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Well fellows, ladies another year has past and this is the last entry for 2009. Gone back into the archives a bit and have come up with a memorial to the best friend a guy could ever have: my fish fetching pal Maggie. Saved my life she did; chased off three grizzly bears snapping at their heels. Bye Bye Maggie.


Episode #43

As promised, I've posted your pictures Tony.

 


Episode #42

Howdy fellows, ladies and welcome to another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow River near Banff Alberta Canada.

Ladies and Gentlemen please give a warm round of applause and welcome to two friends from Spain; Howie and Pirin.

It was mid-morning start and I could tell that Howie was excited about our fishing adventure. We got the licenses at Rusticana, jumped into our waders and boots and into the wild blue waters we went. Howie put on a bit of a fishing exhibition with my G. Loomis 6'6" ultra-lite spin rod at our first stop and must have hooked five or six real nice browns in quick succession. I was impressed. I start calling him  Howie Von SlayenHammer he was so good at catching fish. Pirin landed a nice one too.

The third stop was entertaining as we met up with Dave D. one of our long standing wildlife officers. He has been trying to catch me for many years now without fishing licenses. We had them. Dave showed me a picture of his fine and I mean fine Elk that he had bagged bow hunting this season. He also showed off a picture of his twelve year old daughter with her first deer. It's nice to talk to old friends along the river you know.

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We tried one more spot to round the day off, a creek mouth aye and Howie hooked a real stinker, big brown trout but it leap out of the water with a mighty shake shook free.

 The End.

 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen please give a warm welcome to Schnappsy Sunshine and Dr. SasQuatch.

Well if you want to meet some fine fisherman look no further as these particular fellows have nothing but my highest regard.  It started out as a bit of shake down but the distinguished gentlemen soon realized that despite the fact that it was their birthday for our day of fishing that really at the end of it all it was going to be my birthday.

Dr. SasQuatch, a big man he is, smart too, started the fishing party off with a fine trout. Made me run for the net he did. He lands his fish this Dr. SasQuatch ; doesn't let em get away aye. Fine fly casting machine. Gary is fond of heights too,  particularly the CN Tower. November 11th aye.  Knows the spey too.

Well Schnappsy was casting some fine line too but ultimately he knew from the outset that we were going fishing.

We get down to the Candy Cane Hole, a good walk it was and  ole Schnappsy put on a fly casting demonstration that one could only be proud of. KaBammo, KaBlammo, Kablammo it was a pure delight to watch, couple of Hawgs too.

Be very careful when addressing Nick Webbin as he is the sharpest of the arrows and a hellofa a nice guy too, unless of course you're on the wrong side of the line. Lucky for me we're on the same side. Despite a little dancing we had just  a great day out on the Bow River. All the best fellows.

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Episode #40

Howdy fellows, ladies welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow River near Banff Alberta Canada. This week's guests of the show were mighty fishy indeed.

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Episode#38

Howdy fellow, ladies welcome back to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow River near Banff Alberta Canada.

 

 


To my valued clients. I am a nincompoop as I erased my entire memory card. So the pictures I promised from August 20th to August 26th are gone forever. I am very sorry for that.

 Jim.


Episode #37

Howdy fellows, ladies and welcome back to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow river near Banff Alberta Canada. This week's show features many especially fishy clients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Episode #36

Howdy fellows, ladies, welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow River.

 

 

 

 


 

Episode #35

Howdy fellows, ladies welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow River. This episode features many stars of the show but look out world, as Fluffy Larimore is on the loose.

 

 

 

 

 


Episode #34

Howdy fellows, ladies and welcome back to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow River near Banff Alberta Canada.

 

 

 


Episode #00

Howdy fellows, ladies welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow river near Banff Alberta Canada. Here's some pictures from last year.

 

 

 


Episode #33

Howdy fellows, ladies welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow River near Banff Alberta Canada. Today's stars of the show are many mighty fishy friends along with Woody Woodpecker.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Episode #32

Howdy fellows, ladies welcome back to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow River near Banff Alberta Canada. Today's starts of the show are the mighty fishy Frisky Higgins and his pal Max MainSt..

The truth came out finally this morning at coffee aye. Fish fish fishy this week. Lots of smaller fish on the dry. Quite a delight. A few bigger ones too!!

 

Sure was another fine week of angling in Hawgwild Country.

THE END.


Episode #31

Howdy fellows, ladies welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow River near Banff Alberta Canada. Today's star of the show is Hooty's friend, the mighty fishy, Festivas the other Owl.

It was very cool. Along the trail, on the way back from the river, there in the tree was Hooty and Holy Smolley, Festivas too. Two Owls!!!!

THE END.


Episode# 30

Howdy fellows, ladies welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow River near Banff Alberta Canada. Today's star of the show is the mighty fishy Hooty the Owl.

