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  1. Earlier this year some members of Northern Lights were asked to provide feedback on early versions of an App that would provide quick access to the regulations for every lake and river in the province. The web-based application Alberta’s Sportfishing Regulations Application is now available to view the regulations and other information from your mobile devices or desktop computer. The application is map-based; you can search for a waterbody, search an area, or use your location. It is designed to provide easy access to the sportfishing regulations and to information related to fisheries management in Alberta. It doesn't need to be downloaded to your phone and can be accessed while you are in cell service. For each waterbody, you will find information including: the fishing seasons and bait rules Sportfishing regulations for each species, including possession and size limits If the waterbody has regulations for more than one area or section, read the descriptions for each and click on the area or section to see the regulations. You can: Search for a waterbody by clicking on the binoculars. Type its name or use the area search tool. Zoom in and out using your mouse or the zoom buttons, and clicking on a waterbody. Zoom to your current location by clicking on the arrowhead symbol and then touch a waterbody for regulations. Find popular links, Report-A-Poacher and National Parks fishing information by clicking on the information icon For Help and Contact Information, click on the question mark icon in the top right hand corner. View updates, corrections to sportfishing regulations or sportfishery closures: Advisories, Corrections and Closures
  2. Eight rewritten, reillustrated, and redesigned Educational Signs for Muir Lake on ‘What Trout Eat’ are now at Little Johns Sign Shop for production and hopefully they’ll be installed at Muir Lake in the next few weeks. However, if you’d like to see what each of them looks like, there’s a new link What Trout Eat to each of them on Northern Lights Fly Fishers home page. That link also provides the background to this project. There is also another link, Acknowledgements, that lists the large number of people involved in developing these displays and identifies their role in the project. We are now in the process of developing a digital version of the display information that will be freely available to any individual or organization that would like to use it for educational purposes. It will contain additional information and illustrations including hyperlinks to other sources, the owners of which we are in the process of contacting for permission. Suggestions for additional information, or a note indicating what supplementary information you think would be useful, would be much appreciated. Suggestions to treasurer@nlft.org please.
  3. One of the four projects for which NLFF received an ACA Conservation, Community, and Education Grant this year was to continue our work with ACA in protecting riparian land along Dogpound Creek. However, the owner of the property where we had planned to install wildlife-friendly fencing and an alternative watering system to keep his cattle out of the stream and the 12 acres of riparian land on his property, decided not to go ahead. We let the ACA Grants Coordinator know and planned to return the grant funds that we’d already received. This week, however, ACA told us about another family, further upstream on the Dogpound, who also had 12 acres of riparian land on their property that they were interested in protecting. It’s just to the east of Highway 22 near Cremona. These folk already had some fencing in place although needed about another 300m. The cattle watering system needed was more complex and involved digging a well and laying a water line to three troughs at different locations across the grazing area. We decided to take it on - not doing the digging but asking the ACA Grants Coordinator if we could keep the grant and contract the hard work to a professional. That required approval from the ACA President/CEO which we received. There was no need to build access gates into the fencing for this project as we’ve had to do in previous projects. The Creek is accessible from the road and the landowner already had a couple of gates in the fencing they had previously erected. They’re used to seeing anglers passing through. Heard though that there had been some fish kill on the Creek during the heat wave a couple of weeks ago. Net result is that we’re continuing with our 6th continuous year of riparian protection on the Dogpound and the Raven supported by funding from ACA. Hope to post some photos soon.
  4. Northern Lights is working with ACA to help implement and promote Clear your Gear’s campaign to encourage people to properly dispose of discarded fishing line. We have installed two collection containers – one at Muir Lake and the other at Hasse Lake – and will periodically be emptying them and shipping the discarded fishing line to Berkley Fishing in Iowa for recycling. Berkley is providing containers and free shipping for this project. Emmerson Dober did the installation work and I acted as his apprentice! Most fishing line is non-biodegradable and can last up to 600 years. Because it’s thin and often clear, it’s difficult for birds and animals to see and they can easily brush up against it and become entangled. Once entangled, they may become injured, drown, strangled, or may starve to death. Some wildlife try to eat it and that’s fatal in most cases. Putting it in the garbage only moves the problem to a different location. Garbage in a landfill is often ripped open by birds and other wildlife. f you’d be willing to check and empty one of these containers every 2 or 3 months please post a response on the forum or email nlft.tu@gmail.com. We’ll figure out a collection process for shipping it to Berkley.
  5. "This July, we encourage you to ask yourself “do I really need a photo of that fish?” and challenge you not to take a single fish photo. With many places in North America enduring extreme drought and water temperatures much higher than normal, let's give the fish a break during one of the hottest months of the year by keeping them wet and releasing them quickly."
