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  1. Hey Dave. It would be nice to get a transcript of the presentation if at all possible. I haven't talked with George in a coon's age - and feel a bit out of touch with the status of the Grayling in my old stomping grounds. Except that is on the Little Smoky where I helped the ACA in their population asessment a couple of years ago Thanks. Frank.
  2. Thanks for the kind words Rick and Vince. I took a shot of a male grayling in the water about 15 years ago and it's the best one I have to show their wonderful irridesence. I'll have a look for it and post it soon. As to the accomodations, we certaintly didn't suffer. Years ago I used to camp at the bridge the second week in October in a dome tent. Man did we have some chilly nights back then. Tight Lines! Frank. btw - I didn't run into any of my old ETFC cronies this year. This used to be one of the few times I'd run into them since moving down to Cowtown. Sigh!
  3. Hi all. Now that I’m back into my regular routine, I thought I’d post a bit of a report on the Little Smoky River. My annual pilgrimage was cut a bit short this year, as I didn’t get as much time off as I typically do. However, I did get the time to hit most of our usual spots – so it was all good Overall the fishing was OK. We had a couple of cosmic days mixed in with a couple of so-so days. Generally though, the bigger Grayling were still scattered throughout the river and hadn’t yet reached their Wintering holes downstream of Grizzly Junction. It was a different case when we headed upstream. There they were concentrated and on the feed. There was also the additional bonus of a good number of willing Bullies hanging around as well. While we caught the majority of them on streamers, my buddy Ron ended up catching 2 on a size 14 Mosquito! The water levels this year were the lowest I’d ever seen, and most of the undercut banks that have previously been productive – were high and dry. Water temperatures were cold, ranging anywhere from 4 to 6C. This necessitated taking several breaks from the fishing to try to warm up the tootsies on the banks. Air temperatures ranged anywhere from 8 to 13C, but in spite of this, gloves were a necessity to keep the fingers warm when the winds started gusting. As usual, the sun’s intensity dictated the activity levels of the Grayling. Even then, the fishing didn’t usually pick up until the 1 to 2 pm timeframe. Given the lower water temperatures, it wasn’t surprising that there was sparse hatch activity. Earlier in the day, streamers (with Olive or Black in them) worked best when retrieved S-L-O-W-L-Y – but by early afternoon, they would start rising sporadically – to take mostly midges and the occasional BWO. Ironically, the best pattern for the entire trip was the previously mentioned Mosquito. And once again – to prove it hasn’t been a fluke the past two years – we were again able to target Suckers with a streamer. Although we did a couple fishing blind, most of them were sight fished. It is quite amusing to watch a Sucker take a streamer, and is hard to imagine – until you see it. Strangely enough, once hooked – they were more likely to jump then the Grayling. I’ll leave the details of the hunting out, except to say that there were a lot of Spruce Grouse around, and once I met up with my buds – few of them escaped unscathed Overall, it was a good trip, albeit too short to hold me over for another year. I’m not sure what the river is like now, as the weather turned the day we left. I’m sure a call to Marc Foisy (Fox Creek F&W) will clear any doubts or questions that you might have. Tight Lines! Frank. Our humble Base Camp at Grizzly Junction (been a while since we’ve tented). Grayling caught by Ron. My quest to adequately capture their colouration in a picture continues. Ron attempting to net a Bullie caught on a Mosquito. Not a great shot except that you can just make out the fish making his dash for freedom in the bottom right corner of the picture. Bullie caught by Ron
  4. No problem Scratch. I was actually quite surprised that they picked that particular picture (on the bridge). I didn't think it was a very strong one, as the colours and saturation were quite subdued. I also thought the composition was weak. Ah well, I have discovered that what I like, and what Graphical Editors like - are often two very different things ;( Thanks for the comments. Frank.
  5. By they way - here is one of the pictures I submitted for the WS magazine story. It's a picture taken not far from Grizzly junction. Although there weren't any fish skeleton's laying around, this frying pan and the well used fire ring shows something's being cooked at the edge of the river. Sadly, this picture was taken at an access point next to an active Gas Plant. The good news is that F&W are aware of it, and are going to keep an eye on the area Frank.
  6. The article I was trying to get the information on is one I wrote for Western Sportsman magazine. My title was The Little Smoky River – A Trophy Fishery Revisited - although I have no idea what the published title will be. In this story, I attempted to write about the changes the fishery has gone through since 1987. It is mostly a conservation story, with a lot of the information coming from the preliminary results of the recent ACA study. The story is supposed to be published in the March 2008 issue. We'll see how it turns out in published form. As to the story in Fly Fusion magazine - yes, I wrote that one as well. They asked me to do a story on a short lead time - and I accepted. The intent wasn't to highlight the Little Smoky River per sey - but the pictures that the graphical editor chose (out of the ones I submitted), are all from the LSR. I am surprised that you mention the access points for all to see, as the list of pictures to be published (I was sent), only indicates they would be using 6 shots. Of these, two could be classified as access shots. Grizzly bridge is hardly what I would classify as a secret, and the Trappers cabin might not be the one you are thinking of. I went to great pains to crop out any background in that particular picture. Of course, having said all this - I was asked for a caption on all the pictures, and the last shot they asked me for - was a duplication of a prior shot. I pointed this out - but never heard anything back from the Ed. I guess until I see the article, can't comment on it. I'm sure I'll have more to write after I see it Tight Lines! Frank.