To our surprise while walking along the trail to the Three eyed balled Trout Hole we encountered Hooty the Owl.

 

 

 

 

Sure was some fine fishing this week in Hawgwild Country.

THE END.


Episode# 29

Howdy fellows, ladies welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow River. Today's star of the show is the mighty fishy Jack the Bear.

To our surprise right where I park my truck to fish the Walter Hole was Jack the bear. 

Been catching some fish this week too!!

THE END.


Episode #27

Howdy fellows, ladies welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow River near Banff Alberta Canada. Today's star of the show is friend the mighty fishy Daneille.

Hollywood hours today with a comfortable 9am start at the magnificent Rimrock Hotel.  Michael was at a conference there and Daneille wanted to go fishing .We fished three beautiful spots along the Hawgwild fishing trail and had just a great day. It was sunny, not much of a breeze and just right around 70 F. Daneille sure liked going fishing as her smile just got bigger and bigger as the day rolled on.

Sure was another fine day in Hawgwild Country.

THE END.


Episode  #26

Howdy fellows, ladies welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow River near Banff Alberta Canada. Today's star of the show is friend the mighty fish Mike.

It was a warm sunny afternoon in June. Not much wind just ideal to throw the fly rods around a bit aye. We had a bit of dry fly action fast and furious. Then for fun we went down to the river to try our luck.

Turned out to be a quadruple Hawger day in Hawgwild Country.

THE END.


Epiosde #25

Howdy Fellows ladies, welcome to Scuttlbutt Lodge in Hawgwild country and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow River near Banff Alberta Canada. Today's star of the show is friend the mighty fishy Bud.

Vermillion crossing was the meeting place and off into the wild blue waters a fishing we went. Bud told me about his collection of fly rods and how much he really liked fly fishing. I had brought some of my best G Loomis sticks along so we were ready to rock.

We threw the dry awhile. Then a sinking nymph. The three weight, the four and some five where all in action. Bite too.

Sure was another fine day in Hawgwild Country.

THE END


Episode #24

Howdy fellows, ladies welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow River near Banff Alberta Canada. Today's stars of the show are friends the mighty fishy Pat and Megan.

We met at the revolving doors, into my truck sprang Pat and Megan and off into the wild blue waters a fishing we went. A coolish dry morning, overcast with a light wind. So good fishing weather aye. We took a crack with the dry flies at a close by lake. Pat wasted no time and had one to shore. A backwards KABLAMMO. No look hook set. Megan got into the lake action too. The fish kept biting... here and there a bit or three. After some time we decided to change venue and try our luck on the river. It's running a bit on the high side and not perfect clarity aye.

Megan gaffed a big big fat slob on the river, fought it fought it, it fought back leapt twisting and with a shake and rattle flipped the hook. Stopped our hearts that Hawg did it jumped so close in front of us. Well it rained just a bit so making us feel rather cool. We stopped in at the JK Bakery for steak minestroni soup and a hot chocolate. Fresh bread too. MMMm it was good. Refreshed, we stopped at another spot and caught a few rainbows.

Sure was another fine day in Hawgwild Country.

THE END.


Episode #23

Howdy fellows, ladies, welcome to Scuttllebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow river around Banff Alberta Canada. Today's star of the show is friend the mighty fishy Steve..

Another fine day it was. Cool in the early morning and it was all of that as we started kind of early 6:30am. Drove by some elk and deer on the way out of town. Just smaller ones aye. We were destined for a spring favourite fishing hole of mine on the Bow down a wee ravine with some clay banks a real nice part of the river you know. Steve had brought a great seven weight G. Loomis along with a sink tip line for throwing clausers.

We fired a lot of line for an hour and nothing. Great looking water. Then out of no where. A vicious slash followed by a left right upper cut KABLAMMO. Right in front of us a big brown bust out of the water just as Steve was lifting his line right by the bank aye. Thing very nearly jumped up on shore by our feet.!! It was that close.  A nice chubby fat football.

 

We fished three stops on the Hawgwild fishing train hard finishing the day KABLAMMO KABLAMMO.

Sure was another fine day on the Bow river in Hawgwild Country.

THE END.


Episode #22

Howdy fellows, ladies, welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow river. Today's stars of the show are the mighty fishy Sally, Sara, Richard, and Josh.

It all started out at the Ptarmagin Inn, you know that fine looking hotel well situated on Banff Avenue one block from downtown. We piled into my blue Suburban and we were off into the wild blue waters. No one had had any breakfast so we hitched up outside the JK Bakery and broke the fast. MMMMM some of that eye opening Danish breakfast coffee, ham and eggs, sausage rolls, and one beef and one chicken pie. To go a dozen fresh donuts. We were ready to fish!!

