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Coal Mines and Cutthroat Trout

Coal Mines and Cutthroat Trout

Check out our most recent video, where we went and fished for native Cutthroat Trout in many different tributaries (and their tributaries) of the Oldman and Castle watersheds of Southern Alberta. These fish face a myriad of threats from poaching, overfishing, habitat degradation, hybridization from non-native fish, and now the prospect of open-pit coal mining in the area (discussed below), all of which jeopardize the future of these special fish. Recreational opportunities, fishing, and expansive wilderness are all part of…

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Fly-Fishing in the Selfie Era: A reminder about Proper Fish Handling

Fly-Fishing in the Selfie Era: A reminder about Proper Fish Handling

Hey everyone, just a quick post for everyone targeting trout this year about selfies. Yes, selfies. And proper fish handling, and why it’s important that we prioritize our fish over our own ego’s. We take on the question ‘if you don’t get a picture, did it really happen?’ Our trout, particularly our native trout, already face a myriad of threats all across the board. Westslope Cutthroat Trout, Bull Trout, and Athabasca Rainbow trout are expected to see populations declines of…

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PT. III: Forestry Roads and Trout Fishing-where do we go from here?

PT. III: Forestry Roads and Trout Fishing-where do we go from here?

In the past few posts, I have been discussing forestry roads and their impacts on the trout environment; and why this poses an ethical dilemma to us as anglers who use these roads. For years, the research has been telling us that trout habitat is degrading all across the west; and while angling pressure, climate change, pollution, disease and many other factors are all contributing to our diminishing populations, the overall consensus is that lack of suitable habitat is the…

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PT. II: Forestry Roads and Trout Fishing

PT. II: Forestry Roads and Trout Fishing

As promised, it’s time to deeper look into forestry roads and analyze what the research can tell us about how they impact trout. In the last post I discussed and introduced the ethical dilemma we face as anglers and why we should be concerned about the abundance of roads. (To read PT. I click here). What I did not do, however, is offer any scientific evidence to support my lofty claims; and that is what I will do in this…

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Forestry Roads and Trout Fishing: A Love-Hate Relationship

Forestry Roads and Trout Fishing: A Love-Hate Relationship

Many anglers would agree that any good trout adventure begins the second the tires leave the smooth paved highway and start kicking up dust and gravel on a forestry road; one that promises to lead you to somewhere far and away, into the beautiful mountains and valleys, and closer to trout paradise. Sure, there are exceptions. But are those days that start from the paved highway really ‘adventures?’ Unless significant foot travel commences immediately from the highway, then I don’t…

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We are back!

We are back!

Hello fishy friends! Hope everyone is in good health and dealing with isolation well, despite the COVID-19 turmoil. Personally, it has offered me the much needed time to revamp the Bushwhackers Society website and work on some things prior to the 2020 fishing season, and also time to recollect on some amazing days from years past. It has been a long while since we have posted new content; life has taken us elsewhere, and there just hasn’t been the time….

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The Annual Pilgrimage

The Annual Pilgrimage

Every fishing season brings something a little different. Some years, days on the water are frequent, the fish numerous. Other years, finding time for the river can be challenging, trying to squeeze in sessions after work, in between commitments, relationships and other realities of life. But every year, regardless of schedule, work, or anything else, the itch eventually builds too much. Guilt towards the trout gods starts to weigh your mind. You begin gazing into the future, scanning the calendar,…

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5 Tips for Alberta’s Spring Creeks

5 Tips for Alberta’s Spring Creeks

It is spring time in Alberta! And ever since I first fished in south Central Alberta, that has meant one thing to me; Spring Creek Browns. And while this season, we had to wait, ever so impatiently, the ice is finally off all moving water and our spring creeks are good to go! I was lucky enough to be able to get out to one of my favorite of these spring creeks a few days ago, and was greeted with…

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State of Alberta’s Trout: Bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus)

State of Alberta’s Trout: Bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus)

Hello Bushwhackers, welcome to a new project I am working on titled State of Alberta’s Trout, where I will examine and discuss the current state of our trout ecosystems, the current threats that these species face, as well as what we as Anglers can do from a conservation perspective. This entire idea really stemmed from a blog post I made last year, titled The Cringeworthy History of Alberta’s fisheries- And how we are barely hanging on, in which I reviewed an academic…

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Reflections from the 2017 Fly Fishing Season

Reflections from the 2017 Fly Fishing Season

What a season of Fly-Fishing it has been! And, even now, as we proceed deeper into October, the lines have still been tight and the rod has been bent over more days than not… As always this time of year, I find my mind wandering and reflecting back on the many great times the river has granted me in the past months. To the many new rivers and streams I’ve explored this year, to the amazing clients and friends my…

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