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  1. I think I may have caught one of those once. The light-coloured spots had me thinking "laker", which was strange enough. We should have a name for these guys, like Splake or Tiger trout. Rick
  2. Is there anything else on the agenda for those of us that aren't neophytes? For that matter, one fly? What do we do for the rest of the night? Free tye? Rick
  3. I have a spare ticket if anyone wants a freebie. I can't make it. I'll leave the ticket in my cubbie-hole at work. If you don't know where I work, you're not worthy. Rick
  4. Sorry guys, I just realized how far off topic we've gotten. Then again, Dave and I practically own this forum lately. Okay, mostly Dave. Rick
  5. Maybe this "angling pressure" thing is just something I heard an Albertan say, like if you ask an Alaskan, everything from Alaska is the biggest of it's kind. It kind of sounds like you're saying Saskatchewan is all prairie, Dave. Their exact words were "Northern California is just like Oregon." They weren't talking about the vineyards(my first question), and the FF articles I've read on California usually show some greenery, and not just in the river valleys. What about the giant redwoods and sequioas? I don't know if those are rainforests, but there's not too many trees like that in any desert I've seen. Just so I'm not totally conceding, I've always heard that Canadian angler participation is much higher than American(per capita), and Alberta is at the upper end for Canada, so I think it is possible that California has less than your estimated 2.5%. I am surprised that neither of us was able to find any stats or references on the matter. Rick
  6. No offense, Dave, but are you sure about that math? California's population outnumbers ours 10 to 1. Taken as fact. 10% of our population fishes, so if 2.5% of their population fishes, they outnumber us by 25 to 1? I don't think so. 2.5% of 36,756,666 comes up on my calculator as 918,916. They would outnumber us by a factor of about 2.6 to 1. And according to my friends who live in California, the whole desert thing is like how most people think Saskatchewan is all prairie. They say the north part is lush and verdant. I've certainly read more articles in fly fishing mags about California than I have of Alberta. R
  7. Dave, I realize that California is both smaller geographically, and more populous than Alberta. The public education system did not let me down. However, neither of these facts are relevant. Fishing pressure is determined by miles of fishable water divided by number of licenced anglers, isn't it? Rick
  8. Has anyone else ever heard that Alberta has the highest fishing pressure in the world? Or at least Canada? I can't remember where I picked that up, and when I googled it, I found nothing like a list, or article on the subject. Anyway, from what I vaguely recall about Alberta fishing licence numbers, and the relative dryness of this region, I'm fairly sure we lead the nation in pressure. If this were true, would it not make sense to limit access? Rick
  9. If revenue is generated from the sale of fishing licences, why would guide licences make a deficit? As far as reasons, how about to keep them honest? A fly-by-night outfit can keep ripping people off, flying under the radar for quite a while. Most clients choose a guide by throwing a dart, so to speak. Rick
  10. Another great event! In fact, the general agreement is that it was even better than last year. Brian, I know the first thing you'll say is you didn't do it alone, but you don't get near enough credit and praise in my books. Kudos, to all of us, but especially Mr. Bleakley. Hip! Hip!...
  11. Sorry Ian, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but almost every stream in Alberta closes Nov 1. There is a spring creek about half an hour west of Red Deer called Stauffer Creek, open all year, which has some great brown trout, though. Rick
  12. Great report, Frank! I don't think you'll ever get the shot you want of grayling, though. I think they should be the poster fish for C&R, because in the water they're the most beautiful fish that swims, like a living rainbow (the spectrum, not the trout), but with more colours and iridescence. Then, as you take them out of the water, they turn to this drab, muddy-gray fish. Makes me want to put them back. Your only hope is a water shot. One of my favorites has the fish half in, half out, so you can see the difference. Rick
  13. Ian, it's not that I was snubbing you, but the reason I wrote "Brian" is because I was addressing the comment made by Brian Bleakley, our programs director, who's handle on the board is canadagrey. And the "everyone knows" comment was a joke. I guess I should start using emoticons. It's funny you used your dog's hair. I took a good look at my dog, a husky cross, who has some beautiful 6-8" tail fur, but in the end I couldn't bring myself to disfigure him. Not saying you did. Huskies don't need trims, and even a small clump would take a long time to grow back. And what if I, and/or the fish, really liked it? My poor dog would look pretty funny with a bald tail. BTW, happy birthday! Rick
