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Fishing Reports

What's happening on the water


Weather

November 2, 2018 Bow River Fishing Report 

It seems as though the nice weather has finally come to an end and with that the fishing quality has seen a drop. Now, With that being said the customers and guides alike are still getting into a couple here and there. Water levels are still on the low side and unfortunately AEP hasn't updated the flow reports recently but if I were a betting man I would put in the ballpark of about 50.5 CMS.

It is safe to say that we are definitely in winter fishing mode now in our neck of the woods. Many a people are changing up the tactics and we would advise doing so. 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 just working in 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 winter time!

We wanted to mention that the brown's are still in spawn, and the redd numbers sound like they're up from last year. All we ask is that you exercise caution as you wade the bow right now as you never know where you're going to find your next redd spot.

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, Skiddish Smolt Grey sz 6, Strolis Headbanger Sculpin Black sz 1, and CH Bow River Bugger Black sz 4-6
 
Weather

November 2, 2018 Crowsnest and Oldman Area Fishing Report

With majority of the rivers to the south of us being closed now, it's time to start exploring the remaining stuff just that much more. The open water will be limited but if you are still craving some cutty stuff then you are able to fish the Oldman River on the mainstem from the Cottonwood Campground Bridge downstream to Sec. Rd. 509 as well as the Crowsnest River maintstem from the outlet of Crowsnest Lake down stream to the Cowley Bridge.

With similar weather in the forecast for the southern regions, fishing will slow down a decent amount. Just because the fishing has slowed down, definitely doesn't mean that the fishing will have shut down all together. So if you were wondering if it is worth while to make a trip down, I would say yes. Both rivers tend to have good late season BWO hatches, so bringing a little dryfly box with you would be a very good choice. Just remember to throw in some midges as well because they should be coming out very soon. As for the sub surface stuff, nymphing has been the most productive but the streamers have been producing a bruiser or two here and there as well. 

Fly patterns worth tying on in the south:
  • Dries: Christaens GT adult BWO sz 16-22, Adam's sz 18-20, EFO's Trifecta Emerger sz 16-20, Keller's Peppermint Purple sz 14-18, Trico Thorax sz 18-20, and Trico Parachute sz 18-20
  • 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, Soft Hackle Thorax Bd Green sz 14-16, Chan's Holographic Pupa sz 12-16
  • 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

November 2, 2018 Elk River Area Fishing Report

 

The weather down on the Elk isn't quite as bad as what we are seeing up in Calgary but it is definitely starting to drop. Because of the weather the fish are moving into there wintering holes and the dry fly fishing is starting to slow down significantly. fish are still slamming flies just not as consistently it seems. 

The hatches aren't as wide in variety as they were previously but the dry fly fishing has proven to be pretty good. Because the dry fly fishing has died down so much due to weather I don't think the trout will be quite particular about what they choose to eat and not eat. BWO's and Midges are the main two popping off but you may even catch the occasional caddis still hanging around too. Nymphs are the big ticket items right now though, so to better your luck at hooking into that fish of a lifetime make sure you are getting them down deep and remember that if you aren't losing the occasional fly you probably aren't getting down enough.

We can confirm that the bulls have finished their spawn and are now ready to eat some meat (aka streamers) again. So we highly recommend bringing down the big boys for em. 

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: No Hackle BWO sz 16-20, BWO Thorax 16-20, Silvermans Peppemint Olive sz 14-18, Royal Wulff sz 18-20, Black Para-Ant sz 12-18, Trcio Thorax sz 18-20, Cluster Midge sz 16-18
  • 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, Soft Hackle Thorax Bead Orange or Mahogany sz 14-16, Tungstud sz 12-18, Tungsten Zebra Midge sz 16-20
  • 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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