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Water flow: 63 CMS
Visibility: 36 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 56 Degrees F
Water condition: Stained
Best time of day to fish: Afternoon and evenings
Best stretch: Police to MacKinnons
Best access point: Fish Creek
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Tricos, Few Caddis, Hoppers
Fish species: Trout
Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: July 1 - October 31)
Nearest airport: Calgary International Airport
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 3X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 6 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Class V Sink Tip Fly Line
The Bow River downstream from the City of Calgary is well known as one of the premier blue ribbon trout streams in the world. The forty miles of river Between Calgary and the hamlet of Carseland is home to wild rainbow and brown trout, some of which are of very large size. The river has somewhat limited access to the pedestrian angler and it is often floated to get access to waters that cannot be reached by ...
crossing private lands.
What sets the Bow apart from other quality fisheries is the large average size of the fish it produces. Fish in the sixteen to eighteen inch range are commonplace on the Bow. It is an unusual day when an experienced angler does not hook a fish in excess of twenty inches. These large fish can be taken on a variety of fly fishing methods. Under the right conditions heavy caddis and mayfly hatches will bring the large fish to the surface and the dry fly fishing can be spectacular. If the fish are not rising, the versatile angler will switch to nymph or streamer fishing, which can be very consistent.
The Bow River is open to fishing year round, but the best fishing occurs after spring runoff of the snowmelt from the mountains. Runoff usually occurs in late May and early June, lasting up to a couple of weeks, depending on the snow pack in each year. In a normal year the Bow will be in good fishing condition by late June or early July. The best fishing takes place in the months of July, August, September and early October.
Bow River Report - August 25, 2016 Water conditions are much different than in the past weeks. Levels down in the low 60 CMS range, and lots of visibility. Started to get some Hopper eats last week. It's not fast and furious, but we have gotten some nice fish in cool places on the foam bugs of late. The nymph fishing continues to be good. A small Leech pattern is a good idea as part of your nymph rig. Still getting some very nice big fish on streamers. One interesting item of note. A few people have been catching a good number of fish on Boatmen already. Seems a little early, but nothing has been quite on target this summer. Remember #KEEPEMWET Hatches: Tricos, Few Caddis, Hoppers, Water Boatmen Dry Flies: Chewbakka Hopper, More-Or-Less Hopper- Tan or Peach, Quigley's Flag Ant, Flying Ant-Black or Cinnamon, Parahcute Caddis Nymphs: Tung Stud-Olive #14, B/H Pheasant Tail, Hotwire Caddis, Prince Nymph, Chamois Leech, Crystal Bugger, Peacock Boatman #14 Streamers: Taupe Leech, C/H R/L Bow River Bugger, Wooly Bugger, Near Nuff Sculpin, Kreelex Minnow.
Cooler days for the next while.