Good morning all, I do hope this finds you well. Yet another beautiful day in Alberta as we are heading into some much warmer weather. It will be a good day to hang around in the basement of the house. One of the beauties of having a finished basement, they are comfortable and considerably cooler than the upstairs. So this is where all the multi media centres are located.
The upstairs is for dining and visiting without having the distractions of TV etc. At first the open concept and large picture windows facing southwest were great. The downside is on days like this full sun arrives early and the place gets far to warm, A/C time for certain coming up even if the window coverings are pulled.
On the downside is I am rather restricted as to what I can do with this back injury... lol... well I am certainly catching up on sleep. It is hard to sit for long periods of time.
Welcome as always as we look at a passion of mine and of course it involves fishing.
I have many rivers within driving distance and they are all wonderful rivers. The one I so appreciate is called the Bow River, it is a world famous river and has some of the highest counts of several different species of trout.
In a recent study by Fisheries it is estimated there are some 2000 fish per mile in the river. Thus making it a desirable place to fish. As a general rule the avid fly fisherman will always adopts a catch and release philosophy in his efforts to see the sport flourish.
As well only a few minutes away from me I have the Red Deer River which has an a abundant supply of Pike, Trout and Goldeye. Again conservation is so important to keep the reserves healthy.
This is my preferred mode of transportation for river fishing. The pontoons are 9 feet long , the rear deck can carry a great deal of supplies. The seat is very comfortable and there is plenty of storage. Of course the standard rod holder and coffee cup holder.
The entire unit weighs in at 67 pounds. I wear chest waders, I have additional boots and to those I add flippers. My feet dangle in the river and it and it helps steer the unit. As well I have oars to get from one side of the river to the other.
The run I make as often as I can takes me from drop off to pickup point 67 miles. It takes a full 12-13 hours floating at the speed of the river. The Bow River is a river to be respected as it does have considerable power with large rocks and a few stretches of whitewater.
So basically once I am out into the river I propel myself with flippers and I am able to fly fish constantly hitting my favourite fishing spots. Needless to say there are a few very special places to stop for a shore lunch... smiles... They always seem to be places that have special pools where trout are known to hang out.
If need be I can carry enough gear so I can camp overnight.
This smaller version is powered the same way as the Pontoon Boat and they are commonly referred to as Belly Boats. They are considerably smaller and lighter in weight at 32 pounds. I have an older pack board that easily adapts and attaches to this unit. Thus making it ideal for reaching distant lakes with ease. These are not recommended for fast river travel. Even though they are very stable currents and undertow can surprise you.
So they are meant for close to shore on larger lakes and smaller bodies of water. Like the pontoon boat there is plenty of stages and yes a coffee cup holder.
With the sailboat I would say I am fully equipped for most types of fishing. People powered and or wind powered. Of course I do have a smaller 5.5 horsepower Mercury motor on the sailboat should I loose the wind. It comes in handy for docking or mooring in tight places.
So this past while I have been looking at all my fishing gear and will design tackle and rods for each system. Now that will be several hours of sorting through my gear. After fighting a few years with inferior rods and reels I decided to buy the best and did.
Some reels and rods I have are now 50 years old. Out of curiosity I started looking on the net and eBay and learned that 50 dollar reel in the early 60's are now selling for a few hundred dollars. I will write something in the new future of my gear I have accumulated over the years.
Again and again that old saying... "You get what you pay for." it just rings true. When I go fishing I want to be fishing not fixing. Frustration is mans worst enemy at times when he gets out there enjoying nature and something breaks.
© Rolly A. Chabot
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