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  1. Andy; I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill you. Honestly, the Berland is a better time for me. Lots of those native Athabows (I've caught them to 10", personally) and grayling. See the Bulls, but that means you've tied on a streamer. And then you've already lost. Low water on the Berland where it crosses 40 should be within a month or so. Tight lines.
  2. Bump. Thx, admin, for moving it. andy.
  3. K, Well I don't know if this is the right spot, but I couldn't find another place and didn't want to start my own topic for so small a problem. I need some advice. The problem is this - having put my fly rod away wet, the wooden reel seat has swollen about 1/16". It is a Scott rod, so the seat is fairly precise (or was) to fit the reels. I am wondering if I should start sanding away, force the reel in to push the wood back, or take the darn thing back to Troutfitters. Any advice would be appreciated. andy.
  4. Gosh guys; Sorry to have missed the debacle, erm, Klave. Maybe there's room for teetotalers somewhere else. andy.
  5. Jim; I would suggest the following : 1. Enlist the help of a commercial fisherman with all necessary gear. 2. Construct a boat launch to your little pond. 3. Launch a 35' long-liner and lay one line the length of the pond with powerbait on C-hooks. 4. Bring in your catch; chances are you'll have caught him. Seriously, tho. Floating line w/ 9' standard leader. He'll be tricksy, so make certain you use at least a few (12-18") of good tippet. For flies, if its around all year long, forget about the hatches. Chances are he doesn't feed surface often. I'd guess you should tie on a black Wooly Bugger and cast for awhile. Failing that, get out in your belly boat and try to find the little SOB. If all this fails, get a gillnet. Or a shaman to exorcise the demon of the phantom fish from your memory.
  6. For Snaring : Take a fly (any streamer should do), and tie it on a spincast. Tie a piece of coat hanger underneath it, wound back on itself to resemble a Breast Cancer Ribbon, or something of the sort. This will keep the fly from getting hung up - the bottom's pretty rocky. Stand under the bridge @ Snaring just before it hits the Athabasca. Cast quarter up and strike everything. An indicator has helped me in the past, but then you have to be using a spinning reel to get the whole damn rig out there. Its a great little stretch right at the campground until the bridge. Tight Lines.
  7. Guys; I'm certain its a moot point now being as how I've missed the bulk of the conversation, but mark me up as another satisfied Maxxum-40 user. It don't push like that 9.9 gas, but I'm thinking it would help if I shortened the shaft a little bit. Its a 30", and I only need 22" to put the prop in 6" of water. Short transomed flat-bottomed. andy.
  8. Okey, I'll try being nice-r this time. The troubling question here is the lack of distinction between stocked and native fisheries. We have mentioned stocked limits being outrageously high (5), and usually abused. As well, the pandemic of additional fish-people grows every year, with someone having mentioned 400,000+ fishing licenses sold. If these 400k people were given maps to all of our favorite holes, rods to use and flies to fish them out with, the regulations' having been set too high would become a little clearer. That is, right now the vast majority of new fishermen and women stick to stocked lakes because they can catch fish there. They sling "nuclear-powered wobblers on transatlantic cable" and still catch fish. They usually bring their quads with them whilst fishing, all together too much alcohol ("buzz" being seemly and occasionally attractive, "pollution" being excessive), and four or five yappy dogs that rate around football-size. They bring their 40' 5th wheels outfitted, of course, with satellite dishes, hot tub and onboard casino. They usually drive pickups set high enough that one cannot see the drivers' faces without climbing up a 3' ladder. When all identifiers of "Excessive Camper Syndrome" (ECS) are present in a majority of lake users in the province, we have a threshold approached and passed. I.e. when asking how many fish can a lake hold, we must also ask how many anglers can our lakes hold ? And, after having filled the lakes with campgrounds and campers every weekend, and having turned the latecomers away a few weeks in a row, how many anglers can our (native) rivers support ? The regulations need to change, make no mistake. But until we can properly enforce our important streams and fish species, I would suggest that a baitchucker taking a little more than his limit of stocked rainbows is not the worst thing he could be doing. I'd rather see a full creel of rainbow coming from Spring Lake than a garbage bag of native grayling & bulls coming from the Kakwa basin. Keep the 400k away from my fishing holes and those of my friends, and I'll be happier than a pig in ... well, you know. The key to saving a few lakes specifically for fly-fisherpeople would be to limit development. No dock, for starters. Next, no campground but a parking lot with a few firepits. Signs up like, " No Fish Here ! " and "Danger : Shark-Infested Water" would also help the deterrent. No paved roads in, no boat launch save for one at a 45 degree angle and impassable when wet. No toilets, no playgrounds. The key here ? ECS-ers always bring their wives. The wives will keep our headwaters fisheries safe, the quads out of the river, and the drunken morons off the tiller. If we can encourage 'family camping' at stocked lakes with, of course, full hookups and valet parking, there will be less drunken revelry and home-made campsites at my bridge on the Narraway River, for example. You can't tell people they're not allowed to fish streams, you can only make it difficult for them. Give them lots of alternatives that will be easier. For anyone who has taken offence at this, please find a list below of multiple 'family-friendly' lakes in the Grande Prairie area, at least, and enjoy our provincial parks. Spring Lake Moonshine Lake Kakut Lake Musreau Lake Sexsmith & Grovedale fish ponds Bear Lake (for perch) Sturgeon Lake (for walleye)
  9. So. Its been pointed out to me by a helpful fellow user here that in the past (and not only here) my postings have come off a little bit ... erm, well, pushy. I don't mean to be tactless, its just that usually when I do get here, I have a hard enough time organizing my thoughts let alone allowing them to be polite. Apologies all around, but not just for this thread. I'm afraid it will happen again, no matter what I do. Especially if I've been hitting the crack. Crack just makes me mean.
  10. Heh. I'd hate you but you're so beautiful. Anyway. Heading to Swan tomorrow (Fri.) morning if possible. If I can see the lake through the rain. Mostly I just want to play around with my outboard some more.It has to go better than my first outing with it on Saskatoon Lake on Tuesday night. There was only 30-50 ft of open water, and some of it shallow, so I start cutting up and down. Broke off some ice floes, which in turn went under the boat and knocked my outboard off the transom. So the wife has a mental image (no pic, sorry) of me hugging the motor for dear life in 12' of water at full throttle. I think I should get one of those cable dohickeys before I do some serious damage.
  11. Johann

