Thursday, February 06, 2020

The Underwater World of Trout 
Excellent video that looks into how trout feed under water.

Also a must follow is The 2020 Season of the New Fly Fisher. Watch the trailer here and you'll be 'hooked'. New releases every week.

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Fly tying

Unless you happen to be in the Gulf of Mexico or warmer climates at this time of year, you might start thinking about trout fishing around now. Even though the ice will only be coming off your favourite water in a few more months if you're like me you want to get busy tying flies. On and off over the last 20-25 years, I've pulled out my vice and fly tying kit and attempted to tie (or is that tye, or even try to tie) some of the flies that myself and others have found successful over time. More than not, they end up somewhat like an anchor chord wrapped around the anchor, or a fly line around your motor prop.

However, after watching one of the clubs more 'successful' fisherman wrap thread around a hook last spring,
and then seeing a younger and less experienced angler mimic him quite expeditiously, I decided to take a hook and coloured thread to create a rather convincing wooly bugger. Although the cheering around the table was polite, I realized that following the end of summer and fall, this winter was going to be the time I mastered a few simple techniques to fly tying.

SO, here it is. January 4th, lot's of new fly's and material on my newly created fly tying bench and I've ready to create the fly of 2020!!

I must admit I've watched many fly tiers over the years, and everyone has their own favourite methods of tying. My suggestion as with everything, find what your are comfortable with and stick with it until a reasonable fly can be created. Then start to improve and perfect.

If you're a new fly tier or have Q's about where to start, what to buy first, most of this is answered on the page here by Scott Cesar. It has been my most helpful to date.

 It doesn't take a lot of small tips, and sometimes following along on social media (as I've done) can be helpful. Along with some simplistic videos, you'll enjoy fly tying a lot more, and improve greatly.

Send along your creations we'll put them up here. Here's some of my recent 'Buggers'!

See you on the lake!

Monday, December 09, 2019

Drone View - Lac Curières Courtesy Pierre Brunet.
Drone View AFGC 2019
Click link to view video

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Balcony/Porch Roof's Work Complete -Season update 2019

Members arriving at the lake this past spring were not surprised to find the lake still frozen as a result of a cooler than normal spring. 

We were more shocked however when we pulled up to camp 2 to find the cabin balcony roof collapsed.

Both porches roofs (Cabin One old log cabin, and Cabin 2),  had collapsed from the heavy snow fall of the winter. Both had been built within the last 12 years. 

 After unpacking gear and food, the group staying in No. 2 camp (Leo and Pierre Brunet and myself) took out tools and got underway disassembling the mess left from the winter collapse. Later in the summer, Pierre returned and dismantled the second roof at number 1.

REBUILD  Plans were discussed by the executive and with input from our contractor Serge, it was decided the best course was to rebuild no 2 with manufactured trusses and no 1with the existing cedar posts.  Reusing existing steel from the two collapsed roof's saved us quite a few dollars.

Mid September Serge and his crew delivered the trusses and worked hard at constructing the various projects before hunting season. The main beam in the number 4 balcony was also replaced and new main supports put in.


During a visit in August the (F) glass boats were placed upside down in the parking facing the beach for winter. 
Note Oct 2: Docks still at Cabin 1 and need moving. Make sure anchors are well identified with a long rope separately attached to the chains and a suitable float.

Two trees that threatened to fall were taken down near Cabin 1. 

Garbage by the falls. 

Our predecessors of the early years of the club dumped their garbage in the woods around us.  Uncountable bottles, old oil cans, bed springs, stove pipes, fridges and stoves. We are certain you have seen it on the way to the falls. It is not something we are proud of, and should not be ignored any longer. This summer my wife and I talked about going down with some garbage bags and starting to clean up. It was something of another surprise when we found the very next day someone from the camping below us had pulled out an old rusty propane fridge and left it on the road with other debris. Whatever their intentions we decided to load as much of the crap as we could onto our trailer and Pierre Courcy brought it to the Eco-Center in L'ascension. It was the tip of the iceberg and a proper cleanup crew will be organized in the spring. Those who can help please contact me.

