1. What Folks Are Saying... 

2. Fly Fishing & Kids       

3. Need a Shuttle? It's as Easy as 1, 2, 3...4!


4. Bow River Drift Boat Rentals

5. Fly Fishing & Float Fishing Strategies

6. Get Your Daily Fix


7. Bow River Shuttles on Twitter

8. Western Sky Land Trust - Board Posting

9. TUC: The Big One - A Look Back


10. TUC Bow River Chapter - A Look Back & Tackle Swap

11. Bow River Shuttles - 7th Annual Used Drift Boat Sale

12. Fly Fishing & Gear


13. Fly Fishing & Online Magazines (New)

14. Fly Fishing & Magazines (New)

15. Fly Fishing & Clubs/Groups


16. Fly Fishing & Schools

17. Environmental/Conservation Concerns

18. Drift Boats For Sale (10 offerings) 




"The Stimulator has become an important resource for southern Alberta fly fishers..."


       - Jim McLennan, Fly Fish Canada Magazine, Aug 2007



"It has become much easier to keep tabs on the Bow through the...weekly e-mail

reports of Michelle Magotiaux of Bow River Shuttles".


            - Bob Scammell, Calgary Herald, Sept 2004



1. What folks are saying...


About our Boat Launch Reports (email & blog):


- "That's some great info Michelle. Saves me the trip! Thanks".  - Jeff N.


- "Thanks for that. Here's hoping the season has shifted a bit and we are out at the start of December still drifting! Looking forward to a new season of blue Ribbon Explorering."  - Eric posted on Bow River Shuttles Blog.



About Our Services:


"Thank you for your information last week regarding all the services  you provide.


Boy, I sure found the Bow River experts !!!


Please add me to your "Stimulator" mail out list and the "River Updates" Please let me know if there is a charge for this useful information, as I would be glad to pay."  - Richard F. 




2. Fly Fishing & Kids  


Summer is wild at Bow Habitat Station!


Bow Habitat Station is offering week-long summer camps packed with unique and exciting experiences to fill inquiring minds. Our visitor centre and backyard provides the perfect setting for campers to explore Alberta's water and natural resources, learn about fish and wildlife, and discover the importance of wetlands.




Examples of what campers can expect:


Explore the wetland and forest

Investigate skulls, furs, tracks and feathers

Discover bugs that crawl, fly and swim

Make nature crafts and play games

Feed fish and tie flies

Examine your footprint on the environment


Attention: Bow Habitat Station's summer camps are so much fun and may result in creating stewards of Alberta's natural resources! Programs are hands-on with interactive displays, activities and projects.


Bow Habitat Station





Thrill of the Catch (July & August)


(Entering Grades 2-7)


Discover the thrill of fishing! Each day kids visit a new lake or pond around the city or in Kananaskis Country in their quest to catch a fish. Kids get a chance to learn about fishing techniques, the best places to find fish, how to identify species of fish and they also learn about wildlife and the outdoors. Some fishing holes can only be found by hiking to them, so kids should be ready for a fun fishing adventure! 


Thrill of the Catch - More information here




Finesse of Fly Fishing Day Camp (August)


(Entering Grades 8-12)


Southern Alberta is world famous for fly-fishing. Participants will spend the first day learning proper casting techniques, use of tackle and fly-fishing knots. The second and third day participants will receive on water instructions including reading water and basic etiquette.


Finesse of Fly Fishing Day Camp - More Information Here


U of C Outdoor Centre



River Canoe and Kayak Day Camps




Our camps introduce youth to the wonder and excitement of paddling in Alberta. We emphasize safety, teamwork, paddling skills, and of course...FUN! 


All our camps have certified and experienced canoe instructors. Our camps have been designed so that campers can progress their skills and experience over several summers or all in the same season.


Our camps follow the "Leave No Trace" philosophy in environmental education and stewardship.


Canoe & Kayak Adventure Week

River Canoeing 

River Kayaking

Canoe Camping


Rocky Mountain Paddling Centre 


3. Need a Shuttle? It's as Easy as 1, 2, 3...4!




Do you want to get set up for shuttle service?


Here's all you need to do:


1. Complete our Consent/Waiver form

2. Photo copy your vehicle registration and proof of insurance (pink card)

3. Give us a spare vehicle key

4. Book your shuttle 7-9 pm the evening before your float


For a copy of the Consent/Waiver form, please contact michelle@bowrivershuttles.com


Advance Booking: We require ALL shuttle bookings to be done the evening before your float. Please call 7:00 - 9:00 pm. In addition, letting us know your put-in and take-out points is very important for us in planning the logistics for the next day. We do recognize that occasionally, fly fishing clients may not want to make their put-in/take-out decision until the morning. We will provide flexibility for that. However, we MUST know the evening before that you are going to need a shuttle.


