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Right and Left Photos : This photo shows some of our willow plants that we planted along one of the creeks - they have grown over the years !

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Fall 2019

      Remarkable Colors  -  A Beautiful Brown Trout Is Released

Above: This beautiful brown trout was quickly released back into the water.                         Photo by: Evan Martens

 

 

Articles and photos by Guy Woods and listed contributors

Creating Trout Habitat By Planting  Native Willows And Trees

Right Photo: The cluster of planted willows hanging out and over the stream channel is actually 5 planted willows, from our 2014 planting program. This grouping of plants now provides great overhead cover. In time, the plants limbs will drupe down below the surface, adding to the habitat available to resident stream trout.

    This cluster of willows appear as natural stream habitat, without the tell tale signs of human involvement. We are basically following natures path, in our riparian restoration program. The plantings are part of the “Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program”. This planting program was initiated in 2014.

Nice Pike In Nose Creek  -  Airdrie

Above: Angler Alec Dollimount (shown above) and his buddies Josh Erickson and Darius Roberts, have been catching some nice pike in Nose Creek these days. This may come as a surprise to many, considering how polluted the creek is reputed to be. Pike are one of Canada’s premier sport fish and they are present in many Alberta streams. There are also pike downstream in Nose Creek, Calgary. (The photos  in this cover shot and article come courtesy of the young anglers.)

Native Willow Plants ready to plant

Ten Years Of Spawning — Millennium Creek Spawning Channel

    You can see a male brook trout holding over spawning gravel, in the photo above. Just upstream of the male, is a female, ready to lay down her eggs and let the male fertilize them. Both of these spawning trout are spawning in the channel that was constructed in 2010, by Bow Valley Habitat Development and Inter Pipeline.

    This year marks the tenth year since the spawning channel was constructed and thousands of newly hatched trout have migrated out of Millennium Creek in the years that followed its completion in 2010. The channel has been a major success story and it is still providing spawning habitat for brook trout every fall.

Above: This beautiful photo was taken by Michael Dow, teacher for CW Perry Middle School. Mike took a small group of his students up to a high mountain lake for some great cutthroat trout fishing. The action was fast and furious and the students have a memory that they will not forget.

    High mountain lakes are stocked with the original Spray Lakes strain of cutthroat trout, native to the mountains just west of Canmore, Alberta. The strain was stocked in Marvel Lake, BC and eventually, Job Lake, where the brood stock eggs are collected every few years, for the high mountain lake stocking program. This is a pure strain, east slopes Alberta trout!

    Mike and his students have been planting willows, helping out with the Albert trout stocking program in our area, and learning how to fly fish. This quest to help teach young people about the values and rewards of taking care of the environment and sport fish like trout, is a great thing for students that fish or don’t fish. Experiencing nature is something that everyone can appreciate.

    This was the third year that Mike and CW Perry students have helped plant native willows along Nose Creek, in the City of Airdrie. Bow Valley Habitat Development enjoys working with the school group, every spring.

    Nose Creek may not be as far gone as some would say. There are still some surprises in store for those few that explore its course thru either the City of Airdrie or Calgary. Big Surprises!

    Jay Lang has explored some of the same waters that I like to fly fish on, but Nose Creek is one stream I have yet to fish on. I know that there are trout in the stream, because I have been informed of this on a few occasions in the past, but I have not cast a fly on the creek yet.

    Jay sent me a photo of a recent catch in September and I just have to share this with you. The brown trout shown above, managed to break Jay’s beloved 4 wt. fly rod, in its battle royal with a determined angler. The trout lost, only briefly being held captive for a photo or two, and then it was released back into the creek. Now it can surprise the next lucky and skilled fly fisher that finds it.

    This is a great photo and memory for Jay Lang and a reminder that Nose Creek is not as far gone as some people say!

Giant Brown Trout Lurk In The Turbid Water’s of Nose Creek.

Update — On Whirling Disease Resistance

    There is hope on the horizon for our cherished rainbow trout populations in Alberta! Whirling disease resistance is the new front on the war against this devastating disease of our freshwater fish.

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A total of 71,914 Native Willows and trees have been planted so far, as part of the “Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program”.