March 15, 2019 Bow River Fishing Report
Well, I think it's safe to say that we have made it through the worst of the weather. This means that now we finally have some time to get out on the river and throw some flies to some more than willing trout. Lots of the shop guys got out this week and it sounds like the water is really starting to shape up nicely. Visibility is sitting at about 2.5' and we haven't seen much for icebergs (at least for now). We suggest that if you are wanting to get out an throw some flies that you probably get out sooner than later as the crowds will be bad this weekend.
This time of the season the most important thing is to get your flies deep. Many people are changing up their tactics from the season to better their chances at hooking into 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 wintertime!
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 Black with a Chartreuse or Orange butt sz 4