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  2. Eight rewritten, reillustrated, and redesigned Educational Signs for Muir Lake on ‘What Trout Eat’ are now at Little Johns Sign Shop for production and hopefully they’ll be installed at Muir Lake in the next few weeks. However, if you’d like to see what each of them looks like, there’s a new link What Trout Eat to each of them on Northern Lights Fly Fishers home page. That link also provides the background to this project. There is also another link, Acknowledgements, that lists the large number of people involved in developing these displays and identifies their role in the project. We are now in the process of developing a digital version of the display information that will be freely available to any individual or organization that would like to use it for educational purposes. It will contain additional information and illustrations including hyperlinks to other sources, the owners of which we are in the process of contacting for permission. Suggestions for additional information, or a note indicating what supplementary information you think would be useful, would be much appreciated. Suggestions to treasurer@nlft.org please.
  3. One of the four projects for which NLFF received an ACA Conservation, Community, and Education Grant this year was to continue our work with ACA in protecting riparian land along Dogpound Creek. However, the owner of the property where we had planned to install wildlife-friendly fencing and an alternative watering system to keep his cattle out of the stream and the 12 acres of riparian land on his property, decided not to go ahead. We let the ACA Grants Coordinator know and planned to return the grant funds that we’d already received. This week, however, ACA told us about another family, further upstream on the Dogpound, who also had 12 acres of riparian land on their property that they were interested in protecting. It’s just to the east of Highway 22 near Cremona. These folk already had some fencing in place although needed about another 300m. The cattle watering system needed was more complex and involved digging a well and laying a water line to three troughs at different locations across the grazing area. We decided to take it on - not doing the digging but asking the ACA Grants Coordinator if we could keep the grant and contract the hard work to a professional. That required approval from the ACA President/CEO which we received. There was no need to build access gates into the fencing for this project as we’ve had to do in previous projects. The Creek is accessible from the road and the landowner already had a couple of gates in the fencing they had previously erected. They’re used to seeing anglers passing through. Heard though that there had been some fish kill on the Creek during the heat wave a couple of weeks ago. Net result is that we’re continuing with our 6th continuous year of riparian protection on the Dogpound and the Raven supported by funding from ACA. Hope to post some photos soon.
  4. Hello Jim its JP you can count me in see you there
  5. As part of our conservation project, we will be collecting fin clips from Arctic Grayling in the Upper Pembina watershed. DNA will be extracted from the fin clips for analysis later in the summer. We will be accompanying biologists on Rat Creek and Dismal Creek August 3-6 and there is room for experienced anglers who are members of Trout Unlimited Canada. These waters are closed to recreational angling, so we must follow strict guidelines per our fisheries research license in addition to safety and covid protocols. Felt soled boots will not be permitted. Send an email to grayling@nlft.org if you would like to help out.
  6. As part of our conservation project, we will be collecting fin clips from Arctic Grayling in the Upper Pembina watershed. DNA will be extracted from the fin clips for analysis later in the summer. We will be accompanying biologists on Rat Creek and Dismal Creek August 3-6 and there is room for experienced anglers who are members of Trout Unlimited Canada. These waters are closed to recreational angling, so we must follow strict guidelines per our fisheries research license in addition to safety and covid protocols. Felt soled boots will not be permitted. Send an email to grayling@nlft.org if you would like to help out.
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  8. Sure must have scared a few people off...there was nobody except a family of five and me Wednesday and Thursday. So as an add-on, I bought my pass today through Albertarelm. I noticed on the way down to the N. Ram that there was nobody camping along the North Fork road either.. On my way home I took the long way down the trunk road and saw no more than half a dozen boondockers alongside the road, except at the N. Ram/Trunk Road crossing, which was packed as usual. Met only two guys on the river, and they were both from Rocky.
  9. It is public land and you have to pay the new ripoff tax to camp there
  10. Just curious as to whether "Nice & Easy" is private land or comes under the crown land designation . I believe if it's the latter you need to buy some sort of camping pass, if I'm not mistaken.. Anyone know?
  11. Good morning Neil sorry to hear about your fall and stay in the hospital, that would not be fun, wishing you a speedy recovery and you will be able to go fishing again soon besides right now its too hot for fishing so take it easy for now see you back at the club in the fall
  12. Northern Lights is working with ACA to help implement and promote Clear your Gear’s campaign to encourage people to properly dispose of discarded fishing line. We have installed two collection containers – one at Muir Lake and the other at Hasse Lake – and will periodically be emptying them and shipping the discarded fishing line to Berkley Fishing in Iowa for recycling. Berkley is providing containers and free shipping for this project. Emmerson Dober did the installation work and I acted as his apprentice! Most fishing line is non-biodegradable and can last up to 600 years. Because it’s thin and often clear, it’s difficult for birds and animals to see and they can easily brush up against it and become entangled. Once entangled, they may become injured, drown, strangled, or may starve to death. Some wildlife try to eat it and that’s fatal in most cases. Putting it in the garbage only moves the problem to a different location. Garbage in a landfill is often ripped open by birds and other wildlife. f you’d be willing to check and empty one of these containers every 2 or 3 months please post a response on the forum or email nlft.tu@gmail.com. We’ll figure out a collection process for shipping it to Berkley.
