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Fly-Fishing Alberta’s Finest Trout Streams

Program Number: 5345RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/20/2014 - 7/25/2014; 8/3/2014 - 8/8/2014; 8/31/2014 - 9/5/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Crowsnest Pass, Alberta
Price starting at: $949.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Water Sports Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

Join our expert guides for outings on the pristine and world-famous trout streams of southwest Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. Learn about the biology of a trout stream, from trout species and the secrets to catching rainbow, brown, speckled and bull trout. Explore the historical sites, local museums, or engage in optional hikes up Alberta’s secluded Rocky Mountain peaks. And best of all — catch lots of fish.




Highlights

• Expert instruction helps refine casting and water reading, with an instructor-angler ratio of 5:1.
• Get hands-on knowledge on fly-tying and how to cast for different species.
• Discuss improvements, conditions, exchange “fish tales” or ask questions during afternoon gatherings.



Activity Particulars

Easy-to-moderate walks on varied terrain, some slippery rocks. Alberta fishing license included.




Crowsnest Pass

This traveled region in southwest Alberta features scenic forests and peaks of the Rockies, including the Kootenay Mountains just over the continental divide in British Columbia, home to many native mammals including bighorn sheep, elk and grizzly bears.



Accommodations
Historic B&B with uniquely decorated rooms and mountain views.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Mark Houze

A lifelong resident to the Crowsnest Pass, Mark Houze began fishing at the age of five, fly fishing at age eight, and became a commercial fly tyer as a teenager. Mark attended Lethbridge College to study resource management, and found a passion for aquatic insects and fish biology. In 2010, he formed Mountain Pass Escapes, and began to live his dream as a regional expert and adventure leader. Mark began leading Road Scholar adventures in 2007, and plans to continue for many years to come.
 
Spencer Krkosky

Spencer Krkosky is a certified avalanche safety trainer with the Canadian Avalanche Association and a member of the Search and Rescue team based in Sparwood, British Columbia. The owner of Yeti Adventures, Spencer has life-long experience exploring the Crowsnest backcountry. When not working, he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, snowshoeing or looking for that perfect telemark run.
 
Jennifer Houze

Jen Houze has shared her love for the outdoors and the Crowsnest Pass region with visitors since she graduated from Lethbridge College. After training as a historical and regional interpreter, Jen worked at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre, Leach Collieries and at Bellevue Underground Mine leading explorations and designing programs.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Country Encounters
  Crowsnest Pass, AB 5 nights
 Country Encounters
Type: Bed and Breakfast
  Description: The oldest commercial building in the national historic site of down town Coleman, the Coleman Mercantile Building was built in 1904 as a general store. Now a B&B offering variety of room configurations individually decorated and well appointed.
  Contact info: 7701 17th Ave
P.O. Box 655
Coleman, AB T0K 0M0 Canada
phone: 403-563-5299
web: www.countryencounters.com
  Room amenities: Hair dryers, toiletries, down duvets and fluffy pillows are the standard.
  Facility amenities: Hot tub, patio and comfortable outside spaces. Lots of common space to relax and be comfortable. Always available beverage and snack station, WIFI. MEALS: Gluten free (and most other diets) can be accommodated with advance notice. Participants may want to bring a few snacks for variety because sometimes what they can in the immediate area is limited. There is full access to the fridge to store any supplemental food she wishes to bring.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Contact B & B. Contact Dawn Rigby at the B & B for rates and availability. Approximately $70 per night + GST which includes breakfast for two. 403-563-5299 or by email at dirigby@shaw.ca
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact B & B. Contact Dawn Rigby at the B & B for rates and availability. Approximately $70 per night + GST which includes breakfast for two. 403-563-5299 or by email at dirigby@shaw.ca
  Check out time: 12:30 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in after 4 p.m. in Crowsnest Pass. Meet and greet at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. You will be staying at Country Encounters that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after lunch on final day; check-out 12 noon. You will be staying at Country Encounters the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Required innoculations:
Yes: Tetanus shots should be up to date in case of accidental injuries with fly-hooks. Tetanus boosters for adults are recommended every 10 years.
  Parking availability:
Free parking on-site.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Crowsnest Pass, AB
  Nearest city or town:  Calgary
  Nearest highway: Highway 3.
  Nearest airport:  Calgary International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Crowsnest Pass, AB
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

From Calgary to Crowsnest Pass

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Greyhound Bus
phone: 800-661-8747

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $56
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 - 4 hours 

   

Greyhound bus service available from Calgary bus station to Crowsnest Pass and back (discounted price for some advance reservations). Shuttle service from Calgary airport to Greyhound bus terminal in Calgary. Check schedules and rates at www.greyhound.ca/en/

 

Calgary or Kalispell

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals

   

Participants can fly into Calgary airport, car rentals available at airport. Other nearby airports include Kalispell or some may choose to fly into Spokane and get a rental car at those locations.

