Canadian Rockies late Sept. Trip

Discussion in 'Trip Reports with Pics' started by Greg Armstrong, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. Greg Armstrong Active Member

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    Short but sweet trip last week to Alberta. Love those Aspens. They were just beginning to turn color.

    Small mountain streams were inviting - but carry the bear spray! Thankfully I didn't run across grizzly (or black bears for that matter), although the area is well known for them. As you can tell it's really brushy and thick - it kept me alert.

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    Released a few of these, along with a small (20") Bull Trout. It chased a 17" westslope all over the pool until I got it to hand. I'd heard of them chasing smaller fish like this, but didn't think I'd see one chase a hooked trout almost as large as itself! I have a photo of the Bull, but it's not up to WFF standards (blurred)!

    I like using old gear. Rod is a nice 70 year old bamboo Granger (Victory model 8642), reel is an early 1930's Young 15A with a beautiful red agate line guide;

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  2. Mark Walker Active Member

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    Very nice!
    What part of Alberta?
  3. Greg Armstrong Active Member

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    Thanks Mark. I was in the S.W. part of the province between Banff and Waterton.

    How's the thumb?
  4. Mark Walker Active Member

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    Beautiful country, indeed.
    Fished around Athalmer, Invermer, etc. in the distant past.
  5. Richard Torres Active Member

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    Very nice Greg, thanks for sharing!

    Looks like the cork on that Granger is still in good shape for a 70 year old stick..
  6. Greg Armstrong Active Member

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    Richard,
    I was lucky - this rod was in near new condition when I bought it a few years ago. It came full length w/two tips, original bag, and nearly perfect original cardboard rod tube with a complete label. It's a great casting/fishing rod and I use it for an awful lot of my fishing - everything from streamers on down to tiny dries. Love the bamboo!

    Here's another photo showing more of the rod (different trip, fish and place from the above however).

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  7. Stew McLeod aka BigMac

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    Looks like you were in Kananaskis country ....
  8. Greg Armstrong Active Member

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    Yes I was, Stew. Did a fair amount of rambling all the way between Banff and Waterton on this trip.
    Beautiful up there. That's your home turf isn't it?