Scan & Email: michelle@bowrivershuttles.com 


Courier or Personal Delivery: 1279 Lake Sundance Cres S.E.

Regular Mail: 1279 Lake Sundance Cres S.E., Calgary, AB. T2J 2S7



Shuttle Rates: 


Regular boat launches: $37.00 to $106.00


Private shuttles: from $53.00, $85.00 & $127.00.


4. Bow River Drift Boat Rentals



South Fork Skiff rental

Photo: Bow River Shuttles 

The following are included in your fee:


� well outfitted boat, including knee braces and Bo's foot release anchor system.

� life jackets, throw bag, whistle, bailer, sponge, spare paddle and spare anchor net.

� the shuttle of one personal vehicle

We can also provide the following items for complementary use:


� basic first aid kit

� river fishing maps

� large fishing net with rubber net

� coolers (24 can/15 litre size) suitable for day trip

� frozen Ice-Paks


Several options are available, including delivery to, and pick-up from, the river.


From only $86 per person* for a day on the river.


* based on triple occupancy


Bow River Drift Boat Rentals


Recommended reading

"Float-Fishing Strategies: Tactics and Techniques for Drift Boats, Rafts, and Pontoon Boats" (2011) by Neil Streeks

Available at your favourite Calgary fly shop

5. Fly Fishing & Float Fishing Strategies

Available at your favourite Calgary Fly Shop


Float-Fishing Strategies: Tactics and Techniques for Drift Boats, Rafts, and Pontoon Boats


Revised 2011 edition of Drift Boat Strategies with new in-depth info on dry-fly fishing, nymphing, and streamer fishing from a boat


New edition includes pontoon boats and other personal watercraft


Tactics for trout, smallmouth bass, salmon and steelhead, shad


80 illustrations by Dave Hall, with new casting techniques


How to avoid river hazards like diversion dams, logjams, rapids, and whirlpools


Choosing the right craft and outfitting your boat


Neale Streeks has written five fishing books, including Drift Boat Fly Fishing and Small Fly Adventures in the West. He lives in Great Falls, Montana, and has been Montana River Outfitters' leading guide for 30 years.


6. Get Your Daily Fix


Check in with my Bow River Shuttles Blog every morning for up to date news on the Bow River, fly fishing on the Bow River, the local fly fishing community and fly fishing generally.


You'll also find news on environmental & conservation concerns, especially those related to water issues.


We post daily.


If you prefer, you can follow the news on Bow River Shuttles Facebook Page and Bow River Shuttles on Twitter.


Here are some recent posts:


Aaron Caldwell's "Nics Vid"

Change the way you think


Streamside Canada

Phone etiquette for a chilly spring


Amazing U.B.C. lipdub video

Jim Stelfox at Calgary Hook & Hackle Club Meeting

A Sign of The Times 


22X/Fish Creek Park Boat Launch News

News from McKinnon Flats

The Water Log


Boat Launch Ice-Off Edition April 09

Boat Launch Mini-Report April 08

Trout of a Lifetime





The Contemporary Sportsman - Spring 2011

Hauling oilsands equipment thru Montana opposed 

This is Fly - April 2011


Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest and Canadian Wi...

Canadian Youth National Fly Team fundraiser 

Boat Launch Report - It's S'no'w Joke


Alberta Fly Fishing Blogs


You will also find links on my Bow River Shuttles Blog to the other Alberta fly fishing blogs, including:


         Bow River Troutfitters Blog

         Central Alberta Fly Tying Club

         Country Pleasures Fly Fishing

         Doc's Ol' Blog House

         Fly Craft Angling Adventures

         Fly Fish Alberta

         For The Fly

         Greenhorn Angler

         Lo Fi Fly

         Pieroway Rod Company

         The Drag Free Drift


7. Bow River Shuttles on Twitter




  Bow River fishing conditions

  Fly fishing community events

  Product reviews & more!






Once the fishing season gets underway, we will be updating our Twitter feed frequently with additional information on both fishing and river conditions, as well as other news. 


Sign up today! It's free, quick and easy!

8. Western Sky Land Trust - Board Posting




Board of Directors - Western Sky Land Trust


In light of our present focus on the Bow and our general focus on the conservation of watershed lands, we would really like to have the fly fishing community involved on our Board.


Western Sky Land Trust Is Seeking Board Members - Read pdf document here


Learn more about The Bow and Beyond Initiative here



9. TUC:The Big One - A Look Back



Big Fish Once Again Lend Generous Support to the Little Fish!


Michelle helping out wih Silent Auction set up, standing in front of Bow River Shuttles Drift Boat Rental donation display 


"On Thursday March 24th 790 people gathered at Calgary's Hyatt Regency Hotel for the 2011 National Conservation Dinner and Auction.


