Fly Tying Mondays Resume on November 26th, 2018

We will get another season rolling on Monday November 26th at West River Fly Shop. From 7 pm to 9 pm.

...new members are always welcome.

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Ralf Kuntzman is Back at the Vice with LOTS of Creativity


Ralf Kuntzman was our guest instructor tonight. Ralf showed the gang how to tie a Waste Troll Leech Variation. I have added a link to Phil Rowley's You Tube page where Phil demonstrates how to tie a Waste Troll Leech. Ralf dyes his feathers using unsweetened Kool Aid. The results are fantastic.

Ralf also introduced the group to tying streamers with old synthetic wigs purchased right after Halloween. Ralf got these wigs for cheap right after Halloween. Lots of great colours for tying flies for toothy critters and larger fish. These flies can be tied either on hooks or as tube flies. Now Ralf buys tubing from Princess Auto for his tube flies. Great idea!

Finally Ralf showed the gang how to use wine corks to make poppers. What a great idea!

I also posted photos of the flies Ralf taught a group last March but they were not photographed.

I appreciate Ralf's creativity and resourcefulness. Thanks Ralf for a fun evening!

Next week is part two of Fly Fishing Sylvan Lake. It is a chironomid session using Buzzer Wrap. You will need black and wine coloured thread 8/0 or 70 denier. If you have burnt orange thread and rusty brown thread, both 8/0 or 70 denier, do bring it along!

See you next week!



Ralf's Waste Troll Leech Variant




Garnett testing out the fly tying materials.













Rob is showing an example of a double surgeons knot loop that Ralf loves to use to tie his flies on his terminal tackle. A great resource is the Orvis Knot Tutorials.


Last March, Ralf did a fly tying session. No photographs were taken of the neat flies that day. Today I had the chance to do just that.

Above: Ralf's Damsels

Below: Ralf's Caddis 

All tied with Sparkle Braid as the main ingredient!



Sparkle Braid Pumpkinhead


Friday, November 29, 2019

Gravel Pit Open House-Border Paving Application in the Stainbrook Springs Area


Last night was the open house hosted by Border Paving at the Butte Hall to hear about the proposed gravel extraction below the water line near the headwaters of Stauffer Creek.

Over 125 people attended. Farmers, land owners, fly fishers, staff from Trout Unlimited Canada, media and concerned citizens attended the presentation. Four consultants hired by Border Paving and staff from Border Paving were there including several members of the ownership group from Border Paving!

It was quite apparent that the vast majority of the individuals in the Butte Hall were against this proposal. The consultants did very little to convince the individuals who attended that this is a good idea. The ecologically sensitive area that includes springs should not be touch or altered in any way. Any gravel extraction that would happen almost 30 feet below the water line has the potential to just that!

There was a lot of expertise in the Butte Hall who spoke against this proposal. I hope that this proposal does not move forward!







Monday, November 25, 2019

Fly Fishing Sylvan Lake Part 1-Bloodworms


What an amazing turn out for our first Fly Tying Monday session for the 2109-2020 season. To see our tying space jammed to capacity was fantastic! West River Fly Shop was a great place to be!



Sylvan Lake is a popular fishery but not usually with a fly rod. Over the years my wife, Karen, and I have spent lots of fantastic days enjoying the fly fishing. We target lake whitefish, walleye and pike. We have discovered that Sylvan Lake's bug life is very similar to our Central Alberta pot hole trout lakes. From blood worms, chironomids, hexagenia, dragons and damsels; Sylvan Lake is definitely a bug factory. All species of fish in Sylvan lake love to eat these bugs. Sylvan Lake is a great place to learn to fly fish a lake.

Remember that there is an open house hosted by Border Paving this Thursday night at Butte Hall from 5 pm to 8 pm about an application for a wet gravel pit right across from Stainbrook Springs. the headwaters of Stauffer Creek (North Raven River). This is an application that cannot happen. Please come and help us ensure this application is not approved.



Adjoining the lands of Border Paving, the proponent of the gravel pit, and within 50 yards on both the east side and north side are lands held under title by the Alberta Conservation Assoc., Trout Unlimited Canada, Alberta Fish and Game Assoc..
These lands were purchased by the above authorities with additional contributions of Central Alberta Trout unlimited Chapter.
If you purchased a fishing or hunting license and or are dues paying members of one or more of those organizations, these lands belong to you and you must have standing in any decision rendered.
These lands held by the above groups have management plans developed by the owners whose decisions reflect any similar owner decisions. Examples of these decisions include land use, access, grazing and the like.
Please address all comments about the application of Border Paving to:

Planning Dept.
Country of Clearwater,
4340 47 Ave, Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1A4

Please write a letter as letters have much more “weight” than emails or online petitions.

Next Week, Ralf Kuntzman is our guest tyer. Ralf is one of the most creative fly tyers I have ever meet. Be sure to be at West River Fly Shop next Monday!




A throat sample which has told us to tie on bloodworm patterns.



Seal Blood Worm- John Kent Originator

Hook: C49S size 12-16
Bead: Red, 3/32nd
Thread: UTC Red, 8/0
Tail: Marabou, red
Body: Seal, red
Rib: Largartun Mini Flat Braid, gold (just one strand)




Bionic Worm Variant- Jerry McBride Originator

Hook: C49s size 8 to 14
Bead: Orange 1/8th-3/32nd depending on hook size
Thread: UTC Red, 8/0
Tail: Marabou, Pink or Cerise
Body: Red Scud Back or Red Holographic Tinsel
Rib: Gold Wire, small





Glass Bead Worm

Hook: 3xl curved nymph hook
Thread: Red, 8/0
Body: Glass Beads 11/0, Red
Rib: Semi Seal, peacock 


Scud Back Blood Worm

Hook: 3xl curved nymph hook
Thread: Red, 8/0
Weight: 0.01000 lead free wire
Rib: Red Wire, Medium or Small
Body: Red Scud Back, 1/8th











Why We Need to Fight for Stauffer Creek, ...North Raven River

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Fly Tying Mondays Start Tomorrow-November 25th at West River Fly Shop

Well here we go. Another season of Fly Tying Mondays! See you tomorrow night at West River Fly Shop! You need red 8/0 thread and your tying tools! If you are new to fly tying, take a look RIGHT HERE for what you will need for the season!