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  1. 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:
  2. Agenda to be determined
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. Alberta Conservation Association has now posted a map showing the properties on these rivers that it owns or with whom it has landowner agreements. The map also shows parking spots and access information: https://www.ab-conservation.com/programs/fish/raven-river/
  12. Hope he didn't need to get the tree out of his fly!
  13. Received the following from the Rental Coordinator at Queen Mary Park: ''I’m reaching out to you and your group for a favour ..... on Saturday, June 8th, 2019 the league is doing the Big Bin event. We always need help in some capacity for this to be successful. We need people to help unload discards into the bins, we need safety directors in the parking lot, we need help on the BBQ, we need help inside the hall..... we need help at the end of the day to load up the goods left, that we then donate to a charity. That being said...we are asking for only and hour or two...we will provide free BBQ and refreshments. The event starts at 9:00 a.m and finishes at 2:00 p.m. it is a great opportunity to get rid of household goods, yard waste and also we have a paper shredding truck...all free. I am hoping the you would ask the members of your club, if they could help us out, and perhaps bring a neighbour or friend. Thanking you and the club group in advance for any help they might provide. Looking forward to adding some names to my volunteer list. Also as an added bonus, everyone that helps will be invited to our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party. Elaine QMP
  14. Received today a response to the NLFF Letter to DFO re SARA as follows : Thank you for your correspondence of April 11, 2019, addressed to Julie Stewart, Director, Species at Risk Program, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, regarding the Government of Canada’s notice of consideration of listing Rainbow Trout (Athabasca River populations), Bull Trout (Saskatchewan – Nelson Rivers populations), and Bull Trout (Western Arctic populations) to the list of wildlife species at risk in Schedule 1 of the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA). DFO appreciates your comments and recommendations, and they will be taken into consideration on whether or not there is support to add these species to the official list of wildlife species at risk under the Species at Risk Act. Should the federal government decide to add Rainbow Trout (Athabasca River populations), Bull Trout (Saskatchewan – Nelson Rivers populations), and Bull Trout (Western Arctic populations) to the list of species in Schedule 1 of SARA, Recovery Strategies for Rainbow Trout (Athabasca River populations) and Bull Trout (Saskatchewan – Nelson Rivers populations), and a Management Plan for Bull Trout (Western Arctic populations) must be developed, with further public consultations at that time. Any proposed federal plans require public consultation and we invite you to visit the Species at Risk Public Registry for information and updates on the progress of SARA listing and recovery planning and to learn about opportunities to provide your comments and feedback. Thank you for writing. Fisheries and Oceans Canada takes its responsibilities for the conservation and protection of species at risk seriously, and is committed to working with the provinces and territories, Indigenous groups, non-government organizations, and all Canadians for their recovery. Yours sincerely, Peter Rodger Species at Risk Program, Ecosystem Management, Fisheries and Oceans Canada peter.rodger@dfo-mpo.gc.ca / Tel: 204-984-3677
  15. I've read that there are about 15000 different species of chironomidae but I've never heard of any comprehensive study of the species prevalent in Alberta. There's some localized studies but I haven't found them useful for angling purposes. Differences are so minute. Colour and size within a specific species can apparently vary based on water depth, lake/stream bed soil composition, phosphorous levels, aquatic vegetation, calendar etc. leading to arguments over what constitutes a sub species and so on. You could check out https://scholar.google.ca/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&q=chironomidae+alberta&btnG= . Good luck.......please let me know if you find anything useful.
  16. All gone from what I hear.
  17. The Fishin' Hole West End store is holding an appreciation night for members of Northern Lights, Edmonton Old Timers and Edmonton Trout Club on Tuesday May 14th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Fly Fishing Specials galore, coffee and donuts. All members welcome.
  18. Check out ACA's Spring/Summer Conservation Magazine for an article recognizing the history and work of Northern Lights over its 40 year history. It also features a great photo of Paul F. with one of the many Arctic Grayling he's met. https://www.ab-conservation.com/publications/conservation-magazine/spring-summer-2019/
  19. Time change because of weather. Now 11 to 3
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    Tying with foam

    Bring, share, tie your favourite patterns that use foam as one of the materials. We will hold this meeting Roundtable style so we can share what we are tying.
  21. The Fishin' Hole West End store is holding an appreciation night for members of Northern Lights, Edmonton Old Timers and Edmonton Trout Club on Tuesday May 14th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Fly Fishing Specials galore, coffee and donuts. All members welcome. Can't get the poster to sit upright, but if you turn your computer on end it's easier to read!!
  22. After hearing Billie Millholland's presentation or reading her book, "Living in the Shed", some members might be interested in becoming a member of the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance. If so, all you have to do is complete the form on their website at https://www.nswa.ab.ca/get-involved/individual-membership/ If you become or are already a member of the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance and are interested in taking an active role in supporting the organization, you may want to consider submitting your name for election to the Society`s Board of Directors..There are twelve positions open for a two year term. It has been suggested that a member of Northern Lights might be a valuable addition to the Society's Board as a voice for fish and fish habitat in the watershed.. If you plan to run for election, you must submit a Board Director Nomination Form to water@nswa.ab.cawater@nswa.ab.ca> by 5 pm Friday May 10, 2019.Also, if you are planning on attending the NSWA Annual General Meeting on June 19, 2019 at the Oldtimers Cabin in Edmonton.please register on Eventbritehttps://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nswa-annual-general-meeting-tickets-59458861054> as they need to know know how many people will be there. For more information please contact Communications@nlft.org
  23. 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. May 1st - the usual monthly Business Meeting and opportunity to tie a few flies, plan trips and talk fishing.[/color][/font] May 8 - the Humpy Tying Challenge. Some great prizes for whoever gets closest to tying the perfect Humpy as tied by Charlie Craven (https://charliesflyboxinc.com/portfolio-items/humpy/ ) and as judged by Stan Baron. Stan will also supply the materials May 15 - Tying with foam. Bring, share, tie your favourite patterns that use foam as one or all of the materials May 22 - Ross Chow will share some of what he's learned about fishing for salt water species May 29 - Jim O'Neil and Ken Monk will be providing an update on NLFF's Arctic Grayling project with plans for 2019
  24. Jim O'Neil and Ken Monk will present an overview of the project to date and outline plans for 2019
  25. Ross Chow will be passing on some of the knowledge he has gained over many years of fishing for salt water species
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