This year's event was a complete sell-out.


Trout Unlimited Canada's (TUC) annual dinner and auction has evolved into North America's premier fund raising event in support of coldwater conservation.


Auction attendees rallied once again to support TUC, raising over $1M in total toward coldwater conservation programs across Canada. Over its history, the Calgary dinner has netted in excess of $9M".


Read the rest of the article here on TUC website, plus photos on TUC Facebook here.



10. TUC Bow River Chapter - A Look Back & Tackle Swap



Looking Back...

Social Night Mar 15 2011


Top left: Amelia Jensen


Top right: Dave Jensen (2nd from left) with Bow River Chapter volunteers Craig Cooper, Craig Robillard and Wayne Olson.


Photos: Bow River Shuttles


More than 85 fly fishing enthusiasts showed up for the "Sight Fishing" Social Night featuring Dave Jensen of Fly Fish Alberta.


A very nice evening event, which saw many donations to the Calgary Food Bank, as that was the admittance "fee" for the complementary use of the Cardel Theatre.


Thanks once again to Dave and Amelia Jensen for making the trip down from Red Deer!


TUC-Bow River Chapter "2011 Tackle Swap"

18th Annual Used Equipment Sale


*** Garage Sale Format ***


call now to reserve your own sale table

TUC Tackle Swap 2010 Photo: Bow River Shuttles 




Sell your own used fishing gear:

� $20 table charge, some restrictions apply
� You sell, you get the best deal possible
� NO Consignment charge


Table Setup: 9-10 AM
Sale: 10 AM -12 PM
Cleanup: 12-1 PM






Saturday April 30th 2011
10 am-12pm

Location: South Calgary Community Association
3130 - 16 St. SW

To book your own table, or for sale information, contact:

Craig Robillard (403) 251-4803 h (403) 968-8788 c



More information here



11. Bow River Shuttles - 7th Annual Used Drift Boat Sale



In conjunction with, and in support of,
the TUC-Bow River Chapter Tackle Swap 2011.
Same Date. Same Time. Same Location.


Used Drift Boat Sale 2010

Photo: Bow River Shuttles


Saturday, April 30, 2011


Setup         9 - 10 AM

Sale           10 AM - 12 PM

Cleanup      12- 1 PM


South Calgary Community Association Hall,
3130 - 16th St. SW.

Fee: $20 per drift boat

Cheques payable to: "Trout Unlimited Canada-Bow River Chapter"


- You sell and get your best deal.

- No consignment charge.

- Limited boat stalls available.


To reserve your stall, contact:      

Michelle Magotiaux


Bow River Shuttles Email




12. Fly Fishing & Gear


Patagonia 2011 Digital Fly Fishing Catalogue




Videos, stories, sharp photography and... oh yes, lots of great new gear! 


If you can't get out on the rivers yet (April snowstorms), spending some time with this publication might be the next best thing.


Patagonia 2011 Digital Fly Fishing Catalogue


Fly Fish America 2011 Digital Gear Guide


Fly Fish America is a different kind of magazine-in a lot of different ways. We're not a bunch of ivory-tower journalists here at Fly Fish America. We're just a bunch of guys like you who live to fish, and can speak and write fairly good English. When we test and review fly rods, reels, lines and accessories, we present the results in a straightforward, no-nonsense format that provides all the information you need to make a purchase decision-including the price.



� 2011 Editors' Choice Awards

* Staff-Favorite Fly Boxes

� Head-To-Toe Saltwater Clothing

� Top 10 New Fly Lines

* Staff-Favorite Presentation Rods

� Buyers' Guide to Trout Reels

� Fly Tying Clinic


Fly Fish America 2011 Digital Gear Guide


American Angler - 2011 Gear of the Year

Following a year of uncertainty and economic challenges, the fly-fishing industry heads out of the chaos and into the nanosphere. 

This time last year, you might say that the sport of fly-fishing was enduring its winter of discontent. The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) had just severed relations with promoter Nielsen Media, which aimed to absorb the fly-fishing industry's only stand-alone trade show into its much larger Outdoor Retailer expo. Meanwhile, others were saying our industry conclave should be a part of the International Convention of Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, the world's largest general sportfishing trade gathering. And a third senario had organizers of the consumer-oriented Fly Fishing Show circuit mounting their own campaign to manage the industry's trade event. Within a span of weeks, the sport of fly-fishing in America went from having no show at which to conduct annual business, to possibly having three.

Eventually, AFFTA took control of its destiny by organizing its own expo this past September-renaming it the International Fly Tackle Dealer show. In light of the challenges IFTD faced, the event was by general consensus a success. But many question remain. How will the past year of turmoil affect fly-fishing consumers? Are manufacturers bringing more or fewer products to market? Is innovation on par with prior years? While this year's trade show saw the lightest attendance in recent memory, it was not without plenty of noteworthy new products.