What a beautiful day.! Warm, sunny, not windy just an all round great day. Sure was another fine day in Hawgwild Country.

THE END.


Episode #21

Howdy fellows, ladies welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow River. Today's stars of the show are the mighty fishy John and his lovely daughter Andrea.

It all started out at Frank' place, you know, the very well-managed Banff Park Lodge. We set out from there and headed out into the wild blue waters. John stuck gold first and before I knew it we had one in the net. The dry fly was really working that morning as we sure had a bunch of hits on the surface. We decide to change venue so we jumped into my truck and rode on down the highway a bit to a pretty good spot on the Bow. Beautiful day, sunny, hardly a puff of wind with the odd dunderhead cloud floating around. Perfect fishing weather aye.

Andrea got biggest one on the river.

 Sure turned out to be another fine day in Hawgwild Country.

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Episode #20

Howdy fellows, ladies welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend' s adventures along the Bow River. Today's stars of the show, hailing from the Chateau Lake Louise Hotel are friends the mighty fishy Sabrina and Ralph.

It was a snowy cool morning and I had mentioned to Pat that I thought that maybe too cool to go aye. Luckily Ralph is a keen fisherman and from Texas so he was in. He came here to get cold. Turned out to be a great day, cloudy overcast with just a bit of wind. Just enough to blow the flies out into the fish catching zone. Sabrina with just a little help from me gaffed the first one. Ralph was in the zone and every once in awhile on consistent basis it was KABLAMMO KABLAMMO big hits on the top. So before long we had number two in the net. Since it was a bit of a cool morning we stopped at the JK Bakery for some hot soup. MMM Italian wedding soup today. Refreshed, we tackled a bit more of the wild blue waters. We viewed some birds too aye.

And so went the day. Sure turned out to be another fine day along the Bow River in Hawgwild Country.

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Episode #19

Howdy fellows, ladies welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow River near Banff Alberta. Today's stars of the show, hailing from the Banff Springs Hotel, are friends the mighty fishy Donny, Cade, and Conor.

This is ridiculous!!! said Conor of the snow falling around us as we fished. The weather line split almost directly above our heads so one minute it was sunny and the next some snow. Good vs Evil aye. The Good side won and it was a fine day. Summer like almost by the end of the day. We fly fished a good while and then tried a bit of spin fishing. Cade gaffed the big one right at the end just before it was time to go home.

Sure turned out to be another fine day along the Bow River in Hawgwild Country.

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Episode #18

Howdy fellows, ladies, welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friend's adventures along the Bow River near Banff Alberta. Today's stars of the show are the mighty fishy Jeff and Jennifer.

Another stellar day. Blue sky, no clouds and not even a puff of wind. We met up at the Vermillion Lakes turn off and into the wild blue waters we sailed. Jennifer had the hot hand early as first cast it happened: KAWHAMMOBLAMMO Uppercut fish on. One nothing before we'd even started really. The weather held and fish kept biting. Sure was beautiful out there. We travelled to a few spots that day. Jennifer caught the most and Jeff the most bite and the biggest fish.

Sure was another fine day in Hawgwild Country.

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Episode #17

Howdy fellows, ladies, welcome Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim and Friends adventures along the Bow River near Banff Alberta. Today's star of the show, hailing from Canberra, is the mighty fishy Cade. Go Kangaroos!!!

The pick up was at the groovy Fox Hotel. All Suites aye. We got on the road post haste and off into the wild blue waters a fishing we went. It was a cool morning, pastel blue sky, no clouds no wind. So really good to give the flies a go. A steady stop the JK Bakery. MMMM spinach pie, warm sausage rolls and that great Danish Breakfast coffee.

 We got to the water and almost before I knew it happened:  KABLAMMO Uppercut to surface and it was fish on. ZAZING ZAZING went the reel and out of the water flashed a nice Hawg. Big bend in my five weight G.Loomis fly rod. Cade held on battling. I jumped in with the net and that Hawg went the other way almost breaking free. A couple of stabs later with the net and we had our first fish of the day. We went on to fish two more great holes that day landing fish every where we went.

It sure turned out to be another fine day in Hawgwild Country.

THE END.


Episode #16

Howdy fellows, ladies welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim's adventures along the Bow River. Today's stars of the show, hailing from the Rimrock Hotel, are the mighty fishy Nick and Deryl.

We dropped in down a steep line down the ravine into a little known fishy bathtub of water on the Bow. It's running a little coloured today fellows. Look out as she may blow any time now. KABLAMMMO bite right away but no luck with the net. We fished on, working our way down river. Nick start to light it up with a few bites and then it happened KABLAMMO  a big slob just creamed it. It was right inside of the fast ripple just on the lee of an island. Nick kind of just picked it off right in the sweet spot you know. He battled it in and then I jumped it with the net. Deryl got into the action too.

