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  1. To all my email friends. I messed up my gmail and now I have to switch to Webmail as Google only wants to send password reset verification codes as text messages, and when you don’t have a mobile phone……..you get locked out because of “too many attempts”. Please, if you wish to stay in touch with me via email, send me an email to neilstuartsutherland@xplornet.ca so that I can build up my contact list again. Cheers, Neil
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  2. During his Zoom presentation on April 7, Jim McLennan talked of his concerns over coal mining in the eastern slopes. He recommended that we visit MountainsnotMines for background on the issue and that we express our opinions as individuals. The site identifies 3 main areas at risk from the potential mining activities: Water -The negative impacts of probable water contamination will be felt by approximately 1.6 million Albertans; 1.4 million served by the North Saskatchewan watershed and over 200K served by the Oldman River headwaters. Wildlife - this expansive area represents critical habitat for grizzlies, elk, caribou and the threatened Western cutthroat trout. Southwestern Alberta represents the last stronghold of this at-risk species. Habitat loss is considered the primary factor driving the extinction crisis. Wellness - Open-pit coal mining exposes previously buried rock to air and water, creating conditions for toxic leaching of selenium which can cause neurological disorders in humans and liver disease or paralysis in other species. TUC is actively engaged with the Government of Alberta on this issue but there's opportunity for us as individuals to be involved in the debate by completing the government survey before April 19th and/or following some of the suggestions on the MountainsnotMines site.
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  3. I do agree with you to some degree....but...as a fly fisher of over 40 years...don't over complicate things. Often...the "features" are nothing but marketing hype to get $ out of your pocket and into someone else's.
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  4. Received the following message today from Parkland County: "As of right now Muir Lake is scheduled to open as usual, however the situation is fluid and depending on usage and visitors’ ability to follow social distancing protocols, it could change. We will communicate any decisions that are made on the County website and social media pages." Suspect this will be the case with other lakes in Parkland and in other Counties. Please help spread the message so we don't have lakes and boat launches closed off to us all. The new Welcome to Muir Lake sign was installed this week and work on replacing and adding to the Alberta Angler Walk of Fame signs is in progress.
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  5. Jim and Ken were interviewed on the Ryan Jespersen show on 630 CHED radio today. Here is a link to the Grayling Interview
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  6. Well, since I first arrived in Edmonton, Alberta in the year 1980...I finally, I mean finally caught my very first Athabascan rainbow...very, very, very excited. The Embarrass is a vey nice river/creek (many different entrances)...do not overlook this gem...you will have to bushwhack in, but it is definitely worth the trip in...go in with a minimum of three as a group, share the experience, share the knowledge, share the fun and hopefully you will pass on your experience with others. Believe it or nor not, as mentioned above... it took me 29 years of fishing the correct river/stream to accomplish this feat...in my best "Yoda Voice" …Happy I Am"...
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  7. The Edmonton Old Timers Fishing Club and the Edmonton Trout Fishing Club are partners with the Northern Lights Fly Fishers Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada on a project to update and replace the eight educational signs at Muir Lake. These signs are part of the national award winning ‘Muir Lake project’ completed by these same groups in 2003. The project includes a plan to create a digital version of the information when the new Muir Lake signs on the food that stillwater trout eat and related spin and fly fishing techniques are installed (hopefully July). This will be advertised provincially at first and be freely available to any individual or organization interested in learning about the topic or teaching others – scout and guide groups, science and outdoor ed teachers, other fishing related organizations etc. The information on the signs contains basic information on the entomology, appearance, movement etc. of each natural food item, and fishing tips for imitating each item at each stage of its life cycle. This will form the core of the digital information. Links to additional and more detailed information will be