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Oct 2018 Fly Caster


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.


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


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!!!


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.

June 2018 Flycaster


We had another great year of meetings and presentations. Thanks to all the presenters for giving up their time to prepare and deliver their excellent presentations!

Member’s Night was a great event with about 40 people present. A short business meeting preceded the drawing of 2 door prizes of fly tying materials and a 50-50 draw that I was fortunate enough to win.

Special thanks to Ember Currie for drawing my ticket!!

This was followed by an excellent potluck dinner featuring a variety of dishes so thanks to all those who contributed.

Wesley Kyle won both ETFC trophies for “Largest Trout Caught on a Fly” & “Largest Trout – All Tackle” for 2017. ETFC members Glen Brandt & Gaetan Richard also won AFGA awards for largest Cutthroat & Brook Trout caught in 2017. Be sure to take lots of pictures of your fish this year and photos of their length for submission for ETFC & AFGA awards and ETFC slideshows.

Finally we had a very entertaining and informative presentation by Paul Lanteigne about salt water fly fishing in the Mexican Carribean. It was a great way to wrap up another ETFC meeting season.

We are having a BBQ at our Spring Lake property this weekend Sunday June 10 and I hope to see you all out there for a great event. Thanks to Ray Kelsey for organizing this annual get together!

With only 10 days til most of our favourite rivers open for another fantastic season of trout fishing I hope you all have tied up a bunch of flies and have your gear all ready for some great summer fishing trips. Ron Sohnle is having his annual BC fishing trip in late June and I will probably be putting on the ETFC Blackstone River trip again this year. Details to come!

Our next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, October 16, 2018 7 PM @ Queen Mary Park Community Hall.

Wishing you all a great summer and tight lines!


Kids Can Catch

There are 2 Kids Can Catch events this weekend.

Saturday June 9 in Fort Saskatchewan & Sunday June 10 in Beaumont.

These events are meant for kids and their families to experience their first time fishing and there will be equipment and advice supplied.

They are always looking for volunteers for these events to help out with the new anglers and this is a great opportunity to foster and guide the next generation of anglers and conservationists so if you want to help out please do so.

Click the link below for more information or to volunteer.

Kids Can Catch



The ETFC is holding it’s annual June BBQ 

Sunday June 17 2018

This is a long time ETFC tradition and we invite all members to bring their families and friends out to enjoy the facilities at Spring Lake and have a chance to meet new members or reconnect with old friends.


Bring Your Own Beverages – Please bring your favourite summertime drinks. Please drink responsibly!!


Bring Your Own Meat – Please bring your favourite items for the grill. We will be lighting the grills at 3PM and they take a while to heat up. We expect to eat around 4:00 – 4:30 PM


Bring Your Own Chairs – We have some large picnic tables but if you want to sit in comfort please bring your favourite chairs.


Bring Your Own Plates & Utensils – Please bring plates, knives, forks, spoons & cooking utensils. We ask that you bring reusable cutlery and plates and take them home to wash to cut down on waste.


Bring Some Side Dishes & Desserts – The ETFC will be providing condiments, corn on the cob, and baked potatoes. We ask members to bring side dishes such as salads, baked beans, pickles & cheese/veggie/fruit trays as well as desserts to be shared on the community table.


Bring Your Fishing Gear – We will be having our annual ETFC Fishing Challenge this weekend. Be sure to bring your fishing gear to give Spring Lake a try. We give an award to the adult and youth angler who catches the biggest trout of any species, by any legal means, out of Spring Lake or any other area lake on either Saturday or Sunday Please bring a picture of your fish with a length measurement to Ray Kelsey during the BBQ on Sunday to be eligible.

Hope to see you all there!!

If you have any questions or comment please contact the club or simply reply to this email.


ETFC Conservation Raffle

We had a very successful raffle this year!

Thanks to all who helped out with the raffle and sold tickets. We hope to have another raffle next year!

This years winners are as follows:

#1 – Bow River Anglers Float Trip Package – Glenn Wilson
#2 – Darwin Mulligan Framed Metal Print – Kevin Spasiuk
#3 – The Fishin’ Hole Reddington Fly Rod Package – Campbell Ross
#4 – Superfly Fly Rod Package – Dart Wooden
#5 – The Fishin’ Hole Echo Fly Rod Package – Jack Graham
#6 – The Fishin’ Hole Shimano Spin Fishing Package – Gordon Poirier
#7 – The Fishin’ Hole Crowne Fly Tying Package – Michael Soinh
#8 – Alley Beck Framed Trout Print – David Kelsey
#9 – Alpenglow Custom Woodworking Cedar Planter – Darcy Shoemaker
#10 – Pet Products Cat Tree – Earl Crouser
#11 – EEC Motors $100 Gift Card – Wesley Kyle
#12 – EEC Motors $100 Gift Card – Tom Montroy

Congratulations to all this years winners!

Please remember to consider our raffle sponsors when shopping for their related products and services. We could not have this raffle with out their support.

Support those that support us!

(Click The Links Below)

Barry White’s Bow River Angler’s

Barry offers guided float fishing trips on the Bow River south of Calgary. He also offers fly casting instruction for groups or individuals. Click the link above to contact Barry.

Darwin Mulligan Photography

Darwin offers high caliber photography and photo editing services from family photos to destination weddings to amazing landscape photography. Click the link above to find his website and mention the ETFC for a discount on your photography services.

The Fishin’ Hole

The Fishin’ Hole has 2 Edmonton locations and offers all your fishing tackle needs with great customer service and selection. The Fishin’ Hole has been a long time and major sponsor of the ETFC. Click the link above to find their website and sign up for updates on special deals.


Superfly is a specialty fly fishing manufacturer and retailer producing everything from fly rods to fly tying materials. Check out their website by clicking the link above.

Alley Beck Art & Design

Alley is a local artist and avid angler. Click the link above to see her amazing artwork available in originals or prints or to commission your own piece.

EEC Motors

EEC Motors offers high quality pre-owned vehicles and performs automotive repairs and service. Click the link above to find their website and ask Paul Lanteigne for the best deals.

Alpenglow Custom Woodworking

Alpenglow offers high quality custom woodworking and design services. You can find their Facebook page by clicking the link above.

Pet Products

Ernest Kitt makes excellent Cat Trees and other items for pet lovers in Edmonton. Click the link above to email Ernest about his products.