• Fri. Sep 23rd, 2022

Updated ‘Fishing the Canadian Rockies’ Guide Coming Soon to Local Tablets – The Free Press

ByKeith M. Jones

Mar 17, 2022
Joey Ambrosi, author of ‘Fishing the Canadian Rockies’, at Amethyst Lake. (Courtesy of Joey Ambrosi)
The second edition of The second edition of “Fishing the Canadian Rockies” by Joey Ambrosi. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Fishing enthusiasts and outdoor water lovers in the Rockies will soon be able to purchase an updated guide for their fishing trips and explorations.

According to author and longtime Crowsnest Pass resident Joey Ambrosi, the second edition of “Fishing the Canadian Rockies” should be hitting local bookstores and tackle shops soon.

Published by Surrey-based Hancock House, the new edition has 248 pages, over 1,100 indexed waters, over 100 maps and over 690 color images, with information on fishing locations in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. and in Alberta, including Fernie-area elk. River.

“The Elk River is world class,” Ambrosi said.

“It’s a good place to go and catch some fish once in a while. And put them back in the water.

Ambrosi, who was born and raised in Invermere and earned three degrees from the University of Calgary, published the first edition of “Fishing in the Canadian Rockies” in 2001. He has also published several other books on similar topics in outdoors.

The new version of his fishing guide was “ready to go” in 2020, but the pandemic put a temporary halt to its publication. During the previous two summers of 2018 and 2019, Ambrosi visited around 650 lakes for new photos.

“There are always new lakes, new information and new things. So it’s being updated all the time,” he said.

The new edition is fully colorized, includes Google-based maps (in the first version they were hand-drawn from paper maps), and includes the Hinton region of Alberta. Fernie fishing guide and photographer Curtis Hall, who takes “fabulous photos,” also contributed to the book, Ambrosi said.

The author has been touring the Rockies, letting local stores (like Polar Peek Books in Fernie) know that the book is in print and ready to order.

Ambrosi expects the tome, which is subtitled “an angler’s guide to every lake, river and stream,” to be available in stores that decide to order them by early or mid- april.

“Definitely in time for the fishing season,” he said.

“I’m really happy. And with COVID, I’ve noticed a lot more people getting outside, which is wonderful.

“I go to a lake where there was like a car and a guy fishing. Now there are 25 cars, but that doesn’t bother me at all. I think it’s just great that people are enjoying the outdoors. That’s what we have here in Canada and in the Rockies. So I think that’s great.

An avid fisherman himself, he says he’s a “big fan” of people getting out and being active.

“I’m happy to let people know that there are no secret lakes left out of the book. And every stream and lake in the book is on a map, so you can find it all.

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