Sunday, February 28, 2016

Legend with Jack Dennis

Legend with Jack Dennis

from American Rivers, Feb 23, 2016

“My job was to enjoy this beautiful country, and give back for what it had given to me. And doing the Wild & Scenic bill and being involved in all the things here, I felt like I accomplished that.” – Jack Dennis

We would certainly agree, which is why we made this short film featuring a thoughtful conversation with legendary fly fishing guide Jack Dennis about his involvement, and the efforts of late Senator Craig Thomas, American Rivers, and its partners, in designating the Upper Snake River Headwaters in Wyoming as one of the nation’s most comprehensive Wild & Scenic Rivers.

Through this film, you can experience a small taste of the beauty of the Snake near Jackson, as well as feel the joy between Jack and his grandson as they ply the currents of this beautiful stretch of water. And as he says about the experience of working on more than 400 miles of Wild & Scenic protections for the river, “It was the most satisfying thing, outside of family, that I have ever done.” Thanks, Jack.

Our goal with this film is to celebrate this important success and inspire people to protect more Wild and Scenic rivers, with an eye toward the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 2018. I hope you enjoy the film, and if you would like to promote it through your networks or publications, we would greatly appreciate it.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Peel Project (Arts Commons, ‪Calgary‬) - Dec 9, 2015 - Feb 29, 2016

The Peel Project (Arts Commons, ‪#‎Calgary‬) - Dec 9, 2015 - Feb 29, 2016

Peel ( is a multi-layered project bringing together film, the arts and sciences as a means of telling a uniquely Canadian story of art, adventure and Canadian identity. The Peel highlights the landscape, culture and wildlife of the Peel River Watershed (PRW) in Yukon/Northwest territories. This watershed is one of the last undeveloped watersheds left in Canada, spanning nearly 68,000km2 of intact arctic wilderness. As of January 2014 71% was opened for economic development related to mining and oil exploration — that decision has been continuously fought.

More info at these links:… |…

Fly Fishing the Peel River: Dolly Varden - This colourful fish is found in two areas of the Yukon: the Tatshenshini River drainage in the southwest and the Peel River drainage in the far north. Other Yukon fish include Arctic Grayling, Bull Trout, Rainbow Trout, Inconnu, Burbot & Northern Pike.…/how_to_catch_yukon_fish.php

‪#‎flyfishing‬ | ‪#‎yyc‬ | ‪#‎bowriver‬

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Letters: ask Ottawa to review the decision to dump the PFRA

image courtesy of Hamilton Greenwood

Letters: ask Ottawa to review the decision to dump the PFRA

by Trevor Herriot, Trevor Herriot's Grass Notes, February 14, 2016

....If you care about our native grasslands, send a letter to the Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, the federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada...

We believe there is a possibility that the new federal government may consider reviewing the Harper decision to dump the PFRA pastures system. However, for that to happen, our elected MPs, and the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada in particular, must hear about it from concerned citizens.

So we are asking everyone to send letters to the Minister of Agriculture, and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, as well as the Hon. Ralph Goodale and the Prime Minister as soon as possible (see addresses below).

We have a brief window of opportunity to convey our deep concerns over the demise of the PFRA Pastures in Saskatchewan and to ask for the federal government to halt the transfer of the pasture lands and conduct a full review of the Harper government’s decision.

Read more here:…/letters-ask-ottawa-to-re…

‪#‎grasslands‬ | ‪#‎saskatchewan‬ | ‪#‎bowriver‬ | ‪#‎flyfishing‬ | ‪#‎yyc‬

h/t to Kevin Van Tighem

Monday, February 15, 2016

F3T Fly Fishing Film Tour Canada (Calgary) - Mar 03, 2016 @7pm

Filmmaker Travis Lowe is the man behind "Finding Fontinalis." (photo credit: Travis Lowe)

F3T Fly Fishing Film Tour Canada (Calgary) - Mar 03, 2016 @7pm

Hosted by Fish Tales Fly Shop at Canyon Meadows Cinemas

Trout Unlimited Canada Okanagan chapter member Travis Lowe is an accomplished film maker. Travis's latest project, Finding Fontinalis, premiers this February at F3T. Congratulations Travis.

