Damn the Dams!!!!

Hey all!

I came across an excellent short film about dams in So Cal and thought I’d share it with you.
Hundred’s, if not thousands of dams across the  US are no longer serving a purpose, yet they remain in place, blocking migration routes for salmon and Steel-head. Some are being taken down, like the Elwha in Oregon’s Olympic peninsula (which the guy in this trailer references), have already had Steel-Head and Salmon navigate past the recently destroyed dam.

Enjoy folks!

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GB

WARNING! Battery too low for camera use!

Ahhhhh! Loooong weekends! Gotta love ’em! If you’re reading this, first off thanks! Secondly, I’ll admit something, I’m always jealous when you have your civic holidays when we in La belle Province do not! However, we do get our time off.

This past weekend was St. Jean baptist weekend in QC, so I was lucky enough to get on the water two  out of three days…and what do “they” say? 2 outta 3….anway.

Sunday was spent chasing Small mouth around MTL with MG, who was fortunate enough to sneak out during nap time 😉 WE got out there and within seconds MG was hooked up. “its fighting like a “w”ussy”! MG had hooked a Black Walleye…yes, a Black Walleye…look it up! Did GB get a picture…no, why? no net, finger in toothy jaw…fish gone, lesson learned, BRING NET! This fish was cool, looked like a Walleye, but was more beige/brown that yellow/gold, and with black spots all over, you could tell it really pent its time on the bottom….oh yeah, and he also landed a rather decent specimen Smallie.

I had this dark handsome lad (4 lbs easy), above, take a pretty large black leech pattern on an erratic/slow strip across a nice hole, about 5″ deep, littered with errant rocks here and there. That picture, taken with my Blackberry, does not do him justice. He took line like crazy and I managed to not allow him to jump and spit the hook once as he was close, so that was good, he came in easy after that….and of course all fish you see on Frost Heaves are released safe and sound after being revived.

“I love those real lazy Mondays, not like that fake lazy Monday that almost got me fired last week!” 

If you know that line then you know I changed it slightly for this post, and you also probably know you watch to much Simpsons. But really, this was a lazy Monday, or at least that’s how it started, you know, got up at 10, had a coffee on the balcony, looking forward to a day of noting to do. It had been really hot in MTL and I could tell it had rained over night, I thought to myself….River time! So a short hour and a half later I was on the river in up state NY. A short walk up stream and i’m into this pretty 14″ brown, with all his fins.

He was nestled in a very tight tight pool amongst a series of falls and fast flow, on what is basically my go to fly for theses rivers, the Caddis Sparkle emerger. The pool seemed like tough access for him, so he may be resident, and there again next time I go 😉 Once again this picture is taken with my BBerry, it a light rain so its foggy (sorry!) and of course, an here it is, after this picture: “WARNING! Battery too low for camera use“…good job!
I took one more Brown at another series of falls on a grey wooly bugger just up stream. This fish was larger than the the Brown pictured, by a solid 2”, I gave him an honest 16…fish tales? 😉

So that’s it for this post!
Thanks for reading! We’ll have some more (and better) pictures for you soon!

Tight lines
GB

Mail it in Film Friday’s!

The weather around MTL this past week has been nothing short of an inferno! 3 days strait of 40C heat so I think this may be the last weekend to hit the surrounding rivers…maybe even too late! I’ll be on the Salmon on Sunday or Monday…or both! so I’ll let you all know how its fishing.

This week we have some beauty vid’s! So lets get to it!

The first one is for all you Salty Dogs out there…I think we can all relate to the sentiment expressed at the end of the video…

And last but not least….I chose to put this one on because it has a killer sound track that got me pumped today! The quality of filming isn’t the best, but you’ll get the gist.

Al-right folks! that’s it! Its a long weekend here in QC, So I’ll be on a lake tomorrow in QC cottage country, and hopefully in up-state NY Sun/Mon.

Tight lines!