added for the reader and/or teacher to explore as needed or interested. Ideally the links will be to credible sources, illustrated (or on video ), relevant to Alberta where possible, and suitable in content, interest and reading level. Searching for and evaluating these links is a daunting task and will take those of us currently working on this project a long time. Your help and recommendations would add value to the project, speed up the timeline and be much appreciated. Our request is that you pick any one (or more) component of the topics listed below, search online for additional information that meets the criteria listed above and email your top one or two recommended links for each to nlft.tu@gmail.com TOPICS (all of which are mentioned in the main text) General Information: for each of Backswimmers, Water Boatmen, Caddisflies, Chironomids, Damselflies and Dragonflies (with a focus on the Darner and Sprawler nymphs), Leeches, Mayflies, Scuds (Hyallela and Gammarus). Daphnia, Forage Fish (particularly Fathead Minnows and Brook Stickleback): · Entomology - life cycle, characteristics, identifying features, habitat · Interesting facts · spin and/or fly fishing strategies using imitations of these natural food items Specific information: Re: the food · how air breathing bugs like backswimmers and boatmen breathe underwater · the backswimmer’s bite – how, effects, treatment · re chironomid larvae (bloodworms) – what is hemoglobin and its role · the Travelling Sedge- description, interesting facts, how to fish etc · what is a larva · what is a pupa · What is a nymph (re bugs only please) · Why leeches need 32 brains · How leeches move · alkaline water – what it is and its impact on bugs · Parasites in scuds · Zooplankton description (freshwater) · What is a freshwater ‘indicator species’ · Comprehensive overview of forage fish in Alberta freshwater lakes Re: the trout · how to distinguish among different species · recommended release tips · the lateral line · aerial predators · location/function of fins Re: fishing · most useful knots and how to tie them (esp. non-slip loop knot) · explanation of ‘washing line technique’ · spin fishing with a bobber · tippet material – description, benefits · tips on fly fishing with a bobber · how to gauge water depth without electronics · attractor lures -what and why effective · description of the ‘Catatonic Leech’ fishing technique · explanation of the countdown method for fishing subsurface flies · the hand twist retrieve · jig hooks – description, uses, benefits etc · how to fish ‘spent’ spinners (mayfly) · fishing daphnia patterns (e.g. Blob) · ‘balanced’ flies · Comparative description of spinner, spoon, crankbait etc. in style, function etc. (or individually) There may be more topics to come but this will cover the basics. Thanks!
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  8. We've received notice that the Alberta Conservation Association has selected all four of the projects submitted by Northern Lights for funding in 2021 to the full extent requested: - continued work on our Arctic grayling project in the upper Pembina - deveopment of educational displays on what trout eat and related angling techniques (for display at Muir Lake and to be made freely available in digital form) - walleye study at Jackfish Lake - further riparian protection work along Dogpound Creek More detailed information to come, but we would not be able to maintain our volunteer work to protect and improve Alberta's fisheries without the financial and logistical support of ACA .
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  9. I’m with Flymaster, way too many lines for me and only two of them made to the American Fishing Tackle Manufactures Association standards. Shameful. And Sci. Ang. Is no better. Don
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  10. 1. Conserving and Restoring Arctic Grayling in the Upper Pembina River Watershed – Habitat Restoration Planning Test angling in conjunction with AEP staff will be conducted during the week of August 10 to 15. Ken Monk will then be providing an update based on the number, size and condition of fish caught and released and other related observations 2. Riparian protection on Dogpound Creek This project was delayed as ACA was not sure it would have sufficient funds to cover its share of the costs involved. However, with increased revenues from higher than expected angling licences this year, and with the cooperation of the landowner, Mader Ranches, the project is a go effective Aug 10th 3. Aeration of Hasse Lake 5000 rainbow trout were stocked in Hasse in May. The intention was to run diffusers to aerate the lake over summer and to install 5 surface aerators in time for winter aeration. However, there was unexpected delay in extending power lines to the lake and although the work is now in progress it will not be completed in time to allow operation of the diffusers. With the ACA Community