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  2. The Provincial Government has finally released the report on the North Central Native Trout Recovery Program co-authored by Roche, Bennett, Martins and Cooke, titled: A Third Party Scientific Review of Alberta Environment and Park’s North Central Native Trout Recovery Program (attached here). The report will also be available to the public through the Open Government Library as well as through links on alberta.ca Office of the Chief Scientist. Aug 23 '19 A Third Party Scientific Review of Alberta Environment and NCNTRP.pdf
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  4. The Edmonton Old Timers Fishing Club doesn't receive much press so those who are unaware of what the Club stands for and its aims and objectives might be interested in the following announcement from CBC Edmonton:
  5. What a great few days on the North Ram with a group of terrific fellas. Jim, wally Terry, Michael, Jimmy, Irwin and the rest of you, I had a great time and really appreciate you showing me the conclave ropes, even though i passed on all that scotch. The weather could've been better but the fishing was perfect...except for my last cast on the last day when a 20+ cuttie snapped my St. Croix Legend. If i can find the video on my laptop I'll post here. it was pretty funny, but i managed to handline it in anyway. Thanks again. Wish I could join you on The freeman this weekend, but the wife has other plans.
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  7. Please indicate if you are interested in attending the Grayling Blitz on August 17. The objective is to coordinate a group of anglers to collect data about fish population (Grayling, Athabasca Rainbows, Whitefish, etc) and habitat on the Freeman River and tributaries. We’ll supply maps and target sites as well as data collection forms. A copy of the data collection form is posted on our web site – it’s pretty straight forward and there will be minimal fish handling. The plan is to meet at a central spot near Edmonton (Tim Hortons) and break up into groups of 2-3. Instructions, maps, and data collection sheets will be distributed as well as review of safety plan. Fuel cards will be available for drivers for this event. Send an email to Grayling@nlft.org to register for this event. Some folks may choose to camp as well. Let us know in your email if you are interested in camping and we’ll help coordinate.
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  9. Heading out this morning and I'll see you all there! Jim
  10. Thanks for this Dave! We will see you next week. Jim
  11. Trout Unlimited Canada and Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company are pleased to co-host “Fun on Tap” Thursday, October 3, 2019, at Biera, 9570 76 Avenue NW, Edmonton. doors open at 5:00 pm, tasting begins at 6:00 pm. Chief Beer Enthusiast and brewery founder, Dr. Greg Zeschuk, will lead you through tasting a variety of delicious Blind Enthusiasm beers, brewed in Edmonton at the Ritchie Market. Your $50 ticket includes a welcome beer, a guided tasting with samples of five different beers, and delicious snacks selected because they go so well with beer! Join us for some fun in support of water conservation! For additional information please contact Wylma Williams or call 1-800-909-6040
  12. Jim, just an update on the North Fork Road. I travelled it last Week and it was in fine shape (relatively speaking). It had just been graded and I didn't see any sign of construction work going on.Heading down on Tuesday and staying at Strachan campground for the night and then up to Nice & Easy. Dave
  13. So just a week to go before our Ram River gathering. I got a question about how to get there and here (thanks to Michael Dell) are a couple of options: From the east, the North Fork Road turns off Hwy 752 at the Strachan campground. There is pavement for 8 km, then gravel for the rest of the 54 km. Some sections are good gravel, some are rough. Watch the signs as there are a couple roads which fork off. The Nice & Easy site is at the bottom of a long hill just after the road takes a 90 degree bend to the west. I think it is the first place you can see the river for quite a long time. One alternative way to get there is to take highway 11 to Nordegg, and then go south on the Trunk Road to just before the bridge over the North Ram River. Then east on the North Fork Road. The amount of gravel is about the same both ways, but the North Fork Road from 752 is an hour long trip, whereas it is an hour to Nordegg on 11, and then another 1/2 hour down the Trunk Road, and another 15-20 minutes to km 62. Another alternative is to take 752 all the way to the Trunk Road (732) and then up the Trunk Road to the North Ram. This is the longest and has the most gravel, but you cross over Elk Creek (4 or 5 bridges) , the Ram River, Lynx Creek, and Cripple Creek (3 bridges). I go this way sometimes for the extra fishing. Last time I was there I drove in on the North Fork Road from Strachan and it was not in good shape. It may have been upgraded at some time but it gets a lot of people pulling trailers along it and is very potholed. I find the route through Nordegg to be a more comfortable drive. Barring any issues, I will be arriving Monday afternoon. I will have a sign made up that you will be able to see from both directions. Look for my grey 2018 Toyota Highlander (license PFN 857). If there is no room at the Nice & Easy site, I will find an alternative so just keep looking for the sign. See you all there next week! And don't forget to bring your barbecue recipe for Saturday evening! Jim
  14. Do to weather and water levels cancelling this Freeman R. fishing outing. Will try again. Dennis S
  15. Quentin glad to hear your going to be back out to the club again. As Paul and Peter said a lot of the same faces just a bit older. We do have some up and coming new faces. Be sure you bring your water wings with you. It has been one heck!!!!!!!!!! of a wet summer. Dennis S
  16. Hoping to try and fish the Freeman on Thur. jul. 25 for the Grayling survey. Will be at Tim's on 23Ave & Rabbithill Rd. weather permitting leaving at 7am. I have space for 3 more people. Dennis S
  17. Welcome back Quentin...same old farts to hang around with... but with new twists...you will will see when you get here...some very up-coming talented tiers putting on the challenge to the old codgers...great to see {energetic young talented tiers that we need}… just what we need to keep us on our toes so to speak...see you soon...
