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  1. Info sharing/Roundtable on things learned/discovered over the summer fishing season re fish, locations, equipment, tactics, habitat, issues - whatever you found of interest or concern and think might be of interest to others. Come share, ask questions or just listen.
  2. All meetings start at 7:00pm at Queen Mary Park Community Hall on 117St and 108 Ave. Everyone welcome. No charge and no membership required to attend meetings. Coffee and timbits provided. Sept 18 - Business meeting to deal with some topics from the summer and ongoing followed by a chance to reacquaint with others, share some stories, catch up on news etc. Bring a vice to tie a few if you wish. Hopefully welcome a new member or two. The Business meeting will include the usual reports plus some spending/project possibilities (below). If you can't attend the meeting and have some thoughts on any of these topics please send them to Communications@nlft.org Mackenzie Creek Project – Proposed Donation of $1,500 and Volunteer help This creek, a tributary of the McLeod just south of Robb is an important bull trout spawning stream that’s been closed to angling for 17 years. However, there are impacts to the habitat within the watershed, e.g. sedimentation, poaching, and an off-highway vehicle (OHV) trail that runs along and through the creek and its tributaries several times. AEP is proposing to re-route the trail away from the creek and restore the banks and former crossing sites as well as "rough and loose" segments of the trail to both promote ecological recovery and prevent motorized access to sensitive locations.TUC has stepped up to take the lead (with support from Public Lands) on this project which will likely take place in phases, over 3 years. They've identified four crossings in the lower part of the watershed that could be repaired and closed immediately. Some of the stakeholders that are interested, involved, and/or are providing funding include the Alberta Off Highway Vehicle Association, West Fraser, Foothills Stream Crossing Partnership, AEP, and TUC. This is a significant project in trying to manage OHV impacts on public lands, outside of a Public Land Use Zone. Therefore, TUC would like to see as many organizations as possible support this project through a donation and/or volunteer help especially in the streambank restoration work to demonstrate a wide range of support for reclamation and protection of bull trout spawning areas. NLFF executive believes this project fits with our aims and objectives and is proposing a contribution from NLFF of $1,500 and a commitment to encouraging member volunteer help with stream bank restoration/willow planting etc. Arctic Grayling DNA analysis – Proposed Retroactive approval of cost up to $2000 Over the summer the executive with the help of Jim O’Neill and Jessica Reilly, bio with AEP, made efforts to advocate for greater protection of Arctic Grayling by the provincial Species at Risk Dept. and by the federal Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).We made some progress in that the provincial representative on COSEWIC agreed to present our concerns. In the process of this work we came across some data which suggested that the Dismal Creek and Rat Creek (both in the upper Pembina) sub-populations are genetically distinct from the more northerly groups, largely because they have been isolated for decades. It also showed slight differences between the Dismal and Rat Creek sub-populations. This seemed like a good argument to further protect the Arctic Grayling which have been the focus of our Upper Pembina Grayling Project for the past few years. However, the data needed analysis and formal reporting. Fortunately, Jess had a geneticist contact at the UofA who was able and willing to do this work for no more than $2000, far less than it would normally cost. The executive spending limit is $750 but in order to get this done in time for an upcoming meeting of COSEWIC’s Fish Committee we decided to approve it and hope for forgiveness and approval from the membership at this meeting. Muir Lake Signage – Proposed Approval in principle to fund sign replacement As member organizations of the Fisheries Enhancement Society of Alberta, Northern Lights Fly Fishers and Tyers and Trout Unlimited Edmonton, contributed to the costs of the Muir Lake Project back in 2003. As evident in the attached photos of the ‘Welcome’ sign it’s time to replace some and possibly add others, especially to the Walk of Fame. We’ve reached out to the other groups involved in FESA - Edmonton Trout Fishing Club, Edmonton Oldtimers Fishing Club and ACA – to see if they’re willing to share in costs and if they would like to add anyone to the Walk of Fame. Discussion and approval of spending based on estimates to be provided at the meeting Sep 25 - Info sharing/Roundtable on things learned/discovered over the summer fishing season re fish, locations, equipment, tactics, habitat, issues - whatever you found of interest or concern and think might be of interest to others. Come share, ask questions or just listen.
  3. You may recall a presentation by Bruce Dancik back in February this year on fishing in Patagonia - land of big fish! We received the following from Bruce with a great offer for anyone who might be interested in a fishing trip to Patagonia this year: "I'm likely going back down to Patagonia in late November again this year. Could you pass this message and attachment on to the Northern Lights members? If any of them are interested in joining me, Andes Drifters will offer them a special discount of 20% off their regular price (US$4200 per person per week instead of regular price of US$5250). We're talking about 23 to 30 November, but anyone could come down earlier and or stay later at that same price of US$600 per day for essentially everything (guides, meals, accommodation, fishing licence, local transportation, drinks, etc. -- everything except a tip) once they arrived in Chapelco Airport (San Martin de los Andes) until they depart. I may stay on until 2 December.Have them let me know if they are interested. I'd love to have them join us. Andes Drifters can now take deposits with VISA. If you need contact info for Bruce please contact Communications@nlft.org AD-SpringCreekLodge-2019-2020-1.pdf
  4. The UofA in conjunction with ACA is running a survey to help identify factors that may affect angler engagement in aquatic invasive species reporting and removal: https://survey.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dnd4TjKPuFZlle5?fbclid=IwAR1C0XN_tWb5TwNrbk-hqJdWuenKGN31m3JccNCaq8ox6imsZEi8D55Jaqg
  5. 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
  6. 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:
  7. Agenda to be determined. See Forum for details
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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).
  11. 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
  12. Thanks for keeping this up-to-date, Neil. If you're looking for a major addition perhaps you might consider adding the lakes stocked by ACA. There are bathymetric maps and stocking data on ACA's website. Probably more of a winter project than a fishing season one! Peter
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    Jun 12 -BARBEQUE

    June 12th - Annual year-end BARBEQUE. Burgers/Hotdogs/Pop (sorry, we don't have a liquor licence). Possibility of a ministerial guest who would like to meet us and chat about fishing unless there's an evening session of the legislature called.
  14. All meetings start at 7:00pm at Queen Mary Park Community Hall on 117St and 108 Ave. Everyone welcome No charge and no membership required to attend meetings. June 5th - short business meeting followed by a roundtable discussion/information sharing session on what you wear and what you take when fishing a stream. Do you 'avoid the use of felt-soled boots' as requested in the Regulations and if so what do you recommend instead; is there a particular brand of waders you would recommend and why; wading stick? belt? - what else do you wear or attach?; Any safety tips? avoid use of felt soled boots June 12th - Annual year-end BARBEQUE. Burgers/Hotdogs/Pop (sorry, we don't have a liquor licence). Possibility of a ministerial guest who would like to meet us and chat about fishing unless there's an evening session of the legislature called. Next Meeting SEPT 18 - HAVE A GREAT SUMMER AND BE CAREFUL OUT THERE. Meanwhile check the forum for fishing trips/ news etc and please consider posting some information on your fishing trips.
  15. June 5th - short business meeting followed by a roundtable discussion/information sharing session on what you wear and what you take when fishing a stream. Do you 'avoid the use of felt-soled boots' as requested in the Regulations and if so what do you recommend instead; is there a particular brand of waders you would recommend and why; wading stick? belt? - what else do you wear or attach?; Any safety tips? avoid use of felt soled boots
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