Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hatch Magazine 2014 Fly Fishing Photo Contest: The Winners


Hatch Magazine 2014 Fly Fishing Photo Contest: The Winners

Calling the judging in this year's photo contest difficult would be putting it mildly. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Orvis, Smith Optics, Cheeky Fly Fishing and Scientific Anglers, this year's contest attracted the most entries we've ever received and also some of the best. Poring over it all and choosing favorites was no easy task for the judges. All told, 65 different photos received votes from our dozen judges, almost all of which you'll see showcased here.

View photos here: http://bit.ly/1EhGNjq

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Calgary Hook and Hackle Club Open House - A Look Back

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Calgary Hook and Hackle Club Open House - A Look Back

More than a dozen new members signed up on the spot at the Open House last week. Club volunteers manned a number of very interesting information tables. Other club members dropped by to support the cause.

View more photos from the event album at this link: http://on.fb.me/1BPcEYe

Fly Tying with @Mike Heigl

Fly Tying with @Mike Heigl

Bugs/Entomology- Matching the Hatch with @Ruth Zinck

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival 2015 - A Look Back

The Cardel theatre lobby is a great mid-winter gathering place for fly fishers to mix and mingle

 Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival 2015 - A Look Back

What a great crowd of film fest fans we had! This sold out event had the Cardel lobby and theatre bursting at the seams with high energy.

The Perogy Boyz food truck (which we forgot to take a photo of :-( ) was busy from the get-go. Raffle ticket sales were brisk, and our "Friends of Back Cast FFFF" had many interested visitors.

Many thanks again to the Bow River fly fishing community for supporting this special event. :-)

Michelle (left), owner/operator, Bow River Shuttles and host of Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival, and volunteer Kim M., with raffle tickets at the ready.

Just three of almost 150 happy campers/fishers who came out for a fun evening of food, films and fellowship! The fly fisher on the left walked away with one of the Rio lines donated by @Ruben Breitkrreutz!

Taking a close look at one of more than two dozen items that were up for grabs, thanks to our "Supporters of Back Cast FFFF".

Daniel and Joanne (not in photo) Berezan, Dolly Varden Outdoor Clothing | http://www.dollyvardenoc.com/

You can see more photos from our event album at this link: http://on.fb.me/1B20A46

Thanks to our "Supporters of Back Cast FFFF" for the raffle items! 

Fish Tales Fly Shop | Iron Bow Fly Shop & Outfitters | Bow River Troutfitters | Country Pleasures Fly Fishing | Hanson's Fishing Outfitters | West Winds Fly Shop | The Fishin' Hole Canada (Calgary) | Anne Rurak/Willowcraft (Kamloops) | Calgary Hook and Hackle Club | Original Joe's: Quarry Park | Wholesale Sports | Dolly Varden Outdoor Clothing | Temple Fork Outfitters Canada | RIO PRODUCTS & Ruben Breitkreutz | SilverTip Fly Company | Reelflies Fishing Flies | Trout Unlimited Canada | Bow Habitat Station | April Vokey- FlyGal Ventures | Pieroway Fly Rods | McLennan Fly Fishing | Patagonia Calgary | CATCH MAGAZINE

Water Woes

Kevin Van Tighem, former superintendent of Banff National Park, spoke at a CPAWS event in Calgary on Friday Feb 27.
Photo, Leah Hennel / Calgary Herald
Water Woes

A local conservationist highlights the water woes plaguing the eastern slopes of the Rockie

The CBC Calgary Eyeopener podcast for Friday Feb 27

Listen here: http://bit.ly/1BNNola

Friday, February 27, 2015

Taxpayer group questions worth of $309-million flood mitigation project

This is the area in Springbank that would be affected by a provincial government plan to build an off-stream reservoir for flood mitigation.
Colleen De Neve / Calgary Herald

Taxpayer group questions worth of $309-million flood mitigation project

by Matt McClure, Calgary Herald, Feb 27, 2015

A new study says Premier Jim Prentice’s pledge last fall to build a dry reservoir to protect Calgary against future floods from the Elbow River at a cost of $309 million makes economic sense.

But a taxpayer lobby group says the cost-benefit analysis of the Springbank Off-Stream Storage project fails to account for the amount and likely price of the land the province will need to purchase so it can construct the massive canal and dam west of the city to divert and hold excess waters during a disaster.

The study by IBI Group Inc. figures the province will have to pay $4o million to acquire around 700 hectares, but the government’s own documents show it will need over 1,400 hectares that a land valuation expert consulted by the Herald conservatively estimates would cost taxpayers at least $139 million.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/1E1gXyj

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Conservationist calls on province to manage eastern slopes for water

A young female grizzly feeds near the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course in Banff National Park on June 11, 2014.
Photo, Leah Hennel / Calgary Herald

Conservationist calls on province to manage eastern slopes for water

by Colette Derworiz, Calgary Herald, Feb 25, 2015

Alberta needs to stop managing the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies for timber and start managing the landscape for water, says a well-known local conservationist, biologist and author, noting it would also improve the habitat for grizzly bears.

Kevin Van Tighem, who retired as superintendent of Banff National Park in 2011, will speak Friday night at Wild Soiree: Bears & Water, hosted by the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society in Calgary.

 Read more here: http://bit.ly/1ESpqCH

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

European Nymphing with John Nishi - A Look Back

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

Fish Tales Fly Shop - Sun Feb 22, 2015


Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

Monday, February 23, 2015

Today along the Bow River - Feb 23, 2015

Photo, © Bow River Shuttles

High today 12°C, Scattered Clouds, wind avg 13, max 30

A good day to float 22X to Police. The gate at 22X is locked, so you need a boat that you can carry to the water - pontoon boat, fishing raft, canoe, etc.

Official Trailer - Gyre: Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean



A team of scientists and artists investigates the buildup of marine debris along the Alaskan coast. Their goal: to create art from the trash they find and raise awareness about its impact on oceans and wildlife.

Watch full video here: http://bit.ly/1Gd3mUh