Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Interesting Times

Interesting Times

by Don Meredith, April 21, 2015. 

[Note: The following was first published in the March 2015 Alberta Outdoorsmen.]

"...What’s happened over the last few years with fish, wildlife and environmental conservation in this province is just one example of the damage overwhelming majorities can do. Somewhere in the backrooms of our successive Progressive Conservative governments, it was decided that our fish, wildlife and environment needed to get out of the way of petroleum and other resource development. The dismantling of the Fish and Wildlife Division was just one step along the way..."

Read more here:

H/T to Kevin Van Tigham

Monday, April 27, 2015

Canadian 2015 Youth World Fly Fishing Championship Fund Raising Auction

Canadian 2015 Youth World Fly Fishing Championship Fund Raising Auction

This auction closes at 6:00pm (PST) on April 30th.

"Please check out the auction that has been set up to help some much needed funds for the Canadian Youth National Fly Fishing Team. The funds raised through this auction will help to send the youth team to the 2015 Youth World Fly Fishing Championships this summer.

Thank-you for your support!"
Todd Oishi (auctioneer)

ITEM #1 – 4 Weight Redington/Sage Outfit – Redington Link Fly Rod 9’ #4 ($350) Sage 2230 Reel ($149.99), Rio Perception Fly Line ($89.99) – Donated by Ruben @ RbSales

Retail Value: $580.00
Minimum Bid: $275.00
Minimum Bid Increment: $10.00
Current Bid: $275.00
Current Bid By: Brian Danilkiewicz

Learn more here:

Sunday, April 26, 2015

For Sale - McKenzie River Drift Boat

Click on poster for larger image

#bowriver | #flyfishing | #calgary | #yyc | #driftboat | #KeepEmWet

Country Pleasures Fly Fishing Fly Tying Contest - May 02, 2015

Country Pleasures Fly Fishing Fly Tying Contest - May 02, 2015

"In conjunction with our Customer Appreciation day on May 2, we are having a fly tying contest. There are 4 different divisions, dries, nymphs, streamers, and saltwater. Prizes for every division as well as a grand prize for best fly overall."

Flies must be dropped off to shop by noon on May 2, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Along the Bow River 2015

#bowriver | #flyfishing | #KeepEmWet | #yyc

The Orvis Company Guide Rendezvous 2015 - April 23-25

The Orvis Company Guide Rendezvous 2015 - April 23-25

Block out the dates on your calendar—the Orvis Guide Rendezvous (open to all guides) and the Down the Hatch Fishing Festival (open to all fishy folk) is returning to Missoula, Montana.

More info here:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Down The Hatch

Happy Earth Day! April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day Canada ! April 22, 2015

#‎EarthDay‬ | ‪#‎EarthDayEveryDay‬ |

Here's a story we thought worthy of mention on Earth Day. 

A former chief of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, Marilyn Baptiste led her community in defeating one of the largest proposed gold and copper mines in British Columbia that would have destroyed Fish Lake—a source of spiritual identity and livelihood for the Xeni Gwet’in.

She is the North America winner of the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize, the world's largest award for grassroots environmental activists.

For more information about Marilyn and how you can help, visit


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Calgary Hook and Hackle Club 2015 Annual Auction

Calgary Hook and Hackle Club 2015 Annual Auction

Wednesday April 22nd
Doors Open 6:00 pm. Auction 7:00 pm
1975 26th St. S.E. Calgary

This event is open to everyone in the Calgary fly fishing community.

- Police Outpost Lake Fishing
- Midnapore Lake Fishing
- Local Small Stream Walk and Wade
- A Day out with the Prez on the Highwood -Crowsnest Walk and Wade -North Raven walk and Wade -Elbow River Walk and Wade -Bow River Float -Guerilla Fly Fishing Adventure -Private Fly Tying Lessons -Casting Instruction from an FFFF Certified Instructor

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Cost of Trout Fishing

The Cost of Trout Fishing

 By Douglas M. Thompson, New York Times, Apr 10, 2015

"... But my rod will be collecting dust at home. I reluctantly gave up fishing 10 years ago after I saw what a century of stocking nonnative fish was doing to the landscape I love."

Friday, April 17, 2015

Along the Bow River 2015

The weather in April can be a crap shoot. It's great to be able to get out midweek to catch what good weather there is. That what these folks did this week.