Here is a look at some of the gear that will beckon for your hard-earned dollars at fly shops in 2011.


American Angler - 2011 Gear of the Year


Sage Catalogue 2011


A pdf catalogue (not digital) with a couple of interesting travel articles -  'Zen Trout' and 'Hidden Gold in the Deep Blue Sea' - plus several good photos, including a cool helicopter shot and a nice collage related to the article on fly fishing in the Japanese Alps.



Sage Catalogue 2011

13. Fly Fishing & Online Magazines (New)
Fly Life


Premier Issue


With a focus on South Florida, the Keys and the Bahamas this one should be a hit, and they're friends of the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust as well.


Don't miss the photo essay "Learning to Speak Bonefish" with Pat Ford.


Fly Life


Via: Chi Wulff

 Guide Chronicles


New to us. This is Issue #2


Guide Chronicles is a Web Based Magazine brought to you by Worley Bugger Fly Co.


It features fly fishing articles written by Fly Fishing Guides who make their living doing Guided Fly Fishing Trips.


For fly tying, fly fishing, trout, steelhead, bass, fly rods, reels line, and all things fly fishing.


Guide Chronicles

Bonefish and Tarpon Journal 2011


Also new to us, but this is year #3.


Check out Chico Fernandez's feature article "Looking for Bonefish: A Beginner's Guide" and Aaron Adams "How Fish Use Sight & Sound".


"Some meat on the bones reading", as Chi Wulff put it. But a few tasty images as well.


Bonefish on the Brain wrote: "I'm kind of sad it is available for free... you should support BTT (Bonefish & Tarpon Trust) to get to see this thing.  It is pure bonefishy goodness."


Bonefish and Tarpon Journal 2011 


Via: Midcurrent


14. Fly Fishing & Magazines (New)
Beyond the Fly

There is a new quarterly fly fishing magazine coming out which targets a female audience but is certainly not gender prohibitive.


The magazine is the brainchild of Jessi Kolar, an avid female angler and fly fishing enthusiast.


Beyond the Fly


Via: Fly Fishing Techniques

15. Fly Fishing & Clubs/Groups

The Calgary Hook & Hackle Club is dedicated to the enjoyment of all aspects of flyfishing with special emphasis on fly tying.


Club activities and meeting are designed to encourage people to share their knowledge, stories, and experiences with others.


The Club also encourages Catch & Release, good sport fishing ethics, stream etiquette, and the preservation of the fishery for future generations.


Fly Tying Contest - Mar 23

Photo: Bow River Shuttles



More photos and details on Bow River Shuttles Blog 




04-14-2011 20:00:00 PM

A good turnout of Calgary Hook & Hackle Club members took advantage of the Jim Stelfox (Area Fisheries Biologist, Cochrane, SRD) presentation last night. Jim's presentation centered on his proposed fishing regulations change for the Upper and Lower Kanansk...�


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The club has approved a change for the start time for meetings to 7:00 pm (from 7:30 pm).


Apr 27 - Annual Auction

Apr 30 - Bow River Cleanup


May 11 - Regular Meeting


May 25 - Guest Speaker: Jim McLennan



Jun 08 - Regular Meeting

Jun 22 - Casting Clinic


Calgary Hook & Hackle Club


Hook & Hackle supports Project Healing Waters Canada - Check this out! 



(b) Mckenzie Towne Fly-Fishing and Tying Club (Calgary)


Fly-Fishing and tying club looking for new members to enjoy the sport of fly-fishing and the art of enjoying beer after.




Apr 23: Bow River Float


May 28: Walk & Wade. Bow River @ Policeman's Flats


McKenzie Towne Fly Fishing & Tying Club (Calgary) on Facebook 


(c) Northern Lights Fly Tyers Club/Trout Unlimited Edmonton

The Northern Lights Fly Tyers Club is a group of dedicated and concerned anglers who meet regularly throughout the year to converse about all things fly fishing.


Our regular weekly meetings & and Tying sessions are held each Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m. at the The Queen Mary Park Community League at 10844 117th Street.


Regular Meetings:


Apr 06: Bob Cormier Patterns

Apr 13: Free Tye and Beginner Advice session

Apr 20: Conservation Session w/Jim O'Neill. Upcoming Grayling Conference & proposed TU Edmonton Grayling Project

Apr 27: Soft Hackle Flys


Special Events:


May 05: Edmonton National Conservation Dinner in Support

May 28: Introduction to Fly Fishing Seminar - Day One

May 29: Introduction to Fly Fishing Seminar - Day Two


Broken Threads is the official newsletter of the Northern Lights Fly Tyers, Trout Unlimited Edmonton. News, events club articles, fly patterns - contact numbers - everything you need to get involved!

