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Fishing Reports

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December 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 seem to be at a constant flow now and from the sounds of it the fish are settling into their wintering holes. 

This time of the season the most important thing is to get your flies deep. Many a people are changing up their tactics from the season to better tailor their boxes to the winter elements. The best tactic 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!

After seeing what the Bow can do this week, we would like to remind all our customers to be careful when wading this time of the, season especially as we get into the colder months as the banks get icy and the anchor ice starts flowing.

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

December 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.

Fishing reports are sounding very similar to the Bow right now, down in this neck of the woods. Don't let the slow pace turn you away from making a trip down though, the fishing hasn't completely shut down. 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 dry fly 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

December 2, 2018 Elk River Area Fishing Report


The Elk River and surrounding water will now open up again on June 15, 2019.



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