River Report - April 19, 2018

Finally the snow is receding and we are back on the water. Last year I think Mike Venhuis drifted every month of the year. He's not going to be able to say that this year - though he did get out in December and January and has been out in March and April.
I noticed a definite change in the mood last week which just happened to coincide with bluer skies, warmer temperatures, and the return of the red-breasted robins which are always a sure sign of Spring.

We've had boats on the water a few times in the past week and a few more guide days in the book before the end of the month. We call this early season the shoulder-season and the guides are always happy to get a few trips pre-runoff. We've been in the middle of localized melt/run-off for about a week now and although it initially slowed things down a bit, the fish seem to have settled back in to the higher flows and levels and are feeding.

Although your best success will likely be sub-surface you may get into fish feeding actively on midges.

Flies to try:

Streamers: black and white clousers, Bow River buggers, skiddish smolts, mini-dungeons, leech patterns.

Nymphs: San Juan Worms, stonefly nymphs like the rubber leg squirrel, small beadhead nymphs; princes, pheasant tails, red devils, red copper johns.

Dries: Griffith's gnat, klinkhammer.

Happy Fishing!


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