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April 2019 Flycaster

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Our latest A.G.M was a mixed success. There were a lot of people in attendance and the elections went smoothly so that is good. 

We were able to fulfill our requirements for club directors with extra’s and several key board positions were retained by their previous volunteer.  

Unfortunately, we were unable to find volunteers for 2 key roles; President & Treasurer.

Your club only functions through the effort of it’s volunteer members so we’re really hoping someone will step forward to fill these roles.

Mentorship and assistance will be provided for anyone wishing to step forward and volunteer for either of these positions.

The ETFC cannot move forward as a functioning club without a working executive.

Please reply to this email if you have any questions about, or would like to volunteer for either of these positions or other committee roles.

I would like to thank everyone who volunteered for this years new executive.

Mark

Club member Gaetan Richard with a nice 21″ Tiger Trout from Chain lake.
MEETING REMINDER

The next regular meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday April 16, 2019 

We were unable to get a speaker for this meeting so by popular request we are having a fly tying night after a short business meeting.

Please remember to vote before the meeting.

Bring your fly tying tools and material and come out to make a few flies.

As a reminder we need more flies for our 2nd Prize fly box in the club raffle.
ETFC LIBRARY

We will have the contents of the library on display at the next meeting for the purpose of identifying those books that the club wishes to retain and others that may be sold or otherwise disbursed. 

Click the following link to see an nearly complete list of the current ETFC library contents. We are asking members to identify books that are locally important or have a link to the club


ETFC LIBRARY CONTENTS

Please send your comments to the following link.

ETFC LIBRARY COMMENTS
 
FISHING REGULATIONS

The government has not yet printed the Fishing Regulations for 2019 but they are available online by clicking the following link.

2019 ALBERTA FISHING REGS
ETFC RAFFLE 2019

We still have a bunch of raffle tickets for sale for this year’s raffle. Tickets will be available at the next meeting.

If you have any questions or comments please reply to this email.


ETFC 2019 Raffle Committee.

Feb 2019 FlyCaster

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Greetings to all ETFC members. We are in a deep freeze now but I hope everyone is out doing some fishing this winter or getting ready for the upcoming soft water season.

I have been out a few times to Devil’s Lake and Lake Wabamun and have had some success getting jacks and walleye. There have been mixed reports of success at Spring Lake but some big fish are still found.

A reminder that overnight camping in truck campers or RV’s is not allowed at Spring Lake. No matter where you are.

The lake ice this year is still pretty sketchy. Recent snow could prevent further ice thickening and also cause surface slush so please be careful out there.

I hope to see you all at our next regular meeting Feb 5 2019 featuring speakers from the ACA who conducted a fish survey of the Blackstone River in 2017. They were scheduled to present this topic this time last year but it was cancelled due to gun-play at an event on the weekend prior to our meeting.

Mark
ETFC LIBRARY

The ETFC has maintained a library of books and videos available to club members for loan for many years.

Currently the collection is stored at the Queen Mary Park Community Hall where we conduct our meetings.

We pay $30 per month to store this library and the rate is set to go up. Unfortunately, the collection has fallen into disuse primarily due to the availability of information available on the internet.

The executive feels that the money spent on storing this collection could be better spent elsewhere so we are asking for recommendations for the relocation or dispersal of the contents of the library.

Please send your comments to the following link.

ETFC LIBRARY COMMENTS

 
ETFC February 2019

Meeting Reminder


A reminder that our next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, February 5, 2019 @ 7 PM @ Queen Mary Park Community Hall.

There will be a short business meeting followed by ACA staff reporting on the fish survey results on the Blackstone River.

Get your free ticket for the door prize of a bag of fly tying materials – light refreshments will be provided

We will also be accepting 2019 memberships & membership renewals at the meeting. Anyone needing boat stickers for watercraft stored at the lake can get them for free at the meeting.

Click the link below to get your membership renewal/application forms.


ETFC 2019 Membership Application Form
ACA KIDS CAN CATCH

FEBRUARY 16, 2019 – WABAMUN LAKE, AB

The ACA is presenting it’s annual Kids Can Catch event at Wabamun Lake February 16, 2019 from 10 AM to 3 PM.

This is a great event for introducing kids to fishing and/or ice fishing.
All are welcome!

Bring your own gear if you have it or there will be gear for loan available along with bait, hot dogs, hot chocolate and a pre-drilled hole available.

This event coincides with the Family Day weekend and is a free fishing weekend which means that no fishing license is required. Be advised that all applicable fishing regulations still apply.

The ACA is asking for volunteer fishing mentors from the ETFC. If you would like to help out or want more information contact Patrick Snoek at the following link.

Patrick – ACA Kids Can Catch 2019

For More information about the ACA Kids Can Catch events click on the following link.

ACA KIDS CAN CATCH 2019


Bring the family out for a great event!
ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION

The AEP at the Government of Alberta has identified the ETFC as a stakeholder in the discussion surrounding the proposed Bighorn Country Proposal.

