Jim and Lynda McLennan
McLennan Fly Fishing
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Here you will get a glimpse into our world of
fly fishing, writing, music,
photography and art.
You will find changes, last-minute opportunities
and other information.
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Jim and Lynda
2021 Fly Fishing Schools
McLennan fly fishing schools are held at a number of
different locations in Southern Alberta, Canada.
(Unless we are invited to teach at a fishing lodge
or distant location we dream of going to. :) )
We can also provide corporate schools, and
schools for private groups.
Let us know if we can help in planning y
our group activity.
Gift certificates are available for a school or a specific amount to put towards the school of choice.
What would you like to learn in 2021?
Send us a note or call and we can arrange a
perfect day for you.
Bookings are happening everyday now. Check here for a quick look!
July 10 / July 11 2-Day Introductory
Have added 3 more openings
July 15 Presenting the Fly 3 spots open
July 17 1-Day Introductory FULL
July 17 / July 18 2-Day Introductory
2 spots open
July 24 Presenting the Fly 2 spots open
July 24/25 The Seasoned Angler 1 spot open
Aug. 8 1-Day Small Stream 4 spots open
Aug. 10 Presenting the Fly 3 spots open
Aug. 14 Presenting the Fly 2 spots open
Aug. 14/15 The Seasoned Angler 3 spots open
Aug. 20-23 York Creek Fly Fishing
Weekend and Retreat 1 spot open
Sept. 26 - Oct. 1
Northern Lights Lodge Retreat
1 spot now open
Bow River Drift and Learn
This is a float trip, but with a difference. The focus is on instruction rather than “just catching fish.” A good guide can get people to catch fish, but often they don’t know why they caught the fish.
Often, because the expectations are to "catch fish" there is no time to explain and teach the how and why of catching those fish.
You’ll drift and discuss where the fish are, methods of approaching different types of water at different times of year and under differing conditions. You’ll stop frequently to walk and wade the river, experiencing dry-fly, nymph and streamer fishing. This is suitable for people wishing to develop their “Bow River skills” both from the boat and on foot. It can also be a day of learning the boat-skills and boat-fishing skills required to row your own drift boat down the Bow.
Suitable for fly fishers:
- with some previous experience.
- who want to learn how to fly-fish the Bow River by boat and walk & wade throughout the day.
- who have limited mobility issues and are looking for an amazing fly-fishing experience.
Lunch, shuttle and instruction included.
Price $695 plus GST Same price for one or two anglers.
Living and Writing the Outdoor Life
Living and Writing the Outdoor Life
We have decided to cancel this course as Jim is putting together a 6 week Zoom course in
Please check back for details.
A Weekend Writing Retreat August 20 - 22
A weekend in the Crowsnest Pass,
dedicated to writing about the outdoors.Join Jim McLennan for a full-on weekend, talking about and thinking about writing. This event was a success last summer so we're offering it again.
Space is limited to 4 students.
Coal In Alberta
Most of you who receive our newsletters are aware of the possibility of increased open-pit coal mining in Alberta and are fully aware of the dire consequences this would have on the foothills and mountains of western Alberta, including its trout streams. This is the biggest threat to this area that we have encountered in our 50-plus-year love affair with the wild country and its trout streams.
Here are four things we're asking you to do:
1.Educate yourself about the issue.
Visit mountainsnotmines.ca for information, updates and suggested ways to take action
2.Complete the Alberta government's coal policy survey here: https://www.alberta.ca/coal-policy-engagement.aspx
3. Watch this video, put together by our good friends at Fish Tales Fly Shop: https://youtu.be/g1LrEssHQXc
4.Make the situation known to your friends, especially those outside the fly-fishing community. Many people are unaware or unconcerned about this, and we need to make them aware.
5. Take action.
Jim's latest Magazine Articles
2021 FlyFusion Volume 18 Issue 3
Water Marks: How to Defile a Wilderness
Important for all Albertans to read.
2021 Alberta Fishing Guide
Feature: Taking the Fly-Fishing Plunge
Strung magazine: The Upland Issue
First and Last by Jim McLennan
Photos by Lynda McLennan
What's the big deal about fly fishing?
by Jim McLennan
Anchored Podcast on Anchored Outdoors
If you are just starting fly fishing this short article
will help you understand some reasonswhy folks fly fish.