  7. Darn - maybe I should use spellcheck next time. And me being a writer as well - oh the shame
  8. Thanks for the replies eceryone. I appreciate the feedback. Tight Lines! Frank.
  9. Thanks Ranger, I'll pass on the info to the ACA and F&W. I'm quite suprised at that size being caught as recently as 2005. I have managed several in the 406mm class, and have taken most of those on streamers while targeting bulls - but haven't caught bigger since 1995. Additionally, F&W and the ACA have not had reports from anyone catching grayling in the 431mm (and above) class since around that time as well. What also concerns me is that no fish over 410mm were sampled in the ACA study this past summer. You'd think that if any were around, they would've been caught in at least a few of the 27 sites sampled Later, eh! Frank.
  10. Hey all. I'm currently writing a story about the Little Smoky River, and am looking for feedback from the NLFT forum members. A study carried out by the ACA this year showed that the biggest Grayling sampled had a total length of 410mm. F&W Catch rate data dating back to 1987 shows grayling up to 491mm being sampled. My own personal logs show that he last time I caught a Grayling in the class of the latter fish was in 1995. It had a length of 483mm. It wasn't the only one of that size I've caught from that river - but it is the last time I caught one that big. My question is this. Does anyone have any records of Grayling over 445mm being caught on the Little Smoky River in the past 10 years? While we're at it, has anyone caught a decent sized Bull on the river since 1995? Thanks. Frank.
  11. I hear ya! I usually don't spend much time anymore at the first bridge myself. In the past few years I've been hitting it on my way out from fishing Grizzly. It kinda gives me my 'last shot' before comitting to the trip back home. Of course, this last chance ends up lasting 3 to 4 hours - but that's beside the point..... Tight Lines! -bum
  12. Rockyman. Sorry for the late reply. I must agree that the fishing has never been as good at the first bridge, as it has at Grizzly. There is however some pretty darn good fishing for those willing to take the time to work it. Up until this year, I've caught my biggest bulls on the downstream side of this bridge. For them I usually fish from the N side and cast my streamer upstream. I then let it swing down into the deep tailout and give it a good pregnant pause before starting a varied retrieve. More often than not, i get the strike during the pause, or the first couple of strips. This bridge is also a great for whites, and they tend to stack up at the dropoff just behind the head of the pool. Casting a Prince nymph up into the riffle, and letting it drift down into the head (still from the N shore) works fairly well. The Grayling are a different matter. They're at the pool but seem to move around from year to year. The big back eddy has changed quite a bit this year, but the hog of the pool is still at the extreme tail end of the back eddy. The rest of the grayling seem to relate to the current seam nearest the S shore. You can fish for them easy enough from the N side, but for the bruiser you usually have to feed him slack line down along the back eddy from an upstream position. Hope this helps. -bum
  13. Well I'd invite y'all to come along with my buddy and I - but we'll be up there from Tuesday through to Saturday. The only time we'll leave the area is if we need supplies - or if we go to fish Deep Valley Creek/Simonette River - which I've been wanting to do for several years now. I spend half my time targeting Bulls, and the other half for grayling. Years ago - I used to get the odd bull that would hit a grayling I was fighting. Now I pretty much have to bite the bullet and tie on a streamer. The pool upstream of the bridge at Grizzly used to be a pretty good spot to get them. Position yourself on the inside bend and cast the streamer slightly upstream. Allow it to drift down mid pool and retrieve it back to the head. There is a dropoff there that seems to attract them. Of course, the high water in September last year seemed to mess the bulls up a bit - but I'm hoping that I can find some next week. By the way, it used to be that big ones were caught right at the grizzly bridge pool on the downstream side. Back when you could keep some, I saw a 10lb bull harvested by a spin fishermen. He used to set up his trailer at the bridge for the month of September, and target bulls. I haven't seen him back there to fish since bulls went catch and release province-wide though -bum
  14. Hey DennisS. Good post. Only someone that's been there would chuckle (or cry) about the road. I will admit that the portion south of the first bridge crossing on the hill is a damn sight better since they rebuilt it several years ago. Still there's enough 'nut busters' on the road to remind LSR vetrans to keep their foot poised over the brake pedal. At least it sounds like conditions are better this year than last - water wise that is. I plan on making my fall pilgrimage up there next week. Hopefully the grayling will have become more 'seasonable' with the bulls keeping them on their toes. At least - here's hoping -bum
  15. Hi all. Has anyone been up to the LSR in the past week or so? How's it fishing? Have the Bulls started to run yet? Thanks.
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