Getting Close to Xmas and the New Year

This morning, while plucking my computer keys, I checked the date to confirm the day and thought it is now getting close to Xmas and the New Year.¬†Wow, how time flies these days! Only a few more weeks till the “Big Day”. More time to do some writing these days. Maybe tie a few trout flies to keep up the interest.

Time to send out a few Xmas cards to friends, project volunteers and contacts. Also, for those that read the Stream Tender Media. I took the photo of this Mule deer buck, along Bighill Creek in the Town of Cochrane. It was nice to see such a majestic animal so close to my home.

There is a lot to think about in the remaining days of 2017 and I am also very excited about our upcoming 2018 riparian planting program. Anxious to get to work on collection cuttings for growth and spending more time outdoors. The snow that we had in early November helped freeze in the plantings, when a Chinook melted the snow and then froze the water in the ground during the night. This will help keep the plants in good condition for the spring thaw and growing season.

Yesterday, I received an email from a young local fly fisher that has been fishing the warmer fall days this month, on the local Bow River, here in Cochrane. He was saddened by the lack of both trout and whitefish in the river. In my response to his email I mentioned that the combination of whirling disease and the ditty moss outbreak on the Bow is probably the reason for the terrible fly fishing.

This dilemma in our local sport fishery is even more reason to be doing something to help preserve and enhance what is left of it. This is my own personal motivation and I am hoping the same is true for other fly fisher’s that are effected by the poor quality of their fly fishing sport these days. I hold a lot of faith in the new generation of fly fisher’s that are starting to visit our local streams.


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 30 years!
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