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  1. Thanks. As I said, I didn't want to sound negative and I do appreciate the work that goes into this information. I know that East Pit isn't a secret lake by any means, but I have seen a major increase in use over the last several years with an increase in bad behaviour by many of the anglers.
  2. I really appreciate the work that you put into this but to me there are too few trout lakes in Alberta to be publicizing them in this fashion. I know that most are catch-and-release but I don't think they need any additional publicity. I used to fish East Pit but I don't go any more because it has become too busy. Can't people just look at the stocking lists and then go check out the lakes without all this prior information? Sorry to sound negative but I have had too many negative experiences in Alberta when fishing.
  3. Great idea. We could have a thread on hanging culverts alone!
  4. I was up at the Blackstone a couple of weeks ago. The water was quite low but that can change overnight. I wouldn't advise trying to drive up to the Gap unless you have a 4x4 and even then be careful if the roads are wet. There were some bigger "puddles" than normal on the way in and part of the road can get quite muddy.
  5. Thanks for the quick response. I didn't poke around the downfall too much because I had forgotten my bear spray and it's quite bushy in this area. By Google Earth there doesn't appear to be any nearby roads.
  6. I was at my new favourite grayling stream (not one that is very well known) last week and was disappointed to find a major blowdown has occured a couple of kilometers up from the access point. I think there is a good chance that this is impeding upstream migration for the grayling and thus potentially hampering spawning. Based on the size of the trees I think it's going to be there for a while. Is it worth contacting the provincial fisheries people (not sure what department to contact) to let them know about this or are they unlikely to do anything? I hadn't been to this stream for a number of years because during my last trip beavers had dammed up some of the best areas of the stream to fish. However there were no signs of beavers around and the former dams were all gone. The fishing was great - many grayling and even caught a couple of athabows.
  7. Could be...However, I have fished this part of the Freeman for several years and always do well this time of year. But I'm sure there are people in the club with much more knowledge than me.
  8. I haven't made it out to many club meetings the last couple of years. Been too busy and my Spanish classes conflicted this year. I fished the Freeman yesterday. The water was about 2 feet lower that I have ever seen it for late summer or early fall. It was a nice day (except for the wind) but the fish were hard to come by. I caught some small ones but overall my usual good spots just didn't produce. I think the fish were present but they were often just rolling at the fly rather than striking it. When the water is lower and warmer than usual this time of year, where do people think the fish go in the Freeman? Do they start to migrate downstream or are they still around but not as active as usual due to the warmer and lower water? It's been a slow summer for fishing. I tried fishing in the Nordegg area about a week ago but when I got there it was 7 degrees and raining. I caught one small bull on a dry but didn't fish too much. I made one trip to the North Ram earlier in the summer. Fishing was good.
  9. Nice report. I was there on Friday, Oct 4 and I found the fishing to be quite slow but perhaps I didn't try hard enough. I caught a few, but not nearly as many as I did on a trip earlier in September. Not sure when you went but I came across some fresh grizzly tracks which also led me to not spend too much time on the Freeman that day. I went over to Windfall and wasn't succesful there either. However, it was a nice sunny day so I just did some other general exploring in the area. I had a similar mud experience on the Embarass River a few years ago and I was fishing by myself. I starting looking for twigs and berries to eat in case I couldn't get myself out. Of course I was fishing nowhere near where I told my wife I was going so if I didn't come home that night help might have been a while coming. At least I was in a good fishing spot should I have been stuck there for a while.
  10. I didn't make it to a single club meeting this winter. Not sure if my membership is still valid. Will have to check soon... Anyways, I have fished the Embarrass a few times and usually have a lot of fun with it. Two summers ago I found a section that gave up grayling with the same frequency as the Freeman on a good day. Can't complain about that in the summer. The athabows are fun to catch and can usually be found in the faster waters (but never as common as grayling, at least where I fish).
  11. By now I'm sure you have heard of the grizzly attack about 10 km NW of the town of Swan Hills. This isn't too far from the Freeman River. However, we pretty much have to assume that grizzlies can be found anywhere in the boreal forest area. They even make it as far as Dolberg Lake as per a year or so ago. I've also heard about them being in the Little Smoky River area (I guess it's called Grizzly Junction for a reason...). My favourite trout streams are up in the mountains and it's fairly easy to keep a long sight line and thus avoid any bear encounters. Not so easy when walking along the Little Smoky and the long grass, trees, etc.
  12. Just curious...what was the fishing pressure like at the bridges? I'm trying to decide between the LSR, the Freeman or Windfall for this weekend. I usually haven't worried too much about grizzlies in this area but I guess I should now given the attack yesterday.
  13. I'm heading to the Blackstone from Edmonton on Thursday (August 19) for a one-day trip. Anyone interested in making the trip and sharing the gas costs? Two people with streamside talk are also a bit less likely to run into one of the many grizzlies that live in this area. Send me a message or post here if interested. I'll be heading way up river...
  14. I joined the club last year but haven't made it to many meetings. I didn't make it to the conclave either obviously but I just wanted to say hi to Kat in case she ever checks in on this forum. About 12 years ago I commissioned her to do this beautiful watercolour painting of three brook trout (called "Taylor's Trio) which is absolutely beautiful and one of my prized possessions. Samples of her artwork can be found on her website. I can't believe it's mid-July and I still haven't fished the Blackstone yet (my favourite river). I made one trip to the North Ram a couple of weeks ago and did resonably well.
  15. You can drive right to it. Not too hard to find with a reasonable topo map.
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