Grant NLFF has purchased five 1hp surface aerators and five 400' lengths of submersible cable. These have been delivered to ACA and will be installed in October. Plans to encourage financial support from the County and local businesses for the ongoing costs of electricity have been put on hold because of the economic difficulties resulting from the pandemic. However, in conjunction with ACA we have provided Parkland County Mayor, Council and administration with information on the project and an outline of the social, recreational, health and economic benefits to the community of reestablishing Hasse as a recreational fishery. The County has been supportive of the project. There is nothing further we can do at present but we will need volunteer(s) to check periodically throughout the winter that the surface aerators are operating ok. Hopefully someone(s) who live nearby but if not we may be able to provide some gas money. Approved Club Funded Projects: · Muir Lake - the new Welcome sign was installed in late April. The 5 new Walk of Fame signs were designed with input from the families where possible and with the much appreciated voluntary help of ACA's graphic design team. They have been manufactured by Lil Johns Sign Shop along with a couple of new stands and hopefully will be installed in the next few days. Rob Hinchcliffe has reworked the content of the Mayfly Life Cycle education sign and provided some great new images of nymph and dun. We have yet to finish the art work on this sign. On Hold - The pandemic and associated economic factors have put the following on hold: · Supporting the work of TUC in protecting bulltrout spawning areas in MacKenzie Creek with a financial contribution and stream work · Exploring the possibility of establishing remote site incubators in the upper Pembina river and/or its tributaries to assist with the reestablishment of Artic Grayling populations in the area (although the $2500 set aside for this is still in the bank earning interest) · Assisting ACA with the Kids Can Catch programs and providing fly-tying instruction to school groups and youth organizations etc. If you would like to support any of these or future NLFF projects please consider buying tickets on this year's Bamboo Rod Raffle The raffle prize is a 7’6″ 3/4 weight cane rod (bamboo) with two tips, built on a Payne 98 taper worth $1350. Don Andersen has generously donated a bamboo rod to support our projects for the last several years. Tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20 and can be purchased online at https://northern-lights-tuc.square.site/…/cane-rod-raffl…/8… . We will mail the tickets to you. AGLC Raffle license: #513791. (Square is the payment processing company we use to process credit card transactions. This site is affiliated with Square) Draw date is November 7th, 2020
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  11. HASSE LAKE Fortis has now extended power to lakeside and final wiring of the aeration system should be completed in the next two weeks. The 5 aerators will be approx 400' out from the parking lot. Meanwhile in addition to the 5000 all-female 8" triploid rainbows stocked last May, a few more fish were added in late Sept: 50 16" diploid rainbows 2000 4-5" Tiger Trout 500 9-10" Tiger Trout Water quality and oxygen levels have remained good over summer. Spring planted trout have grown rapidly. Further stocking will occur May 2021. Should be a good fishery next year! MUIR LAKE SIGNS All new Alberta Angler Walk of Fame Signs are installed and looking good. We were going to repalce the Mayfly Education sign this year as it is badly water damaged and replace the other 7 Education signs as and when we have the money to do so. However, we are now planning to apply for a Conservaion, Education and Community grant from ACA to replace all 8 of these signs in 2021. Grant applications are due by the end of January and we should know the outcome by the end of March 2021 DOGPOUND CREEK Repair or replacement of approx. 6 km of wildlife-friendly fencing with angler access gates has been completed, protecting a total of 49 acres of riparian land along both sides of the 3.8 km of Dogpound Creek that flows through the Mader Ranch, near Cremona, Alberta. Two existing watering systems for the farmed livestock that otherwise would utilize the river are currently being repaired. A couple of other landowners nearby have expressed interest in ACA's Riparian Protection Program A map of the Mader property is attached http://nlft.org/forum/uploads/monthly_2020_10/Mader_overview.thumb.jpg.8f806ac07f5fd179ae6953701db548d0.jpg
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  12. We had anglers out for 5 days last week, and a total of 180 fish were caught. 164 Arctic Grayling, 11 Mountain Whitefish, 3 Brook Trout, and 2 Northern Pike. The Upper Pembina has been closed to angling for 5 years, and the test angling will help determine the effectiveness of the closure.
