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  2. At the AGM on January 19, 2022 we decided that our meetings would start at 7:30 pm (to give people time for supper, etc) with the exception of times changed for speakers or events when unavoidable (e.g., speaker from a different time zone). Any differences in start times will be highlighted in our publicity, forum, calendar and Facebook pages.
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  4. 2022 marks Cows and Fish’s 30th year empowering people who live, work, and play in Alberta’s riparian areas. Please accept this email as a formal invitation to attend our 30th Anniversary Showcase which is taking place over Zoom on January 31st, from 7pm to 9pm MST. The showcase will feature a collection of videos, digital stories, and interviews from our staff, partners, and land stewards that we have worked with over the decades. We’re very excited to share our work with you! Below is a link to RSVP. Posts have gone out on both Facebook and Twitter, so please like and share those posts as well. Please hyperlink the event link within your emails: RSVP https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cows-fish-30th-anniversary-showcase-tickets-241466471717 Norine Ambrose Executive Director, Cows and Fish Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society 2nd Floor, Avail Bldg 530-8th St. South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2J8 Office: 403-381-553Cell: 403-308-8256 nambrose@cowsandfish.org
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  6. Check out the link and have your say about the fishing regulations for 2022-23 Fishing Regulations Engagement 2022-23
  7. Thanks for presenting Dennis. I am going to tie up the backswimmer and tenkara flies. You mentioned the Red Green Fly Swap. Here is a link to the Forum post about it: https://forum.nlft.org/index.php?/topic/1418-red-green-swap-flies-delivery-nov-2-2005/ Unfortunately the pics associated with the post are gone.
  8. If time permits I have found a couple of other patterns with CDC a midge pupa and a hatch master. Lets see what happens with time. Tight Lines Dennis S
  9. CDC backswimmer Thread 6/0 black (white) Hook 10-12 scud Tag Pearlescent tinsel Wing case brown CDC Body your choice color of CDC (olive, brown black) Legs brown or pumpkin sili legs CDC micro bugger Hook #12 or smaller nymph hook Thread 6 or 8/0 color your choice Bead gold tungsten to match hook size Tail marabou color your choice Rib copper wire (optional) Hackle CDC (your choice) Body straggle string or micro chenille Tenkara CDC fly Hook 12-14 standard dry or wet hook Thread glitter thread color your choice Body glitter thread CDC color your choice Hackle hen (wet fly) or partridge
  10. Just a short note to let you know what we have planned for the new year. Jan 5 Dennis Southwick will be tying CDC flies. Pattern info will be posted in a separate post. Jan 12 and 26 will Tie and Talk sessions. These sessions will start at 7:30 Jan 19 will be our Annual General Meeting Feb 2 Matt Teillet of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will talk about the Native Trout Study
  11. Thanks to Dave Robinson we are going to have a special ZOOM meeting on Dec 15 sharing the screen with the Haig-Browns. The meeting will start at 7:30 pm (Alberta time) and we will be using their ZOOM channel. For signon details please contact Michael Dell at communications @ nlft.org or DM through this forum. Or if you receive our member's newsletter that will be coming out soon, then the details will be included there. The guest tyers will be Dave Robinson and Florin Sabac. Pattern #1: Rabbit Strip Tube Fly and (if time) Spey Fly Hook: #3 or #4 Short Shank Straight eye Hook Vice: Pro Tube or HMH Mandrel Tube: Pro Tube or HMH 3” long dual diameter Thread: 3/0 or 6/0 White Underbody: Pearl Braid Tail/Body: Olive Rabbit Strip Hackle: Olive Rabbit Strip Head: Orange Gel Spun Fritz Bead: Silver or Orange Tube Fly Bead Comment: If time permits I’ll tie a Spey version using marabou and chenille Tube flies are useful when getting short strikes.The trailing hook is inserted into the rear of the tube. After a hookup the fly slides up the leader Pattern 2: Red Dragon (Bill Nation pattern from the 1930-40's, from Jack Shaw, Fly Tying for Trophy Trout) Hook: Mustad 3906 #6-10 Thread: Uni or Danville black 3/0 Tail: Teal flank fibres Body: rear silver tinsel, front red seal dubbing Wing: Chocolate brown duck flank (Hooded merganser, dyed Mallard), folded if you can, rolled otherwise Topping: Goose shoulder or wing quill dyed red Hackle: Badger soft Pattern 3: Thunder Creek minnow (from Russell Thornberry and Peter Grimshaw, Fishing in Jasper National Park, see also https://globalflyfisher.com/streamers/thunder-creek-flies ) Hook: Long shank streamer hook # Thread: Black Uni or Danville 3/0 Body: Rear silver tinsel, front bullet head hair Eyes: Glued on or bead chain Wing: Brown over white with a black stripe in the middle, or use a few strands of flash Notes: 1. Tie hair in facing forward and secure to hook all the way to the eye. Fold back and secure 1/3 to 1/2 down the shank. Finish off with red thread. 2. Coat head and red gills with head cement. If using glued on eyes, use epoxy coating. 3. Eyes are an optional feature, not used by Thornberry and Grimshaw. 4. Personally I like the two tones of colour naturally occuring on bucktails.