April 2011 edition


(d) Chinook Waters Fly Fishing Club (Lethbridge)


This Organization is a non profit membership organization established to promote the pleasure, fellowship and sportsmanship of fly fishing and its related activities. 

The Organization will endeavor to provide a recreational and educational forum for fly fishing ideas and techniques as well as to promote conservation, preservation and enhancement of fly fishing resources.


The plan is to hold Beer & Flies every Tuesday when there are no other club events planned.



May 27 & 28: 2011 Fly Fishing Conclave & Banquet


The plan is to hold Beer & Flies every Tuesday when there are no other club events planned.


Chinook Waters Fly Fishing Club


Chinook Waters Fly Fishing Club on Facebook 




(e) Central Alberta Fly Tying Club (Red Deer)


The 2011 Fly Tying Season starts Monday January 3 at West Park Middle School (please note the new location). We hope to run the club in a similar fashion to year's past. Each Monday for about 12 weeks will have a guest fly tyer. The cost of each session is $3.00 which will cover the costs of the materials and room rental.


The 2011 tying season has wrapped up.


Go to the club's blog for photos and details of the club's activities over the past four months. And check back from time to time for updates on what is going on out on the water.


Central Alberta Fly Tying Club


Each Monday evening in Red Deer at West Park Middle School, the Central Alberta Fly Tying Club meets during winter months. Weekly tying sessions begin at 7pm. Call Bob Vanderwater 403.347.3802 or email  

(f) Cypress Fly Fishing Club (Medicine Hat)


First & Third Tuesday monthly over winter. Everyone welcome. Starts at 7:00 pm, Masterpiece Retirement Center. #4 River Ridge Dr.  Randy Seitz  rseitz79@shaw.ca


The final meeting for the seaon is April 19. Fly tying and a DVD to watch.


16. Fly Fishing & Schools


In the old days a new fly fisher had two choices - read a book or learn from a friend. Today there are other choices, including video and DVD, but the best way to learn is from a qualified instructor. And there's an important distinction between knowing how to fish and knowing how to teach fishing.  
Over the last 25 years literally thousands of Alberta's fly fishers have learned the sport under the instruction of Jim or Lynda McLennan.  For many years Jim taught Fly Fishing Schools in Calgary, as well as at various clubs and fly fishing expositions.  Lynda has taught for numerous events and shops since 1985.  


They have a great lineup of fly fishing schools planned in 2011 for both new and experienced anglers. Take advantage of their combined 50 years' experience in teaching fly fishing.  (Tackle can be provided for schools if required.)  


If you don't find what you are looking for, please give us a call and we can prepare a day, afternoon or weekend to accommodate your needs.  We specialize in private and corporate schools.


Other folks agree that taking lessons is worthwhile. 


Have a look at the following comments from Fly Fisherman Magazine - Learn from a Pro


Introductory to Novice-Level Fly Fishing Schools

Intermediate to Advanced-Level Fly Fishing Schools

Multi-Day Schools

Lower Bow River Fly-Fishing Retreat

Private Schools

Crowsnest Pass Schools

Corporate or Private Group Schools

Casting Clinics


New Schools for 2011


Evening Classroom Sessions

Getting Started Fly Fishing Course

Understanding Your Fly Box


One Day Schools

Season Prep. Special day for past McLennan Fly Fishing students.

Bow River Intensive

Presenting the Fly

Small Stream Intensive

Deluxe Next Step - Tackling the Bow


Multi Day Schools

K-Country Weekend Getaway at the Highwood River Inn

A La Carte Fly Fishing Weekend on the Bow River


McLennan Newsletter March 2011


WylD Outfitters is the only fly fishing school in Alberta with the Sage Casting Analyzer and the Videolyzer!


Walter Simbirski, WylD Outfitter's chief instructor has taught over 600 students between the ages of 6 and 85. He is a Master Certified Casting Instructor with the Federation of Fly Fishers so you know you are getting the best instruction possible. Classes are taught in our classroom facility located at 57 Cranberry Way SE or we can arrange for a location of your choosing. Dates/Times: Contact Walter at 403-613-7495 or email us at sales@go-wyld.ca to arrange any of these classes.


Classes for 2011


- Beginner Classes

- Beginner Spey Classes

- Fix Your Casting Faults

- Casting Tune-Up

- Corporate Classes

- Private Instruction

- New for 2011


Beginner Fly Fishing Classes (now include an on-the-water component)


1. Fly Fishing For Men at Chinook Learning Services (class 68229), 7 Thursdays 6:30 to 9:30, starting April 28. This class runs at the same time as Fly Fishing For Women, contact Chinook Learning at 403-777-7224 or www.ChinookLearningServices.com for registration information.