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  13. The clavemaster skill that I am worst at is writing up a summary of the trip. When the event is over, I start thinking about next year, not reminiscing about this one. However, only a week late, here is a bit of an overview of the 2020 Alberta Conclave. We had a great turnout, considering the pandemic situation that is affecting us all. Attendees included: Irene & Dan - thank you for saving the site! Terry Michael Karen Ervin Alberta Al Andrew Zach Farrah and Pau Dave R I don’t think I have forgotten anyone but if I have, please forgive me. I arrived on Monday afternoon and found a crowd there already. I got a couple of hours on the Blackstone before dark and after dinner enjoyed a sip of whisky at the fire. The rest of the week went about the same - drive over a better or worse road to a fishing spot; endure sun, rain, hail, sun, repeat all day; fish in tough conditions and head home ready to sit down and jaw around the fire. Our “COVID Clave” camp was not that different from normal - just a bit more distance around the fire (which means it had to be bigger!). Fishing was slow, though I caught a beautiful bull trout on a dry fly and we saw some fantastic cutthroat taken from deep pools. I think the water was still pretty cold - insect life seemed to still be in a June mode in mid-July. Friday night, around another fantastic campfire, the whole group shared in a memorial to Scott Rowan. Scott was a long-time FF@ member, Alberta Conclave attendee, and my friend. I first met met at one of the Cataract Creek conclaves in 2001 or 2002 and he was a regular attendee thereafter. We fished together many times and shared many fires. My heart is sore at Scott’s passing. The 2020 Alberta Clave celebrated our memory of Scott with a very fine Irish whisky and great reminiscing. Saturday dawned with the same rain and sun mix that we saw all week. Karen and Ervin had already left by the time I rose and I took that as a sign to head back to civilization. On my way home, a tire blew out on the rented trailer I was towing and I did not have the right lug wrench. A friendly tow truck driver from Rocky came out to help and I was back at home in time for dinner. Another Alberta Conclave under our belts. 2020 has been a devil of a year. Our Alberta Conclave on the Blackstone River reminded me how important it is to be in contact with friends, old and new. That is what this is all about, our FF@ and NLFTF participation - the opportunity to bond with other fine people, to broaden our outlooks and deepen our friendships. My soul is fuller for having been part of this event. Thank you to everyone who did get out. For those who wanted but could not attend, you were missed but we will have another trip next year. The “COVID Clave” reminded me what an important event I have the honour of planning. I hope to see you all in 2021 with the sun warming our backs and rising trout before us. Jim Fox
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  14. Trout Unlimited Canada also received some funds from ACA for analysis/recommendations for Pinto Lake, and for some Bull Trout work in the Eastern Slopes.
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  15. Just announced: To complement the release of new sport fishing regulations, and in recognition of the fact many Albertans are self-isolating in light of COVID-19, the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association is making its eight-module Alberta Fishing Education Program available online for free. “Many Albertans are practising physical distancing right now, so what better time to learn about our province’s wildlife? Our partners at AHEIA have generously offered to make the new Alberta Fishing Education Program available free of charge, and we hope Albertans – kids and adults – will take advantage of this opportunity. I recently took the course along with my two youngest children, and the three of us learned so much about the aquatic biodiversity of our province!” Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks “Given the current set of circumstances everyone is dealing with, we feel now is the perfect time to release the Alberta Fishing Education Program for free, so that all Albertans – young and old – can take advantage of this extra time they may have found themselves with while they self-isolate or quarantine at home away from school and work.” Robert Gruszecki, Alberta Hunter Education Instructors’ Association The Alberta Fishing Education Program is the only program of its kind offered in North America. Its aim, beyond providing essential education about fishing in Alberta, is to provide confidence through understanding to better enable more people to responsibly spend time in the outdoors and enjoy and preserve our province’s most beautiful wild places and wildlife. AHEIA is a not-for-profit organization that works to educate the public on the importance of protecting the places and wildlife cherished by Albertans. AHEIA is the only registered charity in Alberta that provides this type of conservation and outdoor education to the public and has done so since 1964. Fishing Education Program: https://319.yssecure.com/cart_builde...roductID=60179
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  16. I found the advertisement on page 6 a little disturbing. Nothing should ever be inserted under the gill covers if you intend to release the fish - although I know it is common practice on many sport fishing shows.
