Schmap

Note And Photo From :- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Schmap.

If you are in Calgary or going there, then take a look at the attached links.

 From The Watersedge  have been chosen to submit one of our pictures to the mapping service. So take a look at our picture of the Deveonian Gardens. It can be found at the following web page and can also be found via a mobile phone connection at the second link.

http://www.schmap.com/calgary/sights_zoos/p=34947/i=34947_24.jpg

also if you use a mobile phone.

http://www.schmap.com/?m=iphone#uid=calgary&sid=sights_zoos&p=34947&i=34947_24

Thank you to those at Schmap who voted for us.

Rocky Mountaineer.

Note And Photos From :- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Rocky Mountaineer.

I have a fascination with trains and my first job in England involved an intimate working relationship with British Rail. The Rocky Mountaineer was a train which we had always wanted to travel on, and for many years we visited the travel agents in England and dreamed. Now our time had come and the dream was to be excorcised. There is a great choice of where to join the train, and options as to which carriages to travel in.  As this was to be a ‘once in a lifetime trip’ we decided to travel ‘Gold Leaf’ and join the train in Calgary, travelling through the Rockies to Kamloops for an overnight stop and then on through the Fraser Canyon to Vancouver.  Riding in one of the glass domed carriages we had fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and forests, and the staff were wonderful.  They kept us well informed during the whole journey and quickly alerted us to any wildlife along the way. The food was exceptional. Bison steaks, salmon and various other delicacies were eaten with great enjoyment.

The line takes you along the banks of the Fraser River, sometimes crossing valleys on tressles with sheer drops either side of the rail.

Rocky Mountaineer

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St. Leonards Sea Front

Note And Photos From :- Kelowna Trout Angler.

St. Leonards Sea Front.

When in England I feel compelled to visit the seaside at every opportunity. Usually inclement weather fascinates me more than at any other time. Sun, sea and sand is often raised as the reason for any coastal visit, but for me the rough weather is the draw. If you live near the coast then naturally you want the sea to be calm, with small ripples for waves breaking on the shore, be it sand or shingle. However you miss a great deal of the power and majesty of the sea by only venturing out in good weather.

Away in the distance there is Rye Harbour covered by cloud and the great shingle bank that runs out to Dungeness.

I took this shot about 2 pm on a blustery April day at St. Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, England. This particular spot holds a memory of storms nearly 30 years ago when I would come down to this railing and tie my sea rod to a rail. The wind would howl as my neighbour and I would cast out into the rough water. That little beach you can just see is normally 60m wide, but when the storms come and there is a high tide, the waves come right to the promenade wall.

St Leonards Sea Front

We made the journey to St. Leonards and decided that we would fish through the high tide. The wind, rain and spray didn’t worry us because there was a shelter on the pavement where we used to spend our time.  I don’t think our catches were spectacular or merited the time spent, but the sights, smell and the noise of the sea – now that’s a different matter. Well worth the trip. The atmosphere was further enhanced if we fished at night, then the phosphoresence was something to see and the whole scene would get extra illumiination from the promenade street lights.

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Waves

Note And Photos From :- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Waves.

Sun in the blue sky and air temperature of about 29C. This was an early morning fishing trip on the Okanagan lake. Usually the morning sees a calm water surface, but this state should not be taken for granted. When fishing you need to keep a watchful eye towards the mountains in the background.

Waves

Trolling at a speed of approximately 2mph, with such surroundings, lulls you into a false sense of security. The wind can rise from the area toward the left of the picture and gusts can reach 18 to 20 knots with waves which are short in wavelength and often changing in direction.  This can happen in about 10 to 15 minutes.

Enough of the gloom – sit back and imagine yourself travelling in the boat and looking back at this view and being mesmerised by the waves generated by the propellor.

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Hell’s Gate.

Note And Photos From :- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Hell’s Gate.

The mighty Hell’s Gate in British Columbia, Canada. It’s on the Fraser river and is a most spectacular sight. As you stand in the car park you have no idea of the scale of what you are about to explore. The tourists leave the buses and step onto the tarmac, chattering in groups and posing for pictures. The entrance to the ticket booth is very un-assuming, as all entrances should be. The gift shop should never take emotion from the spectacle to be seen.

Tickets purchased and through the turn style you start to get a sense of what awaits you as you look across at the mountain opposite. Logic and a lighter wallet tells you there is a magnificant sight to be seen below. Gradually the line shortens and your approach is monitored as you get into the cable car, which is going to descend and cross the river, taking you to the viewing platforms on the other side of the gorge.

Air tram

Doors are closed, the guide pushes the button and you’re off. Down you go, looking at the safety of the booth you have just left and suddenly there’s a view of the river.

Hell's Gate

 It’s a lot wider upstream of where you are and there seems to be a great deal of turbulence below.

Hell's Gate

 Looking away downstream, you know the river is much wider, but here at the Gate the river is squeezed and the Fraser is constrained to a narrow channel.

