Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Merry Christmas

I had the privilege of introducing many new fly anglers to stillwater fly fishing this past year. This is something I really enjoy, so much so that I've been steering away from simply guiding as I find that teaching is so much more fulfilling and my one-on-one introduction to stillwater fly fishing clinics are very rewarding for both myself and my clients.

Some exciting things are planned for 2010 including my new online store and some added opportunities for the Edmonton fly angling community. I've been asked by Amundson Outdoors to give a stillwater fly fishing clinic sometime in May at the new Wholesale Sports which is a new aspect of fly fishing I've yet to experience. And I have hopes that my revamped stillwater jonboat will be available for the up-coming season.

I want to thank you all for your past support whether it be through the Alberta Fly fishing Forum, AlbertaStillwaters.Com or just following me here on Doc's Ol' Blog House. I hope for your continued support in the new year and I wish you all the best for this holiday season. From my family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year.

P.S. Dec 23 is officially the holiday "Festivus". For the Seinfeld fans out there, you already know about Festivus. For those that don't...

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Fall Pike On The Fly

I recently got my hands on a new Wind Warrior 8 weight 9'6 and had been chomping at the bit to get out and try it on some of Wabamun's monster Pike. I don't fish for Pike a whole lot, maybe 5 or 6 times a year. I had upgraded from an 8 weight to a 9 weight fly rod a couple years back hoping for a little more backbone to cast those big Pike flies. Since I don't spend many days fly'n for water-wolves, spending a ton of money on a rod that sees less than 10 days of action per year wasn't something I felt compelled to do, so ended up purchasing a TFO LK signature series. Although I was content with the TFO rod, it made for some sore/stiff arms and shoulders at the end of a long day on the water. I got out to Wab twice in the last week and I have to say, casting the Wind Warrior was a pleasure. The rod has got plenty of backbone making it easy to cast those big Pike flies yet light enough that I didn't have any pain or stiffness in my arm or shoulder the days following. And like my 5wt, it lived up to it's name and casts like a cannon even in 25+ km/hr winds.

My last trip out to Wab was with good friend Phil Rowley on October 29. When we arrived at the lake it was -3 degrees Celsius and windy. We got on the water and headed over to the warm water discharge and although the fishing was pretty good (5 Pike each) we didn't last to long. I'm guessing we fished for about two hours then we headed back in as the wind picked up and Phil and I both felt like a couple of Popsicles. We were planning on shooting a video covering all aspects of fall Pike on the fly but because we couldn't stop shivering, we only shot about 1/4 of what we intended. The following video is made up of that footage and still has quite a bit of good information. Hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Fly'n The Bow

I got a PM (personal message) on my site, the Alberta Fly Fishing Forum, back in the spring from one of my members who offered me a guided jet boat fly fishing trip on the Bow River. Tracy (AKA Swede) bid on this trip to help raise money for the Southern Alberta Stream Watch auction. A worthy cause which helps fund students throughout the summer months to keep an eye on our streams and rivers while working under the Alberta Sustainable Resource Development. Tracy and his wife Marlene offered up this trip to myself and two others that play an important role on the forum. I chose Jokey (Joe) who helps me moderate the board and keep things flowing smoothly and Phil Rowley who hosts "20 Questions With Phil". Phil is our forum expert and answers technical question about fly fishing, fly tying, entomology, fish behavior and more.

Because of our busy schedules, it wasn't easy picking a day when all three of us could get together and head down to Carseland but after many e-mails and PM's to our guide Mike (tungsten) we finally decided on Friday October 02.
Mike is not a professional guide but spends many, many hours on the river every year and as we found out, knows the Bow River waters intimately. He put this trip up on the auction block to include jet boat, lunch, refreshments and guidance. He also refused to take any money as a tip.

We left Edmonton Thursday night and drove straight to Strathmore. I previously asked Mike about a cheap Motel we could stay in for the night. I knew we would only get about 6 hours of sleep so I figured the cheaper the better. We booked at Leroy's Motel and it was a little run down to say the least. The rooms could use some upgrading, the bathrooms need some caulking around the tub and a coffee maker in the room would be nice but I do have to say, the rooms were very clean (and we checked thoroughly).