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  17. MID-WINTER FLY TYING DAY Saturday, Jan 25th at Queen Mary Park Community Hall from 10:00am to 4:00 pm. Open to all. Come for the day or drop in at any time to join others in tying some flies, chewing the fat, and easing the pain of cabin fever. Nothing formal, no requirements and no charge! We'll be ordering in pizza around about 12:30 and paying for it with whatever donation you'd like to make, or bring your own lunch. Complimentary pop and coffee. Tools and materials for those without their own will be available and some members have offered to be available to help new tyers. If you'd like to be a volunteer instructor for an hour or two please let us know what time(s) would suit you. Otherwise just come and restock your fly box in the company of other tyers.
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  18. An Internet Link Index for the Alberta Fly Fisherperson Current as of Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Province of Alberta https://www.dropbox.com/s/rqiyty0bzn3i926/Brook%20Trout%20Stockings%20in%20Alberta.docx?dl=0 – Brook Trout Stockings in Alberta https://www.dropbox.com/s/f0nhhkadfy9ofcs/Brown%20Trout%20Stockings%20in%20Alberta.docx?dl=0 – Brown Trout Stockings in Alberta https://www.dropbox.com/s/b9nxt5nxp5tyn6w/Cutthroat%20Trout%20Stockings%20in%20Alberta.docx?dl=0 – Cutthroat Trout Stockings in Alberta https://www.dropbox.com/s/vpdw44fry2onivq/Tiger%20Trout%20Stockings%20in%20Alberta.docx?dl=0 –Tiger Trout Stockings in Alberta https://www.dropbox.com/s/em5lmpvfnurjiaw/ACA Winter Lake Surface Aeration.docx?dl=0 - Alberta Aerated Lakes Northern Alberta https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mhdk6iuotzvifhw/AADmDNsCZNq9ly9s5WlI6n18a?dl=0 – The Trout Lakes of Northern Alberta (76), Maps, directions etc. https://www.dropbox.com/s/b90ly7sidr6tnc0/Trout%20Stockings%20in%20Alberta.docx?dl=0 – Trout (All species) Stockings in 76 Northern Alberta Trout Lakes https://www.dropbox.com/s/hcisxzukojsca54/Campground%20Data%20etc.docx?dl=0 – Camping data etc. for 76 Northern Alberta Trout Lakes https://www.dropbox.com/s/cuz94mfcomyfok3/Alberta%20Lakes%20Fishing%20Regulations..docx?dl=0 – Regulations for 76 Northern Alberta Trout Lakes Alberta Fly-Fishing Clubs & Guiding Websites Northern Lights Fly Fishers :- http://www.nlft.org/online-forums/ _ Recommended home club. Meets once a week on Wednesdays Edmonton Trout Fishing Club :- http://www.edmontontrout.ca/ - Meets twice a month (First and third Tuesdays) Edmonton Old Timers Fishing Club :- (782)232-6261:- Meets monthly Calgary Women Fly Fishers :- http://calgarywomenflyfishers.com/ :- Meets monthly Hook and Hackle Club (Calgary) :- http://hookandhackleclub.org/index.html :- Meets twice a month (Second and fourth Wenesdays) Central Alberta Fly Tying Club (Red Deer) :- https://rdflytying.blogspot.com/ :- Meets once a week on Mondays Peace Country Fly Fishers (Grande Prairie) :-http://pcflyfishers.org/ :- Meets twice a month (First and third Thursdays) Southern Alberta Fly Fishing (Lethbridge) :-http://www.southernalbertaflyfishing.com/ :- Guiding service Alberta Fly Fishing Adventures (Coleman) :- http://www.albertaflyfishing.ab.ca/ :- Guiding Service Good Fly Fishing Websites and Fly Patterns The New Fly Fisher Magazine (Free) :- https://www.thenewflyfisher.com/ - A Canadian magazine with excellent contributors. Mid-current Fly Fishing News :- http://midcurrent.com/news/ - An excellent newsletter, with excellent contributors, out of Fort Collins, Colorado. The Global Fly Fisher :- http://globalflyfisher.com/ - An excellent European newsletter, with excellent contributors. Fly Tiers Page:- http://www.flytierspage.com/ - By Hans Weilenmann. 