GB

Sumer time Bassin’

Yup, that’s right folks! It’s officially summer time! …well, it is if you judge the changing seasons based on the opening and closing of the fishing seasons. Spring does NOT start March 21st, its April 15th or 30th, co-inciting with the opening of most of the Trout seasons; and summer, well that starts Father’s Day weekend…when Bass season opens!

This past weekend in eastern Canada it was just that, opening day for Small Mouth.

Living in Montreal, we have ample opportunity to chase these aggressive prize fighters…and aggressive they were!

So over the weekend I hit up some privately accessible waters along the St. Laurence. This stretch of the river has unbelievably large flats with undulating pockets of weed and rocks. The current is moving around 1km/hour, so a nice slow presentation is possible, or you can rip a nice Bass bug through some terrific pockets.

“Its so sunny and calm, I think Black is the key today”; “agreed”.

A cast across current, let the fly sink just a bit, impart some action. Its so bright I can see the black bugger working and undulating around rocks, through weed stems; Then a flash, the line goes tight and the rod jumps…Fish on! That was aggressive! He’s doggin’ it, no jumping, this fish is taking line, and a lot of it! “Shit I’m almost in my backing!” Trying to keep him out of the good water, trying to keep him out of the stronger current ahead…he’s so strong! Living in such a massive river, these fish have grown up tough as nails. He’s finally tiring out, I bring him to hand.

Walking back, Its time to get outta the water, its fathers day and I have dinner. MG is 50 yards ahead I’d better not spoil his line, I take a few steps towards his back to open up his water. Better watch where I’m going, there are some basketballs under my feet. I hear a massive “thump” on the water “Jesus Christ!” I look up to just as the fish is turning on  a fly near the surface, MG is battling a bruiser!

This summer’s supposed to get hot in the East, if you get the Cold water Blues, hit up the warm waters of MTL, you might like what you find…just watch where you’re stepping…

Can’t talk….Eating!

GB

A sombre Mail it in Friday’s

In our oil based economy (and society) we obviously need it to go about our day to day affairs…well, we need it since there seems to be a shortage of alternative energy sources being exploited on a grand scale.
Every once in a while though, I think we all sigh collectively in disgust at what we see this industry of which, at the moment, we are so dependent on gaff up and ruin an ecosystem; The BP oil spill 0f 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska in the early 90’s, and countless others we are just never told about.

Yesterday, along Jackson creek, a tributary of the Red Deer river, 1000-3000 Barrels of light crude was spilled into the creek, obviously making its way into the red Deer. http://news.sympatico.cbc.ca/canada/alberta_pipeline_spews_oil_into_red_deer_river_tributary/4f6355c7

If you’re unfamiliar with the Red Deer river, it truly is one of Alberta’s Gem’s. Here’s a video I found just to put in perspective how amazingly wonderful this water shed is.

If you’re able to help out in anyway, please do so…being in Montreal…we’re obviously a little bit far.

Enbridge (pipeline manufacturer) is building a pipeline from the Alberta Tar Sands through B.C.’s northern wilderness, and onto the coast for refining and shipping. If this makes you extremely nervous, send a letter to your MP and let them know how you feel.

GB

Mail it in Friday’s….on Monday

Some days you just can’t get a break, otherwise I’d be fishing every day! Last Friday being Month end here at “the office” was hectic to say the least, so regretfully I wasn’t able to post any vids for your viewing pleasure.

Well, Monday’s are just as goo in my opinion. So on your lunch break 😉 check out these vids.

This first one is just so great, what a song, what a vibe…what a FISH!!!

This one really shows you a hatch in action. It seems as though there are two separate trips on this vid, but the action is still awesome. Just imagine the patience it takes to simply just watch those fish rise and not cast to them…beyond me!

Sights and sounds, for me at least are a huge draw to fly fishing. The places we get to see and experience are for some, just a post card or a computer desktop background. This vid from the UK has small fish, but no music, no talking, just sights and sounds, enjoy!

That’s it guys!
Tight Lines!

GB