 Sure turned out to be another fine day in Hawgwild Country.

THE END


Episode #15

Howdy fellows, ladies welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim's adventures along the Bow River. Today's stars of the show, hailing from Chicago, home of the Bullin Wall and mighty good Black Hawks, are the mighty fishy Drew and Jeff.

I'd rolled in a bit early to the Banff Springs Hotel. It was high noon, the meeting was over, the Blue Bomber loaded and off into the wild blue waters a fishing we went. Hot out. A balmy +77 F. Felt good to stand in the water it was so hot aye. We got into the spot alright but not much action right away. I'd put the net away getting ready to move on down stream when it happened....KABLAMKABLAMMO!! ZAZING ZAZING Fish on. Drew battled a fine flashy brown to the top. Tail Dancer it was. I was way out in left field with the net really so by the time I charged over with a mighty leap that Hawg shook free. Nice fish. .

Jeff got into the action too.

Sure turned out to be another fine day in Hawgwild Country.

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Episode #14

Howdy fellows, ladies, welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim's adventures along the Bow River. Today's star of the show hailing from Montreal, home of the Habs, is the mighty fishy G. Bernard.

It all started out at the Banff Springs Hotel. Bernard had called me the day before and wanted to fish but wasn't sure he could squeeze it in as he was at a conference. I can't quite remember which company he was with. Anyway next day in the morning I got the call  and off into the wild blue waters a fishing we went.

Bernard had mentioned that he wanted to fly fish a bit but he'd never really tried it before. Could have fooled me as with a mere 20 seconds of instruction Bernard was flipping the line out with the greatest of ease. He is a natural. That man can load and fire a fly line. We hauled some dry flies for awhile and I couldn't help but notice that it was just a beautiful day outside. I heard Bernard say mention how much fun it was to fly fish. Before long the Hawgs started to bite.  KAWHAMMOBLAMMO  a big hit on the surface.

 ZaZing ZaZing went the line and out of the water leap a fat Artic Greyling. Soon after the Browns were jumping too!!!

 Bernard's boss was waiting for us at the Banff Springs Hotel when we returned and wanted to know how the fishing was.

We told Ronald that it sure was another fine day in Hawgwild Country.

THE END.


Episode #13

Howdy fellows, ladies, welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another hair-splitting episode of Big Jim's adventures along the Bow River. Today's star of the show, hailing from Toronto, home of the Leaf Nation, is the mighty fishy David. Go Leafs Go!

I drove to Banff that night through a blinding snowstorm, right by Scott's Lake Hill. So it was a chilly morning. I picked David up at the Banff Springs Hotel and off into the wild blue waters we drove.  It was Turkey and Swiss on multigrain and dijon day at the JK Bakery and boy o boy did the coffee smell good in there. 

 Second stop on the Hawgwild Fishing Train proved to be a winner as first cast it happpen KABLAMMO!! UPPER CUT!!! FAKE LEFT FISH ON! It muscled it's way to the top and with a couple of mighty right hooks said no thank you and was gone. 

 David got into the tourney and hit the winning combination.. SLAMMOKAAABLLAMMO Fish on!!! I slid into first getting the net.  ZAZINGZAZING  went the line. ZAZINGZAZING again. Beauty flashy silver brown trout. It almost bested us with a couple of kidney shots but David held the helm steady and out muscled that Hawg's effort to break free. The fish out boxed us for awhile longer battling right to the end and with a couple double left feints with a right upper cut really very nearly escaped. David launched a solerplex flurry followed by left right hook combo that dazzled that brute. Just about the same time I dove in with the net and with a mighty scoop we had that Lunker.  Yabadabadooo!!!

 Sure turned out to be another fine day out on the Bow River in Hawgwild Country.

The End.


Episode #12

Howdy fellows, ladies welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another tale of Big Jim's adventures along the Bow River. Today's stars of the show hail from the fine state of Maine, the mighty fishy Ben and Sam.

It all started out at the Buffalo Mountain Lodge in the morning, 8am. There we met, we piled into the Blue Bomber and off into the wild blue waters a fishing we went. Cool morning. It snowed again last night and there was still a bit on the roof of my truck. Ben was a accomplished fly caster so we stopped at my shop; the Rock en Roll Fishing Hall of Fame and picked up my eleven and a half foot G.Loomis GLX fly rod that casts those clausers with the greatest of ease. We were destined to fish the infamous three eyed balled trout hole, home of the Hawgs you know. Ben could sure launch the line and we tried a number of streamers but nothing. The water was really low as it was cold the night before so we bugged out of there and slid into a different honey hole a bit further along the trail.

