April 1st, 2014

Stillwater School in Southern Alberta

Join us on May 17 and 18, 2014 for Stillwater School in Southern Alberta.  Spend a day fishing Bullshead Reservoir and hone your stillwater skills on one of the best lake fisheries in the province.   Bullshead Reservoir is situated in the “forgotten corner” of Alberta and is surround by one of the more unique landscapes in Western Canada.  This unique fishery was one of the first delayed harvest lakes in the province and has been used as a ‘measuring stick’ for other lakes that are hoping to follow suit with these special regulations.

Bullshead Resevoir

This unique trip will involve an evening in the classroom and then a full day on the water putting your skills to use.  Most of the literature in Western Canada on stillwater fishing has been based on fishing the shoals of larger lakes in British Columbia. Fishing the pot hole lakes in Southern Alberta requires different tactics and techniques. Some of the topics that will be covered in this course include:

  • Characteristics of Alberta lakes;
  • Stillwater set-ups and leader rigging;
  • Presenting and keeping the fly in the target zone;
  • Basic entomology for stillwater trout;
  • How to approach a new lake;
  • Reading lakes and finding feeding fish; and
  • Chironomid and general indicator fishing techniques.

Even though it may be spring in the rest of Alberta (ha!), winter takes it’s time leaving in the Cypress Hills, which incidentally has same elevation as Banff townsite.  Pack waders, rain jackets, and dress in layers.  Prepare for the worst and hope for the best … at least the coffee will be hot!

Stillwater School in Southern Alberta

Instructor Tim Bloomfield

Tim is a teacher by trade and has a post graduate degree in Coaching Studies. Most of his free time is spent driving around Western Canada and the United States searching out big trout in lakes or pristine mountain streams … there’s just something special about big bull trout.  Tim has been involved in designating lakes in Alberta as Delayed Harvest Lakes, runs Stillwater schools in the Spring and also presenting at neighboring Clubs and Conclaves.

Stillwater School in Southern Alberta - Reelin' er in

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