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June 2018 Issue

Pileated Woodpeckers on Bighill Creek

Brook Trout Hatch on Millennium Creek

Above: The Pileated Woodpecker shown above was spotted a number of times on the Bighill Creek this past winter. They are the largest member of the North American woodpecker family.

Above: This juvenile brook trout or parr was one of many observed on the lower reach of Millennium Creek this May. The trout hatched from the spawning beds on the lower reach of the creek in the late spring.

Volunteer Riparian Planters  -  Hard At Work

Above:    Volunteers from “Friends of Nose Creek” planted 1,000 native plants this spring, along the banks of West Nose Creek. Well Done Friends!

Above: School group from CW Perry Middle School puts another year of planting on Nose Creek onto their resume. These kids are a lot of fun to plant with, and the section of creek will slowly transform into a healthy riparian zone in years to come. What a great school project!

This healthy brown trout was safely released

back into the habitat where it was caught.

Early May Plants are Growing Well

In This Issue

Articles by : Guy Woods and Contributors

Above: This native willow was planted three weeks earlier, on West Nose Creek in Calgary. Other plants that were planted in May are also doing very well. So far, everything about this year’s crop is looking good.

Past Willow and Tree Planting is Starting to Show

Above: This stream bank stabilization site was first planted in 2015, as part of the Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program. The thick cover of native willows was planted on an eroding stream bank on Bighill Creek, in the Town of Cochrane, Alberta. The plants have stabilized the eroding stream bank and they are now providing shade and cover for resident trout. It is a simple way of improving water quality and creating fish habitat at the same time.

“Sorry We’re Late”

 

This issue of the magazine was released late due to computer and software glitches.

“Thank you for your patience and loyalty!”

Fly Tying Helps Keep The Fly Fishing Interest Up!

    Flies like this version of the popular Pheasant-tail nymph will catch trout in most fly fishing situations. I showed you the original Frank Sawyer pattern in a previous issue, but I thought I would show you one of the many other variations that you can tie this pattern in. I like to use a similar shade of dubbing for the thorax, similar to the natural color of pheasant tail used in the pattern. Another great choice for the thorax is peacock herl.

Above: Planted native willows along the water’s edge are now starting to dominate the once thick stands of canary grass. The willows and canary grass are providing great overhead cover for resident trout populations. In this photo you can see that much of the channel is flowing under the canopy of hanging willows and shoreline grass. This will only get better over time.

Pursuing The Elusive Giant Brook Trout

Above: This chunky giant was caught and released on a very small stream, in a tight cover of willows. Large brook trout like this are rare, but they are out there, hiding in thick cover, where they feel safe from the outside world. This trout was caught in late August, yet it had brilliant fall spawning colors. What a treat!

Left Photo:

    These willows were some of the first planted on Nose Creek in Airdrie. The growth is slow, but they are still hanging in there, on poor quality soil. Over time, more organics in the soil will help maintain a healthy riparian zone along the creek. Many areas of Nose Creek were transformed into a channel to deal with flood and development. This left the creek with poor soil quality along the banks. Presently, it is hard to  grow willows and trees in these areas.

 

 

 

 

 

Right Photo:

    These willows were planted right along the water’s edge on West Nose Creek in 2015.  They are starting to provide good quality habitat along the stream banks. In a few more years the branches will start to constrict the flow and increase the velocity in the channel. This will help flush out any silt on the bottom.

Publisher’s Note:

For those that participated In this year’s riparian planting—Thank you! We also extend our thanks for those interested in following the program. Enjoy your summer and I look forward to bringing you updates and articles in the future issues of this magazine.

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