 First cast at the new hole it happened: KAAAAWWWHAMMMOBLAMMO big fish on. What a slob. A big fat chunky brown trout. Ben battled, the fish battled, Ben battled back, out of the water the brown flash leap twisted and shaking, trying to get free. Ben hung on and I ran over and jumped that jumbo Hawg with the net. Yabadabado!! Next cast KABLAMMO!!!! Fish on!!! Another fat fish. And so went the day.

Sure was another fine day on the Bow River in Hawgwild Country.

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Episode #11

Howdy fellows, ladies, welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another lively episode of Big Jim's adventures along the Bow River. Today's guests from the fine State of Michagan, on their 15th anniversary trip, are clients Dan and Kim.

It snowed last night as there was a fresh skiff on the roof of my truck. Fine day though. No wind and on the cloudy side so just right for fishing. I picked Dan and Kim up from  the Banff Springs Hotel at 8am and we were off. First stop the JK Bakery for some mmm sausage rolls, chicken pie, and a couple of just baked apple fritters which we washed on down with some of that fine Danish Breakfast coffee. Sure was good. I think I dream about that bakery the nights before I go fishing it's so good. We got three walnut brownies and a some german pretzels to go and off into the wild blue waters we went.

Dan got things going with a fine trout. Couple of bites first off and then it happened. KAWWHAMMO-BLAMMO fish on!! I heard Dan say. I ran over with the net and jumped that Hawg and we had him. Next cast fish on!!! It manged to slip the hook however and was gone. Kim came over and started tossed her line in the sweet part of the whirlpool and Kawwhammo!!!! Fish On!!! It was a jumper and it leap right in front of us six feet in the air and shook free. What a hawg. That was the start of a four season day on the river as it snowed a bit , then a touch of rain, and into the glorious sun we fished. It sure turned out to be a delightful day.

THE END.


Episode #10

Howdy fellows, ladies, welcome back to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another live episode of Big Jim's adventures along the Bow River. Today's guest from the fine city of Winnipeg is the mighty fishy Wade. Any man that lands a 34lb Muskie on a wally jig and jigging rod is a mighty fisherman I tell you.

Early start we got that day. For spring that is. I picked Wade up at the Rimrock Hotel at 7:30am. It was snowing a bit but no wind and the sun was already burning through the clouds. So another fine day in Hawgwild Country. We hitched the truck up at the JK Bakery and had a bit of to go scoff and mmm some of their delicious Danish breakfast coffee. Off into the wild blue waters we drove...destined for the three eyed trout hole. We hiked in and we were fishing in no time. Wade knew what he was doing and before long KAWHAMMOBLAMMO  the first fish was on. ZingZing went the drag twice into the air that brown flash leap the second time twisting and turning and out came the hook. Next cast KLAAABLAMMOWHAMMO ANOTHER FISH!!! This one we landed. It was a beautiful silver chrome brown trout. A Hawg. The stars were aligned a bit that morning as Wade proceeded to put on a brown trout catching expose. A seven Hawger day. Biggest brown was a good 25incher. Look out for those guys from Winnipeg as they sure can fish.

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Episode #9

Howdy fellows, ladies welcome back to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fun episode of Big Jim's adventures along the Bow River. Today we have a return guest, fishing the mighty Bow River, the incomparable, the talented, one of finest anglers in the Valley, the mighty fishy Al. You may remember Al from episode #1 and his big rainbow.

 

Fishing day it was. To be Thursday we thought but Wednesday we were out on the water. In search of the lost fabled hole called "Trout Gardens". Some how the entrance to that potent hole has become somewhat obscured. We dropped down a steep cleft into the what I suspected to be the start of the Shangrala fishing you know, Trout Gardens. Shazam we're down there but it's not Trout Gardens but the great corner aways up of it. Grand looking hole Jimmy Al said.

 I could tell Al was having fun as he was swigging his sasperella from the side and he only does that when he's having a good time. We surveyed the hole some, boulders, a fat white water ripple at the head, curling into a deep whirl pool with just a great burbling tail out. Nice and deep too!!  First cast Al picks one off. Beauty.  Kablaammo Whammo Al's line had barely hit the water and that big fat Hawg had it and was going the other way. ZaZAZING ZAZING ZZZZZZZZZZZZZing!!   Formidable as it was Al battled with all his might and landed the it. Talk about accurate casting. We'll have to call him six shooter Al from now on. Fine trout...6lber. I caught a couple that day too.

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Episode #8

Howdy fellows, ladies, welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another episode of Big Jim's weekly tall fish tales along the Bow River. Today's guest, fishing the mighty Bow River, long time friend since the 80's, fellow adventurer, philanthropist, one of the famed Muller brothers, Andy Muller.

