Saturday, January 31, 2015

Fish Culture at Hook & Hackle Club Meeting

Hook & Hackle Club President Daniel Young running through a few announcements prior to the main presentation. H&H Club

Calgary Hook and Hackle Club Meeting - Jan 28

The Club hosted an excellent presentation by Craig Copeland, Provincial Fish Culture Manager (ESRD).

Craig covered a lot of ground in a very interesting manner.

Essentially providing a look at the past, the present and the future of fish culture in Alberta.

Thanks to H & H Club volunteer Les Stastook for organizing this event.
— at Bow Waters Canoe Club.
A Look at Fish Culture in Alberta - The opening image.

Craig Copeland, Provincial Fish Culture Manager (ESRD). fielding questions at the end of his presentation. Craig is a very good public speaker. Probably one of the reasons he is also the Mayor of Cold Lake in his spare time.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Stolen Rods And Reels - Iron Bow Fly Shop

Stolen Rods And Reels - Iron Bow Fly Shop

Iron Bow Fly Shop & Outfitters writes: "Over the past 3 weeks Iron Bow Fly Shop has been broken into 2 times, the first was Jan 5th and again last night Jan 26th. Please if anyone has any information on this please contact Iron Bow Fly Shop or the Calgary Police Service. The first time the crackheads (video footage) took Sage, Scott and Redington rods and last night they came back for reels. They have stolen over $50,000 dollars (wholesale) worth of equipment and have to be selling it somewhere, so if you see rods with no tubes, or missing rod tips, Sage, Lamson, Nautilus, 3-Tand reels for sale, please contact us."

Phone number 403-288-FISH (3474) Hours Mon-Thurs 9-6 Fri 9-8 Sat 9-5 Sun 9-2.

h/t to Fly Fish Calgary Forum

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Province hosts open house for massive Springbank flood project


Province hosts open house for massive Springbank flood project

by Annalise Klingbeil, Calgary Herald, Jan 27, 2015

Springbank residents blasted the government on Tuesday evening at the first public consultation for a controversial reservoir proposed for Springbank that’s designed to mitigate Elbow River flooding.

The government says the proposed Springbank off-stream reservoir, located west of the city, would control flow rates of the Elbow River during a flood, protecting Calgary residents and property from future flooding.

But Springbank residents say the project will negatively impact their community and they insist there are better options available for flood mitigation.

Read more here:

Movie Night: Inspirational Women's Rock Climbing and Kayaking - Friday Jan 30, 2015

Project Mina Trailer from Jen Randall, Light Shed Pictures on Vimeo.

"Hope to see you this Friday at our upcoming event! We are showing 3 short films on adventurous women taking on world class competitive rock climbing, the challenges of climbing El Capitan in Yosemite, and kayaking the last free flowing river in Mongolia! Promo code Facebook5 for $5 off on EventBrite!" - Calgary Area Outdoor Council

More info including movie trailers and ticket info here:

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tying the Klinkhamer at Bow River Troutfitters

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles
Tying the Klinkhamer at Bow River Troutfitters

An mid-day seminar on how to ty the original Klinkhamer dry fly and exactly which materials to use, by the originator of the pattern: Hans van Klinken

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles
Photo, © Bow River Shuttles
Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

Today is #BellLetsTalk


Today is #BellLetsTalk for every tweet, text, share using #BellLetsTalk, Bell donates 5¢ more to #MentalHealth initiatives:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WCFF Expo - Clubs & NFPs

Elliot Lindsay (left) and Phil Rowley, both with Trout Unlimited Canada, chatting with visiting fly fishing celebrity Jack Dennis

Great to see the clubs and Not-For-Profits getting some exposure at the Western Canadian Fly Fishing Exposition!

We missed getting photos of Western Sky Land Trust, Alberta Conservation Association and First Alliance Church Calgary Fly Fishing & Tying.

Calgary Women Fly Fishers Club.That's Lynda McLennan ( McLennan Fly Fishing) in the blue shirt holding her grandson!

