5345
Crowsnest Pass
Fly-Fishing Alberta’s Finest Trout Streams
Discover the pristine waters of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains as you learn to fly-fish with the best of them, focusing on mechanics, fly-tying and how to cast for different fish.
Program No. 5345RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Arrival and Check-In, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Crowsnest Pass, AB
D
Country Encounters Accommodations

Activity note: Check-in is 3 pm

Dinner: Dinner at the B&B at 6:00 p.m. 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.

DAY
2
Mechanics of Fly-Fishing, Fishing Crowsnest River
Crowsnest Pass, AB
B,L,D
Country Encounters Accommodations

Activity note: Shores and river bottoms in the mountains are rocky (not sandy like in the south). Walking 1 - 2 miles at a moderate pace on uneven terrain; slippery rocks, standing for periods of time. All of our programs are catch and release.

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. Guide to participant ratio is 1:5 to allow for more personalized instruction and assistance.

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: Fly-Tying. An evening session will focus on fly-tying. Instruction and practice lead by a fly-tying expert; includes hands on experience.

DAY
3
Fishing Continues, Crowsnest Museum
Crowsnest Pass, AB
B,L,D
Country Encounters Accommodations

Activity note: Shores and river bottoms in the mountains are rocky (not sandy like in the south). Walking 1 - 2 miles at a moderate pace on uneven terrain; slippery rocks, standing for periods of time. All of our programs are catch and release.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet 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.

DAY
4
Fishing Continues, Underground Coal Mine
Crowsnest Pass, AB
B,L,D
Country Encounters Accommodations

Activity note: Shores and river bottoms in the mountains are rocky (not sandy like in the south). Walking 1 - 2 miles at a moderate pace on uneven terrain; slippery rocks, standing for periods of time. All of our programs are catch and release.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the 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.

DAY
5
Fishing Continues, Farewell Celebration
Crowsnest Pass, AB
B,L,D
Country Encounters Accommodations

Activity note: Shores and river bottoms in the mountains are rocky (not sandy like in the south). Walking 1 - 2 miles at a moderate pace on uneven terrain; slippery rocks, standing for periods of time. All of our programs are catch and release.

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the 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.

DAY
6
Program Concludes, Departures
Crowsnest Pass, AB
B

Breakfast: Enjoy a final breakfast together at the B&B.

Morning: Departures after breakfast; check-out is 11:00 a.m. for those not taking the airport transfer. The optional transfer will depart after breakfast and is scheduled to arrive at Calgary Airport approximately 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.






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