Bow River Report - April 18, 2019

Here we go..... Time for some early season fishing on the Bow. 

The river is running low and clear. All boat launches are now open.

Although the forecast shows some chances for precipitation on Good Friday, we don't anticipate that impacting river conditions. If you're headed out just be prepared with layers and decent rain gear. 

Nymph fishing with some of the 'standard' Bow river flies should prove effective. Be sure to have some worm patterns as well as leeches and small stonefly nymphs in your box. Specific patterns include: bead head wire worms, Reese's Pieces, Aaron's BT leech, peacock leech, fruit roll up, Prince Nymphs (beaded and/or tungsten beaded), wire stonefly, Strollis' shimmer stone, small (10-14) Smethurst's stone bomb. 

If you prefer streamer fishing don't despair. We are hearing some positive reports on streamer fishing. We recommend black and white clousers, gartside leeches, skiddish smolt, Bow river buggers. 

We've seen some bird activity on the water and are hearing occasional reports of fish coming up to the surface. It's worth having a few dries in your box in case you find some risers. This time of year, midge patterns are likely your best bet. Try an indicator griffith's gnat or a general dry fly pattern like an Adams. 

We have received reports of skwalla sightings on the lower stretch AND of occasional water boatmen. 

Happy Fishing!

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