Archive for December, 2010

If you were awake early yesterday morning and looked outside toward the heavens, you probably saw the lunar eclipse. Total lunar eclipses are fairly common and there is one visible somewhere in the world, about every 18 months. However, yesterday’s eclipse was special, because it marked the first time in nearly 400 years that a total lunar eclipse has occurred during the winter solstice. The last one took place in the year 1638. Unlike today, there were no cameras around back then to record the event. I suspect there were thousands of photographers and videographers recording this one, not to mention the countless numbers of curious skygazers. I happened to be one of them, camera in hand.

For a while it looked like it was going to be a non-event in Crowsnest Pass, as wave after wave of clouds passed over Turtle Mountain, obscuring the moon from view. I had chosen a location along the edge of the Frank Slide as my vantage point. Even with the cloud cover, it was bright enough to walk in the woods without a flashlight. Then, just before 1:00 am there was a break in the clouds and a magnificent red moon appeared high above Turtle Mountain. It was awesome!

It will be another 391 years, in the year 2401, before another total lunar eclipse will form over this mountain and Crowsnest Pass on the winter solstice. I’m sure it will be as spectacular as yesterday’s. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Tis the season … to send our warmest wishes to our friends. On behalf of The Crowsnest Angler Fly Shop and Guide Service, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thanks to everyone who stopped by the shop this year. We truly appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you again next season. Thanks also to our staff, guides and everyone else who helped out this summer.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 The Crowsnest Angler Winter Hours & 2011 Fly-Fishing Schools 

The shop will be closed December 25 – January 10 for Christmas and New Years. We’ll return to our usual winter hours on January 11 and will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 am  – 6:00 pm. Closed Sunday & Monday until mid-May.

  Our 2011 Fly-fishing Schools have been posted on our web site. Click here for information. Jim and Lynda McLennan will be returning in July to conduct a number of schools, including a new one , “Presenting The Fly.” For more info on the McLennan Crowsnest Pass Schools, click here.

Christmas Gift Ideas

If you’re still searching for a last minute Christmas gift for someone, we may be able to help. Gift certificates are available for guided fly-fishing trips, schools or gear. Also, a reminder that all men’s and women’s waders and wading boots are 30% off while supplies last.

Christmas in the Frank Slide