The camp was used more this summer. Groups arriving with members used the camps in July, August and September. 

Guests Jason and Sophie and their kids 

Grammpa Robbie

Nice canoeing in August


Friday, August 30, 2019

It is with sadness that we learn of the passing of one of our longest serving members, James Moore Sr. After a short illness Jim passed away in Lachute Qc this past Saturday August 24th, 2019.
This photo was taken of Jim (left), his long time friend Ken Rapley (middle) and Jim's son Jimmy Jr.

The club is forever grateful to his contributions over the years, serving the executive as director and president on more than one occasion of his 47 year membership in the AFGC (Ascension Fish & Game Club). One of his more memorable contributions was the initiation and management of the construction of Cabin 4 for the millennium celebration of our organizations founding. In 2005 the project was completed and a club dinner was held at Lac Vert (Curieres) with members attending. Jim inspired many visitors to join and/or revisit the club over the years, and attended every AGM until 2018.

His two son's Jimmy Jr., and Campbell frequented and fished the lake with their Dad from an early age, making the trip as often as possible to join Alec and John, (their cousins), friends and family. Adding to Jim's legacy this past May with Campbell produced a good fish, his last.

Predeceasing him was his wife of many years Barbara, and his partner Jean Dorken. He has now joined others including his brother Albany (2009) and his long time friend Ken Rapley (2016). Gone but never forgotten, we shall think of Jim on a warm summer night as we approach the White Rocks, Hepburn Island and other favourite spots of his and ours.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Old and new look Cabin 1

The old and new look of cabin 1. AFGC
 If one looks closely below, you may detect several individuals on the porch ....L-R . Robin Hamilton-Harding, Jon Kleivstul, Jens Wold and Robbie Noel. This photo below would have been early 90's, the porch was enlarged toward the end of the century and a new steel roof added. At the time, the main roof was rolled tar paper roofing, and the deck was a cover of corrugated fiberglass.It was necessary to shovel the roof in the winter which the club paid the guardian to do several times over the course of the winter.
Both photos courtesy of the writer Harold Gill

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Propane Safety in Camp - Propane stove

There is a lot of pleasure derived in visiting Green Lake. There is significant danger as well.

The executive/admin/board of directors does it's best to ensure that the club functions safely for all members. Over the last few years your club has been replacing and updating both appliances and energy sources including propane, solar and wood.

While many sections of propane lines have been replaced, the appliances may not be all similar or familiar from season to season and year to year. We all end up in a different cabin at one time or the other, and although a fridge is a fridge and the stove a stove, it may not be the same one you turned on last year.

Fridges, cook stoves, lights (with the exception of the new cabin 3), and the heater in no 4 (small cabin) are fuelled by propane. We are slowly moving towards solar, but for the immediate future will not be replacing wood or propane for heating and cooking.

Propane tanks and the appliances they serve are both a luxury and potential danger.  Carbon monoxide poisoning or fire is the immediate and constant threat.

If you turn the gas on in the camp and smell propane, what is the reason? Don't just go about your business, check it out. It could save your life.

1 - make certain you have no unconnected devices. Stoves, fridges, or lights that are open but not lit.

2 - If you do have propane lights hissing without being lit,  shut the lights, shut the main tank, and depending on how long you have had the tank open, let the cabin air out 10 -15 minutes before attempting to light any appliance.

3 - If the smell of propane is very very strong, turn off the main tank and do not even go into the house without letting it air a good long time.

4 -  Every cook stove in camp has four cooker burners and an oven. Each needs the pilot lights lit. Ask if you don't know how.

Propane is heavier than air.  It can ignite with a small static spark from your jacket. If your cabin does not have a carbon monoxide detector installed (not a smoke detector), please advise a director  immediately.

Here is a link to the above youtube video. Note, this is not an exact replicate of the stove in your cabin, but the principle is similar.

Next posting : The propane fridge operation.