We have been invited to partake in the consultation process, the next meeting to take place in Red Deer, Friday Feb. 8, 2019

The ETFC has had some discussion on this proposal but has not formally adopted any position on the matter.

We ask that you share your opinions and thoughts with us on this proposal so that we may form a response or comment.

Please take the time to complete the following survey by clicking the link below.

Bighorn Country Proposal Survey

If a member of the ETFC would like to attend this event please let us know.


Please note – The executive is not currently endorsing or recommending any or all of these proposals. We are simply initiating a discussion to help form a consensus on our position on this matter.

Oct 2018 Fly Caster

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

I hope everyone had a great summer and that you all got out for some great fishing at Spring Lake or other destinations. It was a challenge this year for many to find great fishing conditions although some good days were had. With terrible BC wildfire smoke and frequent rains it was difficult to get onto the Eastslope rivers this summer with most weekends having high water or flood conditions.

I recently returned from a 2 1/2 week trip to Ontario to visit family and friends and also get in some salmon fishing that was fantastic at times and completely uneventful at others. I was able to land 26 salmon on the days that weren’t scorching hot and humid with the best day occurring during the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon with high winds and driving rain accompanied by psychotic fresh fish in the 20 to 25 lb range. Hooked up with over forty fish that day. Landed 12. Got completely drenched. It was amazing. 

The fish in the picture is a small male from the previous day.

I had a few great days exploring new waters this year including the Raven and Shunda Creek and managed to get several nice browns.

It is with much apprehension however to hear of a chlorine water spill in the Nordegg River. We can only hope that the spill was smaller than first reported and the concentration was low.

Mark

ETFC October Meeting Reminder

A reminder that our next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 7 PM @ Queen Mary Park Community Hall.

There will be a short business meeting followed by members sharing their stories of summer vacations and fishing adventures. Please bring your photos in digital format!

Get your free ticket for the door prize of a bag of fly tying materials – light refreshments will be provided

We will also be accepting new memberships & membership renewals at the meeting. Anyone needing boat stickers for watercraft stored at the lake can get them for free at the meeting.

Click the link below to get your membership renewal/application forms.

ETFC 2019 Membership Application Form

SPRING LAKE LUNKER!

Peter Mapplebeck is with his granddaughter Alyssum Mapplebeck holding what is the largest trout to come out of Spring Lake in recent memory. This rainbow is over 26″ long!!

This fish is definitely a contender for several trophies for 2018 including ETFC Largest Trout and AFGA Largest Rainbow Trout.

Congratulations Peter!!!

ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION

There are several items that are up for consideration of our membership and the discussions will begin at the next meeting October 16 2018 if you are unable to attend the upcoming meetings and would like your voice to be heard please reply to this email or contact the club executive.

1. ACA Spring Lake Aeration Support – The ETFC had made a five year commitment to donate $1000 per year to the ACA to offset the costs of aeration at Spring Lake during the winter months. This 5 year commitment has ended and we are asking the membership if they want to renew this donation. The aeration program has enabled Spring lake to become one of the best fisheries in the area by keeping trout alive over our long winters and the $1000/year helps the ACA offset the costs of materials, electricity and labour. Your executive supports this renewed commitment.

2. Dock Removal – We are suggesting Sunday October 21 for the annual Spring Lake Fall clean up and dock removal. The weather forecast suggests this will be a mild weekend suitable for this work so if we have enough volunteers for this date we will move forward with these plans.

3. Spring Lake Fishing Regulations – Some members have suggested that fishing at Spring Lake could be greatly improved for all with some changes to the fishing regulations specifically at Spring Lake. The lake is currently listed as a Stocked Trout Lake and is open all year with 5 trout limit per person with no size or tackle restrictions. Your executive is seeking your opinion on the following suggested changes.

  • Daily catch limit – Currently 5 fish – Proposed reduction to 2 fish, no size restrictions.
  • Ice fishing restrictions – Currently open all year – Proposed ice fishing closure or season reductions.
  • Bait fishing – Currently no special restrictions – Proposed bait ban or bait restrictions
  • Lake classification – Currently a Stocked Trout Lake – Proposed change to Quality Trout Fishery

Please note – The executive is not currently endorsing or recommending any or all of these changes. We are simply initiating a discussion to help improve angling at a very special local lake.

Club Calendar

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – 7:00 PM – Regular Meeting @ Queen Mary Park Community Hall 10844 117 St. – Guest speaker – club members.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 – 7:00 PM – Regular Meeting @ Queen Mary Park Community Hall 10844 117 St. – Guest speaker TBA.

Sunday, December 9, 2018 – 10:30 AM – ETFC Christmas Brunch @ Executive Royal Inn, 10010 178 St. Edmonton – Contact Ron Sohnle for tickets & details. We are requesting donations for prizes.
ron.sohnle@yahoo.ca