Stream Tender Magazine

September 2016 Issue

Program Partners

Cochrane Community Grant Program 2016

Articles by :

Guy Woods

“ Airdrie Ventures Chip in on Planting”

Above: This photo shows the willows planted by the Airdrie Ventures this past June. The group raised the funds for the plants.

“ Last Year’s 2015 Willow and Tree Crop”

Above: The high flows in July flooded over the stream bank on West Nose Creek, exposing last year’s willow plants shown above. The survival rate on this section of West Nose Creek was very encouraging.

Willow plants from the 2015 planting program are growing fast this year

“More Brown Trout in the Bow River, Near Cochrane”

Above: This 12 inch brown trout was one of many that were hooked on the Bow River near the Town of Cochrane. Recruitment of brown trout from the Bighill Creek spawning every fall is most likely the reason for this increase in the population on the Bow River.

“ Bighill Creek Trout are — Holding Their Own”

Above: This small Bighill Creek brook trout found my Streaming Wet Fly (Hockey Player) to colourful to resist. I had a great morning fish in the first week of August this year. The water levels had risen after the late season rains and the trout were eager to take a trout fly.

The Rare Loch Leven (Scottish) Brown Trout

Still Found Residing in Local Waters

Right Photo: by Guy Woods


    This photo shows a rare Loch Leven or Scottish brown trout that was caught by Eric Schumann on the Ghost reservoir this August. These trout were stocked in some local waters as far back as the 1920’s.

    They can still be found today on Barrier and Ghost Reservoirs. They have black spots, but no red spots on their sides, which distinguishes them from the more common German brown trout.

    The Scottish brown trout is a true lake strain of brown trout, making area reservoirs a perfect habitat.










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Stream Bank Stabilization Sites

    There are a number of stream bank stabilization sites along the three streams in the riparian planting program. These planting sites are of huge importance in helping to improve the water quality in the stream channels.

    Prior to planting on these sites, some of the banks were eroding and loading tonnes of silt into the stream channel every year. By planting at the base of the eroding banks, toe erosion is stopped. Over time the banks will stabilize.

    In the photo to the right, you can see willows that were planted in 2014, growing along the water’s edge. This photo was taken, looking straight down over an elevated stream bank that is presently an erosion site. The stream bank is approximately 6 feet in height.

    The crumbling clay bank will eventually stabilize at a 45 degree angle and riparian growth will follow. The site is located on Bighill Creek and it is one of 58 sites that have been planted for stabilization.

You can check out an inspection video of some of last year’s crop of plants At this Youtube Link .

The video is only a few minutes in length and it was taken on West Nose Creek, in Calgary.



“ BVRRE Program Sets a New Record for Plantings”

 A new record of 16,400 plants were planted during the 2016—”Bow Valley Riparian Recovery and Enhancement Program”. Last year the total was 14,800, so exceeding this is great news for the riparian recovery program.

    Details of this year’s program will be published in Stream Tender Magazine, in the December issue for 2016. Starting in the fall of this year, BVHD will start working on putting together another program for the 2017 season. So wish us luck for next year’s season.

All trout shown in this magazine are  carefully released back in the rivers and streams that they were caught in.

Stream Bank Stabilization