First Bow River report for 2019 (March 21)

Spring is definitely upon us. Folks have been hitting the banks of the Bow recently and taking advantage of above seasonal temperatures. The fish are eating and looking pretty healthy for this early in the season.

Midges are abundant but your best bet is nymphing. The San Juan Worm is a good bet (as always on the Bow). Other good choices include small stonefly nymphs, beadhead princes, leech patterns. 

Streamers have been productive if you’re willing to put in some time. 

As always this time of year be wary of ice on the river. We’ve heard several stories of folks falling through on the edges over the past week or so. And remember to check upstream from time to time while wading as the river continues to break up.

The warm temperatures mean we’ll continue to see localized melting which could decrease clarity. Yesterday’s visibility was about 18” depending on time of day and river location. 

Currently the accessible/open boat launches are Glenmore and Policeman’s. 

Happy fishing. 


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