We were up by 6:30am, dressed and off to breakfast by 7. After some Macadon's we headed down to the river and showed up about 15 minutes late. I was pleasantly relieved when I saw Mike's jet boat. I was expecting one of those shiny fiberglass jet boats or maybe even an aluminum river boat (I don't like those big-ass jet boats when I'm fishing the Bow. They blow by you doing like a zillion miles an hour leaving wakes high enough to get into your waders). Mike's jet boat was a long jon boat (I think it was 16ft in length) with a jet motor on the back. It was fairly quiet but moved us along the river quickly (not a zillion miles an hour though).

I hadn't fished below Carseland before so I was excited to experience some water I had never seen before. It was interesting to see so much featureless water but when we did find some slack water or little feeders, the trout were right where they were supposed to be. I'm not used to fishing these types of water and I probably should have brushed up on reading trout streams before the trip but Phil knew exactly were to drop his fly and out fished all of us. I ended up catching five, Jokey about eight (I think) and Phil, well he cleaned up. Jokey and I tried nymphing for a bit but the hot fly on that day was by far a weighted boatman pattern.

For highlights of the trip, you can view the video below.

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Northern Backswimmers & Water Boatman

There are large numbers of anglers (many experienced) who are not sure what the difference is between a water boatman and a backswimmer. Just to clear things up;

A backswimmer is the larger of the two. It has large hind legs for propulsion and swims on its back. It's underside is dark and it's wings are light, often a cream color with a mottled look to it. The backswimmer does indeed bite and reports are that it's bite feels similar to a bee sting. You'll usually find backsimmers on the surface of the water.

A boatman is the smaller of the two. It also has large hind legs in the shape of oars but it's front legs are scoop shaped at the tips. It's underside is usually a masking tape color and wings are a darker mottled color (I've seen olive, brown and black in the Edmonton area). The water boatman does not swim on its back but right side up. It hangs near the bottom in shallower water near plant life and does not bite.

Both insects are prisoners of the shallows as neither of these bugs have gills and must rise to the surface frequently to trap an air bubble used for oxygen. This air bubble is what gives them their erratic swimming motion as the bubble tries to rise to the surface.

Most literature regarding boatman and backswimmers inform us that September and October are times when these aquatic life forms are most prevalent. Through my years of stillwater fly fishing however, as far south as the central Alberta, I've noticed that this time line is off by about a month. I've confirmed this in both the Edmonton regions and the Rocky Mountain House regions with observation of both boatman and backswimmers becoming quite active as early as late July. By mid August, fishing imitative patterns become progressively more productive and by the time September rolls around, trout start keying in on these bugs. By mid September, the water starts cooling due to colder nights and shorter days and trout will spend more time in the shallows feeding on the large number of these bugs.

There's also a lot of literature available that states fishing boatman and backswimmer patterns are most productive after the first frost. It's quite possible for this to be true in some areas of the world, but in these parts I find a cool night followed by a very warm autumn day in the mid to upper 20's (Celsius) seems to kick these bugs into their migration flights (also known as the boatman fall). If you happen to be on the water during a heavy fall, you'll notice they actually do look like little rain drops hitting the surface of the water. Once hitting the water, the boatman will pause almost as if stunned and then spin to break the surface of the water where they will dive to the bottom and lay it's eggs. It's at the pause and spin when trout take full advantage of the falling boatman. Unfortunately, the window of opportunity to hit this fall is more of a 'being on the right lake on the right day' sort of thing. If you're fortunate enough to be on the lake in the middle of a boatman fall, tie a floating boatman patter onto your dry line, wait for a rise and cast directly into the rise ring. Hits are usually immediate. It truly will be one of the best days you've ever spent on a stillwater fishery.

