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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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The July Dry-Fly Parade!

The July Dry-Fly Parade!

It’s been a while since I’ve had any time to sit down and write about all the adventures so far this season. Running a fly-fishing blog is great in concept; until you realize you can’t take your laptop out fishing, and then inevitably one must choose between sitting around writing about fly-fishing and actually fly-fishing. The later always seems to win that standoff. But, at least for now, I’ve had my fair share of good fishing and am contented enough…

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Roadtrippin’ Part I: A Call to Adventure

Roadtrippin’ Part I: A Call to Adventure

Have you ever just been hit by an all consuming and irrational need to get away? To hit the open road without a plan? To explore without an agenda and get away from all the routine and boredom of regular life? The urge hit me last week as the rain poured into southern Alberta for the first time, and the water got high and murky. Not being on a shift at work for another 10 days, I wasn’t really sure…

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When Self-Sabotage becomes a lesson in humility (and good trout etiquette)

When Self-Sabotage becomes a lesson in humility (and good trout etiquette)

I looked into my fly-bag and shook my head in dismay. I could’ve sworn I had one more 3X leader. But as I dug through my unorganized bag of goodies, all that I could round up was some 5x… I looked at my mangled, bent, 4 feet of leader I had left. A sorry mess that surely would spook any brown. Then I though about the big browns in this stream, no more than 10 feet across in most spots,…

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“I am God’s gift to fishing” : Reflection’s from the Local Pond

“I am God’s gift to fishing” : Reflection’s from the Local Pond

-Written By: Mark Rossi “I hope my wife calls,” he chuckled through his thick Russian accent “every time she calls the fish start biting.” “ All the more reason to not answer!!” laughed his friend in the wheelchair at the end of the dock. I overheard this conversation as I sat on park bench on the hill behind the dock and I watched the scene in front of me with with a sort of amazement… “this is what fishing is…

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