  18. see http://www.nlft.org/2019/07/04/grayling-blitz-freeman-river-july-20/
  19. Postponed until Aug 17 due to weather conditions.
  20. Welcome back, Quentin. Most of the folk are the same. Not sure if that's good or bad. First meeting after the summer break is Weds Sept. 18th at Queen Mary Park 7:00pm. Hope you can be there.
  21. Hey all, I was around for two years... 6-8 years ago? Anyway, I’m moving back to Edmonton in August. Just checking in to see when meetings start up again. Quentin
  22. Good morning everyone! I have been away from my planning for some time but now that July is here I am back at the planning for our 2019 summer gathering. Winter and spring were difficult at work this year but now that I've had a bit of a vacation, I am re-energized for our get-together. Just a reminder that we will be gathering on the North Ram River, at the location in red below. It is easy to find and I will put a sign up when I get there (likely on the afternoon of August 5). I will make a more visible sign this year. The site is very level with room for RVs large and small and lots of nice tenting places. When we were last there, we even had the use of an outhouse. I decided to forgo making pizza this year - it is too much work and extra cargo. We will still try for our normal Saturday night pot-luck. I will encourage everyone to consider the theme of "Barbecue" - bring something that typifies what that word means to you. Or not - there will be no enforcement. Bring your dry-fly gear, your bear spray (though we've seen more bulls than bears here) and be ready for a fantastic fishing get-together! Contact me if you have questions. Jim
  23. Some of us are going to get together to fish at Telegraph Park Pond in Hay Lakes. DATE: WEDNESDAY JULY 10 Meet at 7 pm and fish until 9 or until the mosquitoes are too bad. Go east on Highway 14, and then southeast on Highway 21 to get to Hay Lakes. Since this is a ways from Edmonton I recommend car pooling. Contact me at president@nlft.org if you plan to come.
  24. Some of us are going to get together to fish at Telegraph Park Pond in Hay Lakes. Meet at 7 pm and fish until 9 or until the mosquitoes are too bad. Go east on Highway 14, and then southeast on Highway 21 to get to Hay Lakes. Since this is a ways from Edmonton I recommend car pooling. Contact me at president@nlft.org if you plan to come.