By early October, the boatman and backswimmer action starts to slow down. This is when I start to concentrate on slower or static presentations using bloodworms, scuds and leech patterns in shallower water. Boatman and backswimmer patterns can still be productive but the frenzy is usually over once the middle of October rolls around.

If you haven't already tied up some boatman and backswimmer patterns, you better get to it. Before you know it, the action will be long gone and your favorite stillwater fishery will be locked in ice for another six months.

Here are some links to a few good patterns.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

My Trout's Got Swimmers Itch

Every summer I receive a few e-mails from curious anglers asking if I noticed bumps or cysts under the skin of our stillwater stocked trout. These type of question also appear on many of the fishing message boards and forums. As the water warms, we see these bumps appear on a lot of our trout pretty much every summer and disappear once the water starts to cool. So what are these bumps, are they harmful to the trout and are they harmful to anglers handling these fish or more importantly, consuming these fish? Click on the pick of this trout caught at Muir Lake (courtesy of Phil Rowley) for a closer look.

I noticed these bumps more frequently about six years ago. With the lack of precipitation we've seen around the Edmonton area, the lakes have been dropping and warming in the last six years. This combination not only causes more stress on the trout but appears to increase infection of a flat worm parasite which mistakenly uses the trout as it's host. I say mistekenly because these trout are not native to these bodies of water but rather stocked every spring.

Back when I first noticed these bumps becoming more profuse, I sent off an e-mail to Stony Plain area fisheries biologist, Stephen Spencer. He explained that the bumps were caused by a flat worm parasite. Cercaria (the larval form of the parasite) is actually intended to affect it's true host the snail. Once in the snail, it relies on consumption by a bird where it then matures into its adult stage and lays eggs in the bird's gastrointestinal tract. The eggs are then dropped back into the water through feces and the cycle repeats. The trout (like humans) are not its intended host and other than some ugly bumps (and itching for us - see "Swimmers Itch"), the parasite itself really doesn't harm the trout or humans but the bacterial infections caused by an overwhelming amount of parasites could be lethal to trout.

A couple years ago, A.S.R.D did put a warning out about these bumps for anglers eating fish showing signs of these parasites. Although these infected fish are not harmful to humans, it was thought to be a good idea to cut out any black spots (bacterial infections) caused by the flat worms and for the flesh to be cooked thoroughly.

Most years, Edmonton's local trout lakes see these parasitic bumps on our trout but some years they've been very prominent. This is one of those years. They aren't pretty and don't feel very nice when handling the trout. On years like this, it is beneficial to the trout to decrease your fishing activity until the water starts to cool again as there is a coalition to very warm water and numerous bumps under the skin of the trout. If the water is that warm, think how stressed these trout must be.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

The Chironomid Cult

It's funny you know, when I first heard about chironomiding I didn't understand the whole chironomid craze. I got away from still fishing because I wanted to become more involved in the catching process. The fly rod to me was the "next step" in the fishing evolution. The art of tight loops, the constant searching for your game, trying to imitate food sources through different techniques and presentations. Chironomiding or fishing static presentations almost seamed like taking a step back. Staring at an indicator (a fly anglers name for a little bobber) for hours on end just wasn't my vision of what fly fishing was all about. Then I tried it. My first impression was less than favorable, I didn't see why it was so dam popular. I wasn't catching as many fish as when I was working weed beds and drop offs with a nymph on a sinking line. Of course I still didn't understand a lot of the intricacies of chironomiding like how important it was to be anchored. Like most things in my life however (with the exception of my guitar), I couldn't give up on it until I mastered it. So I did tons of research (mostly reading) and putting what I read to practice. I started catching more and more fish but still didn't see why so many had gone crazy for this style of fly fishing.

