Every day we help people pick out flies to head out on the Bow River. Yes, they can change a bit through the season, but here is a selection that will basically work under all sorts of conditions and cover the range from the top to the bottom.
We've put together a box of a dozen "must-have flies" that can work 365 days a year on the Bow.
On any given day Nymphing will most likely be your most productive technique so this an area to focus on as you build up your Bow river box.
Nymphs: Wire Worm, Reese’s Pieces Worm, Jimmy Legs and a Prince Nymph
Streamers can produce very well and many times will see the largest fish of the season and can also be used 365 days a year.
Streamers: Jig Peacock Leech and Kreelex Minnow
Dries are without question the MOST exciting way to fish the river. This is definitely seasonal but once you start to get a few fish on dries whether it's a sipping brown to a small dry or a smashing rainbow on a stonefly you will get addicted to dry fly fishing. Here are some must have dries for the Bow:
Dries: Stimulator, Skid Bitch, BWO Comparadun, Griffiths Gnat (can be used all year as midges are the only bug that will hatch through winter), Swishers Dancing Caddis, Parachute Adams
Note: half of the above flies are tied by local tiers