  12. It’s not hard to understand why protection of riparian land is a priority for those who spend much of their recreational time walking through it. Fishing is often more about being in those places where trout live than the act of catching them. Perhaps, as Roderick Haig-Brown wrote, fishing is just an excuse to be near rivers! Like many TUC Chapters, Northern Lights Fly Fishers has been actively involved in riparian protection throughout its history. Over the last five years, however, the Chapter has increased its efforts and helped protect 160 acres of riparian land and another 14 acres of upland habitat, which in turn provide benefits to the stream, its water, fish, invertebrates, and biodiversity. All of this work has been in central Alberta’s cattle country along the Raven River and Dogpound Creek, both known for the quality of the brown trout angling they provide. Both streams are popular destinations for Chapter members so there was some self-interest in undertaking these projects! What made the work possible, however, was the funding provided by the Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) through its Conservation, Community and Education grant program. Erecting fencing, especially wildlife friendly fencing, to keep cattle out of the stream, and providing alternative watering systems, are expensive undertakings. Our 2021 project faced some special challenges. What was particularly remarkable was the cooperative effort that made it successful. Northern Lights had an ACA grant approved to protect 12 acres of riparian land on a ranch near the headwaters of Dogpound Creek, but the landowners decided not to go ahead with the work. Meanwhile, the owners of Leask Ranches, Bill and Carolyn, near Cremona, Alberta, contacted ACA for help regarding the damage their cattle were doing to Dogpound Creek – eroding banks, depleting vegetation, and muddying the water of what was otherwise a pristine stretch of a popular brown trout fishery. Steep banks along the Creek made provision of a different watering system a somewhat complex engineering challenge. A cooperative effort began: ACA’s Riparian Coordinator quickly worked out a protection plan, gathered material and labour cost estimates, and arranged a 10 year agreement with the Leasks for them to maintain exclusion fencing; Bill Leask offered to build the new fencing required himself; Northern Lights and ACA worked out an agreement to transfer the previously-approved grant funding for fence materials and a watering system to the Leask project; Mountain View County provided some cash towards fencing through its Alternative Land Use Program (ALUS), and the Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society, aka ‘Cows and Fish’, also stepped in to help. Cows and Fish has been involved with landowners, improvements in grazing and management of riparian areas for about 20 years. It not only contributed towards the costs of a culvert well, pump, troughs, and solar panels to get water up the bank to the pasture land, but also provided a detailed assessment of riparian health to identify other means for improvement and a benchmark for long term monitoring. We may need volunteers to help plant willow stakes next spring! Collaboration accomplished a lot. The creek, its fish, fauna, flora and visitors, the cattle and the ranchers will all benefit. Northern Lights is now looking for more riparian protection projects for 2022. There’s an added bonus to the pleasure of being able to walk a stream bank and cast a fly in knowing that you’ve made some small contribution to the health of that environment.
