I know this is long overdue…. Hope folks have been getting out.
The Bow continues to produce. The fish are in great shape. Stonefly dries and nymphs, leeches, and assorted streamers are some of the flies of choice these days.
Try fishing your double nymph rigs – leeches, stoneflies, SJW’s. Another proven method for the Bow this time of year is to fish a larger dryfly stone (or maybe a hopper since they’re starting to show up along the banks) with a light leech or stonefly nymph as a trailer. Or haul out your sink tip and favorite streamer pattern and see what happens. If you prefer small dry fly opportunities exercise patience and wait until you see some consistent rises. then tie on your favorite dry to match the hatch….
Flies to try:
Dries: Skid Bitch, Willie’s Ant, Bloom’s Parachute Caddis, various (larger) stimulators, Jake’s trigger belly foam, Swisher’s LLS Chernobyl, Swisher’s Dancing Caddis, Adams parachute, Adams Irrestistible, Peppermints
Nymphs: Rubber Leg stone, Smethurst’s Stone Bomb, Wired stonefly, gummy stonefly, peacock leech, fruit rollup, wire SJW
Streamers: Black & White clouser, Kreelex minnow, Skiddish Smolt, Strollis’ Headbanger Sculpin, Bow river Bugger, Marabou Muddler
Generally the rivers to the south are in good condition. We have you covered whether you’re looking for terrestrials, attractor patterns, or other dries for the cutties, nymphs for the fish holding deep, or big streamers for big bullies.
We are happy to see cooler nights particularly after last Friday’s communication from Alberta Environment and Parks.
Please remember to exercise best practice for catch and release fishing – wherever your adventure takes you – including:
Bow river temps – from intermittent samples taken by guides – are still fine. Let us know what you’re experiencing on your smaller water adventures.