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Fishing Reports

What's happening on the water


Weather

July 20, 2017 Bow River Fishing Report 

Yet again we have had another great week on the Bow. The levels have finally levelled out as a result fish have been starting to eat really well.
Over the course of the day you will see fish eating all kinds of things at different times in the day. Mornings and during the day seems to be subsurface primarily, with the occasional rise here and there on the caddis. When it comes to the evenings, PMD's and caddis are coming off in but loads, and the stones are still hanging around as well. The shop is stocked full of various different stone and caddis patterns so if you're planning on heading out to catch the hatches, we've got the goods. Other than the stones and caddis we highly recommend bring a long a few streamers cause if the fish are down they'll be a chasing.

The upper reaches have caught up to the lower section. Stones, caddis as well as PMD's are out now and the fish are lookin'.

Here are some more suggestions for patterns that we have found to be working well right now:
Caddis: Elk Hair Caddis sz 12-18, X Caddis sz 12-16, Peacock Caddis sz 14-16
Pale Morning Duns: Tilt Wing Dun PMD sz 14-16, Christaen's GT Adult PMD sz 14-16, PMD Thorax sz 14-16
Stonefly: Gould's Half Down Golden Stone sz 6-12, SRA's Willy's Ant sz 6-12, True Golden Stone sz 8-10, Trina's Flexi-Girdle Bug Adult Tan sz 8-12
Nymphs: Flexi Girdle Bug Dark Olive sz 6-8, Parkin's PR Muskrat Gold and Brown Stone sz 8-10, BH Stone Shagadelic sz 4-6
Streamers/Leeches: Clousabou Black, Olive and Brown sz 6, Krafts Kreelex Purple/Black/Silver, Brown/Yellow, and Copper/Gold  sz 4, BH Hale Bopp Leech sz 8-10, Coffey's Sparkle Jig Smoke and Purple sz 1

Weather

July 20, 2017 Crowsnest and Oldman Area Fishing Report

 
Steady weather in the Croswnest area has made for some great fishing, the bug action has been pretty crazy to boot. Yellow and Lime Sallies, PMD's, Caddis, and Green Drakes make up the majority of what's on top while the ocassional stonefly nymph and scuds make up the subsurface action. Wind gusts have been the hardest part of fishing down that way so make sure you're either bring a 5 wt as well as your 3 wt or a faster action 3 wt. Best way to battle the wind has been getting deeper into the canyons or heading for the more treed in areas.

Fly patterns worth tying on in the south:
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 
Caddis: Swisher's Dancing Caddis sz 14-16, CDC Caddis Tan sz 14-16
Pale Morning Duns: Tilt Wing Dun PMD sz 14-16, Christaen's GT Adult PMD sz 14-16, PMD Thorax sz 14-16
Stoneflies: SRA Willy's Goldenstone sz 6-12, Gould's Half-Down Golden stone sz 6-12, Chernobyl Tan sz 8-12, Royal Stimulator sz 12-16, True Golden Stone sz 8-10
Streamers: Articulated Sparkle Minnow Smoke sz 4, Alter's Jointed APP White #3/0, Keller's Bull Candy White sz 4, Mini Loop Scuplin Natural sz 6
Weather

July 20, 2017 Elk River Area Fishing Report

 
This has been a weird week for weather down south in BC with a mix of different weather coming in and out as well as the smokiness from the fires. Fishing has been pretty well on Green and Grey drakes and smaller stones. There has been a little talk of ants but that has been when the wind is there which as of late has not been a lot. Water levels have been steady and clarity is good.

With the fires that have been occurring in BC there has been a fair amount of highway closures but good news for anyone thinking about going down, the Crowsnest Highway (Highway 3) is still open.

Flies to try right now:
Nymphs: Evil Weevil sz 14-16, Copper John sz 14-20, Theo's BH Pheasant Tail sz 14-18, Cheater Belly Blk/Brn sz 4-8 
Green Drakes: Lucent Wing True Green Drake sz 12, Wulff Green Drake sz 10-12, D&D Cripple Green Drake sz 10-12
Grey Drakes: Furimsky's Foam Grey Drake sz 14, CDC Thorax Grey Drake sz 10-14, Trina's Carnage Drake Grey sz 12-14
Stoneflies: SRA Willy's Goldenstone sz 6-12, Gould's Half-Down Golden stone sz 6-12, Chernobyl Tan sz 8-12, Chubby Chernobyl Tan sz 8-12, True Golden Stone sz 8-10
Streamers: Articulated Sparkle Minnow Smoke sz 4, Alter's Jointed APP White #3/0, Keller's Bull Candy White sz 4, Mini Loop Scuplin Natural sz 6

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