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Fishing Reports

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July 13, 2018 Bow River Fishing Report 

Stampede is upon us and along with the Stampede comes the Bow's infamous stonefly hatch. Fishing has been great in the recent days but has been hindered in the later part of the week from dams being opened up. Currently the Bow is sitting at 157.87, which is 60 CMS higher than it was last week. 

Dry fly fishing is on, and in big amounts. Fish have been eager and have not been holding back and it has produced some pretty epic eats.
Right now, what we've been seeing for bugs are ample amount of caddis as well as stones, and customers have been getting them on wet and dry patterns. As mentioned, every style of fishing has been producing a decent amount of fish all the way from nymphing to hopper-dry-dropper. we suggest that you bring a wide variety of different patterns and at different points in their life cycles. 

Because weather the weather as of late has been pretty hot fishing has seemed to die down during the day. However, fishing the early morning (we're talking 4:00 am early here) and late evenings (anytime past about 8:00) have been the most productive times.

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

  • Dries: Elk Hair Caddis sz 12-18, Henry's Fork Caddis sz 14-18, Snowshoe Caddis Tan sz 14-16, Cubby Chernobyl Goldenstone Grey Wing sz 8-12, Sailiga's Low-Rider Goldenstone sz 6-10, SRA's Will's Ant Goldenstone sz 6-12, Ninch's Peanut Tan sz 8-14, Yeti Hopper Purple 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 Shagedelic sz 4-6, Flexi Girdle Bug Cheater Belly Black/Brown sz 6-8, BH Sparkle Pupa Tan sz 14-16, Keller's Peach Fuzz sz 12-16
  • 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, Skiddish Smolt Grey sz 6, and Strolis Headbanger Sculpin Black sz 1, CH Bow River Bugger black and Brown sz 4-6

 

 
 

 

Weather

June 13, 2018 Crowsnest and Oldman Area Fishing Report

The Crow and surrounding rivers are down this week with the Crow now flowing at 4.63 CMS (down a meter from last week). Flows are clear and open on the Crow and Oldman drainage are flowing clear however the Sheep river drainage continues to flow like chocolate milk. With little to no rain forecasted for the next seven days we should see flows lower a bit more and visibility improve significantly.

Fishing has improved on some of the rivers while others haven't quite "turned on" just yet. Right now for bugs, there are ample amounts of caddis popping off; a good amount of smaller stones, and the hoppers have begun to show themselves in good numbers as well. Don't count out nymphs and streamers though, because like we mentioned in our Bow River report fishing does slow down through the middle part of the day and getting down to that cooler water will be key.

As of April 1, new regulation changes allow year-round, catch-and-release fishing on the entire Crowsnest River, from the outlet of the Crowsnest Lake to the Oldman Reservoir. 

Fly patterns worth tying on in the south:
  • Dries: Rubber Leg Stimulator yellow sz 6-10, True Golden Stone sz 8-10, Pale Morning Dun sz 14-16, CDC Caddis Olive sz 12-18, Peacock Caddis sz 14-16, Micro Chubby Tan, Royal, Pink, or Purple sz 14-18
  • 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 Pupa Tan sz 14-16, Howell's Shuck-it Jig Brown sz 14-16
  • 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, Muddy Buddy Black/Brown sz 6
 
Weather

July 13, 2018 Elk River Area Fishing Report

The Elk is still in early season fishing conditions, with that being said as far as early season fishing goes it is in top shape. Visibility is pretty well gin clear so it has made dry fly fishing a dream as of late. The fish gods continue to be on our side as there has been an ample amount of Caddis (off and on, predominantly in the evenings), Green Drake's (cloudier days) and Golden Stones coming off. For the best results when chasing the bulls we recommend that you fish the lower sections downstream of Fernie. 

Fishing has proven to be decent right now but within the next two weeks it should really start to turn on and from that point on it should start to produce good fish as it always does during hopper season.

If you are planning on making a trip down we recommend you bring a wide variety of flies dry and wet alike. Here's a couple of suggestions that we have if you swing by the shop:

  • Dries: Rubber Leg Stimulator yellow sz 6-10, True Golden Stone sz 8-10,  sz 14-18, CDC Caddis Olive sz 12-18, Peacock Caddis sz 14-16, Last Chance Cripple Green Drake sz 10-12, Lucent Wing True Green Drake sz 12-14, Henry's Fork Caddis sz 14-16, Chubby Chernobyl Peach sz 8-12
  • 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 Pupa Tan and Olive sz 14-16, Doc's Mother Caddis sz 14-16, Soft Hackle Thorax Bead Orange or Mahogany sz 14-16
  • 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, Muddy Buddy Black/Brown sz 6
 
 

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