We know it's been awhile since our last report - sometimes (we apologize for this) the fishing report doesn't make it to the top of the to-do pile but that doesn't mean it isn't worth getting out to do some exploring on your own.
That said, it's getting to be one of our favorite times of the year. We love fishing in September and October and are looking forward to the next couple months of chasing Bow river rockets with hoppers and small flies.
Hopper season is definitely in full swing with hopper dropper tactics being a favored approach for the past few weeks. As always, nymphing is typically the most productive method if you are looking for numbers. But several of the bigger fish recently have been taken on hopper dropper set ups. (Check out this video on hopper/dropper fishing that we did with JensenFlyFishing last fall.)
Conditions on the Bow are prime. There's more water for this time of year than we've had in a few seasons. (A quick llook at the historical data shows we are just slightly above average.) Cooler nights mean the season of concern about water temperature is pretty much behind us for 2019. Weed mats have formed which provide habitat for bug life and holding zones for wary trout. There are plenty of bugs around as well - caddis, hoppers, tricos, and various mayflies. Boatman season is also close-at-hand.
Flies to try:
Dries: White cloud hopper, Yeti hopper, Catch's hopper, More-Or-Less Hopper, True Golden Stone, Adams, Swisher's dancing caddis, Klinkhammer BWO.
Nymphs: San Juan Worms, jimmy legs, small (micro) leeches, prince nymphs, copper johns, Tungsten Sassi Solution, jig fly pheasant tails, princes, hare's ears.
Streamers: fish a double streamer rig with one dark and one light colored streamer or a proven pattern like a black and white clouser, skiddish smolt, or kreelex minnow as a single.