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Fishing Reports

What's happening on the water


January 19, 2019 Bow River Fishing Report 


With the cold weather back the fishing once again has dipped down in production. When the weather chooses to cooperate, there has been some good midge fishing, so don't entirely count out your dry fly box. Water levels are stable and from the sounds of it the fish are settling into their wintering holes. 

This time of the season the most important thing is to get your flies deep. Many a people are changing up their tactics from the season to better their chances at hooking in to an old yellow or a silver bullet. The best tactics for this time of the season are of course nymphing (whether that be one, two or three on a rig we'll leave that up to you), swinging leech patterns, or huck the big meat for the big boys. It should only be a matter of time till we see the midges start to poke out, and the fish should be more than eager to take a well placed one. With that being said, keep your head on a swivel and your eyes on the water cause you never know where you might see a snout at this time in the year. Just remember that when you head out to always be on the ready, as you never know what you might land come winter time!

Here are some more suggestions for patterns that we have found to be working well right now:

  • Dries: Cluster Midge sz 16-18, Trico Thorax sz 18-20, Trico Parachute sz 18-20
  • Nymphs: Flexi Girdle Bug Dark Olive sz 6-8, Parkin's PR Muskrat Gold and Brown Stone sz 8-10, Tungstud sz 12-16, Dee's Water Boatman sz 12-16, Tungsten Zebra Midge sz 16-20, Chan's BH Chironomid Bomber Black/Red sz 12-14, Chan's Chironomid Pupa Black/Red 12-14
  • Streamers/Leeches: Coffey's Sparkle Minnow Sculpin sz 4-6, Krafts Kreelex Brown/Yellow or Copper/Gold sz 4, BH Hale Bopp Leech sz 8-10, Weise's Schleech Black sz 4, Strolis Headbanger Sculpin Olive sz 1, and CH Bow River Bugger Brown sz 4-6, Hoh Bo Spey sz 4

January 19, 2019 Crowsnest and Oldman Area Fishing Report

Majority of the rivers to the south of us are now closed. Have no fear though you can still get your cutty fix down south, you're just going to need to take a bit more time exploring the remaining open stuff that much more. The open water will be limited but if you are still craving some cutty stuff, then you are able to fish the Oldman River on the mainstem from the Cottonwood Campground Bridge downstream to Sec. Rd. 509 as well as the Crowsnest River maintstem from the outlet of Crowsnest Lake down stream to the Cowley Bridge.

Fishing reports are sounding very similar to the Bow right now, down in this neck of the woods. Don't let the slow pace turn you away from making a trip down though; the fishing hasn't completely shut down. So if you were wondering if it is worthwhile to make a trip down, I would say yes. Both rivers tend to have good late season BWO hatches, so bringing a little dry fly box with you would be a very good choice. Just remember to throw in some midges as well because they should be coming out very soon. As for the sub surface stuff, nymphing has been the most productive but the streamers have been producing a bruiser or two here and there as well. 

Fly patterns worth tying on in the south:
  • Dries: Adam's sz 18-20, EFO's Trifecta Emerger sz 16-20, Keller's Peppermint Purple sz 14-18, Trico Thorax sz 18-20, and Trico Parachute sz 18-20
  • Nymphs: Evil Weevil sz 14-16, Copper John Red sz 14-20, Theo's BH Pheasant Tail sz 14-18, BH Rubber Leg Stone Tan sz 8-12, Soft Hackle Thorax Bd Green sz 14-16, Chan's Holographic Pupa sz 12-16
  • Streamers: Articulated Sparkle Minnow Smoke sz 4, Alter's Jointed APP White #3/0, Keller's Bull Candy White sz 4, Loop Leech Pink or Black sz 2, Coffey's Sparkle Minnow Pink sz 6, Coffey's Articulated Sparkle Minnow Smoke or Purple sz 4

January 19, 2019 Elk River Area Fishing Report


The Elk River and surrounding water will now open up again on June 15, 2019.



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