  25. Received the following from Lesley Peterson, Alberta Provincial Biologist, TUC re some upcoming opportunities: Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN): Some chapters have expressed an interest in getting involved in an invertebrate monitoring program. For those interested in taking some training, there are a few opportunities this summer to become field certified in the CABIN protocol. This is a nationally accepted standard and uses online tools and resources. The training involves the completion of some online learning modules and field certification (depending on which level of training you are interested it). There is a cost to the training but there are discounts for NGOs. For more information, visit this website: https://www.canadianriversinstitute.com/training/cabin/ Stream Rehabilitation Training Program (SRT): We are offering our SRT program in November in Calgary. Thanks to support from the City of Calgary, Alberta Conservation Association, Alberta Ecotrust Foundation and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, we are able to provide substantial discounts to TUC members (80% off), Indigenous Peoples (80% off), students (65% off) and individuals sponsored by other environmental groups. Contact us for more details on pricing (srt@tucanada.org). Dates and additional details about the course can be found on our website: https://tucanada.org/stream-rehabilitation-from-form-to-function-a-training-course/ Native Trout Recovery in Alberta: TUC has partnered with Alberta Environment and Parks and other NGOs including Alberta Conservation Association, Cows and Fish, and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) on a native trout recovery collaboration in Alberta and some funding is pending from the federal Nature Fund, administered by DFO, to support this work over the next four years. Priority watersheds include: Kakwa, Upper Athabasca (including upper Pembina, Berland, and Mackenzie Creek), upper North Saskatchewan and lower Ram, upper Clearwater, upper Red Deer, Pinto Lake, Silvester Creek, Ghost/Waiparous, and upper Oldman/Livingstone. These line up well with some work TUC (and Chapters) already have underway. If you would like to discuss ideas or opportunities for your chapter to be involved, please feel free to call or e-mail me. Salvelinus confluentus Curiosity Society Meeting: This annual gathering of the friends of Bull Trout is taking place August 27-29 in Oregon. Some TUC staff have attended this event in the past and found it insightful and interesting to learn what other jurisdictions are doing to protect and recover Bull Trout and to connect with people working on Bull Trout. Registration and details can be found here: https://orafs.123signup.com/event/details/rjkxh;jsessionid=5B41D0F9107270282B4027777B237510 Changes to Federal Fisheries Act: On June 21, 2019, Bill C-68 received Royal Assent, modernizing the Fisheries Act. For four years, TUC has advocated and provided input to modernize the Fisheries Act and restore protections for fish and fish habitat. More information can be found here: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/campaign-campagne/fisheries-act-loi-sur-les-peches/index-eng.html Draft Westslope Cutthroat Trout Recovery Strategy and Action Plan (Alberta Population): DFO released a draft recovery strategy and action plan for the Alberta population of Westslope Cutthroat Trout (this plan was supposed to have been completed 4 years ago). The plan expands upon what can be considered critical habitat by including upstream reaches as well as riparian areas. This is positive as it recognizes the upstream and terrestrial connections; however not all of these upstream and riparian areas are automatically considered critical habitat which leaves some room for interpretation. More information can be found here: https://wildlife-species.canada.ca/species-risk-registry/document/default_e.cfm?documentID=3520. Note that the consultation deadline is July 13, 2019. Chapter projects and news: Just a reminder that we are always looking for content for our website, News Stream, and social media and want to celebrate and share the work being done by chapters. If you have an idea for a News Stream article about your chapter, or need some help with social media, please contact me or Phil Rowley, TUC Director of Marketing and Communications (prowley@tucanada.org).
  26. The University of Alberta is working with Alberta Conservation Association to research the role anglers may play in addressing the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Alberta. By surveying anglers from across Alberta, we hope to identify the factors that affect their engagement in AIS reporting and removal. Your participation in this study is indispensable. This online survey will take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. Your participation is very important to us. As a thank you, you will be entered to win a $200 Cabela's / Bass Pro gift card. Sign up for further engagement about the study and you could win a second gift card! Your answers will be confidential in keeping with our institutional policies. Once published, the results of the study will be shared to all interested parties. If you wish to participate in this research, please click the button below or go toinvasivereport.com. Take the Survey Now! For more information about this research project or this survey, email us atcontact@invasivereport.com . https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Help-Stop-Invasive-Fish-and-Win-.html?soid=1102409757497&aid=ZnhcYggQIH8
  27. Grayling Blitz - Freeman River July 20 We've been in contact with fisheries biologists at AEP, and are excited to confirm our Grayling Blitz on July 20. The objective is to coordinate a group of anglers to collect data about fish population (Grayling, Athabasca Rainbows, Whitefish, etc) and habitat on the Freeman River and tributaries. We'll supply maps and target sites as well as data collection forms. A copy of the data collection form is posted on our web site - it's pretty straight forward and there will be minimal fish handling. The plan is to meet at a central spot near Edmonton (Tim Hortons) and break up into groups of 2-3. Instructions, maps, and data collection sheets will be distributed as well as review of safety plan. Fuel cards will be available for drivers for this event. Send an email to Grayling@nlft.org to register for this event. Some folks may choose to camp as well. Let us know in your email if you are interested in camping and we'll help coordinate. If you are fishing later in the season, please fill out a form for inclusion in the analysis.
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