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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. In 1998 Denny’s Fly Tying Specialties published a book of Alberta fly patterns titled “Flies for Alberta”. This book was authored by Reg Denny, Ian Denny, and Roy Ramdeen. The surviving authors feel that this book should live on, and as such they have decided to produce a revised version in electronic format for anyone that wants to have it. The book is still copyrighted and cannot be sold, however it is free to use by anyone that wants to download it. It is hoped that by releasing this electronic version, the legacy of the book and the patterns within it will live on! Flies for Alberta- View online
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  9. For those of you who do not follow the FF@ listserve or Facebook page, I am sad to pass along the news that Scott Rowan passed away a couple of weeks ago in Victoria. Scott was a regular attendee at the Alberta Conclaves and met many of you on our lovely Alberta waters. Scott was a good fishing companion for me for over 20 years. He is missed... Jim
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  10. At our February business meeting, the executive reviewed the constitution and the only change is to update Appendix C, the charter agreement with TUC. The attached document reflects the updated document. CONSTITUTION - Feb 1, 2021-merged.pdf
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  11. 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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  12. The flies are coming in. Thanks to Ken M., Don A., and Ken T. for their contributions.
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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Yes, Michigan and Montana both have programs to re-introduce grayling. We are organizing a formal discussion with the folks from Montana, and there have been some early talks about a Grayling symposium where Alberta/Michigan/Montana and others could be involved.
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  16. 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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  17. Had a great day. Very well attended 19 tyers . Thanks to all that made this possible. We must do it again. Tight Lines Always Dennis S.
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  18. The annual general meeting of the Northern Lights Fly Fishers Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada will be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 at Queen Mary Park Community Hall. Members of TUC who are affiliated with the NLFF Chapter may vote in person or by proxy. A proxy form is attached.PROXY AGM '20.docx This year's AGM will include a discussion of conservation and other projects that the Chapter is considering for 2020 and of activities and presentations that are of interest to members. A financial statement will be presented. All executive positions for the Chapter are open for nomination from the floor. A listing of the responsibilities of each position is available by emailing Communications@nlft.org. The positions are: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Program Director, External Events Coordinator, Membership Director, Communications Director. Now more than ever, the Northern Lights Fly Fishers Chapter needs your support to continue to achieve our Aims and Objectives: · support the work of TU Canada in promoting the conservation and wise use of coldwater fisheries and their watersheds and in fostering public awareness of the value of these natural resources · provide a friendly atmosphere for the novice and expert to learn and share the fly tying and fly fishing experience · promote the involvement of others in fly tying and fishing with particular emphasis on youth · interact with related clubs, organizations, governmental and other agencies to increase support for the Aims and Objectives of the Chapter Should you wish to purchase or renew a TUC tax-deductible membership prior to the AGM it will be valid until Mar 31, 2021. Simply visit the TUC website or call toll-free 1-800-909-6040.
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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. Club members: Auction Items can be brought to club meetings on Wednesday nights. If would like a personalized donation request letter, please let Peter know. This is our major fundraiser of the year. Come out for an evening of relaxation & fun. Bring your friends! Location: 7104 87 Ave. Kenilworth Community Centre. COST $15 per person – tickets available online! <=== Click Here Please – Purchase tickets in advance, so we can order the right amount of food Doors open at 5:30pm Dinner served at 6:30pm Beer & Wine to be sold Dinner Shepherd’s Pie, Salad, Buns, Cheese with Cold Cuts
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  22. Tryed on a mustad #2. Any suggestions to add to her? I average 2 pike before I have to re tie
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  23. To a man of many talents congratulations Barry
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  24. Nov 28th - Fishing the Bow - Maxwell Robinson, an Outfitter and Head Guide, will present a session on "the seasons of the Bow, flies/hatches we target primarily, gear we use and what to expect from a days guided trip." Max is also one of the pioneers of flyfishing the Bow with a spey rod
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  25. Alex and Mike were in New Zealand for a few weeks and will be sharing some stories and pictures of the things they saw and the fish they caught. Bring a friend or partner and get some tips for planning your trip there!
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  26. Wally Lutz is coming in from Edson to demonstrate his renowned mesh-tube fly and Wally Wing NOW CONFIRMED !
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