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  1. Thanks Peter. Doing some volunteer angling on a seasonal basis would be useful. Jim O
  2. Herb Haekel, former member of the Edmonton Chapter passed away from cancer at age-63 on December, 2018 in High River. Herb was active in the chapter during the late 1980's and early 1990's and participated in the habitat restoration works that we carried out on Sundance Creek near Edson. For those of you who were around at that time you will recall that Herb was ahead of his time, sporting an earring and purple streaks in his hair. Some of us went fly fishing to Montana with him and we got hung up at the border once they got a look at Herb. All was good though and we had a great trip! Herb spent many days chasing grayling in the Wolf Creek drainage. There is a Celebration of Life in Edmonton (Trinity Lutheran Church, Saturday January 19 at 1:00 PM)
  3. Below are a couple of photos of a bridge crossing on Dismal Creek that is in urgent need of repair. The bridge has been damaged and erosion prevention structures (sediment fences) are no longer functioning as designed. We need to lobby for action because sediment entering at spots like this will prevent us from reaching our goal of conserving remaining grayling stocks in Dismal Creek.
  4. Beautiful piece of water Paul. It appears to have all of characteristics needed for overwintering grayling, including adequate depth, low current velocities, food bearing riffles at the top and bottom ends, and stable flows. I think we will mark this spot for a snorkeling survey in early October and maybe an under-ice survey in February or March. How is your snowshoeing?
  5. As you know, part of our project this year is do a Stream Crossing Assessment on bridge and culvert crossings on Dismal Creek. A couple of us went out on August 28 and started the survey. Based on the results so far there are erosion and sediment input issues at several crossings. One crossing in particular is a serious concern and needs to corrected soon. I hope to go out this week to finish off the remaining crossings. If anybody is interested in going out let me know. I will post some photos in the next couple of days. Jim
  6. I am looking forward to seeing your photos fellows. You are right it might be an excellent spot to do some snorkeling and underwater video in late September, early October. How deep would you say this pool is? Any estimate of pool dimensions (length, width)? Jim
  7. Nice work guys! The fact that you confirmed the presence of grayling this high up in the system in mid-September is interesting. Maybe they are going to overwinter up there. It is apparent that there are deep pools and good flows in the area. The capture of an immature whitefish up there is also of interest. Once we obtain the fish collection data from ESRD Edson for our project area it will be fun to sit down and analyze it, I mean, try to make some sense out of it all! Enjoy the summer-like weather.
  8. Positive reports such as this give us hope that we can maintain, and hopefully restore, the grayling fishery in this unique stream. Based on historic field data and angler reports from the past Dismal Creek supported an excellent sport fishery (with high catch rates) back in the 1980's. With the continued support of our volunteers maybe we can turn the clock back. Rat Creek also provided a high quality grayling fishery, with the possibility of catching large fish due to faster growth rates. We may have an opportunity to conserve/restore this muskeg dominated brown-water stream as well as Dismal Creek which drains the foothills. Keep up the great work volunteers! In combination with the ESRD/Edson sampling program currently underway on Upper Pembina River streams we are part of a unique conservation project.
  9. Ken and I enjoyed presenting the material, but hats off to the many volunteers who spent their free time doing volunteer angling, and working on the fish trap, etc. Without good volunteers we wouldn't be entering year-4 of the project. Some good questions were asked and in cases where we didn't provide adequate answers we will respond shortly. Thanks for attending the meeting.
  10. It was an interesting and rewarding day for sure. Every time one of us goes out we gain further insight into the biology and movements of these beautiful critters. As Ken indicated, we confirmed that grayling spawn at this site or upstream. We need to do some more sampling up here, including angling. Thanks Dan for acknowledging my longnose sucker imitation. It has taken me more than 25 years to perfect it. You should see my spoonhead sculpin imitation. That is scary! Great photo of the spoonhead sculpin Paul! You can see the cheek spines, or horns, which provide protection. These guys can live up to 6 years and they were the inspiration for the famous Muddler Minnow.
  11. That is very cool! Based on a quick look at the age-length data from previous years I believe that you captured four (possibly five age classes of fish). The group from 11 cm to 17 cm are likely age-one fish (yearlings) that were spawned in May 2012. The group from 18 cm to 25 cm are age- 2 fish, the fish from 27 cm to 29 cm are age-3 fish, and the 30 cm to 34 cm are age-4 (possibly age-5) fish. The 100 cm fish may be fast growing young-of-they year (spawned this year). This a crude assessment and we will verify the age-growth characteristics once we age the fish. FYI, grayling can live to age-7 so there is potential for fish to exceed 35 cm in this system, which it was known for in the past.
  12. Nice work guys! Grayling distribution data early in the season will be very useful in understanding the biology and movements of this critter in the system. It would be great if we could repeat thes sites later in the summer. Jim
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