It was a fine Saturday, blue, blue sky, bird were a chirping, just a puff of wind, a real cracker of a spring day in the Rockies. We headed out on the road a bit late I thought 4pm and all but hey it's always fishing time in Hawgwild country. The warm afternoon sun felt great while standing along the river, a real pleasure just to be here I thought. Andy ever the tackle enthusiast, pulled out what he called "Old Faithful" out of his tackle box and tied it on his line. I'd already put in a full day prior so I was sipping on a sasperella, you know, taking the edge off the day when it happened. KABLAMMO SHIZAMMO BANG BANG Andy was into a big Hawg. ZZZZZZZinggggg, ZZZZZZZingggg, Zing went the drag once, twice, three times that fat chunky trout leap into the air trying to shake free. Holy Smolley!!! I hear Andy exclaim That's the biggest trout I've ever seen!! Nice fish it was too. Big shoulders and somewhat of an evil toothy grin to it. Andy landed it and for awhile after he looked like the happiest man in the land. Not to be out done, I got my line going and hauled up a fine trout as well.

THE END.


Episode #7

Howdy fellows, ladies, welcome to Scuttlebut Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another classic episode of Big Jim's weekly tall fish tales along the Bow River. This week we have a very special guest;  the most senior wizened guide on the Upper Bow, the Grand PooBaa himself,  the infamous Jeff P. .

Not much this guiding this week so I called Jeffy up and said Let's go fishing buddy. He wanted to go but couldn't  that day but the next day we went and what a day it was.  In the 70's blue, blue sky, one of the first hot days of the spring; just a stunner out along the river. We bumbled down the trail sliding a bit on the last bits of snow left on the path. A longish walk through the woods we went down to one of the prettiest holes on the Zippermouth period. I broke the ice with the first one. Big slob.

We hiked on down further down river a ways and stopped to fish this sweet corner.  Beautiful day I heard Jeff say as he flopped a big clauser deep into the chop. It wasn't long till the inevitable happened KaWHAMMO KABLAMMO HAMMO big FISH. A fine beauty chrome battler it was.ZING..ZING.ZZING!!! I heard as that Hawg went the other way. Jeffy fought it in and lo and behold there's another bigger trout chasing the one on the line. Wow, very cool Jeff said. 

It sure turned out to be a real sweet day.  THE END.


Episode #6

Howdy fellows, ladies welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another fine episode of Big Jim's weekly tall fish tales along the Bow River. This week's guests fishing in the Canadian Rockies and hailing from the mighty city of L.A. are Kevin and Paul.

A fine day it was. Sunny no wind a beautiful spring day.  Off we rode on down out of the Banff Springs down the hill and out into the wild blue yonder. We hitched up at the JK Bakery for for some morning pastry delights, fresh coffee, and we had the girls make us up a Dagwood sandwhich each on Ciabatta while we donned our waders.  I had to get my big boots out for Paul, Kevin too. We jumped back into the Blue Bomber, my minty 1988 Chevrolet Silvardo Suburban and blasted off down a secondary road a ways and rolled on into a spot I call " Trout Gardens". The air was clean and crisp as we walked through the woods following a faint game trail. I blew my whistle a few times and called HEEYYYAA BEAR YEEEYAA. Not many bears around but it is springtime and they can be ornery this time of year. We didn't see or smell any, so down to the river we went.

Great day to fish the river. Trout Gardens has a nice set back stand of tall willow and birch trees so we were out of any wind and sun in our faces. We casted a while and had a coupled of bites. Then Kevin went up stream a little ways and KABLAMMO fish on, big fish. It was a nice brown...Paul and I seen it jump twice twisting and turning making a big time commotion out in the middle of the pool. Kevin fought it though bravely and struggle as it might Kevin gave him no quarter and wheeled that hawg in so that  I could  jump it with the net. Nice fish you know, not a career brown trout but very respectable at it's dimensions. A fatty you might say. The action got Paul all fired up and he was zinging the lure out almost to the other bank far away. Hero casts they call them. Kevin hooked another one that squirmed away. This made Paul even more determined.  Next thing I know BINGO WHAMMERhammer KaBLAMMER!!! Paul hooks into a beauty. Big one too. A dancer it was tail walker too and a chromer to boot. Nice silver silvery fish. With some admirable manoeuvring Paulie steered that Hawg into the net and we had him. About the same size as Kevin's so the fellows were officially tied. We got some more that day and I could tell by the animated conversation and grinning faces that we'd had another fine day in Hawgwild Country.

 

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Episode #5

Howdy fellows, ladies, welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another episode of Big jim's weekly tall fish tales along the Bow River. This week's guest, fishing in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, is the mighty fishy Mark "Action" Jackson.

