Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Rain gardens help protect Bow River trout

Strips of native Sheep's Fescue grass were laid between the foundation and the rain garden. It doesn't need water, stays green and never needs to be mowed!

Street to Stream - Building Rain Gardens

Help protect the Bow River trout: install a rain garden

Most of our readers will be familiar with the Trout Unlimited Canada Yellow Fish Road program. Since 1991, thousands of Canadians have become leaders in their community by raising awareness about pollution entering local waterbodies through stormdrains.

One way to achieve that goal is to prevent roof rainwater from getting to the street in the first place. That's the purpose of a rain garden. 

In late May, my husband Armand and I volunteered to help build a rain garden on a private property in Inglewood. This project was a joint venture between Cows and Fish - Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society and the Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership (ALIDP)

More info:

ALIDP construction process at Inglewood (pdf):

City of Calgary YardSmart - Residential rain gardens:

Leta van Duin (left), Executive Director, Alberta Low Impact Development Partnership (ALIDP) and Michelle Magotiaux, Bow River Shuttles

The final step, which was completed prior to this photo, was to lay down a thick layer of mulch - 3 to 4 inches.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Hooked: Fish, Water and Angling in Art

Hooked: Fish, Water and Angling in Art

May 30 – October 4, 2015

Organized by Glenbow
Curated by Mary-Beth Laviolette and Douglas MacLean

The Oldman, Crowsnest, Castle, Highwood, Sheep, Kananaskis, Elbow and the Bow: boasting some of the best fishing in the world, the streams and rivers of southern Alberta and British Columbia have long attracted visitors from all over the globe.

The breathtaking scenery and meditative act of fishing has inspired many artists and photographers; Hooked takes a unique look at the art and culture of fishing.

Featuring paintings, prints, photography, sculpture in clay, glass and bronze, Hooked marries all of this creative activity with other fishing-related objects and books from Glenbow’s collection and that of avid fisher and co-curator, Douglas MacLean. Featuring work by artist/fishers like Tom Thomson, Ted Godwin, Jack Cowin, and Walter May among many others, Hooked opens a window into the passionate world of art dedicated to fish, water and angling.

More info here:

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Fly Fishing Team Canada at World Fly Fishing Championship 2015

Photo, courtesy Josh Jelly Gelinas

Fly Fishing Team Canada at World Fly Fishing Championship 2015

Team Canada members: (from left) Ionut Cotinghi, Rafan Ciprian, David Heine, Josh Jelly Gelinas and Gary Hanke (Calgary).

Photo, courtesy Fly Fishing Team Canada
Fly Fishing Team Canada at Opening Ceremonies of 35th World Fly Fishing Championships (photo c/o Nazif Suzi Fetahovic

From left: Josh Jelly Gelinas, David Heine, Gary Hanke (w/flag)

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Bow River Drift Times Increase

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Fly fishers floating the Bow this weekend will need to add a bit more time to their trips. In recent days, the flow rate was in the 220 cms range. It's now down below 90 cms.

The reason: The water level in the Ghost Reservoir was originally scheduled to be raised begining July 07. However, with the Rocky Mountain snowpack now gone, that process began earlier this week, on Monday. More info in the article below. 

Snowpack in Rockies melts four to six weeks earlier than normal

Colette Derworiz, Calgary Herald, June 16, 2015

June’s hot weather has completely wiped out this winter’s snowpack in the Rockies, prompting concerns Western Canada could be entering into a drought.

Last week, the mountain snowpack — already 10 to 25 per cent below normal — melted about four to six weeks earlier than expected by scientists monitoring the situation.

“The hot weather in the past few weeks has really wiped out the snowpack,” said John Pomeroy, a University of Saskatchewan hydrologist.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

World Fly Fishing Championship 2015 - June 16-21

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Signs of drought appear to be in Western Canada for the long term

Signs of drought appear to be in Western Canada for the long term

Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, June 14, 2015

"High in the Rocky Mountains along the British Columbia-Alberta divide, John Pomeroy is seeing signs of the changing climate that has brought a crippling drought to the U.S. West...."

"....This year, the Rocky Mountain snowpacks, which usually melt slowly, releasing water well into the summer, have had “a dramatic decline.” This past winter, those snowpacks were as low as 25 per cent of normal measurements, and they vanished quickly in the spring.

“All our stations are free of snow now, which is the earliest we’ve seen it,” Dr. Pomeroy said. “Not only was the maximum of snow water available quite low, but the snow melted much earlier – about a month to a month and a half earlier than what we would expect....”

