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  1. I am interested...but AEP makes it difficult....WHY do I have to register for a webinar?  For EACH webinar?

    Why do I have to register for each of their surveys?

     

    So....if a person does not want to register...then I assume the background information will NOT be made available to the public???

    Their quote "In January 2020, we collected feedback on Alberta fisheries management to help improve recreational fishing opportunities across the province. That feedback contributed to the 2020 Alberta Sportfishing Regulations, which came into effect on April 1, 2020.

     

    Somehow...I don't believe that. Typically, it would have already been gazetted by then.

     

    Sadly, I have to admit that I did NOT participate in any of their surveys in the past where registration was required.

  2. 9 hours ago, fishlover said:

    I enjoy the zoom talk by Ruben Breitkreutz  last night.   My two cents on fly lines that there are so many tapers and "features"  to choose from that you have to cast the line with your rod to know if it's what you really want.  I believe you can no longer use the line weight on your rod and match it to the weight on a fly line and end up with combo that you will be happy casting.  

    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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  3. 13 hours ago, italk2u said:

    N. Ram is low and clear, fishing was slow, only 5 the first day and 2 on Tuesday, but there was nobody on the river except me and a black bear aout 100 yards east of the bridge over the N. Ram.

    Yes. water is quite low and the fishing has been slow.

    Was the bear at the km 65 bridge or trunk road bridge?...any problems with him?

  4. Was down there on Monday.

    Surprisingly few people...only two campers at that location.

    Water is low and clear...cool (53F)

    Fish were down deep, very few risers.

    North fork road from Rocky was good...trunk road back to Nordegg was a washboard nightmare.

    How did you make out down there last week?

  5. On 8/14/2020 at 4:56 PM, italk2u said:

    Hoping to head out to the N. Ram on Tuesday or Wednesday, but would like to take a shot at the Prairie near Strachan as well as  Stauffer and the Raven. Anybody know how conditions are?

    Dave

    Did Stauffer yesterday...water clear but higher than normal.  Fishing was EXTREMELY slow...water temp was 47F at noon. Very cold for this time of year due to the higher than normal flows.

    Not a riser to be seen...

    Checked the Raven...water was off color...didn't fish

    Clearwater....clearing nicely, fishable but still a little high for my liking

    Did not check Prairie, but looking at the flows, it will be higher than normal

    Expect it to be total nut house out west this weekend...there was a mile long back up of trailers heading west at the 4 way stop in Caroline at 4pm yesterday.

  6. Thx for the additional background info Peter.

    Yes, I understood that your text was verbatim from AEP....my bolding was to criticize their wording not yours...hope you did not take offense. If so, it was not directed at you.

    Sadly most of our efforts over the years seem to have fallen into an AEP "black hole".

    It is difficult for me to remain hopeful that things will change given what you and I have seen since the start of the roundtable meetings so many years ago...

    My fear is that the said "open houses" are just another item to check off their "consultation" list.

  7. Peter;

    "The Alberta government would like your perspectives about fisheries and their management"

    As you and I know...the fisheries roundtable management meetings have NOT been held for over 2 years...now they want comments?

    I had contacted them about a year and a half ago...said they were considering have informal evening meetings.  I said...count me in.  NEVER heard  back from them.

     

    "Feedback from Albertans will be reflected in the 2020 Alberta Sportfishing Regulations, which come into effect on April 1st"

    Doubtful...the meetings carry to the end of January...regs need to be compiled and gazetted by then...

    "The closest to Edmonton" ????...they can't even put Edmonton on the list????

    I will attend, as I have for the majority of the roundtable meetings....but I keep asking myself...WHY?

     

    As a side note and not to derail this thread...but we are going  into year 5 of the Pembina w/s closure?  Has there been any status update?

    I believe Paulette Penton who was looking after this is long gone....

  8. We are on a slippery slope....

     

    Although I do not disagree with the SARA amendments, we must be cautious in the response.

    Angling, catch and release, does in fact constitute "harm and harass"....Are we not hypocritical?  Do I want full scale closures?....no...but I am playing devil's advocate...

     

    I would also submit that logging and resultant increased water temps from that logging has resulted in a significant decline in cold water species numbers ( among other factors).  Does logging and its resultant effects not constitute damage to the residence of that species?

     

    It just seems that COSEWIC has no difficulty putting species on the SARA list...but doesn't really offer any productive solutions.  Once a new species is put on the list...groups seek exemptions to sections 32 and 33....just sayin'...

    The definition above of special concern is given as“a wildlife species that may become a threatened or an endangered species because of a combination of biological characteristics and identified threats.”  If the threat has been identified...shut it down....That seems to be a road that DFO doesn't have the courage to go down....

