Nature’s Facinating Reveals – To The Keen Observer

It never ceases to amaze me, how simple things in nature can attract your interest. All you have to do is take a good look at the natural world around you. While doing so, you may even spot a bird or squirrel in the trees, or see deer in thick cover. All that it takes is a bit of time to inspect the natural habitat along flowing streams or still water ponds or lakes.

Photographers are always looking for that eye-catching view or a play of light on the surface of a stream’s icy cover. Simple things that will fascinate you if you take the time for a good look. This type of contact with nature will help charge your batteries and add a new outlook on things in general.

Openings in the ice cover of a creek draw a passer’s interest. It is a unique sight.

Sometimes you get lucky and see a mink traveling from an open spot in the ice to another one further upstream or down. The resident mink fish for trout and other fish, below the winter’s ice, along the creeks. This is a sign of a healthy trout stream. The harvesting of wild trout on all flowing creeks should be left to the wild animals that depend on these fish for survival. Let nature hold its own balance of fish and wildlife that inhabit riparian zones. They are sometimes referred to as wildlife corridors.

The ripples in the icy surface on this creek indicate that water was flowing on the surface, recently.

A View of The Growing Plants

The planting sites are always a pleasure to visit and see how the native willows and trees are coming, after a few years since they were planted. These plants are going to make a world of difference in future years. Right now, they are still relatively small to the eye and you have to be looking for them in the right areas of the creeks that are included in the planting program.

These willows that were planted in 2015, are now in pretty good shape for only 5 years of growth. They are hanging out and over the stream channel, where they were intended to grow. This type of growth is optimal for fish habitat on all of the three streams. Those streams are Bighill Creek, West Nose Creek, and Nose Creek.

The stream channel on West Nose Creek (above) is now showing the willows that we planted right along the water’s edge. It has only been 5 years, and plenty of beaver grazing, but the willows are doing great. Eventually, there will be enough willows and trees for a transformation of the riparian zone.

So far, we have planted over 71,914 native plants in the “Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program”, which was started in 2014. The growth will be exponential as the new plants cast seeds annually and new plants are started. The most important thing is to make sure there are enough native willows and trees to make this happen. The 2020 season will be the 7th season, so I am looking forward to that!

Olive Lake Patterns

Yes, I am still tying nymphs, the generic type of design. Right now, olive green is the color, and a size 14 hook is the standard for this pattern. Both brass and silver wire goes good with olive nymph patterns. Presently, I am using a different shade of olive on the thorax, so there is some contrast in the body color.

This olive lake pattern is tied with a silver wire rib, the olive legs and tail match the color combination.

When I am fishing this lake pattern, I like to use a very long leader on a dry line. Leaders of up to 18 feet are common with some lake fly fishers. Strike indicators can also be used in combination with a long dry fly leader. A size 14 pattern is ideal for matching hatches of common mayfly nymphs, damselfly nymphs and stoneflies on flowing water.

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