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 commitment for 8,800 native willows and trees and there should be more by this March, if our major area partnership interest continues to go as good as it has this winter.
The more native trees and willows that we plant this year, the better the outlook for the health of riparian zones along the three streams in our program. These tributaries to the Bow River are in need of a little help in their recovery. Benefits from a long term riparian planting program are already showing great results, since the program was first initiated.
Above: These native willows growing along the stream banks of Bighill Creek, were planted in 2014. In a few more years they will start to provide their full benefit to both fish and wildlife habitat, but also retain the stream banks stability and improve the stream’s water quality.
Since the BVRRE Program was first started, a total of 60,714 native willows and trees have been planted. This year, we may break the 70,000 mark, if things continue to go as well as they have.
Tying Caddis Fly Imitations
This week I have been busy tying more trout flies, during the cold days of the past few weeks. It is far easier to get motivated when the temperatures drop down below minus 30 degrees or close to it. My latest interest is focused on tying a good supply of caddis pupa and caddis larva patterns, for my fly boxes. Caddis and Mayfly imitations are the most fished trout flies, when the hatch season is underway on local trout waters. It is a good idea to have plenty of great imitations on hand for the area insect hatches. The Bow River has some great caddis fly hatches, in the spring.
Above: This is one of the caddis pupa patterns that I like to have in my fly boxes. I make use of the D Rib vinyl that makes a great abdomen tying material. When it is tied over a yarn underbody, you can see the fussy strands of the yarn showing thru the transparent amber D Rib. This see thru, final product, gives the fly abdomen an interesting texture appearance. The slotted tungsten bead will get this fly pattern down deep in a few seconds of sink time. The bead is a 3.3 mm and the hook size is a size 10.
Next on my list of ties for this winter, is the grass hopper dry fly. Hopper patterns are the best seller in my sales of dry flies, so I need to have plenty of them available for those fly fishers that are interested in my patterns. I like to tie them in a variety of colors and sizes. Even imitations of the rock hoppers that you see on the steep clay and sandstone banks of the Bow River. These gray mottled hoppers make a loud clacking sound that we all related to the hot days of summer on the river.
The rock hopper, shown to the left, is very well suited for life on dry clay and sandstone banks. They blend in so well to their environment, making them visible only when they move. Trout love these large hoppers, when the wind blows them into the river on strong windy days. Their under body color is a drab gray/olive, even blueish in tone some times.