Spring fishing aye. It can be great but you choose your times a wisely.  Jackson hooked into a real fine Hawg on a Monday . It was a planned fish and we snuck into a great hole, a real producer over the years to try our luck. The Bow is low and gin clear so you can see them in there. A nice deep, deep boulder hole and there they were a couple of big hawgs. I almost #$%^* my pants as two 7 plus pounds where very close together one just in front and to the side of the other, so it looked one gargantuan trout fifteen pounds at least!!!  Jackson!!   I called him over so he could have a look. My line then decided to snap and before I  could get another fly together  Jackson had flipped his line in the water and BANGETTY  BANG. Big trout I couldn't teell right away if it was a big rainbow or something else.., the fish was just too flashy.

A couple of mighty leaps and we still we're sure.

 HOLY SMOLEY!!!!! JACKSON YELLED IT'S A SEA MONSTEER!!     IT'S A SEA MONSTER!!!!!!!!!    I tried to net it but that  HAWG didn't like the look of me one bit as it desperately lunged out back into the current. Good thing Mark is a skilled angler as he held on and battled it in. Finally that fat hulking brute gave in seeing that the odds were stacked against him  and it jumped in the net.   THE END 

 

Springtime oh springtime finally some nicer weather and the fish sure are waking up.

 

 


Episode #4

Howdy fellows, ladies, welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another episode of Big Jim's weekly tall fish tales along the Bow River. This week's guests, fishing in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, are the mighty fishy Jonnie, Jamie, Neil, and and the Mitchell's.

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Episode #3

Howdy fellows, ladies, welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and another episode of Big Jim's weekly tall fish tales along the Bow River. This week's guests fishing in the Canadian Rocky Mountains are friends from Texas and Nevada, the mighty fishy  Steve, Bridgett, Alison, Steve, and Ray.

It was early, breakfast time, when we met up out by the revolving doors at the Banff Springs Hotel. Fresh spring breeze, some good company, sunshine, what a delight that we were going fishing. First stop was the JK Bakery in Canmore;  mmmm...fresh jelly dougnuts, ham and eggs and the good coffee, Danish breakfast it's called. Oh boy was it good. We ordered up some ala carte lunch while scoffing a bit of pastry and got the licenses on the go too and then we were off into the wild blue yonder.

 We drove deep up into the mountains and turned off on an unmarked gravel road. We bounced down that cart-track till it turned to a goat path ...Yeeeeehaaa!! Ray said that it felt like he was driving with his Dad when he was a kid. So after our wild ride was over we were there. Our fishing party piled out and geared up and headed down the trail. Not the easiest hike to Zippermouth Lake but well worth it and we made it there in good cheer. I rigged up some of my G. Loomis five weights with some sinking and stripping nymphs and on the four and three weight rods I put on some dry flies. The wind was just right and was blowing the flies right out onto the Lake into the kill zone. Even my tiny six foot six three weight G. Loomis fly rod was launching the flies in the air and out there.

 Steve broke the ice and got into a nice one  before every one else was in the water and we were off to the races. Once we all got our all  lines wet, the Lake started to boil and I mean BOIL. KabaaammmoWhammo..Couple of double headers right off the bat. Alison and Bridgett were hooking fish and bam bam, bam really started nailing them one after another. Ray, despite a slow start, came to life after a few minutes and some how managed to get the stink on his fly and well, put on a bit of a fish catching exhibition for the rest of us. Not to be out done, the Steve's kicked in the afterburners was going fish for fish with Ray. I started calling them the VonSlayenHammer brothers, they caught so many fish. Soooooooo many bites were had by all that we renamed Zippermouth Lake the Lake of a Thousand Bites.

 The End.

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Episode #2:

Howdy fellows, ladies, welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and this week's weekly tall fish tale along the Bow River. This week's guests, fishing in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, are mighty fishy looking Garedinar Lightfoot, Matt Brown, and Derrick McDuff.

  It was Saturday night Hockey Night in Canada, snowing like crazy and some of the good fellows of the town were having a few sasperellas and watching the game, the Stanely Cup Play-offs. We got a talking about fishing, bragging you know and by the second period intermission the plan had already been hatched. Two feet of snow or not we were going to go fishing tomorrow 10am start. Now that the fishing party was set; well it just opened up the can and the bragging and bravado of each gentlemen's fishing expertise came out. That third period was wild, the sasperella flowing, insults and challenges a flying. Who was the best fisherman, who was going to bag the big one tomorrow.... You know, stuff hockey and fishing buddies talk about. By the end of the night it was decided that arm wrestling was the only sure way to determine who was the best fisherman

The 10am start was good. We had bacon and eggs at Garedinar's loaded up the trucks and off into the wild blue yonder we went. We decided on a two truck stop walk and wade. We dropped Derrick's truck at the get out and then drove a bit further down stream and pulled off the road. About a half an hour walk in and we were on the river. What a beautiful day!! Snow all around but melting, a bit of sun and not much wind. A nice spring fresh day. We had about 3-4 miles of river to walk so off we went.