 #‎bowriver‬ ‪#‎flyfishing‬ ‪#‎yyc‬ ‪#‎KeepEmWet‬ ‪#‎driftboat‬

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Woods Canada looks to hire Canadians to camp across the country

Bow River Shuttles writes: Nowhere does it say that you can't take along your fly rod. :-) 

Woods Canada looks to hire Canadians to camp across the country

Outdoor gear company offering $20K salary, travel and meals for 5 months

CBC News, Apr 07, 2015

Read more here:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

McKinnon Flats Reopens

We reported back in March that signs had gone up announcing that McKinnon would be closed in the future from Nov 01 to April 15.

The gate was then closed and locked on March 14.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

National Volunteer Week 2015 - April 12-18

National Volunteer Week 2015 - April 12-18

'Volunteers are part of the ripple effect'

A volunteer action is like a stone thrown in a lake: its effect has a direct impact. At the same time, like ripples, volunteer efforts reach out far and wide to improve communities. Undeniably, volunteers rock.

Michelle Magotiaux, Owner/Operator Bow River Shuttles, would like to say 'thank you' to all of the volunteers who have helped us over the years at our various events, including our "Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival” and our "Blue Ribbon Bow River Cleanup".

Most of these volunteers have come from Casting for Life, Calgary Women's Fly Fishers Club, Calgary Hook & Hackle Club, Trout Unlimited Canada, Fly Fishing Team Canada, Canadian Youth National Fly Fishing Team, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Canada, Southern Alberta Fly Fishing League and Western Sky Land Trust. 

You know who you are! Many thanks! 

Volunteer Canada | ‪#‎volunteer‬ | ‪#‎NVW2015‬

Sunday, April 12, 2015

TUC "The Big One" - A Look Back

TUC volunteers Stan Ainslie (left) and Bill Peters setting up the Bucket Raffle items, including a patio propane heat lamp.

The Trout Unlimited Canada 31st Annual National Conservation Dinner (Calgary) was another success story. Despite the current state of our economy, related to the fall in oil and gas prices, supporters of cold water conservation and the trout that live there stepped up to the plate once again.

Although the final numbers are not yet in, Director of Special Events Don Pike reports that the total funds raised may approach the $700,000 mark.

Dozens of volunteers, along with TUC staff, pitch in to make this happen.

One small group of volunteers shows up the morning of the event to set up and display all the donated items.

Dinner Committe volunteers organizing the Bucket Raffle donations. From left: Jack Fuller (Feature Raffles), Fred Caverley (Banquest Set-up) and Dave Byler (Chairman, TUC National Board of Directors)

 Silent Auction set-up underway

 Set-up volunteers taking a lunch break

 This unique prairie elevator bird house was handmade by Fred Caverley

 A "Fly Fishing Movie Madness" package was donated by Michelle Magotiaux/Bow River Shuttles. It included the four movies from Confluence Films - Drift, Rise, Connect and Waypoints.

The new tablet based Silent Auction bid system proved to be a hit. It allowed guests to bid on items right from their tables.

 This is what the Silent Auction area looked like once it had been all gussied up by the volunteers. Photo, courtesy Trout Unlimited Canada.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Bow River Shuttles 11th Annual Used Drift Boat Sale - April 11, 2015

Bow River Shuttles 11th Annual Used Drift Boat Sale
Saturday April 11
10 am - 12 noon
South Calgary Community Association
3130 16 St SW

In conjunction with, and in support of, 
the TUC - Bow River Chapter Tackle Swap 2015 
Same Date. Same Time. Same Location.
drift boats, jon boats, pontoon boats, rafts w/fishing frame, etc.

Fee: $30 per boat

Cash or cheque payable to: "Trout Unlimited Canada-Bow River Chapter"

Limited boat stalls available.

To book a boat stall, contact: 

Michelle or Armand at Bow River Shuttles (403) 278-9165
Learn more here

Several boats are expected to be on hand for sale, including these three.

Beautiful Wooden Drift Boat

17 ft wooden drift boat. Walk through design, immaculate mahogany interior. Good storage, includes oars anchor & trailer. 1/4" false bottom as skid plate. One of a kind boat, rarely used.


1996 Clackacraft Drift Boat and Trailer

•    16 feet long
•    Light-weight and durable graphite Carlisle Oars
•    Easy to maneuver
•    High sides for rough water
•    Multiple storage compartments

This excellent drift boat and trailer for sale at great price, lots of dry storage and great oars and anchor system

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A New Lease on Life for TUC-Bow River Chapter

Trout Unlimited Canada CEO Silvia D’Amelio chatting with Chapter member

A great turnout for the Trout Unlimited Canada - Bow River Chapter AGM - the best ever by most accounts - has resulted in a new lease on life for the Chapter.