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H/T to Kevin Van Tigham

Friday, June 12, 2015

Recovery of threatened trout taking too long: conservationists

A Westslope Cutthroat Trout.
Shane Petry/Department of Fisheries and Oceans / Herald archives
Recovery of threatened trout taking too long: conservationists

Colette Derworiz, Calgary Herald, June 12, 2015

Conservation groups are calling for immediate action to help threatened trout in Alberta after a review showed most streams and rivers in the Oldman watershed are still being negatively impacted by development.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

War on Trout: Destructive Activities Cripple Native Trout Populations

War on Trout: Destructive Activities Cripple Native Trout Populations

Alberta Wilderness Association, June 09, 2015

Human-caused threats to bull trout and cutthroat trout in the Oldman watershed combined with snail’s pace recovery action by the provincial and federal governments has led to severe limits on population recovery. A new review of overlapping human impacts throughout this watershed shows virtually every creek and river home to native trout has been negatively impacted or is threatened by logging, off-highway vehicle use, stream crossings, oil and gas development, coal mining, overharvesting, roads, dam operations or combinations of these. (See map below)

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H/T to @Kevin Van Tigham

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Officials urge Calgarians to respect rivers and stay safe

A man and his dog drive through the Bow River in a Jeep near the Graves Bridge on Glenmore Trail in Calgary on Monday, June 8, 2015. Photo, courtesy Aryn Toombs / Calgary Herald

Officials urge Calgarians to respect rivers and stay safe

Eva Ferguson, Calgary Herald, June 9, 2015

Provincial and municipal officials are asking river enthusiasts to keep motorized vehicles far away from the water.

After the Calgary Herald took a photo Monday of a man driving his Jeep through the Bow River near the Graves Bridge on Glenmore Trail, government officials were outraged that anyone would think it’s OK to run a vehicle through the river intentionally.

According to Alberta Environment and Parks, the offence can be punishable through a range of fines under the Public Lands Act, anywhere from $250 to $25,000 if someone is intentionally driving through sensitive aquatic habitat, particularly if fish are spawning.

Earlier this month, a judge in Rocky Mountain House handed out fines of $1,500 each to two men who drove their ATVs through the Clearwater River, the highest fines ever handed out for that type of offence.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Empty the Tanks Worldwide (Calgary) - June 06

Empty the Tanks Worldwide (Calgary) - June 06

Empty the Tanks is an annual worldwide protest and public awareness campaign against the cetacean captivity industry. Empty the Tanks is not a radical movement demanding the release of all captive marine mammals into the wild. Some of these animals might be great candidates for release, but those that are not should be retired into sea pens, where they can enjoy the rest of their days in natural seawater, feeling the waves of the ocean around them. They should not be worked until their last breath is taken and then thrown out like trash and replaced.

Empty the Tanks Calgary:

Saturday, June 6, 2015

2015 GoPro Mountain Games - Costa 2 Fly (Fishing) X-Stream

2015 GoPro Mountain Games - Costa 2 Fly (Fishing) X-Stream

June 4-7, 2015

Athletes ready for GoPro Mountain Games

by John Laconte, June 4, 2015, Vail Daily

"...While the GoPro Mountain Games offers something different for everyone who attends, for anglers, it’s something really different.

Fly Fishing Team USA member Josh Graffam says he’s really excited about competing in the GoPro Mountain Games this year. Graffam is a regular at the America Cup International Fly Fishing Tournament, also held here in Eagle County, but pro fly-fishing events like that one are quite a bit different than the GoPro Mountain Games.

“There’s a couple thousand people, crowds there from all the other events going on, not exactly what we’re used to,” he said.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Spey-O-Rama at Fish Tales Fly Shop - A Look Back

During the off-season months, Fish Tales Fly Shop offers free seminars on Sunday afternoons on fly fishing and fly tying topics.

Their final seminar is a spey casting session on the Bow River. This year's instructors from the shop included Kurtis Giles, Chris Iskiw and Paula Shearer.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Catching more than a fish on the mighty Bow

Getting out on the river gives a new perspective on its power.
Photo, courtesy Colleen De Neve / Calgary Herald

Catching more than a fish on the mighty Bow

by Jennifer Allford, June 1, 2015

Most of us see the Bow River every day, often while stuck on a bridge in rush hour. The river is a traffic bottleneck and the line between north people and those people in the south who don’t understand which lane to get in heading up Crowchild.

Two years ago this month, the Bow burst its banks. And this time of year the thousands who were flooded and the thousands more who helped them recover are inclined to give the river a wary eye.

Which is why you should go fishing.

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