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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:

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/trout-unlimited-canada/p2p/tyingforconservation/page/effective-micro-leeches-for-everyone/


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)








 

Thursday, March 25, 2021

The 2021 Alberta Sport Fishing Regulations Are Out


Our very own Steve Luethi took this neat cover shot for this years Sportfishing Regulations! Just ignore the blurry guy holding the rainbow. Pick up your regulations at your favourite sports shop. Don't forget to get your 2021 fishing licence at Alberta Relm.

 

Piper Creek Restoration Work and Tying for Conservation

The Central Alberta Chapter of Trout Unlimited has been involved in the restoration work on Piper Creek. We spent many hours stabilizing the bank, removing culverts, planting willows and saskatoons.

Protecting and restoring our waters here in Central Alberta is important to me. I am doing a fundraiser on behalf of Trout Unlimited Canada. The Fundraiser is called Tying for Conservation. I will be doing a fly tying workshop on Zoom on Wednesday March 31st at 7 pm where I will be tying several of my favourite Micro Leeches that I use on still waters everywhere. For a small donation (tax receipt will be included) you can join me at my vice. All proceeds will go to Trout Unlimited Canada.  You can make a small donation right here for the Tying for Conservation Program.





















 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Tying for Conservation- We Need Your Support

Protecting and restoring our waters here in Central Alberta is important to me. I am doing a fundraiser on behalf of Trout Unlimited Canada. The Fundraiser is called Tying for Conservation. I will be doing a fly tying workshop on Zoom on Wednesday March 31st at 7 pm where I will be tying several of my favourite Micro Leeches that I use on still waters everywhere. For a small donation (tax receipt will be included) you can join me at my vice. All proceeds will go to Trout Unlimited Canada. Below is a short video I made of some of the work we do here in Central Alberta. You can make a small donation right here for the Tying for Conservation Program.


 

Friday, March 19, 2021

Are Tiger Trout on Your Bucket List?


I love tiger trout! This hybrid trout is a cross between a brown trout and brook trout! They are aggressive feeders and they always give a great account of themselves once hooked. I love the vermiculations and their neat colours. I have seen tiger trout attack larger streamers, eat chernobyls, devour chironomids and of course they will attack balanced flies of all descriptions.

We are lucky to have many lakes in Alberta that have resident tiger trout. Take a look at the Alberta Stocking Report. Once ice is off, I am sure that stocking will begin, probably in southern Alberta. Ice off is not far away!

I can hardly wait! Do you have your gear ready? Remember that the 2021 Alberta Fishing License will be needed starting April 1! You can get you fishing license RIGHT HERE!


Stuart and Bernie Love Tiger Trout



Don't Forget Fiona, She Loves to Tangle with Tigers




So does Larry, Murray and Colin






Yep Doug and Phil love Tigers too!



Leon and Gerald love to connect with the big Tigers!



Steve always has a plan when he goes hunting for tigers.




Claude with one of the largest tigers I have ever seen.




Karen has the Eye of the Tiger! ...always!






You know Bob Loves Tigers as well!