1. What Folks Are Saying... 

2. Western Canadian Fly Fishing Exposition 2012

3. Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival 2012


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

5. Bow River Drift Boat Rentals

6. Canadian Premiere of CONNECT - A Look Back


7. Looking Back Along the Bow River - 2011 Season

8. Balderdash, Bunk and Other Important News!

9. Fly Fishing & Alberta Blogs - New


10. Fly Fishing & Literature

11. Fly Fishing & Music

12. Fly Fishing & Art


13. Fly Fishing & Fly Tying

14. Fly Fishing & Online Magazines - New

15. Bob Scammell's Annual Lecture


16. Fly Fishing & Clubs/Groups

17. Fly Fishing & Seminars 2012

18. Fly Fishing & Fly Tying/Rod Building 2012


19. Environmental/Conservation Concerns

20. Drift Boats For Sale


21. Share

22. Subscribe


"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 The Stimulator:


"I have enjoyed the Stimulator for years and look forward to each one." - Kevin H. (posted on Facebook)




About our Canadian Premiere of "CONNECT":



"That was a great movie last night - photography, music, content.  I liked the story and the connect/disconnect theme. The best part was showing how all these people loved nature and respected the environment. No lecturing, no intellectual data, just showing people enjoying the outdoors. Memorable and affirming." - Rolf S.



"Went to the showing of Connect tonight. Seeing a 4' long pike or a 20 pound tiger fish on the BIG screen is totally worth it! Well done everyone involved and I hope some awareness was brought to Project Healing Waters. Thanks David." - David Blair, Fish Tales Fly Shop (posted on Facebook)



"I took my two older daughters with me who didn't understand my affection for fishing, but through the film where able to understand the thrill of when the fish rises to the fly.


It was a well-run event that in a quiet way demonstrated the passion of the organizers."


- Dennis L.



2. Western Canadian Fly Fishing Exposition 2012 


Michelle chatting with shuttle client at WCFF Expo 2011

All Photos: Copyright Bow River Shuttles 2011  



This will be my "10th Annual Appearance" at this popular event for the fly fishing community. There will be lots to see and do for both children and adults.


A Kids area with lots of activities:


- Free Minnow Races.
- Colouring station.
- Youth Fly Casting Lessons.
- TFO Kids Fly Casting Competition.
- Superfly Kids Fly Tying Lessons.


Expo admission is FREE for kids 12 and under!!


Plus a presentation theatre, a tying theatre, workshops, casting ponds, and of course, many exhibitors, including me - Bow River Shuttles.


As noted in the segment just below, I will have tickets on hand for my upcoming 5th Annual Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival.


I will also have some new photos, from our collection "Today along the Bow River", on my display board.


Stop by and have a look!


January 27th to 29th, 2012


Western Canadian Fly Fishing Expo - 2012

3. Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival 2012

I am excited to announce that the 5th Annual Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival will take place on Saturday February 25, 2012.

This event will be an awareness raiser and fundraiser for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Canada. Net proceeds will be donated to PHWFFC.    

As in past years, festival goers will be treated to a number of full length films from some of the best fly fishing film producers on the planet.  

You'll meet interesting people from the world of fly fishing and travel to exotic locations! Plan now to be there!!   




"Black Tailed Devils"


"The Best of Catch Magazine"


"Digger: Portrait of a Bamboo Fly Rod Maker"


"The Waters of Greenstone: The Long Way Home"




"Glacial Bull Trout" & "New Zealand Cutthroat"


"Fisherman's Fall"


"A Foam Odyssey"


"Off The Grid"







"Best Film Competition"


This year, we have two short films, submitted by local amateur film makers, selected as best entries.


'Glacial Bull Trout' by Jay Jones of The Humble Fisherman


'New Zealand Cutthroat' by Dave Jensen of Jensen Fly Fishing Productions.


They are in a friendly competition for "Best Film" at 2012 Back Cast Fishing Film Festival.


The winner will be as chosen by the audience.


The winning film will receive $500.


Please join us to help pick the winning film!



Matinee: Doors open @ 12:00 noon, Show @ 1:00 pm.
Evening: Doors open @ 5:30 pm, Show @ 6:30 pm.    


