Well I think it is safe to say that summer is now here! With the days starting to be warmer more consistently runoff is beginning to make itself known. Visibility is still decent on the Bow but grows worse as you move downstream from the Calgary Zoo. Currently the Zoo is over three feet of vis, Policeman Flats is at two feet, and Jensen’s is sitting at about four inches.
Visibility aside, fishing on the Bow has been decent. Fish are still groggy from the winter and haven't quite got a active as they are mid-season.
Midges are popping off in good amounts and fish have been the occasional one here and there (wind permitting that is). Aside from midges make sure to pack a handful of the flashier streamers as well as some micro leeches, as there has been buzz that the trout have been gorging on them. Also remember to bring a selection of your more general nymph patterns (i.e. Pheasant Tail, Lighting Bug, Jimi Legs, etc.) as they have been producing quite consistently.
Ice shelves on the Bow right now are high and can be unstable, and as much as you may be pumped to race down to the river and get your lines tight please exercise caution and be careful of where you step
Here are some more suggestions for patterns that we have found to be working well right now: