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September 17, 2017 Bow River Fishing Report 

As we slowly start to transition in to the fall months the combination of warm days and cold nights have got the bug life thriving and the trout don't seem to mind it at all. Levels on the river are lower than our regular for this time of the season which has caused the water temps to go up, we stress that you practice proper fish handling and the quicker you can make the fight and the release the better.

Finally we have seen a week with some rain and colder evening and mornings which has brought out the BWO's in large amounts and the fish have slowly started to eat the odd one here and there. Hopper fishing continues to be very productive, but as the nights get colder and frost becomes more consistent we will probably see that come to an end. Water boatman have began show themselves and fish should be keying into those pretty quickly. Overall the Bow is fishing very well and will be worthwhile if you decide to fish it.

Weather this past week has been cooler than the past couple weeks however, levels are still lower than usual due to this the low water advisory is still in affect. Outlined below are some guidelines and helpful tips to make things easier on the fish:
Restrict angling and only fish between the hours of 12:00am and 2:00pm
Minimize fish handling

As mentioned earlier, when you have caught a fish remember to Keep Em Wet
Take your time to revive the fish (meaning make sure that they have the power and energy to fish off on their own)
Fish barbless. Barbless hooks cause damage to a fish's mouth, it also allows for the flies to be taken out quicker and easier resulting in a less stressed fish

If you are wanting a photo of the fish keep the photos to a minimum (one and done) or try to get a bit more artsy and do an in the water photo.
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
Blue Winged Olives: EFO Trifecta BWO sz 16-20, Traditional BWO sz 16-20, Christensen's GT Adult BWO sz 16-20, Sparkle Dun BWO sz 16-20
Hoppers: Chubby Chernobyl Tan or Peach sz 8-12, Chewbacca Hopper sz 8-14, South Fork Chernobyl sz 6-12, KK's Henneberry Hopper Tan sz 10-12

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

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September 17, 2017 Crowsnest and Oldman Area Fishing Report

 
The levels on the Crow are very low, fishing has still seemed to be pretty good. The cutts are starting to be very picky when it comes to what fly they're going to eat so make sure that when you head down that you have a wide variety flies. If you choose to go south to fish we would reccomend that you call your days earlier and that you reduce fight times on fish if you can.

Although the Pass didn't receive the same kind of rain that we saw in the city, they did receive cooler temperatures which aided in cooling down the rivers a bit. The lower reaches of the Crow are still seeing the hotter temps but higher up into the headwaters are remaining cooler over the course of the day. We are still seeing the same hatches, but it seems like the dries are starting to get smaller (most likely cause of pressure and angler traffic). When fishing the rivers in this neck of the woods, you'll be wanting to really focus the most of your fishing on the higher oxygenated areas (Riffles, Pocket Water, and any white water areas), don't over look all the other parts of the pool though. As of right now we are seeing BWO's here and there, PMD's, Caddis, the occasional stone and a healthy amount of hoppers and ants. The bulls are slowly starting to stack up for spawning so make sure to be aware of your surroundings and look out for redds.

Weather this past week has been cooler than the past couple weeks however, levels are still lower than usual due to this the low water advisory is still in affect. Outlined below are some guidelines and helpful tips to make things easier on the fish:
Restrict angling and only fish between the hours of 12:00am and 2:00pm
Minimize fish handling

As mentioned earlier, when you have caught a fish remember to Keep Em Wet
Take your time to revive the fish (meaning make sure that they have the power and energy to fish off on their own)
Fish barbless. Barbless hooks cause damage to a fish's mouth, it also allows for the flies to be taken out quicker and easier resulting in a less stressed fish

If you are wanting a photo of the fish keep the photos to a minimum (one and done) or try to get a bit more artsy and do an in the water photo.
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
Blue Winged Olives: CDC BWO Thorax sz 14-20, CDC Biot Emerger BWO 14-18, Dunnigan's Dunn Dunn BWO sz 14-20, No Hackle BWO sz 14-22
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
Hoppers/Ants: CDC Water Wasp Black sz 16-20, Gould's Half Down Black Ant sz 14-18, Grizzly Chernobyl sz 6-10, Carnage Hopper sz 6-12, KK's Henneberry Hopper Yellow or Tan sz 10-12
Streamers: Articulated Sparkle Minnow Smoke sz 4, Alter's Jointed APP White #3/0, Keller's Bull Candy White sz 4, Loop Leech Pink sz 2, Coffey's Sparkle Minnow Pink sz 6
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September 17, 2017 Elk River Area Fishing Report

 
 
Fishing on the Elk has continued to be very good. Flows are lower but water temps are still quite cool which is keeping all the fish very active. The rivers are all gin clear in this neighbourhood and when combine with the smoky skies have been quite productive for dry flies. Terrestrial fishing has been going off and the fish are eating them by the truck loads and it doesn't seem like they've been super picky either, anything from an ant all the way to a meaty chubby chernobyl have been working very well. The Mahogany duns have started to show themselves in the evenings and the fish have been gorging on them. If you're going down for the bulls make sure you bring along the biggest streamers that you can get your hands on as a surprisingly large amount that are being landed have been on actual cutties in the ten inch range. As we are seeing in Alberta the bulls are starting to slow down and move in to the smaller tribs to start their spawn so just remember to keep your eyes open for redds.

Crown Land Closure: As of September 2nd the Rocky Mountain Forest District was closed due to current fires. What this means is that there will be no acccess to crown lands in the area. For any type of access to the Elk anglers will be limited to highway boat launches bewteen Sparwood and Elko (boat launches open currently are : Olson's Pit, Hosmer, Dogwood, Morrissey, and Elko).
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 
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
Hoppers/Ants: Yeti Hopper Purple sz 8-12, Sout Fork Chernobyl sz 6-12, Silvermans Sparkle Ant sz 12-16, Gould's Half Down Black Ant sz 14-18, Chewbacca Hopper Tan sz 8-12
Streamers: Articulated Sparkle Minnow Smoke sz 4, Alter's Jointed APP White #3/0, Keller's Bull Candy White sz 4, Loop Leech Pink sz 2, Coffey's Sparkle Minnow Pink sz 6
 

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