only 1 day!

From “The Making of ‘The Waters of Greenstone’”

Special thanks to Taylor Kirkpatrick, Gambit Stone, for this exclusive photo.

Bow River Shuttles is proud to present "The Waters of Greenstone’" at Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival 2012.

Gambit Stone is a producer of adventure sports media that aims to help preserve and protect the environment in which we live, play, and film; while concurrently bridging the gap between filmmakers, musicians, and audiences

Back Cast FFFF supports Project Healing Waters Canada (PHWFFC). Net proceeds donated to PHWFFC.

Rush tickets will be available at the door. Adult $20 per show, Child/Youth (age 17 & under) $15 per show

A Tale of Two Guides & Back Cast FFFF & GoPro Videography Techniques

Sat Feb 25 (10 am): A Tale of Two Guides

Two Bow River guides, Kevin Peterson and Jeff Thomson, walk us through their boat bags and fly boxes. See what each carries for gear and ammo, as well as techniques they use when they're "at work".

Sat Feb 25 (Matinee Doors Open 12:00 noon, Show 1:00 pm, Evening Doors Open 5:30 pm, Show 6:30 pm): Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival.

Go straight from Country Pleasures to the Cardel Theatre for the launch of the 2012 Back Cast FFFF!

Enjoying a number of full length films, by some of the very best fly fishing film makers from both yesterday and today.

Rush tickets available at the door. Adult $20 per show, Child/Youth $15 per show.

Sun Feb 26 (1:00 pm): GoPro Videography Techniques

This seminar will be presented by Faceless Fly Fishing and Kurtis Giles.

Join Dorian from Calgary’s Faceless Fly Fishing for this discussion focused on videography techniques with the GoPro cameras. He may even give the lowdown on how/why Faceless came to be…. Seminar will be wrapped up by Kurtis who can answer your questions about what Go Pro product is available at Fish Tales.

Fracking fluid rules expected by year's end

Hydraulic fracturing has created a boom in domestic supplies of natural gas liquids,
including propane. But environmentalists say the extraction method has
contaminated drinking water sources. (image:

Fracking fluid rules expected by year's end

By Rebecca Penty,
Calgary Herald
February 23, 2012

Alberta's energy regulator expects to have rules in place by the end of the year that would make companies publicly disclose ingredients in hydraulic fracturing fluids.

The Energy Resources Conservation Board intends to make it easy to search for any provincial well on a single website and find the fluids a company has pumped underground to force oil and gas to flow.

The move came out of a review of unconventional oil and gas rules that started in 2010 and a commitment to align some regulations with Saskatchewan and British Columbia, said Cal Hill, executive manager of regulatory development for the board.

"B.C. has moved to disclosure and we're working to follow," Hill said at a media briefing on Wednesday.

The regulator hasn't yet decided whether it will join the website that went live in B.C. last month and said it is considering making disclosure mandatory only on new wells.

Alberta has been behind other jurisdictions on forcing disclosure, a requirement that started in the United States after widespread concerns from environmental groups and landowners about the risks of water contamination and pollution they linked to rampant development of gas in tight shale formations.