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    Matt Teillet of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will talk about the Native Trout Study. Everyone is welcome to attend. Instructions for joining our Zoom meetings can be found at http://nlft.org/Zoom
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    No planned program. Just some guys tying and talking. Sometimes secrets are revealed. New start time at 7:30 Instructions for joining our Zoom meetings can be found at http://www.nlft.org/Zoom
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    All current members are invited to attend our AGM via ZOOM meeting on Wednesday January 19, 2022 at 7 pm. Nominations are being accepted for all positions on the Executive. If you want to join our Executive team please contact Michael Dell at communications@nlft.org Instructions for joining our Zoom meetings can be found at http://www.nlft.org/Zoom
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    No planned program. Just some guys tying and talking. New start time at 7:30. Instructions for joining our Zoom meetings can be found at http://www.nlft.org/Zoom
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    Dennis Southwick will show us some CDC flies. See the forum for the fly patterns ZOOM instructions can be found at https://www.nlft.org/Zoom
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    We will hold a joint Zoom meeting with the Haig-Brown Fly Fishing Association at 7:30 (Alberta time). We will be using the Haig-Brown ZOOM channel. For signon details please see our forthcoming newsletter or e-mail Michael Dell at communications @ nlft. org Pattern info is posted in the Forum under Upcoming Events.
  19. Our Annual General Meeting will be held Wednesday, January 19th, 2022 at 7:00PM (MDT) via Zoom meeting ID 668 142 7482, password 306090. If you are unable to attend, please complete the attached proxy form and follow the instructions in the document. agm proxy 2022.pdf All current members are invited to attend our AGM via Zoom Anyone who wishes to stand for Executive please contact Michael Dell at communications @ nlft.org NLFF Exec Duties2.pdf
  20. Hi Russell, some of us do indeed fish for grayling in the Athabasca drainage. A research project was proposed for next year, and if successful some of our members will be helping collect data and DNA to help confirm if there are significant genetic differences in grayling in various parts of the province. We'll know if this gets approved in the spring timeframe. We had a great experience with an oil company a few years ago as well. Here is a short writeup. ken
  21. Gentleman: The Pembina study is a most excellent. Are there any folks on this forum who fish grayling, and study their activities in the upper reaches of the Athabasca drainage? If you do, it is amazing How and Where these fish live and hide. I refer to these grayling as "backwoods" graying. What I do not like is the poaching of these fish. My scale samples show these boreal graying do not age much faster than an Athabow. No academic paper to support my assertion. Suggestion: I believe we should start assessing the population of our Boreal grayling population in a systematic manner. I notice some folks on this forum possess sampling kits. And know how to use them. Excellent. Also: A commendation to the oil companies who work in the Boreal grayling areas. I was fuming Suzuki mad when a pipeline leaked into one of my favorite graying pools and riffles. I observed the engineering professionalism of the water clean up crew as they handled the leak, and restored my little fishery back to normal. Proof that Suzuki sucks. Thank you for reading my rant.
  22. A fine looking fellow in the moose grazed willows picture.
  23. Stauffer 2021.docStauffer Redds 2021.docxx Even though we put up a plaque in the Muir Lake Alberta Angler Walk of Fame honouring Don Andersen for his many contributions over the years to recreational angling in Alberta, he won't quit doing more! Equipped with a new knee he has walked the creek again this year counting spawning redds to compare with similar counts he's conducted for many years. See his report above. And, by the way, Don has donated a new 7'6" 4/5 Wt bamboo fly rod for us to raffle in support of our conservation projects. For more info check out https://www.nlft.org/2021/10/30/cane-rod-raffle-6/
  24. We have one more formal meeting on Wednesday Dec. 1. Sarah Marshall from the Athabasca Watershed Council will be talking to us about their organization and issues facing the Athabasca drainage. https://awc-wpac.ca/ Information on how to join our Zoom meetings is at http://www.nlft.org/Zoom Everyone is welcome to attend. We will have the Tie and Talk meetings on the second and fourth Wednesdays, with a possible special event on Dec. 15.
  25. In our November newsletter we missed highlighting the link to buy tickets. In the first sentence the words "purchasing tickets" is a link to our Square site where tickets can be bought.
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