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  1. Is the club planning a tackle swap during the spring?
  2. I'll be buying tickets at the door, I'll bring a printout voucher for the Oiler game. Mike
  3. How are we doing for the beginner flyfishing class this Saturday? Was going to Calgary, but my event got cancelled, so I'll be around. I'll probably just come, if that's ok. Maybe tie a fly or 2.
  4. That's hilarious! I hadn't even read this reply and I still put my hand in the dubbing machine. Too funny, lol. Its hard to debate a guy when he makes good points. As I've said elsewhere, we should all be advocating for more public fisheries, both on a QSF approach and a put and take approach. Province has gone from 1 million people to 4 million in my life time. As the amount of public fisheries increased by the same? No, of course not, that would be an impossibility. But, we ought to have more fisheries, and they should be easily (key word) be publicly accessible. If Spring Lake does morph / evolve into some completely 100% private property with public funded fishery, then I think that will be a huge problem.
  5. Well, I'll play some devil's advocate here since I'm seeing Jokey real soon and he can take me task in person! lol :PAnd yet...the lake isn't totally private, right? There is actually still public access, yes? I agree, the shoreline access sucks, true, one would have to concede that point entirely. But! There are plenty of lakes in Alberta where shoreline fishing is limited. Does it make a huge difference if the limitations are because (1) of private property or (2) the shoreline just sucks to fish from; i.e., too many trees, no backcasting room, too shallow, too many shoreline reeds and bushes etc...Case in point; I went to the Leduc Reservoir for the first time in my life the other day. Well...I didn't have my boat with me and guess what? Shore fishing sucks for the fly caster! Very few areas. And this is a public fishery close to a million people, that's best fished from a boat. Ok, I digress. I think where the crux of the matter is access to the lake itself. As Jokey pointed out, you could still launch a personal watercraft there, yes? (I haven't been there yet). In other words, if the public were truly excluded from fishing Spring Lake, then I would say yes, absolutely, ACA public dollars shouldn't be used. The residents themselves should pay for the stockings. In other words, I choose to see a difference (probably to salve a 10% guilty conscience here, lol) between, say, a gated community where no else is allowed and is totally private and cutoff from the public versus a fishery like Spring Lake where public access is difficult. I'm just saying difficult shoreline fishing access doesn't stop our dollars from stocking other lakes. I'll re-iterate, just a little devil's advocacy there. Yes, I am the devil.Mike
  6. Posted elsewhere, so I am just going to copy and paste: Fed up with trying to find freighter canoe rentals in the province. No one does it. Got 4 nights booked camping at Maligne. Can't really justify the cost of a freighter canoe that I only use for one damn lake in this province. Anyone want to embrace the 21st century mantra of the sharing economy and buy a canoe with me? I already have the motor and batteries. Used ones on Kijiji are going for $2000 (I am talking about at least an 18 foot, square stern, wide, stable canoe). Anyone want to do halfsies or thirds even? Bueller? Pm me if interested. Smitty
  7. Ditto; thank-you Peter for shedding some light. Excellent overview indeed.
  8. Hi, I'm just going to copy and paste from my Facebook post: Does the club need any extra equipment for the Beginning Fly Fishing class? I have some. Also, do you need more volunteers? Lastly, just throwing this out there, I can do group bookings for 30 people at Lake Summerside if you ever wanted a venue with water;(or, even a half day on land/ in-class, and half day on the water type of deal). It's where I've taken school kids. Just thought I'd let you know. Mike Smith
  9. Curious, was the data collection done by our group; was it helpful / used in any way in assisting the ESRD in their decision making? Was this project used as a snapshot for the watershed and provided the basis to make the decision for the rest and recovery period? Was just wondering. Mike
  10. I could bring a killer Caesar salad, and flaming Spanish / Irish coffee! I take it you're camping / bringing an RV? You're staying right on the river? Mike
  11. Hi guys: First - Ken, I have a radio that I accidentally kept from the Grayling outing last week. Secondly, I need some help teaching kids to cast and fly-fish on Thursday, June 11, in the afternoon. Approximate time is 1pm to 3pm. This year I am teaching in St. Albert, so I was thinking of taking them to Cardiff pond. (Any other suggestions are more than welcome!) If you're willing to help, please email or text me directly asap. I am looking for 3-4 people to help. Also if you have a spare rod and reel that would be great, but entirely optional. It would have to be an old outfit you don't care about, because I'm fairly sure the school board won't accept liability. But don't worry about the equipment, I just need the warm bodies to help instruct. Thank-you so much! Mike Smith 780-970-7886 smitty9@gmail.com
  12. Hey just a heads up; in the future, if you guys want to host this at Summerside, I'd be happy to book a group reservation. Plenty of lawn space right next shore to learn how to cast and fish. Fairly cost effective too, as long as you have a decent number of people show up. I also have extra equipment from the kids fly fishing club. Would love to help out this weekend, but I'm away the rest of this week and its tight/short notice (my bad for not staying on top of events). Smitty
  13. Hi guys:Just thought I'd pass this along. I've copied and pasted (with permission) from another board. Mike Day is the owner of Iron Bow Flyfishing fly shop in Calgary. His place has been broken into a couple of times in one month. Please help support a local business by getting the word out, just to put it on the radar in case a few of you notice some of the items on Kijiji or if you happen to check out the occasional pawn shop.Here is the original message:"Over the past 3 weeks Iron Bow Fly Shop has been broken into 2 times, the first was Jan 5th and again last night Jan 26th. Please if anyone has any information on this please contact Iron Bow Fly Shop or the Calgary Police Service. The first time the crackheads (video footage) took Sage, Scott and Redington rods and last night they came back for reels. They have stolen over $50,000 dollars (wholesale) worth of equipment and have to be selling it somewhere, so if you see rods with no tubes, or missing rod tips, Sage, Lamson, Nautilus, 3-Tand reels for sale, please contact us."Like I said, just wanted to spread the word and get as many people as possible keeping an eye out for the stolen goods.Mike SmithEdmonton
  14. Mike