It was a warm afternoon in May on a local Edmonton trout lake when the "light bulb" finally clicked on. I launched my float tube and was making my way out onto the lake when I saw these large midge shucks (bombers) floating on top of the water. There were thousands of them with more hatching right before my eyes. I became rather excited as everything I had been reading about fishing chironomids had told me this should be an excellent day. I let my anchor down, slid on a strike indicator and tied on the biggest bomber pattern I had in my fly box. Well, it didn't even have time to sink when I saw the indicator rush under. I played a nice, active, 17" rainbow, brought it to the net and happily released it. Of course I didn't think the fishing would be anywhere near this kind of excitement but I was optimistic that it may be fairly active. Nope, I was wrong. For the next three hours, it was almost exactly like that. Maybe not a take before the flies sunk (although that happened frequently) but a strike on nearly every cast for almost three hours. I caught lunkers, stockers and all sizes in between. Now I understood the chironomid craze! Though the hour and a half to follow wasn't as stellar, I probably caught more fish in that short time than on a normal day of fishing. Although I never knew it at the time, that was my induction into the "Chironomid Cult".

Today I teach others how effective chironomiding can be as well as other styles and techniques through stillwater clinics and guided trips. It's a lot of fun to watch folks get there first hook up on a chironomid and sometimes I even get to see their light bulb turn on. If you're interested in a stillwater clinic or a guided trip, you can cut the learning curve in half by sending me an e-mail and booking a trip with AbertaStillwaters.Com today.

Here's fun video called The Chironomid Cult. I wish it was as exciting as this video all the time but when there's a good hatch on, this video is pretty close.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Here Comes The Rain Again

June in Alberta was one of the driest on record. Farmers in the Camrose area declared a local state of agricultural disaster as extremely dry weather conditions damaged to up to 80% of their crops and cattle producers are struggling as the majority of their pasture lands dried up. July however has been a complete turn around. Some parts of Alberta has seen well over 100ml of rain in a couple of days and reports of funnel clouds have been spotted in many areas throughout Alberta. We even had a tornado touch down near Bentley Alberta. If you had plans to hit some streams and rivers this week, you may be a little p.o'ed as the reports coming in on the Alberta Fly Fishing Forum are seeing blown out conditions. High, chocolate brown water around the Hinton area have been reported with the Wildhay, Berland and the Muskeg rivers having very high flow rates. A high streamflow advisory has been issued for the Smoky River and all its tributaries in north central Alberta and more rain is predicted for the future days ahead. Well, I feel for ya. But all is not lost. Alberta's trout lakes got some much needed topping up as lake levels have been very low since last fall and water temps in these lakes needed a litlle cooling off. The fishing around Edmonton's local lakes has been good and hopefully should get even better. Got out to Star Lake on July 5th with my buddy Phil and we did well fishing in deeper water using a static presentation with chironomid and leech patterns. We both got into some good size trout with the largest of the day being this 23" rainbow caught on a Redd October bloodworm. If you've had trouble finding big fish in the past or find stillwaters a little intimidating, why not book a stillwater trip or clinic with me and I can show you how to find Walter for yourself. Visit my website AbertaStillwaters.Com for more information.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Happy Canada Day... Eh?

I want to wish all my fellow Canadians a happy Canada Day. I, unfortunately; have to work today (so no fishing for this hosehead) but I hope all you folks that get the day off have a great time pulling in some lunkers. I am looking forward to the fireworks tonight however.

Here is a video of some of my proud Canadian brothers and sisters when my beloved Oilers made it the Stanley Cup.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Fathers Day Fishing Trip