The ladies from Casting for Life

Calgary Hook and Hackle Club H&H Club

Only one day left until #BellLetsTalk day


"Only one day left until #BellLetsTalk day. If you have someone dear in your life who has a mental illness, you should definitely join tomorrow's national conversation on #mentalhealth. You can make a difference! #endthestigma" - Mood Disorders Society of Canada

Tongue on the Post (Medicine Hat) Jan 26-31, 2015

Alberta's first winter folk music festival! Tongue On The Post Festival (TOP Fest) is a once a year opportunity to enjoy folk music all around Medicine Hat!

More info here:
and here: Medicine Hat Folk Music Club

Living the Dream - Fishing the Chalkstream

Monday, January 26, 2015

WCFF Expo - Kids

Fishy Face painting

A good number of families with children and youth of all ages came out over the weekend. One of the volunteers from Fly Fish Calgary figured that more than 200 children took a turn at the tying tables.

Fly Fish Calgary volunteer helping a couple of boys and a girl with the basics of fly tying.

Lynn Robb with Yellow Fish Road and Trout Unlimited Canada

Bow Habitat Station

Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir Project (Elbow River Basin)

Click on poster for larger image

Open House - Jan 27 (Calgary) Jan 28 (Cochrane)

Here are three links for additional information:

Alberta Gov't:
Don't Damn Springbank:
Calgary River Communities Action Group:

Sunday, January 25, 2015

WCFF Expo Day 3

Michelle, Owner/Operator of Bow River Shuttles, answers more questions about her shuttle service.

Another successful Expo wrapped up today.

Thank you to the Bird family - Gary, Sandy, Chris, Jennifer and Derek - for continueing to host this special event!


Water Master with Brendan Toner and Amber Paylis (The Bug Parade)

Reelflies Fishing Flies

Hobie Cat Company at Glenmore Sailboats and Paddle Sports

Saturday, January 24, 2015

WCFF Expo Day 2

Michelle, Owner/Operator, Bow River Shuttles, explaining how a shuttle service operates.

Another busy day at the Expo. Very good traffic, from the opening at 10 am, right through to past mid-afternoon.

Got to meet several new boat owners who want to get set up for shuttle service. That's always a good thing! 

Hans van Klinken, fly tyer from the Netherlands.
Hyde Drift Boats
Geoff Pieroway (right, green cap), Pieroway Custom Fly Rods

Friday, January 23, 2015

WCFF Expo Day 1

Michelle, owner/operator Bow River Shuttles, chatting with an Expo visitor.

It was a busy first day at the Expo. Traffic was steady from the time the doors opened at noon until well past mid-afternoon.

It was wonderful to meet quite a number of my shuttle clients who stopped by my booth.

Ticket sales for my Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival went well. We have only about two dozen left!
— at Spruce Meadows.

Norvise creator Norm Norlander at the Fish Tales Fly Shop booth.

NRS Outlaw outfitted with fishing frame

Rod demo with Courtney Ogilvie (right), Nile Creek Flyshop.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bow River Shuttles at WC Fly Fishing Expo - Jan 23-25, 2015

Photo, © 2015 Bow River Shuttles

Bow River Shuttles is all set up and waiting for you to drop by and say hello!  Doors open at noon tomorrow.

Western Canadian Fly Fishing Exposition
Spruce Meadows, Equiplex
Calgary, AB
January 23-25, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Be bold. Be curious. Be adventure

The team from DamNation are in the running for "Adventurer of the Year"

Vote for the Nat Geo People's Choice Adventurer of the Year every day until January 31. So far DamNation has 300,000 votes! Vote here:

Fly Shop Tix - Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival - Feb 18, 201

Click on poster for larger image

More info, movie reviews & movie trailers here:

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Donation from Damnation Calgary

Michelle Magotiaux (left) & Wendy Francis. Photo, © 2015 Bow River Shuttles

This afternoon, Michelle Magotiaux, Owner/Operator, Bow River Shuttles, was pleased to present a cheque to Wendy Francis, Acting President, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y). This donation came from the recent Calgary screening of DamNation, hosted by Bow River Shuttles.

