Early May River Report

Early May River Report

The Bow has been fishing well as we move into May. Although water levels remain below average, temps have risen into a comfortable range for fish to move out of the winter water. This can be a great time to fish transitional water such as gravel bars, buckets, and tail-outs. Features with deep water nearby are important to trout all year long, but will be key at this time of year as fish transition into feeding lies and begin actively searching for food. Nymphing will still be your best bet to catch fish, but the streamer fishing has been picking up and yielding some quality trout. Dry fly season has begun as well, with good numbers of Midges and BWO’s hatching when conditions permit.

All boat ramps are now open and accessible.

Many of our Bow River rainbow trout have begun their spawning journeys. Be mindful of your impact on staging fish near side channels and the mouth of tributaries. Keep an eye out for redds and use caution when wading.  

Flies To Try:

Nymphs: San Juan Worms, BWO perdigons, TJ Hooker, Jimmy legs, red copper johns, Jig Purdee John, leeches, Jarrel’s Lucent Skwalla

Dries: Griffith's Gnat, Indicator Gnat, Double Vision BWO, Para Sipper BWO, Water Walker Skwalla, Micro Chubby

Streamers: Flesh Eating Sculpin, Kreelex Minnows, Taupe Leech, Found Ya Bugger, Gartside Leech, Clouser Minnow

Happy client from an early season Bow river guided float with Terry... Our guides are ready for the season. 

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