Adults: $15 ($25 for both shows) in Advance, $20 at the door

Children: $10 ($15 for both shows) in Advance, $15 at the door


Limited seating



Tickets will be available at the Western Canadian Fly Fishing Exposition.


Please stop by my display booth at the Expo Jan 27 -29, 2012.




Purchase tickets online here


This link may not be 'live' for another day or two. Please check back.



More information about Back Cast FFFF, and links for Online ticket purchase, will also be posted to my Bow River Shuttles Blog and Back Cast FFFF Facebook Page as soon as available.


Please keep an eye on my Back Cast Fly Fishing Film Festival Facebook Page.    


Flashback to Back Cast FFFF 2011


Clockwise, from top left: Michelle Magotiaux, Bow River Shuttles (on right) with PHWFFC Director Walter Simbirski & wife Susan. Cardel Theatre lobby, taken just before 'doors open'. Kyle Snarr, Canadian Youth National Fly Fishing Team. PHWFFC Director Walter Simburski introducing PHWFFC. Film attendees entering Cardel Theatre. Kerry Pitt, President PHWFFC (left), PHWFFC Directors Paul Morrell & Walter Simbirski.  All photos: Copyright Bow River Shuttles 


4. 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.


5. Bow River Drift Boat Rentals


Clackacraft rental boat 

Photo: Copyright 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


Bow River Drift Boat Rentals Facebook Page


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


6. Canadian Premiere of CONNECT - A Look Back 

Michelle with volunteers Dakota and Dorian.
All photos: Copyright Bow River Shuttles 2012



We enjoyed a wonderful turnout for the Canadian Premiere of "CONNECT" on Friday Jan 13.


A great big 'THANK YOU' to everyone who came out in support of this special event for Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Canada.



Early bird arrivals doors open 6:00 pm 



In addition to the comments above in "What Folks Are Saying", here are a couple more from fans of CONNECT:




"Thank you and yours for holding such events.


I really enjoyed the presentation.


- It was good action
- showed some exotic species

- introduced some foreign lands.

- very high film and sound quality


I really enjoyed the night.


It was worth the drive up fr. Lethbridge




-      Barry B.



"I will have to make time to get up to Alaska! The pike on the fly was particularly great! 


I would also love to do more of the backwoods Yellowstone stuff!! 


You guys did a great job and I super enjoyed the film, thanks!"


-      Jeff N.


Rush ticket seller volunteer Dione 


We have a collection of photos from the event. You can view them here.


We will be likely be adding a few more photos to the collection over the next few days, so please check back again!



Almost a full house

7. Looking Back Along the Bow River - 2011 Season

Photo: Copyright Bow River Shuttles 2012   


As the winter days roll by, we continue to post previously unpublished photos from along the Bow River this past season.


We post a new photo daily on our Blog, Facebook Page and Twitter.



The photos below have been added to the collection since the last issue of The Stimulator.  


Go have a quick look.  You know you want to.  :-)  


Just click on any image.  


All photos: Copyright Bow River Shuttles 2012

Check out our ever-expanding new collection 'Looking Back Along The Bow River - 2011 Season' here.



 8. Balderdash, Bunk and Other Important News!


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.    


85 posts during December


Here are some recent posts.



"CONNECT" - Another Look Back

"Seasons On The Skeena" - Jan 25

The Patagonia Journal - Winter 2012


'Operation Dry Fly' supporting Project Healing Wat...(vid)

Southern Culture on the Fly - Issue #2

Logging protesters plan Sunday rally (vid)


Back Cast Fly Fishing Festival 2012 - Film Line Up...

Looking back along the Bow River - Season 2011

Ten & Two, eh? Vol 2 No 2


Hydraulic fracturing fingered in oil well blowout ...

NHL player defends Kokish River Steelhead

Around the world in 15 films


Catch Magazine - January 2012 Issue #21

Join our Friends at 'CONNECT'

David Attenborough - Wonderful World - BBC (vid)


National Geographic 2011 Photo Contest Winners

Castle area remains orphan child

RiverWatch Summer Youth Leadership Camp



Large salmon on a dry - Gaspe, Quebec (vid)

Scenic Rick and Dry Fly Hackle

Fly Fishing in Fernie BC (vid)


Remember to Breathe - Alberta (vid)


Invasive fish species in Banff harvested to feed i...