Seven new Directors were elected to the Board, in addition to current President Garth Sobey staying on to help with the transition.

Big props go out to Garth, as well as to outgoing Directors Craig Cooper and Craig Robbillard, for keeping the Chapter alive over the past dozen or more years!
Garth Sobey (right) discussing Chapter issues with one of the meeting attendees

Craig Robillard (left), Garth Sobey and Craig Cooper

Garth Sobey

Craig Cooper

TUC CEO Silvia D’Amelio

Garth Sobey addressing the Chapter members

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A special note from Jim McLennan (McLennan Fly Fishing)

A special note from Jim McLennan (McLennan Fly Fishing)

"After many years, I'm pleased to again be involved with a fly-fishing television show.

Fly Fusion Television begins airing Tuesday evening. I co-host the series with Fly Fusion Magazine's founding editor and Stream Lines author, Derek Bird. This Tuesday (April 7) Derek and I introduce the first of six episodes of authentic fly-fishing at 6:30 Mountain Standard Time. FFTV is broadcast on the World Fishing Network, and if you don't already have access to this network, contact your provider. April is also free preview month on WFN.

At the conclusion of the show everyone's invited to submit questions and comments for Derek and me via the Fly Fusion Facebook page."…/fly-fusion-tv/series-overview

Monday, April 6, 2015

Trout Unlimited Canada The Big One - April 09, 2015

Tarponville Lodge-Costa Rica from Mikey Wier on Vimeo.

Trout Unlimited Canada The Big One - April 09, 2015

"We have a trip for 2 anglers to Tarponville up for auction at our 31st Annual National Conservation banquet this Thursday April 9th. Doors open at 5pm; dinner at 7pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Calgary. Some tickets still available at $300 each. This looks like my kind of trip!" -- Don Pike, Director of Special Events, TUC

BREAKING: Heiltsuk celebrate as fishing boats forced to leave traditional waters

First Nation defends herring against DFO's stealth fishery, bad science from Pacific Wild on Vimeo.

BREAKING: Heiltsuk celebrate as fishing boats forced to leave traditional waters

by Jenny Uechi, Vancouver Observer, Apr 2nd, 2015

"It is confirmed. All commercial gill-netters are exiting Heiltsuk waters," Heiltsuk First Nation councillor Jess Housty wrote on Facebook this afternoon. "They will be escorted by Heiltsuk patrol boats and we will continue to occupy DFO until they have exited our waters."

Read more here:

H/T to Moldy Chum for video

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Release

Patagonia Fly Fish writes: "This is Fly Magazine with an article by Ambassador Andy Danylchuk, with some images from Ambassador Dave McCoy on catch and release fishing, keeping fish in the water for images and the effects of air exposure to fish in the process...times are changing be a leader in this movement and #keepemwet."

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H/T to Patagonia Fly Fish

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Along the Bow River 2015

Photo, © 2012 Bow River Shuttles

A couple of Bow River Shuttles clients heading out on their first fly fishing drift trip of 2015. 

#‎bowriver‬ ‪#‎flyfishing‬ 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Trusted Service Provider - Don Mills

Only a few times in the past have we shared information on one of our personal service providers. One of them would have been Kingsboro Auto Service (1975) Ltd., 4674 Macleod Trail SW. We have had our vehicles serviced there since 1972, at which time it was in the hands of the father-in-law of the current owner/operator, Hank Isaak.

This time around, we are making note of the only vehicle salesperson that we have ever dealt with more than once. We have found Don Mills of High River's Country Chrysler to be a person of integrity who will treat you the way customers should be treated. Remember that name.

Hoey: Learning to fly fish the Bow River is easier than you think

Superguide Terry Johnson of Fish Tales Fly Shop in Calgary preparing for the next pool. Photo, courtesy D'Arcy Vandergucht/Calgary Herald,

Hoey: Learning to fly fish the Bow River is easier than you think

by Jim Hoey, Calgary Herald, March 27, 2015

I grew up fly-fishing. I am a Calgarian and I was raised by the Bow River. I know how special it is.

I am always interested in getting people involved in learning about and trying the fine sport of fly-fishing. So many people saw the great Robert Redford film “A River Runs Through It “and think, ‘wow I will never be able to do something like that’. In actuality you do not begin casting 100 feet of line. You begin much more humbly and it is not nearly as difficult as it looks.

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