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New Video: HEAT WAVE

New Video: HEAT WAVE

In the midst of a historic heat wave in western Canada, we decided to head to the water in search of some world famous Columbia River Rainbows and some cold water to cool us down. Luckily, the fishing was as hot as the weather and we were able to get into many nice rainbow trout on dry flies. You can check the video out below. Don’t forget to like and subscribe! As mentioned in the video, we decided to fish…

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Grassy Mountain REJECTED, Small Streams Open, Water Temps rising as Heat Wave Settles in Over Western Canada

Grassy Mountain REJECTED, Small Streams Open, Water Temps rising as Heat Wave Settles in Over Western Canada

Hello all, just a quick post here to update you on some of the recent events of note. It has now been 10 days since small streams opened in Alberta and BC, and for the most part they opened with clear water and very fishable flows, which is always a blessing. Personally, the fishing was very hot and cold, but despite some slow days I did manage to catch some great fish and scratch my small-water itch. There was some…

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How do Albertans feel about Coal Development?

How do Albertans feel about Coal Development?

That is now a question that we can answer with some confidence. And the results couldnt be more telling. The government of Alberta recently released the results from the Coal Policy Engagement Survey, an online questionnaire that was opened to Albertans from March 29-April 19. I hope many of you took the time to participate. In just 20 days, close 25,000 Albertans took the time to voice their opinions over the controversial topic of coal mining in Alberta’s eastern slopes….

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New Videos and Exciting News!

New Videos and Exciting News!

Hello all! I hope everyone is having a fantastic spring and is enjoying our first taste of nice weather, and catching lots of nice fish. We have posted two new videos to our Youtube channel. If you haven’t already, check out our channel and subscribe; we will be posting lots of video content this summer so hitting subscribe is the best way to make sure you don’t miss anything. Bikes and Bows We spent the morning biking one of our…

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An Update on New Coal Mines in Alberta

An Update on New Coal Mines in Alberta

Here at Bushwhackers, we are very concerned about the potential Coal developments that are currently slated for the eastern slopes of the Alberta Rockies. This issue has been ever-evolving, with new developments, announcements, and information constantly bombarding the public making it difficult to follow along. So, I thought I would use this first post of 2021 to summarize the past year as it relates to coal development in Alberta, and provide clarity on where we are currently at. I am…

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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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