The Drake - Winter 2012

Energy trends for 2012

Countdown to CONNECT Canadian Premiere - 11 days!


Alberta: Fracking fears spur review of oilpatch re...

Journey on Sacred Waters: Upper Stikine River - Ja...

Once bitten twice caught (vid)


Fly Fish Ontario Magazine - Winter 2011

Calgary: Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitati...


ISA (Infectous Salmon Anemia): Yes, it's here! No...





9. Fly Fishing & Alberta Blogs - New  


The 'blog roll' on my Bow River Shuttles Blog includes all of the other Alberta fly fishing blogs that we are aware of.


Here is a brand new addition!


Chronicles of Cod 



"What is badder than a fist clenching a thunderbolt............ nothing. What does a fist clenching a thunderbolt have to do with fly fishing..........nothing..... But I like it.   


I guess this is me launching my new blog. I plan to have all kinds of interesting opinions and factoids for you to look over as you waste your employers money screwing around on the internet. You now have one more site to check during your work day.............rejoice"  

 Chronicles of Cod


10. Fly Fishing & Literature 


Rise Forms - Fly Fishing's Literary Voice

There are some great essays, art, and narratives within this issue.


Rise Forms - Issue #3 Jan 2012  




11. Fly Fishing & Music  



An exciting new idea for the Okotoks area. A series of live music concerts and a television series featuring several of Southern Alberta's established and emerging musicians.


Rick Harding is the Concert Promoter as well as the Executive Producer of the television series.


Rick is a former 25 year veteran fly fishing outfitter and guide on the Bow River, with 46 years of fly tying experience and 43 years fly fishing experience under his belt.


Okotoks sits on the banks of the Sheep River, which flows into the Highwood River, which flows into the 'Blue Ribbon' Bow River.   


In our opinion, all of that qualifies this concert series as 'fly fishing music'!  :-)    


The musicians come from Okotoks, Longview, Priddis, Turner Valley, Calgary, Fort MacLeod, Cochrane, High River, Milo, Three Hills and Canmore.  


Here are some of the musical styles you can expect to hear, as described by the various musicians:


  • folk music, rock and country
  • Acoustic Folk to Bluegrass influenced Alternative Country
  • traditional blues
  • blues and roots
  • world class finger style guitar picker
  • acoustic guitar and piano: blues and folk to pop
  • rootsy folk, sparsely arranged acoustic pop, and alternative country
  • Traditional Country, Folk, to Country Rock and Bluegrass
  • 2011 Winner of the 'Song For Canada' Contest
  • Gypsy, or 'Manouche' Jazz

A Room Full of Sound



"For me, and I think for a lot of folks, there is a natural and close connection between fly fishing and music. Whether it's the recorded music played in the truck on the way to the stream or the live music in the bar after a long, great day on the river, music accompanies much - not all - of the fly fishing experience. There is, of course, time in the river, when the only music comes from the water rushing over the rocks and the wind in the trees.


Reel Grease is about the songs that-I think-are best suited to "before" and "after" parts.


These songs exist at the intersections of blues music, rock & roll, country, alt. country, folk, gospel, bluegrass, and Americana.


These are great songs . . ."


Reel Grease Fly Fishing & Music


12. Fly Fishing & Art 




Once again Jason Borger and Jeff Kennedy will be collaborating with the year of Drawing Fish and Flies 52 (DF&F 52).   


They will be alternating between the two as they see fit.  


The rules from last year still apply, 30 minutes or less to create the image.  


One new drawing each week.    



13. Fly Fishing & Fly Tying 


Darren MacEachern of the Daily Fly Paper blog just launched Streamers365.com, which will feature a new feather-wing streamer every day for the next year. 




14. Fly Fishing & Online Magazines (New)  



Eat, Sleep, Fish    


Premiere Issue   


Welcome to Eat, Sleep, Fish a fly fishing ezine bringing you fly fishing adventures from the U.K. and further afield.   


In our first issue we'll take you from Mexico to Devon via New Zealand and Cumbria.   


