School’s out and we’re about to enjoy our first long weekend of summer 2017 and Canada’s 150th! Conditions are shaping up nicely across southern Alberta. The 5-day forecast for Calgary is looking pretty good – despite the potential for afternoon thunder showers – but all in all it looks like a great weekend to get out and fish!
The Bow is fishing very well these days. Nymphs and streamers continue to be the most productive methods, but dry fly activity is starting to pick up. River levels are dropping/leveling out which means water clarity is improving. Water temperature is still pretty cool which keeps the fish happy – here’s hoping the cooler nights continue.
The long-awaited stonefly hatch hasn’t really started yet but we anticipate surface activity heating up in the next few days. That said, we know some fish are being caught on large stonefly dries so you may want to try a Swisher’s LLS Chernobyl or skid bitch with a small beadhead trailer.
Flies to try:
Dries: Skid Bitch, Swisher’s LLS Chernobyl, Stimulator, Chubby Chuck, Krystal flash caddis, Swisher’s Dancing Caddis, Bloom’s Parachute Caddis, PMD, lime trude, yellow sally
Nymphs: SJW, chenille worm, Reese’s Pieces, chenille stone, Smethurst’s stone bomb, wired stone, Stroll’s Shimmer stone, Creepy Sally, BH pheasant tail, Evil weevil, prince nymph, tungsten princess, black, claret, or olive leech.
Streamers: Black and White Clouser, Black and White Kreelex, Telleen’s bandit, Skiddish smolts, Coffee Sparkle Minnow, Galloup’s Dungeon, Galloup’s Silk Kitty, Thompson’s hopscotch sculpin, gartside leeches.
We are so lucky to have this river flowing right through our city! Hope folks can find some time to get out and enjoy it. We still have availability for guided trips. Our guides have been having some spectacular days with clients. Contact the shop to book your day today!