  9. Also, if anyone knows what the access is like to the headwaters of Inverness, Moosehorn, or Sawridge Creek, please let me know.

     

     

    Access can be found....

    A few words of advice though;

    1) Swan Hills mud is among the worst I have experienced....when it rains up there....and it does...those roads/trails that were a piece of cake going in, will be murder coming out...

    2) A map or satellite view is essential....those oilfield roads will lead you in circles...

     

    3) To be safe...don't camp near either of the streams you mentioned....rain in the Hills can make these creeks rise several meters overnight!

     

    4) Of course you can't talk about this area without mentioning Grizzlies....be cautious...enough said.

  10. Thx for the update Don.

     

    ......who is going to replace the guys now doing the work. Last I looked there wasn't a long line of folks trailing along in our wakes.

     

     

    That certainly is one of the problems we face....at many of our EDM TU meetings (before amalgamation with NLFT) the lack of recruitment was evident....as the room consisted of only us gray haired folk.....

  11. First visit to the new forum layout....things look fresh and great.

    But, I'm still feeling my way around and it will take some time to get familiar with things in the new layout.

     

    One question though;

    When I look at the "Fish and Wildlife Management" section...it says there are supposed to be 21 topics.....yet, only ONE topic shows up.....what happened to the older ones?.....

    I suppose this issue applies to the other subforums as well, but I have not had a chance to check.

  12. Don;

     

    I'm fully familiar with the area on Stauffer you speak of....and have noticed the same thing over the past few years. I'm not sure what the background is to this thead....but, my question is: what has happened to beaver management on Stauffer?....wait, I think I already know the answer to that so, let me rephrase it...why has there been no beaver management on Stauffer in recent years?

     

    Isn't ACA getting enough money from us?

     

    BTW, everytime I've been there in the past 4 years I have manually picked,poked and opened up two of the dams....only to see them rebuilt by the next outing.

     

    Perhaps it is time to get the "defender" out of the closet again....

  13. Ummmmm.....actually quite a few typo's......

     

    Didn't purposely look for any but, two that stuck out are;

     

    1) Don Andersen's name is spelled wrong!

    2)The second "Intro to Flyfishing seminar" is quoted on page one as being April 4th and 5th....on page two it is shown as June 4th and 5th?????

     

    BTW...is there no Conservation meeting in May?

  14. First, let me say....I miss Denny's!

     

     

    I did not vote...but I agree wholeheartedly with "Junior".

    Being a flyfisherman of 30+ years, I'll also add a few thoughts;

     

    1) The days of specialized retail stores are gone....everything is "big box" geared today. "Carry only the stock that moves out the door quickly....nobody will buy that package of baboon pubic hair".

    High volume, somewhat lower margin.

    Quality?....heck why should we carry that?...we'll sell crap that breaks in two years to get a return sale.

    Has anyone tried to buy a Hardy reel, a Wheatley fly box locally lately?

     

    2) A shop like Denny's would require something called customer interaction and customer service, along with product knowledge. It would also require someone with a serious passion for the sport...and some deep pockets for the business.

    Most (not all) of the staff in the local shops know very little about the products they sell, even less about the items they don't....like the two mentioned above for example.

    Local shops don't want to pay for knowledgeable staff......they hire the cheapest, untrained people they can find...they get what they pay for. Some lack even basic social skills.

    We, as customers don't seem to mind....

     

    By the way...I'm not picking on local fishing shops....it's the same story throughout the retail business...

     

    3) Another obstacle may be the changing demographic. There are a lot of grey hairs in the sport...I'm not convinced the recruitment is there...

     

    I will differ on two of Juniors points;

     

    The fear of on-line sales should NOT be a factor....why couldn't the "Denny" like retail store also offer on-line sales in addition to the brick and mortar shop?

    If I recall correctly in my discussions with Reg over the years....mail order was a large component of his business. I know Dragon Troller can chime in here....

     

     

    Regarding the "non-retail" Superfly shop....I think it's a non flyer. Why have the retail store as the middleman? If Superfly thinks a standalone retail store is viable....they should have the business balls to give it a try under their own banner.

     

     

    In summary, I think that we as customers have molded our own retail destiny.....we want the cheapest items....that's what we are getting, at the expense of service and selection.

    Perhaps, in time the pendulum will swing back the other way.....

     

     

    BTW....did I say that I miss Denny's?

  15. dave robinson;

     

    It is clearly apparent from the tone of your last two posts that your position on maintaining status quo is one that will not be changed....and, as such I will not take the time to rebut each of your points.

