The cringeworthy history of Alberta’s Fisheries- And how we are barely hanging on.

The cringeworthy history of Alberta’s Fisheries- And how we are barely hanging on.

The best part of having a mind that wanders is stumbling across something completely random and having it fascinate you and change your outlook on some particular topic. Well this happened to me last night as I lay up in bed and read through this random article/blog post discussing the historical abundance of Alberta’s native trout, and how widespread the destruction of these systems really is. You see, most of us get this feeling when we are on one of…

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Bushwhackers Society Spring Preview

Bushwhackers Society Spring Preview

Hello everyone and Welcome back to the Bushwhackers Society Blog for the 2017 Fly-Fishing season. Open water has arrived in Alberta; a good chunk of fine trout water is now open for the season, and the ice is coming off in time for anglers to enjoy some great fishing! Spring time for me usually means a couple of things. Trying to figure out life and upcoming work being the first and foremost priority. But also trying to enjoy every last…

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Whirling disease in the Bow River

Whirling disease in the Bow River

As most anglers in southern Alberta are aware, this past season of fishing came with some very scary and dreaded news. Whirling Disease has been discovered in our treasured and world renowned Bow River. This was accompanied by a general feeling of dread and fear, as past case studies (Montana being the most commonly noted) have shown how destructive this particular parasite can be. While this is scary, we feel as though the most logical approach to solving, or at…

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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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Endless Fall and fading Rainbows

Endless Fall and fading Rainbows

The plan was to go to Lake Louise for the opening day of skiing and the beginning of winter… But what began as a promising beginning to what is hopefully a winter full of powder and good times has quickly taken backseat to a fall season of fly-fishing that has truly been nothing short of remarkable. November is typically the time I muddle away my time, watching ski videos in anticipation for winter,  and reminisce about trout from the past…

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Late Season Physcosis

Late Season Physcosis

The day is Halloween. Also today. is the final day for fishing in the high country streams of Alberta. It is a monday, and I should be at work. But I am not. I am at home, bored out of my mind, hooked up to an IV unit and wondering why I am struck by poor luck when it comes to getting these obscure and random injuries. I sit in my living room and bend my sore and infected elbow…

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Fly Fishing Dates: A brief history from a heartbroken Bushwhacker

Fly Fishing Dates: A brief history from a heartbroken Bushwhacker

My girlfriend is the best! She loves to fly fish. We go together every weekend. She packs us lunches and picks the driving playlist…tons of Tragically Hip and Bob Dylan! We talk strategy on the drive out; what flies to start the day off with, what areas of the river she wants to work first, etc…  The best part is that she is good! She can sometimes outfish me. At the end of the day we usually sit beside the…

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