It’s hard to believe Christmas is but a week away. And a week later we’ll be into another New Year – 2010.

2009 was a strange year in southwest Alberta and Crowsnest Pass, in terms of the fishing and weather conditions we experienced. First of all, a lot of the rivers and streams didn’t receive their normal runoff. We had decent snowpack last winter, but the heavy rains that normally fall here in May and June simply didn’t materialize. The lack of spring rains, combined with unseasonably cool weather, resulted in a gradual runoff. This made for some great early season fishing on the Crowsnest River and other places, but we paid the price in late July and early August, when the heavy rains finally arrived. Water levels rose to runoff proportions on some waters, including the Oldman and Livingstone rivers. Conditions seemed to change from one day to the next, and from one stream to another. One day, it could be the Oldman that was blown out, the next day it might be the Castle or Crowsnest that was effected by torrential downpours. These rains often occurred after nightfall. Temperatures remained cooler than normal most of the summer.

During several evenings around this time, there were some amazing displays of  “dry lightning,” with bright bolts of light flashing overhead continuously for hours at a time. Night turned as bright as day with each flash, and the loud thunder booms reverberated throughout the Crowsnest River Valley. It was awesome! Some of the warmest weather of the year came in September, of all times. Temperatures were like that of July and August, approaching 30° Celsius some days. Some of the best fishing also occurred in September. Perhaps the fish thought that summer had finally arrived?  Then came October, a month of freezing cold temperatures and snow, lots of it. The temperature change came so quickly that most of the leaves on trees froze and turned gray before they had the chance to provide the beautiful autumn colors so many of us enjoy. Here’s hoping to a normal 2010 season! 

Winter Hours & 2010 Fly-Fishing Schools 

The shop will be closed December 23 – January 11 for Christmas/New Years. On January 12th, we’ll return to our usual winter hours and will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 am  – 6:00 pm. Closed Sunday & Monday until mid-May.

  Our 2010 Fly-fishing School line-up will be posted on our web site early in the New Year. Jim and Lynda McLennan will be returning once again to conduct a number of schools, including a new one ,”Sub Surface Fly-Fishing.” For more info on the McLennan Crowsnest Pass Schools, click here.

In closing, I would like to thank all of our customers and clients for their patronage this year and wish everyone a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas to everyone from The Crowsnest Angler!

Merry Christmas to everyone from The Crowsnest Angler!