Nipigon, Ontario world record brook trout is back story for new feature film

By Gord Ellis, CBC News, Jan 07, 2016

Read more here:…/nipigon-ontario-world-record-brook-trou…

‪#‎bowriver‬ | ‪#‎flyfishing‬ | ‪#‎yyc‬ | ‪#‎F3T‬ | Trout Unlimited Canada - Bow River Chapter

Friday, February 12, 2016

FISH-tival - Feb 13

FISH-tival at Bow Habitat Station - Feb 13

Family Day Weekend is just around the corner, and we're getting geared up for family fun at this Saturday's FISHtival! Snowshoes, marshmallows and all sorts of fishy fun are in store. See you there!

#‎bowriver‬ | ‪#‎flyfishing‬ | ‪#‎yyc‬ | Calgary Women Fly Fishers

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Fuck you, Jian

"...Grant says in many other crimes, in which it’s one person’s word against another’s, the same questions are not asked.

Take a simple assault, she says. “We wouldn’t start questioning the victim about whether or not he likes being punched in the face. Was he dressed in a way that would invite punching in the face? Did he talk to the person after he was punched in the face?

“If you think about these arguments in other crimes, you start to see how absurd it is.”...." 

- Isabel Grant, professor at University of British Columbia’s Peter A. Allard School of Law, National Post, February 06, 2016 

Read article here:…/fuck-you-ji…/

‪#‎IBelieveYou‬ | ‪#‎SurvivorBlaming‬ | ‪#‎JianGhomeshi‬

Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse | Women Against Violence Against Women-WAVAW | Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services

Photo, courtesy Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press

No right to a discriminatory defence 

by Joanna Birenbaum, Pamela Cross, Amanda Dale, The Star, Feb 08, 2016

"... Fewer than 10 per cent of sexual assault victims will report to authorities. Even fewer go to trial. Fewer still are convicted. This too makes sex assault unlike any other crime. We are dangerously close to creating the conditions for impunity...." 

Read article here:

Image, courtesy YouTube

The prosecution in the Ghomeshi trial isn't incompetent. The game is rigged

By Michael Stewart, February 9, 2016

"....That means prosecutors cannot "coach" a witness or prepare them for a withering cross-examination the same way a defence attorney can. The Crown specifically cannot "prepare witnesses to the point of shielding or immunizing them from probing questioning that might uncover an inconvenient truth harmful to the prosecution's case," Garossino says. As we've seen so far with Ghomeshi's defence, there's no hold Henein can't unbar....." 

Read article here:

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Guide to Winter Fly Fishing In Southern Alberta

Photo, courtesy Bow River Troutfitters

Guide to Winter Fly Fishing In Southern Alberta

by John Bransfield & Mark Storey, Bow River Troutfitters Blog, Feb 2, 2016

Winter fishing is a wonderful way to break the ice of the long winter freeze, stretch out the legs, and get that casting arm going again. Despite the chilly temps, winter fishing is a beautiful time to be on the water, and the low flows can really aid the angler to gain a better understanding and perspective of the holding water that exists on the rivers you may fish. The Bow River and the Crowsnest River, are pretty great systems to fish during the winter months.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

F3T: The Fly Fishing Film Tour (Calgary) - March 03

2016 Fly Fishing Film Tour Trailer from The Fly Fishing Film Tour on Vimeo.

F3T: The Fly Fishing Film Tour (Calgary) - March 03

Fish Tales Fly Shop writes: 

"We're bringing F3T - Fly Fishing Film Tour Canada to Calgary! Join us at Canyon Meadows Cinemas on Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m. for this year's F3T.

Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Oldman Watershed Council (OWC) We chose this non-profit to help highlight some of the challenges that watershed is currently facing and because it's a much-loved resource for Alberta anglers.

The OWC is currently at work on a film project - check out the trailer here....

Tickets to F3T are available to purchase on-line ($11USD) ( and will be available in-store next week ($15CDN).

Watch here for additional trailers and other information. Looks like a GREAT lineup!"