Monday, September 29, 2014

Today along the Bow River - September 2014

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

A drift boat about to launch this morning, along with a solo fly fisher in the background.

After bouncing around the 100 cms mark for the past three days, the Bow River at Calgary dropped slowly
over the day to 84 cms. That's still a higher flow rate than the long term average for late September.

#bowriver #flyfishing

High today 18°C, scattered clouds, wind avg 18, max 32.

Bow River at Banff 40 cms
Bow River at Calgary flow 84 cms
Bow River below Carseland 153 cms

Tenth Annual World Rivers Day Set for September 28


Tenth Annual World Rivers Day Set for September 28

Market Wired, September 22, 2014

World Rivers Day Increases Awareness, Promotes Stewardship, and Encourages River Conservation Around the Globe - Massive Worldwide Event Has Its Roots in British Columbia, Canada

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 22, 2014) - Millions of people around the world will participate in the tenth annual World Rivers Day on Sunday, September 28. With many of the world's rivers facing severe and increasing threats associated with climate change, pollution, and industrial development, more than 70 countries are participating in this year's festivities. Many events around the world will focus on educational and public awareness activities while others will include river and stream cleanups, habitat restoration projects, and community riverside celebrations. World Rivers Day has its roots in the great success of BC Rivers Day, which has been celebrated for the past 34 years in Canada's western-most province.

Read article here: http://mwne.ws/ZknVOW

http://worldriversday.com/

#bowriver #flyfishing

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Today along the Bow River - September 2014

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

It was a chilly 5.0 °C first thing this morning. Some of the vehicles we shuttled today had their heaters turned on. However, it eventually got up to 14°C. Tomorrow's forecast high is 21°C!

The
boat launch at 22X/Fish Creek Park re-opened Friday Sept 19, 2014.

McKinnon Flats Access Road re-opened Friday Sept 26, 2014.

#bowriver #flyfishing

High today 14°C, mostly cloudy, wind avg 20, max 44.

Bow River at Banff 45 cms
Bow River at Calgary flow 101 cms
Bow River below Carseland 149 cms

Pro Fly Angling Tour Championship - Sept 27, 2014

Photo, courtesy John Nishi

Pro Fly Angling Tour Championship - Sept 27, 2014

Calgarian John Nishi was one of 24 participants in this event yesterday in Colorado.

PFA Tour Championship Sept. 27
Fast-paced, cash-prize tournament on Conejos River
By Morgan Lyle

Read article here: http://abt.cm/1qLH4hY

John Nishi 's comments regarding the photo above:


"Congratulations to Cody Burgdorff (1st) Norman Maktima (2nd) and Jarkko Suominen (3rd) for outstanding angling at the Pro Fly Angling Tour Championship. You guys rocked it!"

Fish Conservation and Management Strategy


Fish Conservation and Management Strategy

AESRD - Sept 11, 2014

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Minister Robin Campbell is pleased to present the latest Fish Conservation and Management Strategy for Alberta.

Alberta's Fish Conservation and Management Strategy is an important document that provides a framework for Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development to ensure Alberta's fish benefit present and future Albertans. Within this mandate is the responsibility of managing the sustainable use of our fish resources and their conservation.

Read document here: http://bit.ly/1rBxiV3

More info here: http://bit.ly/1onw8rk

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Today along the Bow River - September 2014

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

It was great to be able to move fishing rigs in and out of McKinnon Flats today. We also had pickups at all of the other boat launches, including Glenmore, 22X, Police and Legacy.

The fishing raft in the photo was drifting to Johnson's Island/Carseland.


The boat launch at 22X/Fish Creek Park re-opened Friday Sept 19, 2014.

McKinnon Flats Access Road re-opened Friday Sept 26, 2014.

#bowriver #flyfishing

High today 9°C, overcast w/occ light drizzle, wind avg 9, max 18.

Bow River at Banff 49cms
Bow River at Calgary flow 100 cms
Bow River below Carseland 151 cms

Friday, September 26, 2014

Today along the Bow River - September 2014

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

We've moved into a bit of a cooling trend. However, no one can complain about temps in the low to mid-teens.

Fall colours are still showing up along the Bow, including the Johnson's Island area in this photo today.

With McKinnon Flats re-opening today, we've got all of our boat launch options available again.

The boat launch at 22X/Fish Creek Park re-opened Friday Sept 19, 2014.

McKinnon Flats Access Road re-opened Friday Sept 26, 2014.

#bowriver #flyfishing

High today 15°C, mostly cloudy w/light rain showers, wind avg 11, max 24.