2. Beginner Fly Fishing, Okotoks Recreation Centre, May 13/14 or 4 Tuesday evenings, beginning May 31, register at 403-938-4222


3. Beginner Fly Fishing, MidSun Community Association, June 17/18, register through the MidSun C.A. at 403-254-8058


Beginner to Advanced: A La Carte Fly Fishing Weekend (in conjunction with Jim and Lydna McLennan)


Plan your own program by choosing from a menu of a wide variety of options.  This weekend class takes place July 2/3 at the Cottonwood Golf Course.  Sessions will include classroom, field and on-the-water instruction.  Registration through Wyld Outfitters at 403-613-7495.


 WylD Outfitters


Fly Fishing Level I:

 This course is an ideal introduction for anyone who wants to learn about fly fishing. During this one day course students spend the morning in a classroom environment learning about equipment, lines, knot tying, etc. After lunch (provided) students head outside for a dry-land casting session. By the end of the day students will be able to cast 30 feet of fly line.


Fly Fishing Level II:  Spend a day walking and wading the Lower Bow with a member of Team Fish Tales. You'll learn nymph fishing techniques including single and double fly rigs, as well as some basic streamer and - weather (hatch) permitting - dry fly techniques. Learn techniques on reading the water that will help you succeed in various water conditions.


Spey Clinics:  Be part of the movement toward two-hand or spey casting


-  Simon Gawesworth One Day Single Hand and One Day Spey Improver

- Chris Seipio Two-Day Spey Course

- Intermediate/Advanced Fly Casting with Chris Seipio


Bug ID:  This course will let you "revert to childhood" as you spend part of the session turning over rocks and collecting bugs you see along the river's edge. This exploration session will be followed up with a bug identification session. You'll learn how to identify some trout food and about which flies best represent these bugs. You'll also learn about what kinds of bugs live in riffles, runs, or deep pools with silty bottoms.


 Fish Tales Fly Shop 



2011 will mark the 30th year for Country Pleasures Fly Fishing Schools. Over the years we have taught thousands of people - both men and women - to fly fish and we are confident that nobody does it as well as Country Pleasures.

Basic Fly Fishing School:  This school is perfect for beginner fly fishers who wish to learn the basics of fly fishing. Classes are based on a one-day format, commencing at 8:30 am and finishing by approximately 4:30 pm.

Listening to the Bow with Jim McLennan:  The Bow River is one of the world's great trout streams, yet is still a stream that frustrates many anglers. Spend a day listening to the river, and learning how to approach and fish it. This intermediate school focuses on observation, which is a foundation of fly fishing.


Fly Casting School - Tune up:  Having a problem with your casting that will not go away? Going on that dream trip and want to tune-up your casting? The instructors at Country Pleasures are pleased to offer casting tune-up sessions. These one hour sessions are done at you convenience and can really help with those "little glitches" in your casting.


Country Pleasures Fly Shop



Beginner Fly Fishing School:  Spend a full day learning the art of fly fishing under the guidance of experienced and certified instructors, with over forty years combined experience. One day fishing clinics are broken into a comfortable mixture of personalized casting instruction, classroom tackle and strategy lecture sessions.


Intermediate Fly Fishing School:  Our one day on-stream Intermediate school takes you beyond the basics. If you are talking to your friends, watching videos, reading books and fishing all you can, and still not catching as many fish as you'd like, this school is for you. Have an expert instructor at your side while you wade the Bow at our private access. Enjoy a hearty lunch, on the banks of the Bow, while comparing tips and techniques. This course can save almost any angler years of unnecessary frustration.


Bow River Troutfitters 





Our one day boot camp is the easiest and most enjoyable way to learn this exciting sport, getting you on the water this season with the confidence of a professional.


The Boot Camp will take place on one of the best private access stretches of water on the entire Bow River system, just minutes from downtown Calgary at the "River House" on the Bow. Lasting roughly six hours, the course covers fly casting, the mechanics of the fly cast, entomology, knots, leaders, fly lines, reading the water and on the water instruction and even lunch...


Hanson's Fishing Outfitters


One Day School


In our one-day school, you will learn all you need to know to get started in the wonderful sport of Fly Fishing.


Casting, knots, entomology (bugs), equipment and more are covered in this intensive yet fun session. The course runs from 10am to 5pm on various Sundays throughout the spring and summer.


Two Day School


June 4-5, 2011-03-05


Stauffer Creek (North Raven River) located near Rocky Mtn House is the site of our two day, on the water, fly fishing school. We arrive Friday eve and after enjoying a fine meal, the learning begins with a know tying session. Over the next two days, we cover basic casting, entomology (bugs), equipment, fly selection and more. On the water instruction covers the various methods of fly fishing. There sessions take place on various stretched of the creek. You will have the opportunity to fish for trout that inhabit the creek using dry flies, nymphs and streamers. 