The plan was for my 10yr old daughter Hunter to take me fishing for fathers day. That was the plan, but things changed. When we checked the weather report this morning it called for showers and a good chance of a thunderstorm. Hunter really didn't want to be standing out in the rain all day so she graciously bowed out. I can't blame her, she's fairly new to fly fishing and hasn't yet become obsessed with the sport. I on the other hand am beyond obsessed (see definition for addiction). So I loaded up the vehicle and headed out to Star Lake. I was going to meet up with Phil and his boys at Millers Lake near Edson but because of a dinner date with my oldest daughter Cassandra, I had to stay somewhat close to home. So off to Star I went. When I got on the water I headed out to the center of the lake and decided to fish the deep water before heading over to my favorite spot. I tied on 15ft of tippet to my 9ft leader and attatched a black thread midge on the point and a Redd October (blood worm) as the dropper. I got into fish right away and caught about 6 or 7 (all this years stockers) before I pulled the anchor and moved on. I then headed over to my favorite spot and anchored in 10ft of water. I fished the same combination of chironomids for about a half hour with another 5 or 6 stockers brought to hand. I was getting pretty tired of catching the small ones however, so I thought I'd target the bigger trout with some larger flies. I tied on an olive wolly bugger as the dropper to my black thread midge and on the second cast hooked into a nice lunker at 23 inches. Got one good jump out of him and then some bull-dogging but the fight was fairly quick. I fished this combo for a good hour and only caught two more stockers, both on the chironomid. Tried some other combos with mostly the same results (more stockers) and about twenty minutes before home time, decided to go back to the Redd October blood worm with a X-mas Chronie on the point. Hooked into a few more stockers and then finally on my last cast, I hooked into another gooder. It wasn't as big as my 23 incher (18&1/2 inches) but it fought a hell of a lot better. All in all a great day to be on the water. Only way it could have been better was if Hunter could have been there with me. Oh btw, I didn't see one rain drop all day, just dark clouds with the constant threat of rain.

Here's a very short video of the two bigger trout I got to the net.

Monday, 1 June 2009

How much do you love your fly rod?

I posted back in February about how I won a new fly rod. I don't win stuff very often, I'm just not one of those lucky types and usually if I do win something, it's not something I can get overly excited about. This time however, I won something that totally blew me away. The rod is called the Wind Warrior - Stillwater and made by a Canadian company (Amundson Outdoors). It was designed with me in mind. By that of course, I mean stillwater fly anglers. The model I received was a #5 - 10ft - 4pc and before I received it, my expectations were fairly low. After all, it's a new product from a company I've heard very little about. I already own a St.Croix Legend Ultra #6 - 10ft - 4pc which I consider to be a great casting, fast action rod. I can shoot line out of my St.Croix pretty good and although I originally bought it for casting big nymphs and streamers on the Bow, it quickly became my go-to-rod for hard blowing days on the lakes. Things have changed however as I now have a new go-to-rod for my stillwater fishing. I've had the great pleasure of casting the Wind Warrior Stillwater on my last four trips out and I'm really enjoying this rod more and more with every outing. The rod shoots line like a canon, has some good back bone that cuts line through the wind like a knife and the sensitive tip aids in detecting strikes. I don't plan on retiring my Sage RPL anytime soon but it definitely won't see anywhere near the use it once did. As a matter of fact, I like this rod so much, I've looked into selling them online at my new site AlbertaStillwaters.Com. Which makes me pose the question: How much do you love your fly rod?

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Sometimes the fishing gods smile on you. And sometimes they just laugh!

It's been a long, cold winter and I've been looking forward to getting out on the water and hooking into some big stillwater lunkers since ice-on in November. I decided Wednesday was the day to finally head out and could think of no better way to spend it than on the water hunting for big trout with a good friend. So Phil and I made plans to hit Muir lake. Phil picked me up at about 12:30pm and we headed out, looking forward to some of those football shaped trout Muir is so famous for. Word was out that the trout made it through the winter even though the aerator on the south end of the lake shut down while the lake was still frozen (thanks to some furry critter that chewed through the power cable). My expectations were high, the thoughts of hungry trout and high catch rates filled my head (sort of like sugar plums dancing through a kids head at Christmas time but way better). When we got out onto the lake we headed over to one of my favorite spots trying to stay out of the wind. It was too shallow for strike indicators so we tried boatman and backswimmers using a washing line technique (floating boatman on the point with a wet boatman or backswimmer as the dropper). We saw many boatman in the water so we just knew we'd do well ('cause we're experienced stillwater fly guys). And after about 30 minutes we decided to move (so much for experience). The results where Phil one, Doc zero. Phil decided he wanted to try a little bay neither of us had fished before, so off we went. We anchored in about 2ft of water casting out to about 8ft. We tried leech and chironomid patterns under an indicator. End result here? Phil zero, Doc one bump. The day wasn't turning out the way I had visioned it. We fished in every decent spot on the lake and the trout were just not in the mood to feed. They were however in the mood for other things (like sex). Spawners were rolling, splashing and chasing in the shallows and we could have targeted them all day and probably done very well but apparently this is bad form (or so says ex-"BC" stillwater guy Phil). So we stuck to our normal fishy hangouts and kept plugging away. At the end of a cool, rain soaked day; the score was Phil six, Doc nothing. I did hook into and loose a few but couldn't get 'em to the boat. I'll tell ya, getting skunked on Muir is a humbling experience. Makes me re-think everything I've learned over the years. The fishin' gods were smiling on Phil yesterday but laughing at me. Not laughing as hard as Phil though, he was having a real good ol' time. Not sure if he was laughing so hard at me or my funny jokes though. Hey Phil, "Maybe I thould wefwase that, I'd like to thee her gallop thlowly".