Michelle would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of this special event - "Friends of Damnation" who joined us for the pre-event social, "Supporters of DamNation" who donated items for the raffle and of course, DamNation film fans who came out in support of the removal of #deadbeatdams!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Bell Let's Talk - Crazy

Stigma prevents people from seeking treatment. On January 28, join the conversation to support ‪#‎MentalHealth‬! ‪#‎BellLetsTalk‬ ‪#‎endstigma‬

Room for the river report moves focus beyond big infrastructure

Photo: An elevated view of the flooding at Bow River gave onlookers a view next to the downtown core, in Calgary, Alberta in June 2013.
DAVE BUSTON / AFP/Getty Images

Room for the river report moves focus beyond big infrastructure

Colette Derworiz, Calgary Herald, Jan 12, 2014

Giving the province’s rivers more room to grow by revisiting property buyouts, preventing future floodplain development and wid
ening riverbanks is an effective way to both mitigate future floods and manage watersheds, according to a new report.

The study, which was submitted to the province in late December, involved input from water managers, watershed groups, municipalities, environmental groups, experts and the interested public.

It examined an approach called Room for the River — used in the Netherlands as an effective way to manage high water levels along its rivers by giving them more room — after former environment minister Robin Campbell visited Holland and asked for a report on whether similar concepts could work in Alberta.

Read more here:

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Calgary Women Fly Fishers Club Meeting - Jan 15, 2015

Gerry presenting upcoming club projects

The club kicked off 2015 with a meeting that included the introduction of a new lending library of books and DVDs, an explanation of several new club projects and, of course, fly tying. Oh yes... and there was cake and other goodies to snack on. :-)

All Photos, © Bow River Shuttles

Paula looks on while Cathy and Darlene disucss something of importance. :-)

New lending library of books and DVDs

Gerry and Ruth setting up vices on the tying table

Gerry teaching club members

Ruth sharing many years of tying experience

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Calgary Hook & Hackle Club Meeting - Jan 14, 2015

Wine, cheese and hot finger food.   Photo, © Bow River Shuttles
The club opened 2015 with a wine & cheese reception followed by fly tying for members as well as a beginners class for newcomers.

 Fly tying.   Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

Beginner fly tying with instructor Ron Schletz (standing, far right).  Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

Monday, January 12, 2015

Grasslands - Jan 20, 2014

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Grasslands - Jan 20, 2014

Stalled talks with landowners could push Springbank reservoir opening to 2019

Stalled talks with landowners could push Springbank reservoir opening to 2019

by Trevor Howell, Calgary Herald, Jan 7, 2015

".... But four months later, discussions to grant provincial officials access to landowners’ properties to conduct required environmental impact assessments, appear to have hit an impasse.

“While discussions have occurred with the government, at this point we have no news to share, because landowners and residents haven’t received any new information on the government’s plan,” Ryan Robinson, one of roughly two dozen affected landowners and spokesman for, said in an email. “We hope to get an updated version of the project plan soon.”...

Read more here:

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Author Alanna Mitchell transforms science into storytelling in Sea Sick

Former Globe and Mail reporter Alana Mitchell performs Sea Sick, a storytelling show adapted from her non-fiction book of the same name, as part of the 2015 High Performance Rodeo in Calgary. Photo, Calgary Herald

Author Alanna Mitchell transforms science into storytelling in Sea Sick

by Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald, Jan 7, 2015

How does a non-performer transform her non-fiction show into a genuine performance?

That was the dilemma facing Alanna Mitchell, a former Globe & Mail science reporter, as she laboured through an earlier Toronto run of Sea Sick, her solo show that opens Thursday night as part of the 2015 High Performance Rodeo.

The show, adapted from Mitchell’s critically-acclaimed non-fiction book, Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis takes the audience on Mitchell’s journey — as a prairie-raised (Regina) landlubber who sets out to explore how humankind has impacted our oceans.

Read more here:

Sea Sick is a powerful and deeply personal solo performance by Alanna Mitchell. The show is adapted from her best-selling book, Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, which won the prestigious U.S.-based Grantham Prize for excellence in environmental journalism.

Charismatic, passionate and articulate, the award-winning Mitchell discovers the secrets of the ocean, faces the demons of the deeps and finds hope.

Mitchell has told the inspirational and often humorous story of her journey into the ocean to enraptured TEDx audiences, among others.

More info & ticket purchase here: