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Click the link to see my month-long photo essay Winter Angler with an Alberta angler. Megan Merlihan finds comfort in standing in the Bow River in Calgary during below freezing temperatures. For her, it is not about the fish that she targets with her fly rod, but the peace she … Continue readingWinter Angler
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Every seventeen years a hatch of insects has river systems buzzing with activity. It is the cicada hatch and is highly coveted in the fly fishing community. Anglers find themselves phoning in sick to get out on the rivers. Cicadas are big and clumsy making them a prime target for … Continue readingCicada: The 17 Year Hatch
It’s that time of year again, a time of year when anglers gather together like a congregation to church. Around 200 fly anglers filled the pews of Canyon Meadows theatre in Calgary, Alberta. The International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) began in 2011 with five screenings across Canada and has … Continue readingIF4 2018 Top Three Films
A great opportunity for education and to restore fish back to the river The outdoors community came together in Caresland, Alberta on Oct. 22, 2017, to save fish trapped in irrigation canals, restoring them to the Bow River. “We don’t really know what effect there is on populations caused by … Continue readingStranded fish catch a ride back to the Bow River
Shearer Determination: Overnight, a bag packed with fly fishing gear sits at the door in preparation for the day ahead. Long before the sun rises, it is carried out the door and lifted into the back of a pick-up truck, that will carry it down winding gravel roads. Once it … Continue readingPaula Shearer in The Reel Seat
Every year anglers dread the snowfall and the quick buildup of ice on river banks. Some pack away their gear for the winter months and break out the tying vise; However, Paula Shearer can’t bear the thought of leaving the water for four months of the year. When you tell … Continue readingBreaking the Ice
It will not be faster, it will not be cheaper, and it simply will not protect enough people Anglers and environmentalists said they do not support the Springbank dam project, and that Calgarians need to look deeper than just flood mitigation. Since Calgary’s flood in June 2013, there has been a … Continue readingSouthern Alberta Anglers Refute Dry Dam
Hatchery fish have been the centre of controversy for years, and there have been many different arguments from both sides. For the most part, anglers are against the introduction of hatchery trout, opinions that are backed by scientific studies. A lot of stocking in Canada started with British colonization. When the … Continue readingThe Test Tube Trout