    FFA Closes

    Its an easy decision for me, personally. And I can't blame Dave for trying. As a businessman ( of sorts, anyway) myself, if I had invested that much time and money into something that had yielded sweet frig-all, it would have been a shorter conversation than 10 yrs to find out whether it would continue or not.
  12. Morph; Just like rats and the sinking ship. I've been over here for a little while now and have enjoyed it. Although they won't let you swear or speak ill of women here. Etiquette and whatnot. Fireworks ? Perfectly legal (See the 2007 Klave thread....) P.S. - Just took the boat out for a few last night. Here's the URL(s) : http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p302/jo.../CIMG0010-1.jpg http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p302/jo...eb/CIMG0009.jpg http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p302/jo...eb/CIMG0015.jpg
  13. Two things : How does their using less oxygen from the lake have anything to do with survival ? Surely the largest de-oxygenator is marine decomposition, not fish breathing. Second : Your "putting fewer fish in" only works if fewer people keep. I don't know about you, but I see stocking as addictive. That is, we stock because the fish (which mostly taste like poo up here....) are being taken home for food by Newfies and the like. Okay, but how do we get the fish numbers back up in a put and take fishery ? Stock heavier. The lakes around here have not come close to their potential for supporting fish yet, but that's because the FW guys put enough in that everyone can catch 'em, and you can keep them if you want to eat dirt. Rather than put fewer fish in, I think a personal limit (for the amount of baitchuckers we get on Spring alone...) of 5 is ignorant. If we have 30 fishermen every weekend during the summer taking 5 each and hooking another 2 badly enough they die, the new stocking is quickly reduced to irrelevance inside a season. Maybe the solution here is to stop stocking rainbows. Stock a few more with browns, brookies. Something that will generally not get caught by baitchuckers. They can stick to the rainbow lakes, and the fly fishermen (who are now overwhelmingly c & r) can have our monsters. There are lochs in Scotland (and not big ones, either) currently receiving quartlerly stocks of 40,000+ throughout the year. You pay 30 quid a day for just catch and release, and you are able to get some decent sized fish. I'd rather we just gave the bait-fisherpeople their day at some lakes and stock a few just for us. andy.
  14. Wow. How do you keep the throngs of fisherpeople away ? lol. To the wives and children, I understand completely. The good news is that my children (I call them children because slaves are illegal...) are feral and live underneath the camper while out and about. They'll come out if you leave your creel a little too close to them, and I would especially suggest giving them their distance during their cleaning ritual. They're kind of ... territorial once they start looking for ticks. I'll be looking to solo it, then. 1 x 24 or 2 ? Edit : BTW, hit Swan this morning. 3 in the belly boat, 3 broke off (long range c & r). Some nice acrobatics, and the silver is showing on the rainbows. If that wind would die, I'd use the tube more often. Prob. going to take my boat out there on Friday.
  15. Johann

    Online classifieds

    The question is not how much extra we have. We have lots. The question is how much we're willing to part with. If I were looking to buy more, I'd probably post on this kind of forum for some home phone numbers and speak to the wives. They'd pretty much give it all away, given the chance. Anyone wanna give me their home phone numbers ?
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