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  1. Thanks guys, this is helpful. I also forgot that we have "good weeds" and "bad weeds". Flushing is of course good, that is the job of runoff and that is where dams screw up rivers. I will take my bug net to see what the river bottoms are holding. I am not worried so much about the fish, they swim in water and can return as the waters return to normal. What I am curious to find out is whether the substrate gets scoured to such an extent that the invertebrates living in it and on it are wiped out
  2. No need, it shows the same all summer long... On a more serious note, there used to be a map of lightning strikes as they were occuring. That seems to be gone, but there is the following http://weather.gc.ca/lightning/index_e.html for those of you with phones and data access in the woods. There is also http://weather.gc.ca/radar/index_e.html?id=WHK for home-range trips and, for longer-range planning, I use http://www.wxmaps.org/pix/prec2.html All good stuff, who needs to go outside anymore?
  3. Fair enough. The disappearance of happy salad beds is not necessarily good. Those translate into food and shelter. I used to have good pike, goldeye, and walleye fishing in the city on the river close to my home before the flood in 2004. Not anymore. And the happy salad beds are gone, together with beavers, etc. Keeping in mind the most recent flood of 2004 in cental AB, my question is whether the flood was enough to do damage to the fishery. Does anyone know anything? Are we going to have to wait almost ten years for the fish to recover, like with the Red Deer? Also, do you guys know how far the flood damage extended? I checked the water level histories on many of the fishy rivers and they all show quite the spike around the 22nd of June. What I cannot tell is whether these levels are normal runoff or catastrophic flooding. Any information would be helpful. I am thinking of a few days of stream fishing in mid-August, and I wonder if it is even worth bothering South of the Athabasca drainage. Any thoughts on that? Florin
  4. Very interesting discussion. Another approach is to improve your peronal forecasting skills. On a lake, keep an eye on the sky and learn the prevailing direction of the weather. The typical thunderstorm is an afternoon event not likely to take anyone by surprise. I do get off the water when I hear thunder. I also shorten the distance between me and shelter ahead of time if the weather looks threatening. That is, row closer to the boat ramp/dock before I even hear thunder. Also, the timing of thunderstorms follows a fairly regular pattern as you move away from the foothills where they usually build. For a quick trip from home, check the radar before leaving, you may be able to fish the clearing right after a storm. The weather is also pretty regular in a set location. Use your past experience to learn the weather patterns on your favourite water. I pretty much stay away from the Rocky Mountain House to Red Deer corridor in June-July. I am sure to be missing on some good fishing, but I do get to fish another time... On a river, in the forest, hidden in a valley it is harder to tell, but the sky is still visible and thunderstorms are more clearly defined closer to the mountains. The timing is also more likely early to mid-afternoon. If there is a chance of electrical activity in the near future, I do not go far, or stay in and tie flies. The tricky ones are the electrical storms that develop within overcast rainy weather. Rarely, these roll through in the morning. If you are not sure of electrical activity, use a lighning detector or a radio tuned between stations on the AM band. If it is all clear, then head out. Otherwise... Finally, some of the best fishing is between late September until late April, including warm days in January. No lightning, no mosquitoes, no high UV, no excessive heat, no murky water, not even bears if you shrink the window a little more (but then it is also closed on many streams). If you are like me and do not enjoy hot and humid, then you are even less likely to get too close to funny weather. See example of good weather below.
  5. fsabac

    Fly Pics

    Good point Roy, why should only the astronomers have fun? Here is another idea. Get the camera solidly on a tripod. Take several pictures from the same spot and send it to the photo half of the club to stack those images into a beautiful sharp picture, or a 3d like model you can play with. Here is a link to see what kind of stuff can be done these days: http://www.heliconsoft.com/. The astronomers use stacking software to milk more light out of the sky, this stuff is a little different. In addition to the flies we tie, it would make for great aquatic invertebrate shots with lots of detail...Which is very tempting, but requires some serious gear, starting with a sharp macro lens. I would not want my flies photographed too closely, you can see all kinds of things going wrong, loss of sleep at night, no good. Those are well tied flies Jim, they stand up to having their picture taken. Well done. Florin
  6. Are we affected as Edmonton residents or as fishermen? Maybe we should bring this up at the next Wednesday meeting before we get into chicken talk. Since there is a deadline, we cannot wait for the next business meeting or executive meeting. Alberta is a dry place. The glaciers are receding. We've had some good snow pack the last couple of years, but aquifers are more of a long-term issue. This is more serious than a city of a million, because not all the water used by a city is lost to evaporation, some of it goes back to the river. The evaporated water is also not lost from the hydrological cycle. Water pumped down an oil well is gone for a while...We're talking geological time scales now. As far as we are concerned, that is as good as for ever. Florin
  7. Organic rods, organic lines.... Maybe I do not fish enough, but my lines have been lasting a long long time with minimal or no maintenance. I was looking at ice augers last night. The Devil rears its ugly head at this time of the year. Testing my resolve. One of these days I should try silk on the cane, but I need to slow down more. I am getting there (almost) for fishing the cane, but the silk line is another step in slowing down. I guess I should learn to nap on the bank first. Instead ordered some #2 silk beading cord to try on wet flies and serendipities. Time to sit at the vise I guess and stop rambling. Florin
  8. Well, I do not have to work on Sunday...Anyone seriously going?
  9. fsabac

