Author Archives: Guy Woods

About Guy Woods

I am Director of Bow Valley Habitat Development, based in the Town of Cochrane, Alberta, Canada. I love to fly fish and it is this past time that prompted me to get involved in the field of riparian and fish habitat enhancement. I have been working in this pursuit for over 40 years!

Riparian Program Update – April 2019

The 2019 “Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program”  April Update Melting ice reveals planted willows on an eroding stream bank on Bighill Creek. These native willows were planted in the spring of 2014, during the first year of the … Continue reading

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The Flow Begins

Ice Leaving Area Streams Over the past week or so, the ice has melted on some areas of the Bighill Creek, exposing good flow from the first signs of a spring thaw. Other areas of the stream channel are still … Continue reading

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Spring Thaw On The Way

It won’t be long now before the surface run-off begins on our local trout streams. There is significant ice build-up on Bighill Creek, but the surface flow from some warm weather will start to deplete the thick winter ice and … Continue reading

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March Freeze

Anxiously Waiting For Spring and Planting Season Here it is, almost mid March, and yesterday it was below minus 20 with a wind, in the morning. I was outside collecting willow and tree cuttings for this spring’s riparian planting program, … Continue reading

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Cold February – Lots of Snow and Ice

Late Spring This Year It has been a few years since I last recall such a freezing cold February, and possibly the same in early March. Plugging in the truck is a must if your off to work these days. … Continue reading

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The ” 2019 BVRRE Program” – Growing In Size

This Spring’s 2019 Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program – Update. Our local riparian planting program for Nose Creek; West Nose Creek and Bighill Creek is scaling up in size for this spring’s planting. So far, we have a … Continue reading

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Deep Freeze Fly Tying

AboveThis morning it is 30 below Celsius and there is little chance of it getting too much warmer today. Perfect weather for fly tying, among other things. For the past few days it has been really cold outside and I … Continue reading

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2019 Trout Hatch and More

New Batch of Brook Trout For BH Creek I have visited some of our local spawning habitats recently, and it is good to see some new trout fry that have hatched this year. Spotting another year’s hatch of small brook … Continue reading

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A New Addition for 2019 – The Journal

There is a new link on the cover page of this blog site, it is to access the Journal. The new website is closely related to Stream Tender Magazine and the Bow Valley Habitat Development website. All of these can … Continue reading

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Open Water Flows Late Into Season

Bighill Creek Still Free of Ice in Spots This year, the Bighill Creek is still open and flowing in some spots, this late into December. I suspect that the early snow which helped recharge the ground water table in September, … Continue reading

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