Bow River at Banff 52cms
Bow River at Calgary flow 99 cms
Bow River below Carseland 151 cms

Book Signing - Rod Hamilton "DIY Bonefishing" - Sat Sept 27

Photo, courtesy Fish Tales Fly Shop
 
Fish Tales Fly Shop writes: "Join Fish Tales when we host Canadian writer Rod Hamilton for a book signing session on Saturday, September 27.


Hamilton, author of "Do It Yourself Bonefishing", book and blog, will be on-site from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


This is a great opportunity for bonefishing enthusiasts to talk to a well- traveled and passionate flats angler.


See you at the shop!"

Southern Alberta Fly Fishing League - #6 Competition - Sat Sept 27


Southern Alberta Fly Fishing League

#6 Competition

Sept 27, 2014 - Bow River

This special event was postponed from Sept 13 because of the snow storm.

More info here: http://bit.ly/1yuzl1V

#bowriver #flyfishing

McKinnon Flats Open, repairs complete

All photos, © Bow River Shuttles

ESRD writes: "Repairs to the access road into McKinnon Flats are now complete and the launch site has been reopened. Public access and use is welcomed.

The repairs enhance the resiliency of the road t
o withstand weather events and improve access for anglers, outfitters and the public alike. These repairs include reshaping the existing road, culvert installation, and placement of gravel.

Wishing you safe and enjoyable travels on the river!"


We were pleased to be able to provide the very first shuttle down to Mac this afternoon on the improved road. It was an unexpected reverse shuttle for a couple of visiting fly fishing drift boaters from south of the 49th.





Culture Days celebrates city’s growing diversity

Photo, courtesy Ted Rhodes Calgary Herald

Culture Days celebrates city’s growing diversity

By Eva Ferguson, Calgary Herald, September 24, 2014

Celebrating the city’s unique heritage, along with explosive growth in arts and cultural diversity, the city kicks off Culture Days this weekend with 200 unique events planned around the city.

Read article here: http://bit.ly/1vl3ZoQ

More info on Alberta Culture Days in Calgary: http://bit.ly/1vl3ZoQ

Bow River Fishing Report courtesy Fish Tales Fly Shop - Sept 25, 2014

Photo, courtesy Fish Tales Fly Shop

Bow River Fishing Report courtesy Fish Tales Fly Shop - Sept 25, 2014

"Bow river anglers are enjoying recent encounters with the fish in the Bow. The rainbows are acrobatic, feisty, and filling up on bugs in preparation for the changing season. The browns are starting to color up and will be prepping for spawning in the next few weeks. And anglers who want to target whitefish don’t need an elaborate fly for a successful outing."

Read report here: http://bit.ly/1DBaR7q

Thursday, September 25, 2014

McKinnon Flats road work Day 4


The grader operator drove his unit down from Airdrie this morning.All photos, © Bow River Shuttles

The gravel trucks began arriving this morning, along with the grader.

There were three trucks, with a fourth expected sometime later in the day. We understand that hauling gravel would continue on Friday.

They are using 'belly dump' trucks as opposed to 'end dump' trucks. That's what creates the fairly neat row of gravel down the centre of the road.

We were told that these large trucks were actually having a bit of a challenge coming back up the very steep road, on the gravel that they had just laid down.

We were surprised to learn that they are hauling the gravel in from Beiseker. So the grader operator has a bit of a wait between the trips.

There was also a small crew applying rip rap to the ends of the culverts that were out of our view.




The first round of gravel had been laid out just about to the end of the section of road that can be seen in this photo.


The grader had done some work up the the first corner that had the culvert installed yesterday.


This is a stock photo of a 'belly dump' gravel truck.

Today along the Bow River - September 2014

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

The warm air bubble we've been in took us up to 25°C today. These two fly fishers were going to take full advantage, with a Thursday morning launch under a mostly blue sky... and no wind!

The bo
at launch at 22X/Fish Creek Park re-opened Friday Sept 19, 2014.

McKinnon Flats Access Road Closed - Sept 22-26, 2014

#bowriver #flyfishing

High today 25°C, scattered clouds, wind avg 8, max 24.

Bow River at Banff 52cms
Bow River at Calgary flow 91 cms
Bow River below Carseland 140 cms

Rocks in My Pockets at Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) - Sept 27 & 28



Rocks in My Pockets at Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) - Sept 27 & 28

Canadian Mental Health Association - Calgary Region writes: "Join us for the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) screening of Rocks in My Pockets, a refreshing representation of mental illness, Sept 27 & 28!"