    2Nd S.o.s

    Hahahaha...posted the reply virtually the same time you did!Ok...all good to go then.
  15. Mike

    2Nd S.o.s

    Saw on the first SOS thread that the hours are 9:30am to 4pm at the latest. I can get there by 9:30am, but I would indeed have to leave by 4pm at the latest. Please confirm with me at your earliest convenience on me being there (if you have to submit a name to the Cableas manager or whatever, etc). Mike
  16. Mike

    2Nd S.o.s

    Dennis: I'm good to go for Sunday. South side store, right? Hours needed? I'm only available from later morning to about 4-5pm ish. Mike
  17. Mike

    2Nd S.o.s

    Dennis:Was going to spend either Saturday or Sunday doing the grayling project with my nephews 'tagging' along (pun intended). Meaning that I can probably spare one of those days. I'll get back to you. Mike Smith 'Smitty' 780-970-7886
  18. I also posted this on Facebook: "I want to tie some flies for my Maligne Lake trip at the beginning of August. It has been years, and thus far, my results have been a bit on the comical side. If anyone has the time in the next 2 weeks to give a lesson and help me tie, I'd appreciate it. You wouldn't be teaching a rank beginner, but I have so much rust its not even funny (well...maybe a little). Any experts tiers out there have a free weekday evening?" Mike Smith smitty9@gmail.com 780-970-7886
  19. Hi guys: Great meeting everyone last night. Maybe the best thing about buying Rod's boat is that it might prod me to become more involved again. I went to the ACA page to look up the details of the ACA Kids Can Catch Fish event on June 14th, 2014: http://www.ab-conservation.com/go/default/index.cfm/media/kids-can-catch/kids-can-catch-fort-saskatchewan/ I don't have to register there online, do I? That's only for the kids / participants. Is TU / the club handing the registration for volunteers? Not sure how this works.... Also, should I coordinate with someone if the club is going to make some rods available? Would anyone like to donate some flies? Really looking forward to this! I don't have a flyfishing club this year at a school (as a sub teacher I float around) so it will be nice to get out an introduce the sport to the young'ins... Thanks in advance for help! Mike Smith aka "Smitty"
  20. Hi Everyone: My name is Mike Smith and my father and I have previously attended the seminars over the past years. We'd like to go again for this upcoming weekend. I did send an email on New Year's Eve but received no response. I know the sell tickets at the door, was just wondering if I could reserve 2 of them, in the small chance the event sells out or something. The tickets would be for Mike and Austin Smith. Thanks! Mike Smith
  21. It was a terrific deal. Great seminar. Jack has a tendency to ramble and go on a tangent, but he sure has entertaining stories. And a wealth of knowledge. Phil, as usual, was fantastic in quality of info and delivery. Smitty
  22. Bump and hi! Anyone from the Exec's care to comment?
  23. Hi: Was wondering if NFLT-TU was interested in acquiring some magazines. I'm one of those hoarder guys that is loathe to throw stuff out. Anyways, so I have (at least I think I do, some of this is in storage): Western Sportsmen: 1979 - present Alberta Fishing and Hunting - don't remember the dates, in the 90's only lasted a few years, kind of a predecessor to AB Outdoorsmen. AB Outdoorsmen - past 4 years or so. Anyways, I would like to get rid of these magazines, so let me know if the organization is interested in expanding its library. Mike Smith P.S. I don't come on the board often, probably best to email me: smitty9@gmail.com
  24. Probably should double check that ReelLife: Chris does indeed teach at that time as you stated. However, that is a "presentation". I was talking about the paid "workshop". Because there wasn't a master schedule combining workshops and presentations, I too made a schedule for myself on Excel. Its a bit confusing the way they've set it up. Mike
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