Here's a real quick video of a male spawner that Phil caught on a booby. Hmmm... horny males going after boobies; who'd a thunk?

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Spring Has Sprung

I guess it's time for me to start blogging again. I've been so busy with work, updating The New Fly Fisher website and just life in general, I haven't really found any time for blogging and I guess it shows since my last post was in February.

According to the rest of the world, the 1st day of spring is March 20. Of course if you live up here in the Great White North, the first day of spring is really when the ice comes off the smaller lakes (at least that's my interpretation of the first day of spring).

Friday May 1st was that day. Up until April 30th, most of these lakes still had ice on them but stillwater anglers all over the Edmonton region watched the wind clear our local lakes (at least enough to get a boat on the water). Our most popular lake in the area is Muir Lake located just west of Edmonton and on May 1st the lake opened for the first day of fishing. May 1st every year sees loads of anglers (usually of the fly fishing type) and the lake resembles more a bowl of cheerios than a trout lake due to all the float tubes. I heard that the fishing was pretty decent with some nice 24 inch rainbows being caught (at least for those that found a parking spot). I heard is was a lot of fun but i wouldn't know for sure as after three hours doing up a ton of paper work with month end reports, I headed over to Phil's house where we loaded my 'toon and tackle into his truck and headed east to meet up with Jokey (Joe). Jokey doesn't want me to post where we were as he likes this quite little fishery all to himself, so I won't mention it's name. I will tell you that we all caught just over dozen trout each. My biggest was a fat twenty incher, Jokey landed a nice 22 incher and Phil's biggest was about 19". When I pumped the throat on a few of these trout I saw loads of blood worms (midge larva) up to size 10, some size 14 boatman and some lake lint. Odd I didn't get one on a bloodworm or a boatman pattern even though I tried for a good 45 mins. Seems they sure liked the leech patterns though. We fished them suspended under an indicator and they almost always took it right after we twitched it. They didn't want lots of movement but other than the odd trout, they wouldn't take it sitting completely still either. Had a great season opener with a couple of great guys and some nice fat trout. Welcome back spring.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Need A New Fishing/Camping Machine?

I found this on you tube and I'm likin' it.

Now if a guy could get a hitch on there for his boat and they could make that a 4X4, it'd be perfect.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Staying Busy In The Off Season

Already February and I haven't wet a line since November. I have been staying busy however. With the new job, learning all the ins and outs of a new management position in the liquor industry, running my five online sites and tying a few flies here and there, I really haven't found the time to even plan a trip to drown some feathers. On top of this, I've been asked to update the New Fly Fisher web site. Nothing to major really just adding new pics, links, text and a new video. The site is looking pretty good if I do say so myself. You can check it out here.

