The water’s always greener

By Richard Burke I had one of those water’s-greener moments in the past week. Son-in-law Jasen, who lives on the Elk River, and I, who have fished in southwestern Alberta and southeastern B.C. for 40-plus years, were staying with our families at the Trading Post campground at Swan Lake, Montana. We had both crossed the…

A tame spring runoff

Richard Burke In the past week, we’ve crossed a good number of creeks and rivers in the south a couple of times and found most in a full, but much-reduced spring runoff. It’s certainly not your typical raging, muddy water. Most are off-colour – tributaries such as Lyons, York, Coal and Blairmore creeks entering the…

So long, Mike and Ron

Two long-time friends died within the past week or so. They were both younger than me by a few years, in their mid-60s, but age was not necessarily related to their deaths, which have given me cause for some introspection. Ron Forner’s memorial was Thursday. I didn’t know he had been failing with lung cancer…