Fly Tying Mondays Resume on December 5th.

We will get another season rolling on Monday December 5th at West Park Middle School starting at 7 pm. We are usually done by 9 pm.

...new members are always welcome.

A box full of flies!

A box full of flies!
...and fly fishers

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Steelheading on the Skeena System

...thanks for the trip report Doug Pullen!


My brother-in-law Allen and I went up to the Smithers area in BC for our annual Steelhead fishing trip. The previous month had seen heavy rains which caused most rivers in the area to be blown out. However the rains subsided just before our arrival and the rivers were low and clear. We were told that the run of summer Steelhead was low this year but we remained confident.




Most days started out below zero but by the afternoon was quite comfortable. We floated the Bulkley and Morice Rivers and walked the Kispiox River. September is peak month for Steelhead fishermen; October has much less fishermen. Most days we had the river to ourselves. We covered many of our favorite runs but most fish seemed to be on vacation. I managed to hook up with 3 Steelhead in the 7 days that we fished. Even though the fishing was slow, the scenery was very picturesque with all the fall colours. Looking forward to next year.







Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Another Afternoon Chasing Walleye and a Nice Surprise


Well after the intense weather bomb yesterday, there seemed to be a bit of calm so Karen and I dashed to a spot on the Red Deer River to continue yesterdays pursuit of walleye on the fly! We started just like yesterday, swinging clousers. We had lots of success but when we changed up to fly fishing with ice minnows, the action was excellent! Karen tagged lots of well conditioned walleye. I switched to an ice minnow and did very well. I even caught a very nice brown trout. We were not targeting browns, so we took a quick picture and sent it on its way! The wind started to pick up and the cloud cover closed down on us. It was time to pack up and head home!

...another enjoyable day out on the water!












Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Swinging Clousers for Walleye, ...then the Wind Came


It has been a while since Karen and I have targeted walleye on the Red Deer River. The weather was not looking too good but we chanced a quick dash to the upper Red Deer. We knew the wind was winding up but maybe we would get a bit of time on the water. Well it was well worth the trip out! We swung clousers for about three hours in between wind gusts. Finally the wind just took over and we headed to the truck! We hooked several walleye. We had most of our action on a blue clouser  minnow with a stinger hook!

The nasty wind showed up later in the afternoon with sustained winds up to 90 kph! Transport trucks tipped over on Hwy 2,  two trains derailed and sadly several wild grass fires flared up, especially in southern Alberta. Not good.

I hope this intense low pressure moves on and dissipates quickly!







Monday, October 16, 2017

Late Season Cutthroat Fly Fishing!


Karen, my buddy Jay and I finally had a window of opportunity to head to our eastern slopes for some cutthroat fly fishing. The season will close on our cutthroat rivers at the end of month so we seized the moment and headed out! The road was snowy and icy in places but we took our time. The fly fishing was stellar. The water levels were excellent for this time of the year and the water was extremely cold. The cutthroat were feisty and hungry! The were a few risers. We mainly nymphed and caught lots of well continued fat and colourful cutts!

The day was warm but usually warm late season warmth comes with wind. And yes, the wind picked up as the temperature warmed. About mid afternoon, the wind started to rock so we called it a day and headed back to Red Deer.

We hope to get out a few more times before the end of the month.
















Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sturgeon Fishing on the Fraser River with Taryn and her Dad!


Taryn and her Dad try to get some  sturgeon fishing in on an annual basis on the world famous Fraser River. Well I would say that Dad and Daughter time must have been amazing this year. They tagged some incredible specimens. Wow is all I can say!





The Future of the Ram River System

Please take the time to read this carefully:

The Future of the Ram River System and several other issues.

I am very interested in your thoughts. Please pass along your ideas. You can e-mail me:

bob.vanderwater@rdpsd.ab.ca

Bob

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Taryn's Steelhead Success


Steelheading is about perseverance and the joy of the pursuit of a fish of a thousand casts. Taryn along with a regular fishing partner spent a week chasing these elusive trophies. Swinging intruders and other classic steelhead flies is just as enjoyable as the hook up!  Well Taryn did connect with several fish but one fish in particular was absolutely an amazing trophy!

Take a look!

Well done Taryn!







Friday, October 6, 2017

Walleye on the Fly

Darren Petersen got into a mess of walleye recently on the Red Deer.  The Spikey/Toothy critters were eager to gobble up clouser minnows dead drifted on the bottom with the occasional twitch to inspire a strike.  Walleye are a neat looking camouflaged fish. They seem to be pretty efficient predators, hunting in packs and moving into the shallows as it gets dark.  Walking back to the vehicle past dusk their eyes can be spotted with my headlamp glowing in mere inches of water where they have come to shore to hunt for baitfish.  Darren suspects the modest numbers of brown trout in this river have to be quick and avoid favored walleye haunts to get any chance at maturity.