A couple days ago I got an e-mail stating that I won a new fly rod. I've entered lots of things with a chance to win fly fishing tackle of one sort or another and this is the first time I ever won. I was checking out Tim & Andy's web site not to long ago and they had an online survey on their forum for the Amundson Fly Fishing/Outdoors company. taken from the Western Sportfishing Fourm "The company is Canadian, and they offer a wide variety of fly fishing products to the fly fisherman/woman. The purpose of the survey is to provide feedback to the company about what fly fishermen like about their gear, and what they would like to see." Anyway, I filled out the survey automatically entering me into the draw and now I got a band new WWF4-1005F Wind Warrior "Stillwater Series" rod which was designed in BC, for the interior stillwater type of fly fishing and is valued at $289.00. Big thanks to Jack Simpson from Amundson Fly Fishing/Outdoors for drawing my name. I guess I'll have to write a review on it this spring.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Another Chance To See Dave & Emily

So you missed the Dave and Emily Whitlock show? Actually, due to circumstances beyond the control of the Whitlocks, or the Northern Lights, Dave and Emily could not appear. In their place, Jim McLennan and Phil Rowley jumped in to save the day(s). Phil presented expert stillwater information and Jim with some outstanding stream advise. A high percentage of those who attended were very pleased with all the information presented and very thankful that these two gentlemen stepped up to the plate on such short notice.

If you would still like to see the Dave and Emily two day seminar, they have been rescheduled to appear on April 25 & 26 at the club's meeting hall. For those that had already purchased their $80.00 tickets, you can purchase tickets to the Dave & Emily presentation for only $25.00. For everyone else, you can purchase tickets for $80.00. For more information, check out the NLFT&F's website here.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Dave & Emily Whitlock Seminar

The Northern Lights Fly Tyers & Fishers in conjunction with the Edmonton chapter of Trout Unlimited are presenting a fly fishing seminar with presenters Dave & Emily Whitlock. The seminar will be held at Grant McEwan Community College at 106 St. & 104Ave in Edmonton Alberta, Room #6-212 from 9am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday January 17 & 18, 2009. You'll have the opportunity to learn from one of the most well known Fly Tiers & Fly
Fisherman in North America along with a number of raffles featuring some outstanding prizes to support this event. Tickets are available for $80.00 from the Northern Lights Fly Tiers during their Wednesday evening meetings and from the following Edmonton retail stores: The Fishing Center, Fishin' Hole West & North and Wholesale Sports.

Dave is a well known author of many published books including Dave Whitlock's Guide to Aquatic Trout Foods. For more about Dave and Emily Whitlock, visit their website here.

Saturday, 10 January 2009

The New Northern Lights Chapter Of T.U.

I can't believe it's already January 10 of 2009. Time feels like it's just whipping by and yet in the same breath, it feels like I haven't wet a line for a really long time. Another Christmas has come and gone and a very long cold snap here has finally ended. We had many, many days of -30c temps (or colder) and not very many warmer then -20c in the last three weeks. Today it hit 0c for the first time since, well, I don't remember (a long time). The new job is going well. Another month at it and I should be ready for a few trips south for some Bow River fly-fishing.

Some news for North Central Alberta fisher folk. The Edmonton Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be merged in with The Northern Lights Fly Tyers & Fishers club. TU Edmonton was originally started by fly anglers as a way to get together to #1, start conservation projects on the waters in North Central Alberta and #2: meet once a month in the winter for informative, educational and entertaining programs. With the formation of the Rocky Mountain House chapter of TU, most of the waters we fish have now fallen under their chapter and with the NLFT&F's popularity growing each year, members were reluctant to come out to TU meetings as much the same programs can be seen at their weekly club meetings leaving conservation as the Edmonton chapter's only draw. And conservation just isn't sexy enough to put warm butts in the seats. This last Wednesday, the executive of the NLFT&F's and T.U. Edmonton pitched the concept of a merger of the two clubs with one meeting per month dedicated to Trout Unlimited and cold water conservation. The club will now be known as the Northern Lights chapter of Trout Unlimited. Memberships will have to be worked out as far as this coming year but eventually, to join you will need a T.U. membership. This will open up a lot more doors for the Northern Lights club as far as raising money for worthwhile causes as well as giving conservation efforts more exposure. I'm really excited about this merger and if you're in the Edmonton area, I hope you are too.