 

Calgary

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Greyhound Bus
phone: 800-661-8747
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $56
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 - 4 hours 

   

Greyhound bus service available from Crowsnest Pass to Calgary. Shuttle/taxi service to Calgary airport from Greyhound bus terminal in Calgary. Check schedules and rates at www.greyhound.ca/en/

 
Driving Directions
  Calgary International Airport Depart Calgary International Airport and access Deerfoot trail (Highway 2 south). Continue on Highway 2 south to Fort Macleod; turn right on to Highway 3 West. Continue west to Crowsnest Pass and Town of Coleman.
  Fernie, BC From Fernie BC, follow highway 3 East, past the Alberta border to the Crowsnest Pass. Turn right at the centre access of Coleman.
  GPS Coordinates (Blairmore/Crowsnest) N 49* 38,2.25' W 114* 30,10.31' 4400 ft. elev.
  Lethbridge, AB Follow highway 3 west to the Crowsnest Pass. Turn left at the centre access of Coleman.
  Waterton, AB From Waterton, Take highway 6 north to Pincher Creek. Turn on highway 3 going west to to the Crowsnest Pass. Turn left at the centre access of Coleman.
  Whitefish, MT From Whitefish, Take US-93 north to the border. Continue north to highway 3. Follow highway 3 east past Fernie to the Crowsnest Pass. Turn right at the centre access of Coleman.


Required innoculations:

Yes: Tetanus shots should be up to date in case of accidental injuries with fly-hooks. Tetanus boosters for adults are recommended every 10 years.

Elevation Note: 4,200 feet is the highest elevation participants will experience.

Equipment Requirements: Participants should bring their own fly-fishing gear: rods, reels, flys, vests, boots, etc. Limited equipment available on-site.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Check-In/Welcome Dinner/Orientation
(Sunday, August 31)
   
 Arrive To: Arrivals to Coleman in the Crowsnest Pass; check-in after 3:00 p.m.
 Dinner: Dinner at the B&B. Each evening a special menu created for participants will be served. Soup and a selection of salads accompany main course items that reflect the source local ideals of our 2 certified chefs. Expect to be served meals that reflect regional favorites and local ethnic diversities in a variety of styles: plated, buffet service and family style. Don't forget to save room for dessert! Typical Plated Menu Dawn's Own Italian Wedding soup (at the soup station) Fresh greens with red onion, olive, crouton, cherry tomato and balsamic vinaigrette Alberta AAA beef medallions with wild morel sauce served with new potato and fresh mixed veggies Saskatoon Mousse
 Evening: There will be an evening orientation session and securing of fishing licenses. Complimentary wine and snacks on the first evening. A finalized schedule will be distributed at this time reflecting the best options for the week. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
   
Accommodations: Country Encounters
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Mechanics of Fly-Fishing/Fishing Crowsnest River
(Monday, September 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast from 8:00 am - 9:00 am. A typical breakfast buffet would include a hot main course item such as fresh made waffles and apple chicken sausage, fresh fruit, home baked muffins, yogurt, fresh fruit juice, and a selection of dry cereal. Toast and hot instant cereal are always available. Coffee, a selection of teas, fresh juice and non- alcoholic drinks are available from early morning and through out the day.
 Morning: A morning instructional session will cover the mechanics of fly-fishing including: rod preparation, fly-tying, and casting. We secure the fishing licenses, and have some time for hands-on dry-land practice. Participants will notice that our daily fishing trips start later than what many feel is the "appropriate" fishing times. The reason for this is our water is very cold in the early hours compared with points further south and at lower altitudes. With the warming of the sun the bugs hatch and the fish become active; more likely to bite. As we say " Crowsnest Pass fish sleep late". There are several places to grab some gear/flies here, and we will be stopping at one for any last minute items on the first day as we head out. Limited on site sales are available as well, and guides will have a collection of various things for your use on the river.
 Lunch: Bag lunch in field. Each morning a selection of breads, meats, cheeses, vegetables, fresh fruits and baked goods are presented for each participant to build their lunch just the way they like it. Take as little or as much as you like and then pack it in our eco-friendly thermal bags ready for the day's adventures.
 Afternoon: Afternoon fishing session on one of the local streams with personalized instruction. With a guide to participant ratio of 5:1 there is always an opportunity to get extra help or ask a question. All our main guides/instructors are local and well versed in the ins and outs of fishing our local streams. Fish tales to follow in late afternoon to share experiences and ask questions.
 Dinner: Dinner at B&B
 Evening: An evening session will focus on fly-tying. Instruction and practice lead by a fly-tying expert; includes hands on experience.
   
