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Monday, April 12, 2021

Snow Squalls Did Not Slow Us Down

The ice is starting to come off some of our pot hole lakes. Karen and I have been patiently waiting to get back at it!. We did find some open water around a lot of ice. We definitely had to bundle up. The snow squalls were sending several volleys of heavy snow at us. We were warm and comfortable and we even caught a few fish! 


Monday, April 5, 2021

A Fabulous Day on the River with Steve Luethi

Steve Luethi photo

The river called both Steve and I today! It was a great opportunity to do some exploring and to cast big streamers and, hopefully, to connect with a big brown. 

The day dawned cold, really cold. We had to do some bushwacking to get to our destination. The river was low and clear. Once on the river, slush was everywhere because the mercury plunged down close to -10C the night before. Our streamers has trouble sinking through the slush. Luckily that quickly changed by late morning. We worked our articulated streamers through lots of water. I finally connected with a mid-sized brown that tried to destroy my 5 inch white streamer. That was cool!

Steve Luethi photo

We got another smaller brown on a big streamer. It was holding in a long run.

We constantly stopped fly fishing to watch eagles doing a very cool mating flight. Neither of us had seen that before. 

As the day warmed, we found tiny winter black stoneflies everywhere. It was neat to take some time to photograph them scurrying on the ice shelves.

I finally decided to switch to nymphing early in the afternoon. That was a great decision. I put on a wiggle worm and a small flashback . We suspected that there were Rocky Mountain whitefish in the run we were fishing. Well, the next hour was constant action. The classic riffle-drop-pool was filled with rockies and a few browns. We had a lot of fun taking pictures of the rockies. Steve had a new lens he wanted to try out. And that he did! Steve has an amazing eye for picture composition.

As we continued to explore a braided section of the river, we found a beaver house. We connected with three browns in front of the beaver house. The browns were not large but an added bonus to an already fabulous big blue sky day on the water.

We both got back to Steve's truck with a bit of a sunburn and I know I needed to rehydrate! The drive home was fortunately not too long! 

What a day. The best part of the day was spending it with my friend. If we had connected with a giant brown, the day would have been perfect. We will have to settle for a close to perfect day! We will be back to find that big brown another time.

Steve Luethi photo

Steve Luethi photo

Steve Luethi photo

Steve Luethi photo

Steve Luethi photo

Steve Luethi photo

Steve Luethi photo

Steve Luethi photo


Sunday, April 4, 2021

No Fly Tying on Zoom on Easter Monday April 5th

 Hi Everyone!

There is no fly tying on Zoom on Easter Monday April 5th. I will send out a note about Zoom sessions in the future!

Happy Easter Everyone!


First Fly Fishing Trip of the New Season was a Windy Affair

Colin Allison photo

Vaccinated two weeks ago, check! Finally April 1st is here and that is the date that several of our rivers and streams open. My neighbour, Colin (you guessed it, vaccinated), and I decided to head west and do some fly fishing. It was April 1st and the wind was no joke. The wind was definitely howling. No matter, we needed to get out for the day. The big shock was the lack of snow and practically no ice shelves in places that should have 3 footers everywhere. Colin and I decided to do lots of walking. We found some water to fly fish. I connected with 3 trout and landed one. We saw lots of animals over the course of the day as well. It felt great to wander alongside some flowing water.

Well as the day started to wind down, we headed back to Red Deer. We were both amazed at the number of trailers already heading out to the west country. I see that several pit toilets have been installed along Highway 11. That is great news.

In no time at all, it will be ice off on our local pot hole lakes.


Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Effective Micro Leeches for Everyone-Tying for Conservation

A big thank you to all of you who sent a donation to Trout Unlimited Canada to take in my presentation on Effective Micro Leeches for Everyone. The evening presentation was taken in by close to 25 individuals. It was fun to do a presentation that helped raise funds for Trout Unlimited Canada. 

I have detailed several micro leeches below and in many cases a short video of how to tie them!

Hey tomorrow is April 1st. Do you have your 2021 Alberta Fishing License? Head over to Alberta Relm to get your new license!

Hook: Size 12-16 jig hook
Bead: 7/64ths, entice gold installed with a sequin pin
Thread: Olive UTC 70
Tail: Marabou, olive or black
Body: Brill, olive 

Hook: Size 12-16 jig hook
Bead: 7/64ths, entice red installed with a sequin pin
Thread: Red UTC 70
Tail: Marabou, black and claret
Body: Ostrich, black and purple
Collar: Arizona Semi Seal-Black Purple

Hook: Size 12-16 jig hook
Bead: 7/64ths, entice gold installed with a sequin pin
Thread: Olive UTC 70
Tail: Marabou, olive/black
Body: Brill, olive and orange


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Tying for Conservation Evening is this Wednesday March 31st on Zoom at 7 pm

Here are the projects that we have been working on here in Central Alberta with Trout Unlimited Canada and of course our own local chapter! All of our projects start with fundraising. We have accomplished a lot with our small but mighty chapter. Please consider making a small contribution to the Fly Tying for Conservation. I will be doing an on line fly tying session tomorrow (Wednesday March 31st at 7pm) when I will be tying 6 of my favourite micro leeches. You can make a small donation and join in on the presentation  that will include an income tax receipt right here:

Piper Creek restoration Project

Tay River Restoration Project

Beaver Management Program on Stauffer Creek (North Raven)

Fencing along Stauffer Creek and the Raven River

In stream structure on Stauffer Creek

In stream structure on Clear Creek and fencing

Creating current on Clear Creek

Aerator purchase for Kerbes Pond 

Donation to help purchase Porter Property on Raven River

Purchase of library books for Red Deer Public Library and Red Deer College with respect to clean water and aquatic life

Purchase and donation of books to all schools in Red Deer relating to fish, clean water

Infrastructure work at Ironside Pond, Beaver Lake: including signage approaches to lake, boat launches

Multiple projects on the North Ram River from signage to bug counts

Bug counts on several streams in Central Alberta

Fall Creek repair of quad damage

Donation and volunteering for Red Deer River Annual clean up

Naming and donation of plaque on Mitchell Pond (Heritage Ranch Pond)

Projects in the Cadomin area.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Euro Nymphing on Zoom-Monday March 29th at 7 pm

If you want to find out about Euro Nymphing, take a look at all the videos that are available from Lance Egan and Devin Olson along with videography of Gilbert Rowley. They are very willing to share their amazing expertise. That includes both tying Euro Nymphs and how to effectively fish Euro Nymphs. The video below is way better than my rambling. I am still learning lots about this great nymphing technique. Get a coffee and take a look at this informative video.

On Monday March 29th  at 7 pm, we will be doing Euro Nymphs!

We will tie a basic perdigon nymph, look at how to tie some synthetic Bombs,  tie a CDC Red Tag and tie a Red Dart (Lance Egan)!

You will need:

 -some size 14 or 12 jig hooks  
-slotted 7/64ths bead (or a tungsten bead will do), in gold
-red UTC 70 denier thread (8/0)
-olive UTC thread-70 denier (8/0)
-coq de leon or mallard (died wood duck)
-chartreuse thread (8/0) or fine chartreuse wire or brown wire, small
-red antron
-CDC olive
-red wire, small
-silver wire, small or sulky, pearl
-peacock semi seal
-brown hackle (size 16 or 14)
-red hackle fibres (for a tail)

Pliva Perdigon 

Rainbow Perdigon

Pink Perdigon

Synthetic Quill Bomb

CDC Red Tag (Phil Rowley)

Red Dart (Lance Egan)

Blue Dart (Lance Egan)

Purple Dart (Lance Egan)