Category Archives: Flycaster Newsletter

March 2020 FlyCaster

It’s time to renew your ETFC membership!

If you haven’t already done so please take a moment to renew your ETFC membership for 2020. ETFC 2020 CLUB MEMBERSHIP DEADLINE IS MARCH 31st.


Mail to:
Norm Selman
#420, 2420 108 St. NW
Edmonton, AB
T6J 7J3

If you have an AFGA paid membership through another club then print the name of your club affiliation on the ETFC form and remit only $45. Go to our web site and follow the links. Down load the updated form, fill it out and mail it to above address.

For more information please contact the membership committee.

Norm Selman – 780-462-7850 –

2020 Club Memberships & Gate access

At our last club meeting it was announced that we are making a change to the membership process in 2020. With our annual review of outstanding gate access keys we are making a change for this year. In the past we have reissued new keys with a new lock about every 5 years. A fob system was explored and is not currently viable so this year we are changing to the use of a combination lock. With this change the key deposits will not be required and we will change to an annual property access and maintenance fee of $10 starting in 2021.

Another notice will be sent when we have completed this change, with the combination forwarded to paid club members. If you had a membership and gate key in 2019 and do not plan on renewing please reach out to our membership coordinator on returning your key and getting your deposit returned. For new memberships and for contact details please go to our website at

2020 Wabamun Kids Can Catch

We supported another successful Kids Can Catch event in February. A thank you to club members who helped make this event a success to introduce people to the activity we love, Fishing! Mark your calendars for next year. The event is scheduled for February 13, 2021.

On behalf of the Alberta Conservation Association and myself, I want to extend a sincere thanks to you, your organizations and volunteers for making it possible for 1,065 adults and children to get outdoors and try fishing at Wabamun Lake Kids Can Catch on February 15. We had 85 volunteers and staff give their time to make this event that success that it is. Event Coordinator, ACA | Sherwood Park


If you keep a boat at the dock area at Spring Lake please ask for a boat sticker when you renew your membership. Even if you don’t leave your boat at the lake you can still request a sticker. They are totally free and serve a few different functions. Each is individually numbered so the club can reference which member belongs to which sticker and thus, which boat.

The stickers will allow us to identify which of the boats in the dock area are owned by current members. There are a number of boats which have not been used in a number of years and they only add to the clutter in that area.

Also it will be helpful in identifying non-members who are using club facilities.

Furthermore, it adds another level of security to your boat since each sticker is unique and if there are any problems at the lake with the boats we can contact the owners easily.

Please place the sticker on the side of the boat below the gunwales so it is visible on or off the water.

If you have a boat stored at the lake and it has not been used for some time please consider moving it or selling it so we can reduce the amount of items on site.

April 2019 Flycaster


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.


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

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.

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


Please send your comments to the following link.


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


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


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.


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 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


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.


Bring the family out for a great event!

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.