Chapter President: Ken Monk
Area of Interest
Since 2011, the Northern Lights Fly Fishers Chapter has focussed its conservation efforts in the upper Pembina River watershed. This is the southern portion of the range of Arctic Grayling, a truly unique and special fish that has experienced population declines and range contraction due to a variety of threats including habitat fragmentation, land use, over harvest, and climate change. The Chapter has been working hard in collaboration with Alberta Environment and Parks to collect data on Arctic Grayling distribution and habitat conditions within this watershed.
The Northern Lights Fly Fishers Chapter has also worked on projects in West Central Alberta including habitat restoration, riparian protection and redd counts along the Raven and North Raven Rivers.
The Northern Lights Fly Fishers – TUC Edmonton is an active group of dedicated and concerned anglers and conservationists. They meet regularly throughout the year and host a wide variety of events and activities to promote conservation and engage people in fly fishing and fly tying. The Chapter is active in conservation efforts, in particular its Arctic Grayling project on the upper Pembina River watershed for which it received a National Recreational Fisheries Award. The Chapter is also represented on the Alberta Fisheries Management Roundtable and over the years has met with and submitted letters to federal, provincial, and municipal governments related to fish habitat and management issues. The Chapter continues to play an active role in fundraising for TUC including over 30 years of efforts towards the annual Edmonton National TUC Dinner and Auction.
In 2010, the Edmonton Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada merged with what was then the Northern Lights Fly Fishers, becoming one of the largest and most active TUC Chapters in the country.