  13. Great to hear Neil , I'll keep in touch FlyRod .
  14. "This July, we encourage you to ask yourself “do I really need a photo of that fish?” and challenge you not to take a single fish photo. With many places in North America enduring extreme drought and water temperatures much higher than normal, let's give the fish a break during one of the hottest months of the year by keeping them wet and releasing them quickly."
  15. I'm back home (3wks spent in hospital) Air-boot, broken ankle, Missing fishing but I'll be back. Stay safe everyone. Phone calls a e-mail's welcome. Cheers, Neil
  16. Amazing Video Ken , your effort's will pay off Thank's for Sharing , FlyRod .
  17. Awesome Ken ! Thanks for sharing great Video , FlyRod .
  18. As Usual Ken , You are a very dedcatied in bring this info to us the " Member 's . Thanks , FlyRod .
  19. As you Know I have always kept in touch with Neal , when I called him . Connie Inform me that he was in the Hospital , he had a bad fall . I have been talking to him by Ph , " No Visitor's " He is always in good spirit . So we talk about FlyFishing of course , alway's a Friend In my world get well soon , FlyRod .
  20. Thanks Peter and Skylar , I had a an old Friend dig one up . Cheer's FlyRod .
  21. I haven't been sending updates but I have heard a few questions so here is an update of Alberta Conclave 2021. We are on! August 16-22 at the Nice and Easy site on the North Ram River. To drive, go about 1 km west of the access road to Nordegg to get to the Forestry Trunk Road (Hwy 40/734) and turn south. Drive down the FTR for about 36 km (you will cross the North Saskatchewan River - keep going) to the North Fork Road. Turn east and follow North Fork Road for about 10km to get to the Nice and Easy site (Google maps says it's GPS coordinates are 52.269793, -115.812253). If you start going up a long hill, you probably passed the turnoff. I will put up a sign when I get there. Chances are good that there will be others in the area along with us but it is quite large and naturally breaks up into several separate sites. The camping location is not serviced but still pretty nice. The last time I was there, an outhouse had even been built by someone who runs free-range cattle in the area. We are just back from the river but it is close enough for the sound to lull you to sleep at night. If you don't know it, the Ram River system holds abundant and sometimes spectacularly large Cutthroat Trout. Hiking is often required to get to the best spots but it is worth it! I would like to try some South Ram fishing this year, as well as hiking a bit further down the river than I've been in the past. I might even bring my mountain bike (I don't own a quad) to make that trip a bit easier. Other fishing opportunities within driving range include the upper North Saskatchewan River, the Blackstone River and Frenchman’s Creek. If you want to access this last bit of water, expect to supply Michael Dell with a really good bottle of scotch. To respect COVID concerns, I will not plan a potluck this year. Friday night is normally our big celebration night, to tell lies and remember friends who are no longer with us. Alberta conclave veterans, families, flyfishing newbies and everyone else is most welcome. Let me know if you are coming and we can be sure to stake out some space for you. Or just show up - we can always squeeze in a few more people. You can email me at jim_and_dorothy@hotmail.com if you have questions or comments. I hope to see you there! Jim
  22. Kelsey Kure, Water Resource Technician at Sundre Forest Products, and Jacquie Pallard, U of A masters student, talk about bull trout habitat, population trends, and best management practices for industry. Highlights include a few case studies of areas where Sundre Forest Products has taken initiative to fix historic fish passage barriers as well as discussion of a stream crossing inspection program and some of the limitations in connectivity caused by municipal governments and provincial governments bad crossings on public roads.
  23. We have decided to postpone the talk on June 16 about bear safety until the fall. It's opening day on the east slopes streams and many of us are going to be out fishing. Watch for programs to resume in September. Have a good summer and be safe out there.
  24. I have a paperback of the second printing you could borrow Rod. Resale is a bit stupid on the book although it is a very good read. ~Skylar
  25. Saw a copy for sale on the AO forum for $600, Rod. Tried to find a copy last year through the regional library system and there were no copies anywhere in Alberta!
  26. Looking to buy , " Alberta Trout Highway " By Barry Mitchel HardCover or Paperback . Thanks FlyRod .
  27. Rob Hinchliffe will be giving a presentation on a new website project he has been working on. The project is a bit top-secret right now but all will be revealed at the next meeting.
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