Information at 403-291-3688


The Fishin' Hole



17. Environmental/Conservation Concerns





(a) Earth Day 2011

(b) Canadian Election 2011 - Environment

(c) Lower Athabasca Regional Plan

(d) Water Festival to be held at Fish Creek


(a) Earth Day 2011



The first Earth Day, on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air ActClean Water ActEndangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed.



Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.


Athletes for the Earth - Twelve World Class Athletes on Being Green
Athletes for the Earth - Twelve World Class Athletes on Being Green

Earth Day.org  


Give it up for Earth Day
Give it up for Earth Day

Earth Day.ca 


(b) Canadian Election 2011 - Environment


Near the beginning of the current national election campaign, the National Post reported that "A recent telephone survey by Nanos Research found that only 15 per cent of Canadians wanted the environment to be the primary focus of the budget".


Now that there are less than two weeks to go until election day, the environment generally has been mostly off the radar.


For those who have an interest in this topic, here are a few articles.


CTV News

Where are environmental issues this campaign?


Green Conduct

Environmental Issues in the 2011 Canadian Federal Election



Canada federal election 2011 - assessing each party's energy and environmental policies


Environmental Defence, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), the Pembina Institute and �quiterre.

Eco-survey 2011 shows voters what political parties would do to protect the environment


David Suzuki Foundation

Care about the environment? Show it with a vote.



Tree Hugger


Canadian Government Falls; What Role Will Environment Play In Election?




(c) Lower Athabasca Regional Plan


The Lower Athabasca Regional Plan will identify and set resource and environmental management outcomes for air, land, water and biodiversity, and guide future resource decisions while considering social and economic impacts.



Phase 3 Consultation: Speak up - your views about land use matter. Have your say as the Lower Athabasca Regional Plan in north east Alberta is finalized. This is the third consultation as we move toward completing the regional plan - so whether or not you attended phase 1 information and phase 2 advisory council advice consultations, don't miss phase 3 consultations on the draft plan!


Public sessions begin on April 18.




Tuesday, May 17

Ramada Hotel and


Conference Centre

11834 Kingsway Avenue



Thursday, May 19

Radisson Hotel

Calgary Airport

2120 - 16 Avenue N.E.


All sessions will run from 4:00-8:00 p.m.


For information about the draft plan, proposed regulations, workbook and a full list of times and places of sessions, visit: Alberta SRD

Related information from Water Matters (Alberta) 

Water Matters calls for independent scientists to review draft plans governing oil sands development




(d) Water Festival to be held at Fish Creek


The Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park (the "Friends") is pleased to announce that on June 4th, for the first time ever, we will be inviting the public to take part in a celebration of water.


CREEKFEST 2011 will be a one day water festival located in the Glennfield area of Fish Creek Park, off Bannister Road S.E., near MacLeod Trail and Canyon Meadows Drive S.E. This announcement is being made on World WaterDay.


CREEKFEST 2011 will launch a four month public awareness campaign to educate and engage residents in the 18 communities bordering Fish Creek Provincial Park, and other nearby residents, about water issues. They will learn what they can do to conserve and protect water quality, contribute to clean drinking water, and ensure Fish Creek continues to support wildlife and natural vegetation for future generations to enjoy.


The water festival will include information booths from environmental and other organizations, speakers, musicians, artists, and children's activities. A water truck will provide free water to drink.


Participants will be able to walk out to the Creek for a water sampling demonstration, take part in a weed walk, and more. Stay tuned for more details to come!


If you have questions about CREEKFEST 2011, please contact: Elena Schacherl, Executive Director at 403-238-3841 (work), 403-860-3372 (cell) or at elena@friendsoffishcreek.org. See www.friendsoffishcreek.org for more information about the Friends.



18. Drift Boats For Sale 

 Drift Boats For Sale Master
Want to sell your boat?


Send us the details including a separate photo, and we will provide a complementary listing in our next Update.


Hyde Drift Boat - High Side:  Pro guide - Custom Combination Model. Deluxe custom galvanized Hyde trailer, two cataract composite graphite fiberglass oars, spare oar, bench seat in front and spare 360 degree seat so 2 anglers can sit up front if need be. Hyde deluxe boat cover, spare tire for trailer, anchor all ready to go and fish or guide with. In excellent shape kept inside in heated garage every winter. Price: $7,200. H) 403-343-8699. C) 403-304-8362



NRS 13'6" Self Bailing Expedition Series Raft. The is the best raft on the market. Trailer and roller and winch on trailer to load/unload raft. Spare tire for trailer. Fishing frame NRS best on the market. Carlisle oars two to row and a spare. Custom anchor system centered of the back of raft. Anchor. Custom wear straps under frame on top of pontoons - adds to the durability of raft. A lot of extra custom work put into this set up. Everything is in excellent condition. Raft always kept indoors when not in use under cover of a tarp over entire raft to protect from UV rays. Price: $4,800. H) 403-343-8699. C) 403-304-8362


Dr. 160X


Custom Greg Tatman designed drift boat, complete with trailer, spare tire, anchor, etc. 14ft.