Accommodations: Country Encounters
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Fishing Continues/Crowsnest Museum
(Tuesday, September 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the B&B.
 Morning: Depart for fishing site to practice skills and techniques learned. Guide/instructors are always available for more one on one help to improve your skills. On any given day the participants could find themselves at any of the following rivers: Carbondale River: Located south of town, it lies in the burn area from the Lost Creek Fire of 2003. Castle River: Located south of town, the headwaters are South and West Castle Rivers. A popular campsite is located near the confluence. Crowsnest River: Running directly through the five towns of the Crowsnest Pass makes this is an excellent river stop, even if only for a few moments.
 Lunch: Bag lunch in field.
 Afternoon: Continuation of fishing field trip; fish tales lounge information sharing.
 Dinner: At the B&B.
 Evening: As always our guides/interpreters will be on hand to offer interpretation or instruction and answer any questions you may have in the evening. Possible choices of activities include but are not restricted to: fishing on the Crowsnest River, visiting Leech Collieries, downtown Coleman historic walking, Frank Slide interpretive hike with Travel Alberta trained interpreter. Activity is dependent on weather and participant interest.
   
Accommodations: Country Encounters
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Fishing Continues/Underground Coal Mine
(Wednesday, September 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at B&B.
 Morning: Field trip to fishing site to continue practice. Guide/instructors are always available for more one on one help to improve your skills.
 Lunch: Bag lunch in field.
 Afternoon: Continuation of fishing session followed by a trip to an Underground Coal Mine. The interpreters from the mine will suit you up and take you into the world of the coal miner. Learn what it was like to work in the mine through the stories of the miners themselves as you are lead on a trip underground to where they actually went. Return for fish tale lounge information sharing.
 Dinner: Dinner at B&B.
 Evening: We will visit the Crowsnest Museum or welcome a guest speaker.
   
Accommodations: Country Encounters
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Fishing Continues/Farewell Celebration
(Thursday, September 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at B&B.
 Morning: Departure to fishing field trip site to continue practice Guide/instructors are always available for more one on one help to improve your skills.
 Lunch: Bag lunch in field.
 Afternoon: Continuation of fishing practice session; return to for fish tales and info sharing.
 Dinner: For our final dinner together we will enjoy our big BBQ Alberta style. Choice cuts of Alberta AAA beef, pork, and chicken grilled up just so. Throw in some fish and you have the main course options. Accompanied by fresh salads, baked potato, Mark's special baked beans and Taber corn, serve it up out on the deck (weather permitting) and you have the makings of a celebration "Alberta Style".
 Evening: Farewell celebrations and group photo. Late evening fishing option following celebration.
   
Accommodations: Country Encounters
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Morning Fishing/Program Concludes/Departures
(Friday, September 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at B&B.
 Morning: A morning fishing session on Crowsnest River with our guides (optional). One last chance to polish your new skills or ask questions.
 Lunch: Bag lunch provided.
 Afternoon: Departures from Coleman as per individual travel plans; check-out is 12:00 noon. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Hatch Guide for Western Streams


Author: Jim Schollmeyer


Description: This "little lake Bible" organizes and explains lake types, how to read and fly fish them, and understand and imitate their aquatic insect life cycles--and nearby terrestrial insects. Next to each color insect photograph is a representative fly pattern. By carefully inspecting the lake for insects you can find the correct fly to use as shown in the book Hatch Guide for Lakes is the golden key to unraveling one of fly fishing's last best-kept secrets.



Which Fly Do I Use


Author: Darren Banasch


Description: This book is a guide, for fly-fishers of all levels, to some of the best patterns that tempt trout. So, whether you buy flies, or tie your own, this book will answer the question of which fly you should use. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, 48 pages.



Casting With Lefty


Author: Lefty Kreh


Description: - Like taking a private lesson with the best teacher in the business - Over 40 casts covered in step-by-step detail with thousands of full-color photographs Casting should be nearly effortless. If you understand fly-casting mechanics and how to adapt them to various fishing conditions, your casting will greatly improve. That has been Lefty’s philosophy since he began teaching fly casting over fifty years ago. Lefty shows how to get rid of a tailing loop, throw a slack-line cast, and roll cast better, as well as casts for tight quarters, in wind, casting with weighted flies and lines, and distance casts. A section on the physical movements explains how to prevent injuries to the rotator cuff and elbow. Whether you fish salt water or streams, heavy rods or light, you’ll learn everything from small changes in movements that greatly improve your casting to totally new takes on traditional casts from this book. Lefty is the master, and this book captures his lifetime of wisdom on the subject of casting.



Sight Fishing For Trout


Author: L. Mayer


Description: Sight-fishing expert Landon Mayer teaches you what you need to know to spot the trout before you cast-because if you can see a trout, you are more likely to catch that trout. In this comprehensive book on the tricks and skills anglers need to master, Mayer reveals his knowledge of trout and trout water, learned through years of fishing and guiding on prime trout waters. Hunting for large trout with lightweight fishing equipment is what Landon does best. With detailed instructions on how to cast into tricky spots, how to present the fly whatever the conditions, and how to read the rise, he gives you the extra edge to find and catch more and larger fish. He tells you where to look for the trout, how to rig your line, how to retrieve the fish when you get a strike, and how to use the buddy system for a more productive day on the water. Sight fishing is intriguing, fun, addictive, and best of all, it gets results-more and bigger trout.



Fly Tyer Magazine


Author: Magazine


Fly Fisherman Magazine


Author: Magazine


Fly Fishing & Tying Journal


Author: Magazine




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