     

    However, I would like to reiterate one of my points....one that perhaps you missed;

     

    "Furthermore, in ALL cases, it must be understood that any form of licensing program should NOT

    constitute granting of any RIGHTS to guides on any piece of water in this Province....nor

    should there be any implications of such."

     

     

    Second, although I am somewhat familiar with the BC freshwater fishing regulations, could you please direct me to the section that requires hiring of a guide in order to fish on classified waters.

     

    Could you also please elaborate on your statement that BC uses "guide licensing to restrict access to the best water in the province".

     

     

    In closing, given your strong opinion(s) on this subject....I would encourage you to take the opportunity to attend the meeting and voice your concerns there.

  16. The fisheries of the Province of Alberta are a Public resource.

    They are owned by you and I as Albertans.

     

    Every activity that PROFITS (or attempts to profit) from a resource that you and I own...must pay some form of restitution back to the rightful owners of that resource.

     

    Oil, gas and other resource companies pay royalties.

    Forestry companies pay fees.

     

    Why should fishing guides that use our resource be exempt from this?

    Why should they not contribute some of their income to go directly back into that resource?

     

    Understand that this is not an issue of trying to protect a client from a shady guide or unsatisfactory guide experience...it is an issue of trying to protect our resource and our right to enjoyment of same.

     

     

    In some cases...people that fish for profit are already impacting you and I, the public user, in our angling experiences.

    It is happening on the Bow, the Crow, The Red Deer, the Ram....and yes, even on the North Raven....just to name a few.

     

     

    Currently, the provincial government has NO idea how great the impact of guiding is on the recreational Albertan user. Nor do they know how great the impact of guiding is to the fishery itself. They don't even know how many guides there are....how many trips....how many fish caught....how many fish killed.

     

    With the obvious decline in the fishery in the province, it is becoming more and more important to understand the impact of what is becoming a larger and larger component of the resource user base...the guiding industry.

     

    It has taken the Provincial roundtable over three years to finally implement a ban on "for Profit" tournament fishing and

    take the first steps in instituting restrictions and monitoring for "non-profit" tournaments. It will take time to

    understand the impacts of those allowed tournaments on specific fisheries.

     

    In order to better understand the implications of guiding on OUR resource...the logical first step is to license and monitor

    guiding activities.....funded by monies collected from fees paid by guides, or should I say, their clients.

     

    In ALL cases the health of the fishery should be paramount....secondly should be the RIGHT of you and I, the owners of the resource, to enjoy that recreational fishery without impact from those that profit from it.

     

    Remember that the next time you fish Stauffer, and have three guides each with a client situated every 200 yards on a creek that is less than 2 meters wide in some spots. Do the guides care about your angling experience?....doubtful, I'm sure they are more concerned about the $600USD that they will collect from each of their clients.

     

    Furthermore, in ALL cases, it must be understood that any form of licensing program should NOT constitute granting of any RIGHTS to guides on any piece of water in this Province....nor should there be any implications of such.

     

     

    The argument that "allowing the free market to operate" with regard to the future of the fisheries of this Province...is,

    quite frankly, not very compelling.

     

     

    A final note....I would submit that the $300K number thrown out as a cost to implement such a licensing program is

    unfounded....and likely suggested as a scare tactic by those opposed to the licensing idea. It certainly is not costing

    $300K yearly for the tournament program.

  17. @Doc...sorry, I've been away for a bit.

     

    I really only have two things to add to your reply;

     

    1) Again, I think you are missing the focus..As I stated, I understand that identifying the total number of users is important. But that information alone tells you nothing! What is far more important from a fisheries management perspective is : What is the fish mortality as a result of user impact?

    In other words....for example, Our total number of users this year (excluding seniors) may kill far more fish than the TOTAL number of users next year (INCLUDING seniors).

     

    Again, I'm not opposed to licensing of seniors/kids...but the point I am trying to make is that the total number of people fishing is NOT directly proportional to the number of fish killed.

     

    2) Regarding the "bigger picture"...perhaps I did not make myself clear here. What I was trying to say was that it is apparent that there are many other factors that have a much larger impact on the health of a particular fishery than recreational use. Some of those factors appear to be environmental...yet others are obviously industrial/resource development in nature. So, we count the number of seniors/kids that fish, we make them fish barbless, we limit the number and size of fish they can keep, we limit the times they can fish.....THEN we allow corporations to destroy the river by "mining" out the river itself...(upper Mcleod/tribs for coal, Muskeg for tar sand as examples)

    Another example...what do you think has had more impact on grayling distribution in this province? Overfishing...or higher water temperatures?

     

    That is why when we look for solutions...we need to fully understand the problems first.

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