We have Jason Borger telling us about what a true "Trout Bum" is, fly casting with Jim Williams and tackle reviews from you, the angler.


So, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.


Eat, Sleep, Fish



The Tight Line  


From 'Down Under'.


Looks like a mix for both spin fishers and fly fishers.


The Tight Line





Wild game fish conservation articles and photos from around planet earth.



A monthly mag from Wild Game Fish Conservation International.





"Alaska, Past, Present and Future" is the feature in this issue. It includes wonderful photos, in addition to a very well thought out environmental concerns essay.  


You'll also want to have a look at their December issue. It's a beautiful photo essay on a steelhead river in B.C. - The Sustut.  


Flow magazine 



15. Bob Scammell's Annual Lecture



The Battle for No-Man's Land


Bob Scammell's "barn-burner" of an Annual Lecture on November 18th (his last public appearance) will be aired on Shaw TV (channel 10) in the Calgary area.


The air-times for his lecture are as follows:


Mondays at 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. through Jan. 30

Wednesdays at 2:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. through Jan. 25

Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. through Jan. 26

Fridays at 2:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m. through Jan. 27

Sundays at 2:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m., and at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. through Jan. 29


Bob Scammell's Annual Lecture to be aired on Shaw TV

15. Fly Fishing & Clubs/Groups

(a) The Calgary Hook & Hackle Club 

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.


Photo: Copyright Bow River Shuttles 2012  



Jan 25: Jack Dennis will be doing a presentation for club members only.


Feb 08: AGM

Feb 22: Open House


Mar 12: Regular meeting. Informal fly tying & beginner tying


(b) Calgary Women Fly Fishers Club 

Calgary Women Fly Fishers is a Not-for-Profit club, and as such we wish to achieve the following:  


  • promote fly-fishing to women of any age in Calgary, Alberta and surrounding areas.
  • To mentor and assist women in learning to fly fish.


Courtesy: Calgary Women Fly Fishers Club - Photo Gallery  



Feb 16: Club meeting followed by guest presentation by Fish and Game Officers


Mar 15: AGM


Meetings monthly 3rd Thursday @ Bow Habitat Station, 1440 17A Street SE, Calgary


Please check website for club meeting information and special events.


Calgary Women Fly Fishers  


Stepping into the Stream (trailer)
Stepping into the Stream (trailer)



(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:


Jan 04: Dave Murray - Caddis Patterns

Jan 11: Dr. Michael Sullivan presents The Battle River and Its Fisheries


Jan 18: Annual General Meeting

Jan 25: Free Tye


January Seminar


Jan 21 & 22:Jack Dennis and Phil Rowley


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!

Please check website for link to Broken Threads. 


(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. 

Beers & Flies will be every Tuesday that nothing else is scheduled


Jan 17: Fly Tying Instruction Day 2


Jan 31 & Feb 07 & Feb 21: Rod Building Course


Mar 9-10, 2012: The 2012 Fly Fishing Conclave & Banquet. A fundraising event for "Fish in Schools" and other child & youth outdoor programs.


Chinook Waters Fly Fishing Club  


Chinook Waters Fly Fishing Club on Facebook 


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


The fly fishing season is winding down and it's time to get the Central Alberta Fly Tying Club organized for another year.  


The plan is to get rolling on Monday November 28th at 7 pm. We will be again back to West Park Middle School (right across from Red Deer College) in the library!  


The plan is to have tying sessions every Monday until the end of March with an added all day fly tying session on Saturday January 7th with Phil Rowley.


At this moment, the Theme is FUN with Foam. With the cost of hackle and its poor availability, it's time we examined alternative ways to tie flies that work.


Jan 16: Betty MacKenzie

Jan 23: Bernie Peet

Jan 30: Evan Ritchie


Feb 06: Phil Nash

Feb 13: Reid Stoyberg

Feb 27: Doug Pullen


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)


Jan 12: Entomology session by Richard


Jan 26: Demo fly tye


Feb 09: Fly Swap. 11 tyers participating

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



16. Fly Fishing & Seminars 2012


Sunday Afternoon 1:00-3:00 p.m.



Jan 22: Rod Building with Wayne Posyluzny


Jan 29: No Seminar - 10th Annual Fly Fishing Exposition at Spruce Meadows


Feb 05: No Seminar - Superbowl


Feb 12: Archeology for Anglers with Sean Britt. Rivers were the highways of First Nations and Native Americans. A source of transportation and fresh water, the vast majority of archaeological sites are found in and around river drainage systems. With hundreds of sites in Calgary alone, come hear archaeologist Sean Britt talk about the nature of archaeological sites, what to look for and what to do if you encounter something while out on a float or a walk and wade.


Feb 19: Tying Steelhead Prawns with Matthew Slater. Matt will demonstrate fly tying techniques of the intruder with some modifications to make them more prawn-like. He will also be venturing away from the standards of rhea and ostrich and into the world of synthetics - EP fibers and rubber legs. Matt, who made his first trip out for steelhead last fall, "has the bug." Plus he's an accomplished and creative tier


Feb 26: GoPro Videography Techniques with Faceless Fly Fishing & Kurtis Giles. Join Dorian from Calgary's Faceless Fly Fishing for this discussion focused on videography techniques with the GoPro cameras. He may even give the lowdown on how/why Faceless came to be.... Seminar will be wrapped up by Kurtis who can answer your questions about what Go Pro product is available at Fish Tales.


Mar 04: What's in the Bag. Join Bow river guides Terry Johnson and Jeff Thomson who will be comparing what they take with them for a day on the river. This is the third time we've offered up this discussion with a different guide pairing each time. It's always an interesting discussion!


More information about seminars here




Saturday morning 10:00 am - 12:00 noon 



Jan 21: PATAGONIA Fishing 2012. Rob Owens from Patagonia will show new products from Patagonia for 2012. A great selection of packs and bags, wading equipment, and lots of other items.


Jan 25: Seasons of the Skeena **Special Presentation** Chad Black and Jeff Bright on the near year round opportunities for Steelhead and Salmon on the Skeena system. You'll see some brilliant photography by Jeff Bright! Presentation at Country Pleasures at 7 PM No Charge


Jan 28: Fly fishing Expo- No seminar. Join us at the 10th annual western Canadian fly fishing expo at Spruce Meadows. Stop by the booth for new products, as well as hot buys.


Feb 04: Banks, Bobbers and Boats: Bow River nymphing. Jeff Thomson ties a few of his favorite nymph patterns and outlines his most effective techniques for fishing them from shore and the boat.


Feb 11: Streamer Fishing 101. Mike Gifford will present on some of his most effective techniques for fishing streamers, from foot and from the drift boat.


Feb 18: TBD


Feb 25: "A Tale of Two Guides". Two Bow River guides, Kevin Peterson and Jeff Thomson, walk us through their boat bags and fly boxes. See what each carries for gear and ammo, as well as techniques they use when they're "at work".


More information about seminars here


Check out the new CP "Events Page"





Introduction to Saltwater Fly fishing


Bow River Troutfitters has teamed up with Slipstream Angling to offer our customers some unforgettable adventures.


Come join us this Friday, January 27th at noon for a free seminar by Richard French from Slipstream Angling. Richard is going to talk about the trips that he and Bow River Troutfitters can offer to you including Cuba and Belize.


Heading out to the Saltwater?


Bring your reels in for a Saltwater Tune-up; we can clean and lube your reels, check your line and backing.


Most importantly we can check and if necessary retie all of the knots connecting your line.


We offer this service free of charge; we just want to make sure you that your equipment doesn't fail when you need it the most.


Bow River Troutfitters  



18. Fly Fishing & Fly Tying/Rod Building 2012









Special Event:


Mar 09, 10 and/or 11: Stillwater Seminar Series with Brian Chan & Phil Rowley


Fish Tales is very excited to be able to offer this session to the Calgary area.


Join two of North America's foremost stillwater experts for one or two days dedicated to stillwater fishing.


Topics they'll cover include:


Stillwater Entomology

Strike Indicator Tactics

Floating line/Long Leader Tactics

Sinking Line Tactics

Hands on Leader Construction & Knots

Forage fish Tactics

Improving your Strike

Detection skills

Hands on Retrieve Instruction

Fly selection

Hands on tying instructions



Rod Building - Level I


During the five evening sessions of this course students are taken step by step through the rod building process. By the end of the course you should be able to fish your new personally finished fly rod.


Archeology for Anglers (Sunday Seminar Feb 12 - Free)


Rivers were the highways of First Nations and Native Americans. A source of transportation and fresh water, the vast majority of archaeological sites are found in and around river drainage systems. With hundreds of sites in Calgary alone, come hear archaeologist Sean Britt talk about the nature of archaeological sites, what to look for and what to do if you encounter something while out on a float or a walk and wade.


Fly Tying - Level I


During this five week course students will learn techniques for dubbing, ribbing, hackling dry flies, and more. Some of the flies learned are the San Juan Worm, Beadhead Prince Nymph, Elk Hair Caddis, and Stimulator.


Fly Tying - Level II


Students will learn the skills necessary for parachute posts, spinning deer hair, hair wings, dubbing ropes, dealing with peacock, and using CDC.

More information on Winter 2012 classes here...


 Fish Tales Fly Shop  













Special Events:


Jan 30: Steelhead Intruders with April Vokey - 6 PM CP - Tickets available in shop.


Jan 31: Learn to Fly Tie with April Vokey - 6 PM CP - Tickets available in shop.


Fly Tying Schools


During the School students will learn to tie nymphs, streamers and dry flies, including local favourites and new patterns such as the San Juan Worm, Bead Head Nymphs, C.D.C Caddis, Stimulators, and Clouser Minnows. All flies are chosen for their effectiveness in local waters as well as the techniques required for their tying. Join us for your introduction to this fascinating hobby.


More information here...


Country Pleasures Fly Shop  




Fly tying Classes


Each Class consists of 5 lessons, starting at 6 pm on five consecutive Tuesday nights , for a total instruction of ten hours. All lessons will take place in the shop after shop hours, with a maximum enrollment in each school of six students, so there is lots of chance for individual attention.


During the School students will learn to tie nymphs, streamers and dry flies, including local favourites and patterns such as the San Juan Worm, Bead Head Nymphs, Elk Hair Caddis, Foam Hoppers, and Clouser Minnows. All flies are chosen for their effectiveness in local waters as well as the techniques required for their tying. Join us for your introduction to this fascinating hobby


Starts January 17th


Bow River Troutfitters  




Beginner - Introduction to Fly Tying


During a three week course students will learn techniques for tying flies such as a woolly worm, woolly bugger, hairs ear nymph and more.


Intermediate Fly Tying


During a three week course students will learn techniques such as how to spin deer hair, tie with rubber legs, foam and synthetics and much more. Patterns learned include the Bow River Bugger, hopper patterns, stimulator patterns, caddis patterns and various dry flies.



19. Environmental/Conservation Concerns





Stakeholders Forum - Calgary River Valleys 

"Re-Wilding Our Rivers: the Value of Urban Biodiversity"


Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Saturday January 28, 2012  


FREE ADMISSION!. Registration & coffee from 8:00 am


Place: Fish Creek Park Environmental Learning Centre at Shannon Terrace 130th Avenue SW (south of Anderson Road, east of 37th Street SW)


This is going to be exciting! Please reserve this date so you can join us for an inspiring morning of information, imagination and dialogue on the values and benefits of urban biodiversity.  


We've lined up a fantastic series of speakers for you, as you can see on the attached program. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me and I hope to see you at the Environmental Learning Centre in Fish Creek Park on the 28th.


I'll be providing more info in support of this event over the next two weeks, but if you could also circulate this notice among your networks, I'd greatly appreciate it...


Thanks very much,


Mac Hickley, MEDes, RPP, MCIP

Calgary River Valleys



Please click on this link for PDF of Forum Agenda and Speakers  CRV Stakeholders Forum - Re-Wilding Our Rivers - Saturday Jan. 28

20. Drift Boats For Sale (1 offering) 

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.



2005  Clackacraft 15.5 low profile. Could use a Gelcoat. Will sell to best offer.  Blair at 403-609-7410 or afishaholic@hotmail.com.



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The subscription is complementary, and is available to any interested person.




Happy Fishing!


Kindest regards,

Michelle Magotiaux


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