It appears spring has arrived in Crowsnest Pass … again. After last week’s extreme weather, I was beginning to wonder if all those warm days we experienced last month were but a dream. We should be cutting grass this time of year, not shovelling ten inches of snow. Well, most of the snow that fell last week has already melted, at least the stuff along the valley floor. There’s still lots of it in the mountains, though.  The long-range forecast looks pretty good, even for the Victoria Day weekend, coming up in a couple weeks. The Crowsnest River was quite clear as of this morning, but I suspect this will change once it starts to warm up again. We are approaching the time of year where the runoff usually occurs, after all.

All of the trout lakes in the area are fishing well – something to keep in mind once the runoff begins on our local rivers. But who knows, if we don’t receive too much rain over the next month or so, the river might remain fishable throughout the runoff period.

 My brother-in-law, Paul, and I fished Beauvais Lake twice in the past week, in hopes of catching some brown trout. We managed to land a few browns, but nothing over 16 inches. Lots and lots of rainbows, too, but mainly small ones. We won’t talk about the number of suckers that inhaled our chironimid and streamer patterns. The weather was iffy both times, but we still had a lot of fun together. We’ll try for some browns again next year, when Paul returns for his annual visit.

Fishing on Beauvais Lake

Fishing on Beauvais Lake

FLY-FISHING SCHOOLS
Here’s a quick reminder to anyone interested in registering for any of our Fly-fishing Schools. We have room for a couple more people to register in the May 22 Beginner Fly-Fishing School. Equipment can be supplied, if required. We’re also conducting another Beginner School on June 12th. Call or email for more info. Info is also available in the “Events” page on our web site (www.crowsnestangler.com). In addition, Jim and Lynda McLennan will be conducting a number of fly-fishing schools here this summer. For a complete list of their schools, click here.
SHOP HELP WANTED
We are looking for summer staff in the shop (June – September/October). Duties will include retail sales, issuing angling licenses, stocking shelves, store clean-up, providing local fishing info/advice to customers … etc. Resumes can be sent via email to Vic Bergman (info@crowsnestangler.com) or dropped off at the shop. They can also be mailed to: The Crowsnest Angler – Box 400, Bellevue, Alberta T0K 0C0. If you’re friendly, enjoy meeting people, and you like fishing and talking about it, and would like to work in a fly shop for the summer, we’d love to hear from you. Only successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.