Downstream

The statistics of Hell’s Gate are somewhat staggering in themselves. At this point the river is only 35m (110 ft ) wide and the river flows at a rate of between 350 to 15,000 cubic metres per second. What we see now resulted from an accident in 1913 when the Canadian railway blasted it’s way through the Fraser Canyon.

The Train

There was a rock slide and the spectacular result is history.  There have been huge floods since that time, with the largest in the late 1940’s, giving depths of several hundred feet and destroying the bridge and airtram.

Hell's Gate Bridge

While you stand on the bridge and look down at the river give some thought to the salmon that negotiate this passage. They leave the sea at Vancouver and start a journey which may cover 1100 km in their search for their spawning grounds. The lower Fraser may not be easy, but  this spot?. When the landslip occurred it did substantial damage to the annual return of salmon. Some say salmon runs are still only 90 % successful, even today, but that’s a topic for another time. To be fair, there is constant monitoring and work is in progress to mitigate the damage. There is a fish pass, which dramatically reduces the river speed and enables the salmon a safer passage past the spot.

Hell's Gate Fish Pass

 Many words have been written about the Fraser river and the Fraser Canyon and I can do little more than direct the reader to books on the history of the area. It makes challenging reading and gives great insight to both nature and to human endeavour.

Since writing this article I have met a small group of kayakers who have actually paddled down this part of the Fraser river.  I think they’re crazy !!!  I’m also led to believe that you can try and run the river on an inflatable raft.

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A Seaside Town.

Note And Photo :- Kelowna Trout Angler.

A Seaside Town.

I make no apologies for showing pictures of the seaside. It’s a topic that I love. It’s the smell of the sea, the noise of the waves upon the shore and that raw power which always enthralls me.

Standing at the watersedge thinking of far away places and trying to imagine what it would be like to sail for a new life on some distant continent or fishing from a small boat in a large sea. All challenges which I doubt I will ever tackle.

 Bognor, West Sussex, England.

Bognor

I know the sky is over cast and I do not intend to be critical of Bognor, I love it.

Those of you who know the area will have a mixture of feelings. Some may find the area depressing and others love the place. For me it has everything the seaside town has to offer and more in the surrounding area. A good place to stay and use as a base for the exploration of Sussex.

The picture shows a sign in the distance for bathers and although I have chosen a cold and dour day, come here when the sun shines and the weather is warm. You will begin to understand why people live near the sea and once it’s in your blood you can never live far away from it’s sights and sounds.

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Devonian Gardens Calgary.

Note And Photos From :- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Devonian Gardens, Calgary,Alberta.

On a trip to Calgary I was beset with a certain amount of unease. Imagine a large  shopping complex and, as you walk along the street, you look up at the huge buildings which enclose the area you are traversing on the ground. However, there is something odd. Above the second and third floors there seems to be a surprisng amount of glass roofing. You are forgiven for thinking how hot it must be on those areas under that glass and for the waste of energy that must be needed to keep the area cool.

Shopping was never my thing and in the UK there is always a well placed pub for the members of the ‘escape shopping committee’. Here there seemed to be something different as the shopping precinct seemed to be strangely welcoming. Something like this should always be treated with a slight amount of concern when you have been asked to go shopping with your wife and you ‘want’ to climb the stairs and go through a shopping mall.

All would be revealed as we climbed the stairs and entered through a large glass door to the sound of birdsong on the air. It had to be ‘piped’ bird music. But the shock of seeing a garden centre above a shopping mall required a double take. I was gripped with the desire to go back out of the glass door and come in again. Where were the racks of clothes or the endless displays of items to purchase and why were those flying things real ? They were birds. This was impossible.

It seems the people of Calgary have been blessed with a planner with forsight. The huge shopping complex has a garden area above, which boasts all the quiet sights and sounds you might expect from any suburban garden.

The sight which greets you as the door opens.

The Gardens

Just one of the many arches.

Arches

You walk along the paths and pass little scenic areas which beckon you to stay a while and relax. It’s so appealing you actually want to stay. You get left and your wife road tests the credit card while you drift away with a coffee and light lunch, purchased on a lower floor. The ambience of the place is lifted by the waterfalls, little streams, the fish and the wildlife.

Waterfall with stream and fish.

Devonian Gardens Calgary

Large fish are in all the pools.

Big Fish

You can stroll at leisure through the displays and throw some of your sandwich to the giant carp that you would love to catch at any other venue. Along each side of the level there is a series of walk ways, which go down the out side of the building and give that strange feeling that you had at ground level. The walk ways have more trees and plants with areas for seating. The birds fly past and you realise thay are nesting in the trees. Rising up a stairway and into another area you come across a pool with turtles resting in the sun.

Turtles resting.

Turtles

All a surreal experience – it’s like Kew Gardens in the air.

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Taking the rod to Alberta….

With rod in hand and belly boat deflated in the boot, your fearless editor has taken off, trying to avoid the 40 degree heat of the Okanagan to try his hand at a couple of lakes in Alberta, stopping off at the Calgary Stampede.

Photos to follow, keep sending the articles and the photos, our webmaster is working them onto the site.

Tight lines and screaming reels!

The Fisherman