Set up for 3 to fish, she has been known to spot rising browns. Reduced $2,400. 403-242-9949.
2005 Hyde Drift Boat


16' LH Signature series limited edition.



Locking side storage boxes

Rear Knee Brace (removable)

Easy Pull Floor Anchor system

9' Hyde carbon fiber oars

Upgraded rod tubes with liners

Upgraded G4 super shoe bottom

Front file deck with knee brace

Deluxe Trailer with spare tire, bra and complete cover.


$6,900.00 + GST.  403-569-0333


Paul Hamilton 160X Koffler Rocky Mountain Trout Boat


13' x 48" bottom, Aluminum, very tough boat set up for the Bow also good on lakes, stable for casting, easy to handle by one person, side pull anchor system, front box storage with seat, rear pedestal seat, rower's adjustable rope seat and foot rest, rod rack, includes oars, anchor, trailer with winch, tongue jack, roller and EZ slides, spare wheel, all ready to go. $2,950. Call Paul: 403-660-3800

16' Salmon/Steelhead Guide


Includes Carlisle oars, weighted to balance oars, with new blades and steel pyramid anchor with anchor rigging.


This boat has a lot more dry storage than any other boat out there:

- front dry locker

- In-seat dry storage

- rear dry locker


The electrical system and the axle on the trailer were replaced in 2009.


We have had great success nymphing the channels, bombing the banks, or hunting dry flies on the bow river in this boat for several years.


Price $3500.  403-650-5496


Includes an instructional float with owner(s) after purchase (weather and time permitting)


1987 Lifetimer 14' Welded Aluminum Driftboat, recent Bow River guide boat a.k.a. "The Fish Tank."


5.5' wide, sturdy and stable, three seats, fore and aft casting braces, under-seat storage lockers, motor mount (for long shaft outboard), anchor system, rod stowage - on aluminum "All Speed" trailer, with tongue jack, heavy duty winch, fenders and LED lights. Comes with three 8.5' wooden oars plus extra collars and oarlocks, new fitted tarp, spare wheels and extra paint stock.


Asking $2500 o.b.o. Call Paul/leave msg at 403-990-6094

There's very little maintenance involved, even though it is wooden. It was originally from Oregon approximately 30 years ago.


The bottom has been fiberglassed and the floor is box liner as well as the trailer.The front client seat as been replaced. Rower seat still original but good as well as the rear client seat. The outside green still would need paint from time to time.


The trailer, apart from never rusting again due to liner, has inner tubes in the present tires as well the bearings were just repacked with grease last fall.


Comes with oars and 10lb anchor.  $5000.00 OBO...  +1 (780) 352-6940  (will be at the Bow River Shuttles Used Drift Boat Sale)


2008 Hyde Pro Series Xl Drift Boat


This boat has seen 3 Seasons on the Bow and is in great shape.


It has lots of dry storage with locking aluminum bench seats. The knee braces are "clover leaf" style, which allows the angler to stay in the braces and face quartering downstream (Rear braces are removable). There is a foot-release anchor system with a 35lb stainless steel pyramid anchor. There is enough rod storage to stow 4 fully-rigged rods safely. This boat has a sub-floor throughout, which channels the water inside the boat to the sides, which means that no one has their feet sitting in an inch or more of water (including the oarsman).


This boat comes with 9' Gull Ash Oars, a full storage cover, and a bra that covers the front third of the boat to prevent rock chips when trailering (Covers made out of a durable material called Hypalon).


The trailer is galvanized (a must for trailering on gravel roads, like into Mackinnon's or Carseland), and has a sealed bearing system that is easy to access.


This boat is great to row, and has ample room for both the front and rear angler.


$7500 OBO.   403-399-3616 e-mail jeff_petersen@shaw.ca.



2005 Hyde Pro Series Low Profile


14'7", White c/w Black & Green Stripe, Trailer, Hyde Carbon fiber oars, rowers storage box 70/30 split, front seat storage box, front storage c/w latch under bow, front & rear double leg brace assembly, side anchor system, pyramid anchor, foot cleat, holds 4 rods in soft lined tubes,


Never used as a guide boat, rarely used on the Bow River only. Completely modular, comes with additional options, Excellent shape $5,900 obo   deannos@hotmail.com




Happy Fishing!


Kindest regards,

Michelle Magotiaux


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