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August 31, 2018 Bow River Fishing Report 

Fishing on the Bow right now has been quite good and bugs of all sorts are popping off. The Smoke is finally gone and it couldn't have left at a better time. It seems that the fish haven't skipped a beat as they're still gorging on flies up top. Yes, the smoke has left but it seems as though mother nature made sure to roll some rain clouds into our neck of the woods, as a result the fish are still holding up in that more shallow water which is providing an endless amount of opportunities for dry fly fishing and boy oh boy has it been good. Flows right now are sitting at 59.96 CMS which is down lower than normal but with rain in the forecast it might just be enough to bring the levels to where they historically have been. 

Right now, what we've been seeing for bugs are ample amount of caddis as well as everyone's favourite the hopper and even now, some good amounts of tricos. Because the fish have been so eager to eat on top there hasn't really been talk of other fishing techniques. With that being said, every style of fishing has been producing a decent amount of fish all the way from hopper-dry-dropper to hucking meat (AKA throwing streamers). We suggest that you bring a wide variety of different patterns and at different points in their life cycles. 

Because the weather as of late has been pretty hot, fishing hasn't really seemed to turn on till about 9:00 so there should be no stress about making it to the river at the crack of dawn.

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, Hi-Vis Parachute BWO sz 14-20, Keller's Peppermint Olive sz 12-18, Fuzzy Wuzzy Tan sz 4-14, Ninch's Peanut Tan sz 8-14, Yeti Hopper Purple sz 8-12, Chewbacca Hopper tan sz 8-12
  • Nymphs: Flexi Girdle Bug Dark Olive sz 6-8, Parkin's PR Muskrat Gold and Brown Stone sz 8-10, Tungstud sz 12-16, BWO Killer sz 12-18, 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
 
 
 

 

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August 31, 2018 Crowsnest and Oldman Area Fishing Report

 
 
Hopper fishing in this neck of the woods has yet to slow down. Yes, customers are having to go smaller but they're still managing a decent amount. Flows and visibility have been clear on all streams. Currently flows for the Crow are 1.96 CMS, the Oldman is at 4.09 CMS and the Highwood is at 2.73 CMS. With more good weather in the forecast things should only get better and better.

With the colder nights growing to be more consistent it only means that hoppers will subcide very soon. With that being said many other patterns are working well in that neck of the woods right now bugs such as flying ants, blue wings, as well as some micro chubby's as the beetle's are still proving to be pretty active.

As we enter into September we ask that you be a little more cautous as to where you step in the river as bull trout spawning is now knocking at our doorstep.

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, Micro Chubby 14-18, Peacock Caddis sz 14-16, Dorman's Micro Purple Bruce sz 14-18, Dorman's Micro Gold Member sz 14-18, Sparkle Fly Flying ant sz 12-16, AJ's Beetle George sz 10-12
  • 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 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

 
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August 23, 2018 Elk River Area Fishing Report

The Elk and surrounding waters have continued to fish well into the later part of the season and the smoke is still lingering but just like we saw up here has only seemed to make the fishing better. Terrestrials have really started to come out more and more. The hoppers and ants have been what the cutties have been keying into mostly but mayflies as well as streamers have also been producing a fair amount of fish. With fishing on the Elk's tributaries also starting to pick up, the possibilities of where you could go are endless. 

Fishing has improved since last week and there have started to be more and more eats up top, the main thing we've been hearing though is that the trout have been picky so we advise bringing down an ample amount of small little terrestrial patterns, some flying ants, and smaller mayfly imitations such as an 18 Purple Haze to better your luck at hooking into that fish of a lifetime.

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, Silverman's Sparkle Ant sz 12-16, Black Para-Ant sz 12-18, Micro Chubby Pink or Purple sz 14-18, White Cloud Hopper Tan sz 8-14
  • 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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