    Hasse Lake

    This is the first lake I started fishing when I moved to Edmonton in 2000. I wish I had taken water samples or had done some systematic observations. Over this time, three things stood out: a prolonged drought that drove the water levels down significantly, a marked deterioration of water quality (increase in nutrient levels as evidenced by the suspended algae), and the island changed from a few geese nesting to a big bird colony as the size of the island increased when the water went down. I do not know how these three changes are related and what had caused them, the drought may have been the driving force. My guess is that the water quality is too low for trout. I have no idea if it can sustain other fish, such as walleye or pike. My opinion on this one is that discussing fish species before we address water quality issues is fruitless. Think of the fish as fruits on a tree, where the tree is the habitat. No habitat, no fish. You cannot grow oranges on a plastic Chrismas tree. Bottom line: is there something that we (NLFT/TU) can do to improve habitat in local (eutrophic) lakes? I suggest we find some experts on this and invite them for a presentation/discussion to learn some hard facts. Florin
  10. Book is on the way (only one copy), should be here on Wednesday, may or may not make it to the meeting on time. Florin
  11. I voted yes and I can bring my own small collection to illustrate. Maybe some fresh bugs as well, weather permitting. No unnecessary killing of bugs required, once you have a couple of specimens and you know you are not adding new species, just let them go. Otherwise, no harm done on the population. I suggest an evening program (or more) on bug collecting.
  12. If there are drafts of these materials being prepared, we could have them circulated and we can edit them into something that we can print and offer to the participants in the tying courses. As for discussing things when we cannot meet, we could try to set up conferencing over skype (or similar). The other day, I demonstrated the nymph that Mike tied at the club meeting to my Dad who is now overseas, nine time zones away. It was fun and we were both comfortably at home. A separate webcam is necessary to get a good angle on the fly tying and close-ups, other than that, all of us already have the gear and the internet access. If we had WIFi at the meetings, we could also bring in distant guests. That should be fun. Florin
  13. OK, maybe I should come clean, too. I do not think I have managed to tie that many flies, but I have a stack of full boxes. I will count and report back. Instead of throwing away the lot, I try to do the following. Before I get on the water, I pick two to four boxes to put in my vest, the rest stay in the car. During the Winter I do not carry Hoppers, adult Stoneflies, Green Drakes, etc, at all. The Boatmen are confined to my lake gear, I know I should not... If I am going to fish the Maligne, I will also not carry on the stream delicate small flies that would be suitable for Stauffer. So far, I seem to manage with three to four boxes reasonable well. I use a Filson foul-weather vest, with backpack and two large pockets in the front. I could cram four standard C&F boxes in each pocket. Now, I am trying to get by with two per pocket. The C&F boxes are pricey but their interchangeable inserts fit the above method perfectly. You can basically load up your minimalist two to three boxes by taking the empty shells and putting in the desired inserts. We should try the following exercise: name a water (and a season if required), then put up a list of what works when and why. Repeat. Once we have enough data, look for patterns of flies that can be grouped together. These become your building blocks for what to take on the stream. We could do this on an open night? So much for flies. I pack way too much other gear: in the Summer, clothing from tropical conditions to Arctic blizzards, spare rods and reels (this is actually good when one of your buddies breaks a rod or forgets his reels at home!), fly tying stuff, binoculars/birding stuff, bug collecting kit, coffee making implements (including the indispensable Kelly kettle), waterproof camera in the pocket, SLR for other wildlife opportunities, battery chargers, etc. I have not included food here... The net result, is that me and another guy (packing reasonably little) fill up the station wagon to the gills, including the rooftop box, for nothing more elaborate than a five-day trip to the Crow. It is true, I could last a month with the stuff, or just move there, other than groceries... Any fellow sufferers?
  14. Here is the book: http://www.amazon.com/Tying-Fishing-Soft-Hackled-Nymphs-Allen/dp/1571884033 I am sure we do not have it. Should I order a copy? Florin
  15. Very nice and instructive, thanks guys for all the information. The little that I fish of streamers tends to be either on a floating line, or with a sink tip, both easy to mend. On a lake, an intermediate line is all I seem to ever need for pike! Now a question: I know these classics were tied on long-shank hooks and they look just right. However, my experience with long shanks is that they apply a lot of leverage and can come out easily. Some argue that is because the hook works itself loose and does more damage to the fish than a short shank. How much of this is true? My limited experience with the longer shank (3x-4x) is that I loose fish easily, so that is some anecdotal evidence in support of at least some of the claims. How about the rest? Florin
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