  6. Saw a copy for sale on the AO forum for $600, Rod. Tried to find a copy last year through the regional library system and there were no copies anywhere in Alberta!
  7. Check out the article, ‘What’s on the Trout’s Menu?” by Northern Lights Fly Fishers in ACA’s Spring/Summer 2021 edition of Conservation Magazine - a free publication that comes out twice a year (in Spring and Fall) and discusses topical conservation issues.
  8. 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!
  9. The draft Bull Trout Recovery Plan has finally been posted for public comment. https://www.alberta.ca/bull-trout-recovery-plan-engagement.aspx Bull trout Recovery Plan engagement Share your feedback on the draft Bull Trout Recovery Plan by June 13, 2021. www.alberta.ca
  10. Along with other Chapters across Canada, Northern Lights is conducting a membership drive during May. 100% of membership fees from renewals and new memberships during May will be directed to the local Chapter to which the member is affiliated. A Newsletter has been sent to all current and lapsed members explaining the reason for the drive and the increased level of concern for Canada's freshwater and the species that depend on it. If you haven't received this Newsletter, the text is below. TUC needs your support now more than ever. A REQUEST from NORTHERN LIGHTS FLY FISHERS, your local Chapter of TROUT UNLIMITED CANADA (TUC) TUC endeavours to be “the voice for Canada’s water” but it’s becoming increasingly apparent that our freshwater, especially in Alberta, is facing a biodiversity crisis and needs an even louder voice. More and more species are being listed as threatened or endangered each year - a sign we are losing habitat, water quality and ecosystem health. In Alberta, Bull Trout, Westslope Cutthroat Trout, Rocky Mountain Sculpin and Athabasca Rainbow Trout have been added in the last few years. There are numerous contributing factors: There is lessening environmental legislation in many parts of the country, including Alberta - reductions in oversight during a pandemic combined with a focus on the economy is allowing development projects to move forward at a concerning rate, threatening water quality, native species and downstream community water sources A record number of people on the landscape has led to increased impact on rivers, streams, lakes, trails and their surrounding areas Invasive species are spreading further north and into new waters, putting native and naturalized populations at risk Droughts are more frequent and impactful, creating a need for restoration to naturally retain water on the landscape, in riparian zones and in groundwater aquifers Resource extraction projects are intensifying and risking our most sensitive habitats in headwater reaches – for coal on the East Slopes, for gravel near the North Raven aquifers, along the Athabasca River, and more Climate change impacts are worsening as evidenced by severe drought/flood cycles and increasing water temperatures Deforestation, effluent pollution, dams, hanging culverts and so much more are negatively affecting our streams and rivers and the species that live in them Necessary health restrictions have largely halted TUC and Chapter fundraising events that finance many of our conservation and education projects Canada’s water quality regulations and management are even being questioned by the U.S.! TUC cannot eliminate these problems but has a long track record of mitigating their effects. Members of Northern Lights Fly Fishers Chapter have been very active in that work for many years. Although members are slightly fewer we will continue to volunteer our time and expertise and be a strong voice for freshwater, for fish, and for the benefits of recreational angling. PLEASE HELP support our volunteer work on riparian protection, Arctic Grayling conservation, angling and conservation education projects, kids’ fishing and flytying events, and ongoing advocacy with provincial and federal authorities for fish and freshwater protection and improved management, BY: · making sure your membership in TUC is up to date (many memberships expired on March 31st ) · encouraging others to join TUC (it comes with a number of benefits including 10% off at the Fishin’ Hole) · and perhaps, if possible, donating to Northern Lights/TUC to help offset the impact that the pandemic has had on our ability to fundraise in support of our projects during last year and this. All donations, including membership fees, will receive a tax recept. Together with TUC’s proven track record in hands-on rehabilitation, its experts in aquatic protections and restoration, financial support and proven ability to work with governments to develop new protections through legislation and policy, we can all make a difference. Thanks for your support. Those joining, renewing or donating to NLFF/TUC during the month of May will be entered into a random draw for a copy of “My Bow River” or Phil Rowley’s new book “The Orvis Guide to Stillwater Trout Fishing”. Barry White Membership Director Ken Monk President Membership – New or Renewal (Please identify NLFF as your local Chapter) Donation – (Please add note ‘Donation to NLFF’)
  11. Thanks for the interest. Calls for volunteers will be posted in the Northern Lights Newsletter that goes out monthly to TUC members, Next newsletter goes out on April 20th. Some volunteer anglers will be needed for the grayling project on the upper Pembina in May. For insurance/liability reasons we have to restrict this to members of TUC, however.
  12. 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.
  13. 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 .
  14. The impact of catch and release on the fish is usually discussed in the context of spring, summer and fall fishing. The Keep Fish Wet organization has just published an interesting article on Winter Fishing
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