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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Trip to the Parkland Region of Manitoba

Hi Everybody!

I have a very exciting trip proposal for you to consider. The trip is to the Parkland Region of Manitoba. The tour is an educational trip organized by the Central Alberta Fly Tyers with Phil Rowley as host.

As many of you already know, Phil has extensive knowledge of the trophy fisheries in this area of Manitoba. Phil and I have put together the itinerary below. You will see that the trip includes a seminar in Red Deer before the trip. Participants will have the chance to sample three trophy lakes. There will be seminars at the lodge in Manitoba and you will have the chance to fish with Phil in his boat. This will give you an opportunity to see and practice several techniques that will definitely benefit your stillwater fishing.

We will be staying at the Arrow Lake Lodge Ranch. We would take over the main cabin that sleeps 10 or 11. We would cook our own food and have a place to tie flies and debrief each day.

The cost of the trip will be $400. This will include the host fee for Phil and your accommodation and food. We will car pool. You are responsible for your own transportation costs. Phil and I already have 3 boats . Pontoon boats are acceptable for the course.

The trip will be limited to 10 individuals so each participant has direct contact with Phil each day over the course of the 4 days.

If you want to be a participant, contact me asap.

Bob Vanderwater

2010 Parklands Tour Itinerary

June 4-8, 2010

Prior to June 4, 2010

  • Provide 1 Parkland training session including
    • Tying seminar for group focusing on 12 Parkland favourites
    • Hand out Parkland Briefing packages on target lakes (Patterson, Tokaryk & Twin)
    • Review recommended gear, lines etc.

June 4, 2010

  • Travel to Arrow Lakes Lodge estimated arrival 6pm local time
  • After checking in and dinner is complete, prepare for next day's trip.
  • PowerPoint Presentation-Approaching A New Lake

June 5, 2010

  • Breakfast and depart 7:30am for Tokaryk Lake estimated 30 minute drive
  • Fish Tokaryk until 5 or 6 pm weather and conditions permitting
  • Return to Arrow Lakes resort by 7pm
  • Post Tokaryk briefing, lessons learned, observations etc.
  • Power Point Presentation-Tactics for Trophy Waters
  • Finish evening fly tying, socializing etc.

June 6, 2010

  • Breakfast and depart 7:30am for Patterson Lake estimated 30 minute drive
  • Fish Patterson until 5 or 6 pm weather and conditions permitting
  • Return to Arrow Lakes resort by 7pm
  • Post Patterson briefing, lessons learned, observations etc.
  • Power Point Presentation-Going Deep Sinking Line Tricks and Techniques for Stillwaters
  • Finish evening fly tying, socializing etc.

June 7, 2010

  • Breakfast and depart 7:30am for Twin Lake estimated 60 minute drive
  • Fish Patterson until 5 or 6 pm weather and conditions permitting
  • Return to Arrow Lakes resort by 7pm
  • Post Twin briefing, lessons learned, observations etc.
  • PowerPoint Presentation-Ten Habits for Stillwater Success
  • Finish evening fly tying, socializing etc.

June 8, 2010

  • Pack up and check out by 10am
  • Return to Alberta

Monday, December 14, 2009

Monday December 14, 2009

Hi Everybody!

Evan Ritchie was our guest tyer tonight. Evan taught 16 tyers two unique patterns. Both patterns have had explosive results. Evan's friend Sylvan Gagnon came up with the streamer we tied tonight. It was a pattern that Sylvan designed for the Bow River and the Crownest River. The streamer's main material is polar bear. Polar bear has a neat translucent effect when it is wet. It's a great imitation of a Rocky Mountain White Fish. Our second fly is a pattern designed by Evan. The first time Evan fished this pattern an explosive take scared Evan, hence the fly is aptly called The Heart Attack. The Heart Attack has three unique features. The body is seal, one part brown blended with two parts orange. Evan says that artificial seal is not as good. The wing is tan macrame and the hackle is oversized brown and grizzly saddle that is trimmed. The Heart Attack looks like a deadly October Caddis pattern.

It was another -30C night. Thanks Evan for the great stories and instruction.

Evan also showed us an Atlantic salmon pattern that Sylvan tied in about twenty minutes from memory and an interesting stonefly pattern that includes weaving.

Just a couple of reminders:

1. The Rowley Workshop is starting to fill up. There are 10 spots left. Let me know if you would like to spend Saturday January 30th with Phil.

2. I am in the process of pulling together a trip to the Parkland Region of Manitoba during the first week in June. This would be a 4 day trip that would be hosted by Phil Rowley. This would be a great opportunity to learn about the trophy lakes in this region. This is an instructional trip. Phil will be teaching us techniques that will certainly improve our stillwater success. This trip will also include a preperatory session here in Red Deer before the trip. The exact details of the trip will be posted here in the next 10 days.

3. Have a Merry Christmas everybody!

Evan Ritchie tying the polar bear streamer.

Polar Bear Streamer
(designed by Sylvan Gagnon)

Hook: 2 or 3 x streamer hook
Body: Silver mylar tubing
Tail: Polar bear.
Underwing: Polar bear
Overwing: Polar bear
Top wing: Peacock hurl 6-8 strands

The Heart Attack
(Evan Ritchie originator)

Hook: size 10-12 dry fly
Body: Seal (2 parts orange blended with one part brown)
Wing: Tan Macrame
Hackle: Brown and grizzly

A Sylvan Gagnon original.

Breanne tying her secret salmon fly. It works too.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Jack Gartside Has Passed Away

Jack was an avid flyfisher and a very creative fly tyer. You can find Gartside Leeches in my fly box at all times. Maroon and black gartside leeches and pink and white gartside leeches are fabulous here in Alberta.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Monday December 7, 2009

Twenty two fly fishers braved frigid -27C weather to kick off another year of fly tying. Dr. Bill Young was our presenter. Bill shared two reliable patterns, one of which we do not think to use often enough. Bill's foam beetle has been a very reliable pattern on the eastern slopes rivers in Alberta. Bill showed us how to tie a klinkhammer fly as well. The klinkhammer is an emerger style of tying. Tonight we focused on a green drake emerger. You can use a variety of hook sizes and dubbing colors to imitate several different type of emerging mayflies. Thanks, Bill, for presenting. Your tying instructions are easy to follow. I have to agree with what A.K. Best noted in his books. It takes about 50 repetitions of a specific pattern before you get a good sense of how to acurrately tie a fly. My proportions were off a bit tonight. Time to get tying.

Next week Evan Ritchie is our guest tyer. We will see everybody next week!

Let me know if you would like to take Phil Rowley's all day tying course on Saturday January 30th. I am sure the course will quickly fill up.

Klinkhammer Emerger

Hook: C 49 S Mustad size 10 or a Klinkhammer hook
Body: Green beaver dubbing
Post: polypropolyene or a goose feather
Thorax: peacock herl
Hackle: Blue dun

Foam Beetle
Hook: size 12 dry fly hook
Over Body: Black foam (shaped in a tear drop)
Body: Peacock herl
Hackle: Grizzly or blue dun
Indicator: bright antron
Translucent strip under the body to push the hackle fibers out to the sides.

Dr. Bill Young

The gang concentrating on their tying.