5,000 patterns by 267 tiers Neil’s Favourite 5 wet flies - https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9ghqzfoz68ydbgl/AAABoo3pBeLpw29OWpiFk5R_a?dl=0 – How to tie, etc. Videos of Common Bugs :- https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=bugs+of+the+underworld&qpvt=bugs+of+the+underworld&FORM=VDRE – Great videos Good articles by good authors Brian Chan – Fall Fishing :- http://www.bcadventure.com/adventure/angling/protalk/chan/fallfish.phtml Brian Chan – Chironomid Addict :- http://www.bcadventure.com/adventure/angling/protalk/chan/confession.phtml Brian Chan – Leeches :- http://www.gofishbc.com/Blog/Fishing-Tips/Blog-5-(2).aspx Ron Newman :- Damsel Flies :- http://www.bcadventure.com/adventure/angling/bugs/damselfly/damselfly.phtml Ron Newman :- – Dragon-flies :- http://www.bcadventure.com/adventure/angling/bugs/dragonfly/dragonfly.phtml Ron Newman – Caddis-flies :- http://www.bcadventure.com/adventure/angling/bugs/caddisfly/caddisfly.phtml Ron Newman – Trout Food :- http://www.bcadventure.com/ronnewman/food.phtml Gord Honey – Long Leaders : - http://www.bcadventure.com/adventure/angling/protalk/honey/lines.phtml Gord Honey – Shoals & Drop-offs :- http://www.bcadventure.com/adventure/angling/protalk/honey/shoals.phtml Phil Rowley :- Fly Angling :- http//flycraftangling.com/
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  19. The Border Paving site is adjacent to the Stainbrook Springs and Leavitt conservation sites. These are two properties that are jointly owned by Trout Unlimited Canada, Alberta Fish and Game Association and the Alberta Conservation Association; originally acquired to ensure the protection of the head water springs of the North Raven River. BP is seeking approval to operate a wet pit at the south property line of the 1/4 section they own (referred to as the Mcquiston Pit NW-18-37-05-W5) and the next south property (referred to as the Kiem Pit SW-18-37-05-W5) which is directly south of our Leavitt Property and just 1/2 mile west of the Stainbrook Property. The ground water flow from the Clearwater River to these springs is thought to go directly through the property proposed for the wet mining operation. Border Paving is apparently claiming that this is not the case and that they would never compromise the integrity of the Stauffer Creek.
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  20. Fish Tales has been a generous donor to our annual auction over the years. Am posting this from the Alberta Outdoorsmen forum in case we are able to help in any way: Fish Tales Fly Shop · Our faith in people is shaken this morning. Our day started with a call from the alarm company reporting multiple alarms at the shop. Shortly after the call, we arrived at the shop to three police vehicles parked in front and a shattered front door to the shop. The thief or thieves seemed to have been on a targeted mission for reels and were gone before police (or us) arrived - 15 minutes or less. Today is being spent assessing all that was taken, completing the police report, getting the door replaced, starting the insurance process, and trying to figure out how to best get the word out to the fly fishing community about the stolen goods. On behalf of Fish Tales (Dave, Nancy, and our team) please be on the lookout for reels that seem "too-good-to-be-true." Thieves left here with about four dozen higher-end reels - Islanders, Sage, Nautilus, Brittania, Orvis, Hardy, and Tibor. Feel free to share this post as the more widely it is shared the better. We will be watching on-line and have already alerted other shops in Calgary. We will list a few specific reels later today so folks can watch for these on their local forums. We'll notify police with any possible leads. Thank you. David/Nancy
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  21. Thanks Michael, now I've got a couple things to keep me busy for a couple months. Dave
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  22. Great two days on the North Ram. Had the whole stretch from nice n' easy to the bridge all to myself. Caught a decent number of cutties and broke off a good number of flies on the ones I lost. Oh well. Lots of risers to size 16-18 adams' as per usual this time of year, and yes Jim, i did get one on the "hippie stomper" as well.
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