  14. Brian, I don't understand the confusion, they're a family of aquatic annelids in the order Oligochaeta. Everyone knows that...right? All the ones I've seen(in real life), which is perhaps a hundred, looked for all the world like a two to three inch earthworm, in varying shades of red, pink, brown and tan, but most were just that pinkish/tan worm colour. They're typically only seen dead-drifting after being dislodged from flood waters and heavy rains. Seriously, I'll bring my copy of "Aquatic Invertebrates of Alberta" to the club sometime. Drink lots of coffee first, and it might not put you to sleep. Lots of interesting facts; take a wild guess how many mayfly species have been recorded in Alberta. Over 120! I kind of chuckle when all people ever talk about is Green Drakes, PMD's, BWO's, and to a much lesser extent, Trico's and Callibaetis. And that's nothing compared to stoneflies; 430 species in Alberta! There's so many caddisflies they don't even try to classify to species(15 families). Rick
  15. I agree with you on general principle, Ian, no-one really knows what the fish think. But with worms, I think the fish take them for lumbriculids, which are a very widespread family of aquatic worms. I'm convinced that's why the San Juan Worm is so effective. Rick
  16. I've been dreaming up a duckling pattern for a couple years, now. I think I might have one I'm ready to try this spring. Since it's pretty much just me and you here, Dave, I don't mind going a little off topic. Could you fill me in on that planetary definition? Rick
  17. One thing I'll say for you, Dave, discussions and even disagreements are always informative. It pleases me to learn that the kiwis use a name other than "leeches", but I agree with you; I'm not fond of "lures". I've called mouse patterns two names before, both of which are inaccurate; 1. Pike fly- but of course, other people use them for other species. 2. Dry fly- I just love saying,"I caught a 15 pound pike on a dry fly!" Rick
  18. Dennis, I know what the books say, but I don't think I've ever seen a leech in a river. Have you? Conversely, traditional wisdom says you only find scuds in lakes and some spring creeks, but I've found some almost everywhere I've looked. Dave, don't get me wrong, most of us have used a WB as a leech, to great effect. But if I use a large EHC to imitate small hoppers, that doesn't change the fact that it is a caddis pattern. Also, the only fly you mention the kiwi's using is the WB. Unless you can add extensively to that list, you're kind of confirming the spirit, if not the letter, of my argument, which is that we do leech flies like no-one else. How many leeches has Phil Rowley created? Now what about Brian Chan, Denny Rickards, and Gary Borger? That's only four guys, and quite a few different patterns. Rick
  19. I certainly wouldn't try to dispute first-hand knowledge, Dave, but it's not like they don't use any leeches in Britain, either. I just meant that it's risen to a new level around here. Besides, as Vince pointed out to me the other day, a Woolly Bugger is not a leech pattern. I'm not sure why you mention the anchovies and smelts, but if you throw any leech pattern in a river, can you really say you're imitating a leech? By all means, educate me, but I don't think I've seen too many leeches in rivers, and if the lifeform isn't present, you're not really imitating it, are you? Rick
  20. I just think that we're in a unique position. From what I can tell from the literature, the northwest portion of North America has cornered the market on leech patterns. Most parts of the world don't have much of a stillwater scene, and amongst the few of those, most, like Britain and New Zealand, don't really use leeches (according to the GB and NZ mags I subscribe to). The catalogue of leech patterns is so varied that to my mind the word "leech" is taking on new meaning when it comes to flies. I was thinking it might be fun to recognize this by coming up with a new name for what I feel is a new class of flies. Rick
  21. I've been thinking about this for a while. Maybe just my opinion, but most leech patterns don't look much like leeches. They're attractors, flashy, pulsating, bright coloured. In England they call such flies lures, and they have many that look just like our leech patterns. Then there's the Woolly Bugger, usually described as a leech, but I (and some others) call it a streamer. johnk just posted his new creation, the "Sheridan Leech". He can call that fly whatever he wants, but what do you think? Should patterns like that be called leeches, lures, or streamers? Rick
  22. You know, Vince, if you want to call me your protege, you might have to actually take me fishing one day. Rick
  23. Do you think oil and gas could be effecting the water table around here? Rick
  24. It's definitely legal to target both species, but morality is debatable. With sturgeon, the only effective means of studying them, monitoring growth rates and populations, is fishing. That being said, in order to participate in this study, you have to pass a course, and get a special licence. Guys wait for years to get in on this. Maybe I'm a pessimist, but I don't have much faith in the average bait-chucker's fish-handling ability, so I lean towards immoral. However, if the powers that be are not going to prevent or even prosecute the wholesale slaughter of entire spawning runs of bull trout, how is it fair to say that the incidental mortality due to catch-and-release sportfishing is not okay? I find myself a little on the fence with this one. Rick
  25. That's right Terry! Now, you want a presidential flyfisher? That takes a real man, like Dubya; they even named one of the pools on the Tree after him. I'll bet John McCain is a good caster! Rick
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