Fishing Report - July 20, 2017

I know this is long overdue…. Hope folks have been getting out.

Bow River:

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

Eastern Slopes:

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:

  • Fish early in the day. Try to limit your fishing during the heat of the day. Early is best.
  • Use slightly heavier tippet/leader material than your ‘normal.’ This will allow you to land your catch and get it back in to the water in less time.
  • Pinch your barbs – this will minimize the stress to the fish when you are releasing it.
  • Keep your catch in the water.  If you want to take pictures try taking them with the fish in the net or while holding the fish halfway in the water.
  • Take some time to revive any fish you are releasing – experts suggest at least as much time should be spent ensuring your catch has recovered from the fight as you spent fighting the fish.
  • Be aware of water temp…. if it feels warm to you it’s likely time to reel in and fish another day. Better yet – carry a thermometer with you and take intermittent readings while on the water.
  • Bow river temps – from intermittent samples taken by guides – are still fine. Let us know what you’re experiencing on your smaller water adventures.

    Happy Fishing!

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