More info here: http://www.calgaryfilm.com/films/2014/rocks-my-pockets

Bow River Fishing Report courtesy Country Pleasures Fly Fishing - Sept 24 2014

Photo, courtesy Country Pleasures Fly Fishing

Bow River Fishing Report courtesy Country Pleasures Fly Fishing - Sept 24 2014

"The last week was a little devoid of insect hatches on a number of days, offering a lot less dry fly fishing. The last couple of days there have been more bugs, but more importantly, a bunch more rising fish. This weekend’s weather should bring on a lot more BWO mayflies."

Read report here: http://bit.ly/1ro4mQ7

#bowriver #flyfishing

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

McKinnon Flats road work Day 3

All photos, © Bow River Shuttles

The third culvert was installed today. The second culvert that was installed yesterday needed to be 'tweeked'.

A padfoot packer was doing its thing - packing the road. This type of packer is intended to lea
ve the surface somewhat rough, so that it will have a better chance of holding on to the gravel on this very steep road.

They plan to begin hauling in the gravel tomorrow.




All hands were on deck for whatever 'tweeking' was required on the second culvert, which was installed yesterday.



This is the sign at the junction of Highway 22X and Range Road 274

Today along the Bow River - September 2014

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

Being on the warm side of the jet stream gave us another day of wonderful summer-like weather: +27°C! What better way to spend it than to be launching for a Wednesday trip on the Bow.

The boat
launch at 22X/Fish Creek Park re-opened Friday Sept 19, 2014.

McKinnon Flats Access Road Closed - Sept 22-26, 2014

#bowriver #flyfishing

High today 27°C, mostly cloudy, wind avg 12, max 35.

Bow River at Banff 44cms
Bow River at Calgary flow 94 cms
Bow River below Carseland 144 cms

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

McKinnon Flats road work Day 2

All photos, © Bow River Shuttles

The D6 Cat was carving out a drainage ditch along the road.



Two culverts were being installed today, with a third one going in tomorrow.


The bobcat was repairing the section of the road where the first culvert had been installed.


The excavator was digging a trench for the second culvert.

Today along the Bow River - September 2014

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

Fly fishing canoeist Steve S. enjoying the Bow this morning.

The boat launch at 22X/Fish Creek Park re-opened Friday Sept 19, 2014.

McKinnon Flats Access Road Closed - Sept 22-26, 2014

#bowriver #flyfishing

High today 20°C, light rain showers late a.m, mostly cloudy p.m., wind avg 8, max 18.

Bow River at Banff 41cms
Bow River at Calgary flow 82 cms
Bow River below Carseland 154 cms

Tanya Tagaq performs at Polaris Music Prize Gala




Tanya was the final performer last night. Skip ahead to 3:18:00

http://polarismusicprize.ca/

Polaris Music Prize 2014: Tanya Tagaq wins $30K as jury's pick (w/video)


Polaris Music Prize 2014: Tanya Tagaq wins $30K as jury's pick (w/video)

Tagaq stirs crowd with performance, acceptance speech

The Canadian Press, Sep 22, 2014

Nunavut-reared throat singer Tanya Tagaq claimed the $30,000 Polaris Music Prize on Monday, just moments after mesmerizing the gala crowd with a show-stealing performance aided by a choir.

Read and listen here: http://bit.ly/1prf7vI

Alaska


Alaska from derekdeyoung on Vimeo.


Derek DeYoung writes: "Check out my short film on my trip to Alaska. I had as much fun filming this as I did fishing.. well almost. editing it.. that's another story:) Some of these go pro shots are just amazing!"

Monday, September 22, 2014

Work begins at McKinnon Flats

All photos, © Bow River Shuttles

A D6 Cat was hard at work today.




Today along the Bow River - September 2014

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

The seasons changed today - first day of fall - but our weather stayed the same. We hit a high of 28°C, one degree short of the record 29.0, set in 1994.

Splendid fall colours along the Bow.

The boat launch at 22X/Fish Creek Park re-opened Friday Sept 19, 2014.

McKinnon Flats Access Road Closed - Sept 22-26, 2014

#bowriver #flyfishing

High today 28°C, mostly cloudy, wind avg 6, max 18.

Bow River at Banff 39 cms
Bow River at Calgary flow 82 cms
Bow River below Carseland 154 cms

McKinnon Flats Closed... What now?

 Sign at 22X. All photos, © Bow River Shuttles

With McKinnon Flats being closed for the next few days, several shuttle clients floated from Policeman's Flats to Legacy Island today. At 38 kms, that's longer than our regular 'day trips'.

However, when you consider that folks float Fish Creek to McKinnon all the time, which is 32 km, the Police to Legacy trip is only an extra 6 kms.

