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…

Welcome to the gem of the west

Crowsnest Flyfishing has been providing information and comment on the fisheries in Southwestern Alberta, particularly the Crowsnest River, for more than 15 years. The Crow is a tributary of the Oldman River that flows 40 km or so from Crowsnest Lake near the Alberta-B.C. border to the Oldman Dam reservoir northeast of Lundbreck. Some call…