Not much action at the start, great looking water; boulders with a nice bit of riffely water but nothing. We persevered and carried on. Derrick broke the ice and hooked into a nice brown. Big one. Second leap out of the water, twisting and turning that big Hawg with a mighty shake of it's head flipped the lure out and got away. That rejuvenated the debate of who was best angler and the casting got intense. I managed to hook and land a small little 12 inch brown. Garedinar had a few good solid bites but nothing in the net. The later the day got, the cooler it became and the fewer the bites so it looked like that nice little brown I had caught would stand as the tournament weinner!!!

It was almost last cast time when Derrick McDuffed one big giant slob. What a Hawg. He was yelling and screaming help, help, help, get the net , Get the Net!! We just laughed and said Net??? what net, we don't got no net. One big leap out of the water however changed our minds and Garedinar scrambled for the net threw it up to Matt. Derrick had already battled for a good five minutes and managed to get the fish in close. One look at Matt's mug and the net however and that crazy fish took off into the current and it was gone. ZZZZZZZZinggggg went the drag and that powerful fish almost spooled Derrick. Run, Run Run!!!! we were roaring and Derrick ran, running after the fish down stream turning the handle as fast as he could. Derrick finally managed to gain the upper hand and maneuvered the fish in by shore. Matt had ran down with him,  jumped it with the net and with a mighty scoop landed the big one of the day. The End.

Thanks for visiting us at Skuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country, come on back next week for another one of Big Jim's real life tall fish tales along the Bow River near Banff Alberta Canada.


Episode #1:

 Howdy fellows, ladies, welcome to Scuttlebutt Lodge in Hawgwild Country and the inaugural great story episode of Big Jim's weekly tall fish tales along the Bow River.  This week's guests, fishing in the Canadian Rocky mountains are the mighty fishy Al McNaughton and his dog Lucky.

It started out kinda funny.  I wanted to fish and Al did too but we only had a bit of time because he had to pick his kids up after school and it was already high noon. Anyway Al said he couldn't go so I thought that was going to be the end of it that day. To my surprise, two minutes later Al was on the phone and said he was on his way to pick me up and that we'd go on an emergency fish, just two hours and then home. I always want to go fishing, so it was set... I was in.

The 1986 big Ford red rambler rolled itself and rumbled in and before I knew it we were on the road setting out into the wild blue waters. We gotta be quick Al said. No sneaking looking for fish, investigative fishing, but rather straight to the fish kinda shooting them in a barrel was Al's mood. Fortunately for us, I knew of just the fishing locale that we were meant to go to.  Lucky, the black lab fishing hound, always ready for a party, was in our company, so before long we were already at the side of the road at our fishing stop. Lucky jumped out, did a few summersaults while we geared up and we set off down through the woods, following Zippermouth Creek to the Bow river all the way down to "the Honey Hole" right in the middle of the mountains grand central for some big fish of the Bow River. Al seemed to recall a big rainbow falling to my fatly tied brown drake last year at the same place. He was right, it was just that spot. I joked that if there ever was a time for us to hook into a big double -header this was going to be the place.

Well we go there finally, a bit of walk it was, and we could see one big Hawg near the head of the pool submarining near the bottom. It looked to be at least six pounds so a career trout for most fellows. Then we spotted a couple more fish, harder to see, cruising camouflaged in the tail-out of the pool. I thought they might be a couple of those crafty leopard rainbows rarely ever seen and even harder to catch.

We tied up. Al ever the dry fly enthusiast, chose a jumbo Royal Coachman Dry and said winter or no winter I'm gonna skate one of those pigs up to the top and he did just that. Ka-whammo second drift on the drop at the end of a couple skates and wiggles, a five pound rainbow just smoked his fly. Well that fish must have been a gifted acrobat as it put on a spectacular aerial show flipping and a splashing.....With all the commotion going on that fat Hawg that I'd spotted at the head of the pool was moving around. It swam right up to the rainbow Al was fighting and tried to get the fly out of the rainbows mouth!!!

I dropped the net and flipped my fly in the water. I'd tied on a minni minnow clauser with a bit of weight to it...it hit the water and started to sink.... at about three feet deep that big dirty Hawg noticed it and he just leisurely swam over and chomped on my fly. I needed no second invitation and set the hook solid.

Double-header!!!!!! What a battle we had....criss-crossing lines, one fish running up the other down, mine very nearly snapped the line on a submerged tree limb but it miraculously sprang free. Lucky that was. Al, being the athlete  he is, almost pile-drove himself into the river  slip sliding on the ice managed to net his fish on his own  and then the one I had on gave up too and we had both of those Lunkers in the net at the same time. Al=5/6lber Rainbow Jim=6/7lber Bull trout.

  THE END.

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