With the 22X/Fish Creek Park boat launch now open, other options for float trips this week include Glenmore to 22X/Fish Creek Park, 22X/Fish Creek Park to Policeman's Flats and Glenmore to Policeman's Flats.


Sign at McKinnon Flats

Drift boat trailers at Legacy Island today

Fall colours are just beginning to show at Legacy Island.

Click on map for larger image
The Highwood confluence is near the bottom of this map. McKinnon Flats is a bit further up. And Legacy Island is at the top.

This map can be purchased from Paddle Alberta Society. http://www.paddlealberta.org/. It's also available at Mountain Equipment Co-Op. It's called the "Middle Bow River" and covers from the Ghost Dam to Carseland. The cartographer was Clayton Roth, a local Calgarian.

Monsoon at Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) - Sept 22 2014


Monsoon Trailer from Nick Hector on Vimeo.

Monsoon at Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF)

Monday Sep 22, 9:00 pm
At Globe Cinema - 18+ (no minors)

Renowned Canadian director Sturla Gunnarson reveals how India’s vast seasonal weather system shapes the lives of the country’s billion-plus inhabitants.

Filmed across all of India, he follows the monsoon’s path as it gradually engulfs every region of the country, and introduces the individuals affected by it – meteorologists, bookies, farmers, conservationists, families, and ordinary Mumbai citizens. As nature, science, humanity and wonder converge in one of the most astonishing and breathtaking landscapes on earth, Monsoon captures all the drama as it unfolds.

http://www.calgaryfilm.com/films/2014/monsoon

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Today along the Bow River - September 2014

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

Summer's last day went out with a warm blast of 25°C along the Bow River! More than a dozen records were broken in Alberta, with the warmest being Red Earth in N. Alta. at a sweltering 29C.

Wit
h McKinnon being closed for the next few days, we have several shuttle clients floating from Police to Legacy tomorrow. At 38 kms, that's longer than our regular 'day trips'.

However, when you consider that folks float Fish Creek to McKinnon all the time, which is 32 km, the Police to Legacy trip is only an extra 6 kms.

The boat launch at 22X/Fish Creek Park re-opened Friday Sept 19, 2014.

McKinnon Flats Access Road Closed - Sept 22-26, 2014

#bowriver #flyfishing

High today 25°C, partly cloudy, wind avg 12, max 28.

Bow River at Banff 39 cms
Bow River at Calgary flow 86 cms
Bow River below Carseland 150 cms

Calgary International Flamenco Festival IV Annual Festival - Sept 20-27, 2014


Calgary International Flamenco Festival  IV Annual Festival - Sept 20-27, 2014

Following up on last year's festival of sold-out concerts, this year the Festival presents acclaimed dancer Andrés Peña (Spain), "La Cueva" (Fiona Malena Flamenco Ensemble), Carmen Romero (Vancouver), Karen Flamenco (Vancouver) and many other local, National and International dancers and musicians.

http://www.calgaryflamencofestival.com/


 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Today along the Bow River - September 2014

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

On this second last day of summer, we had several shuttle clients take advantage of the 'new & improved' boat ramp at 22X. (not this photo)

The boat launch at 22X/Fish Creek Park re-opened Friday Sept 19, 2014.

McKinnon Flats Access Road Closed - Sept 22-26, 2014

#bowriver #flyfishing

High today 20°C, scattered clouds w/late afternoon clearing, wind avg 7, max 17.

Bow River at Banff 40 cms
Bow River at Calgary flow 86 cms
Bow River below Carseland 158 cms

2014 B.C. Provincial Youth Fly Fishing Championships


2014 B.C. Provincial Youth Fly Fishing Championships

The Innovative Fly Fisher Forum and Fly Fishing Canada are proud to host the 2014 B.C. Provincial Youth Fly Fishing Championships in the Maple Ridge on September 20 & 21, 2014. The 4 sessions of this year’s provincial championship will be held on 2 lake venues and 2 river venue. This year's championship should prove to be a fun and informative experience for all who attend.

More information here: http://on.fb.me/ZxOqjE
And here: http://bit.ly/1sM7nq7

Fly Fishing Team Canada
Canadian Youth National Fly Fishing Team

Wild Trout Symposium XI: September 22-25, 2014



Wild Trout Symposium XI: September 22-25, 2014

The Wild Trout Symposium brings together a broad and diverse audience of governmental agencies, non-profit conservation groups, media representatives, educators, anglers, fishing guides, and business interests associated with trout fisheries to exchange technical information and viewpoints on wild trout management and related public policy. Held every three years, each symposium has led to innovative wild trout management approaches.

http://www.wildtroutsymposium.org/