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Fishing Reports

What's happening on the water


June 16, 2017 Bow River Fishing Report 

Water levels on the Bow have gone down a little bit and the visibility seems to be in the ballpark of six inches. Runoff is still in full effect and most likely will be for another week at least (that is if we get some constant weather). The rain that we received on Tuesday night and Wednesday did play with levels a little bit but nothing to noticeable.

With all the runoff we've had this year, it looks like it'll be a promising year of fishing ahead of us. And for the first time in the past three years we should be seeing fish in the spots that they should usually be in and if that can happen then it should make for a great season.

The upper stretch of the Bow downstream of Bearspaw is flowing pretty much the exact same as the lower section. Still the flows are right at the banks but as we mentioned about the lower section, levels are slowly going down day by day.

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
Nymphs: Flexi Girdle Bug Dark Olive sz 6-8, Parkin's PR Muskrat Gold and Brown Stone sz 8-10, Jerrell's Lucent Skwala sz 10-12
Streamers/Leeches: Clousabou Black, Olive and Brown sz 6, Krafts Kreelex Red/Black/Silver sz 4, Fish Skull Sculpin Bugger Olive sz 8, Muddy Buddy Black sz 4, and Wiese's Shleech Black sz 4




June 16, 2017 Crowsnest and Oldman Area Fishing Report

It's official it is now time to chase the bulls and cutties that inhabit the southern Alberta streams! After going through and checking the water flow charts for the main rivers down in that neck of the wood (Highwood, Sheep, Oldman, Livingstone, and Crowsnest) the flows are high bit according to the figures are flowing pretty close to average for this time of the year. The main river that seems to have the worst visibility is the sheep but other than that everything should be fishable.

There has been word too that the salmonfly's are out right now, so if you are wanting to get some fish on top on some big foam it would be worth making a trip down within the next week before the hatch is over. Other bugs are starting to emerge as well but the main one that the fish are eating is the stoneflies.

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,
Stoneflies: SRA Willy's Goldenstone sz 6-12, Gould's Half-Down Golden stone sz 6-12, Chernobyl Tan sz 8-12, Saliga's Salmonfly sz 6, Chernobyl Grizzlyh Orange sz 6-8
Streamers: Articulated Sparkle Minnow Smoke sz 4, Alter's Jointed APP White #3/0, Keller's Bull Candy White sz 4, and Mini Loop Scuplin Natural sz 6


June 16, 2017 Elk River Area Fishing Report

On-going wet weather, high snow packs, extreme hot temperatures paired with snow melt have all contributed to very high flows early in the season, particularly in southern BC. Many areas are still experiencing above normal flows for early-June.

On smaller rivers and tributaries flowing from mid-elevation areas (primarily below 1600m), flows have been slowly declining over the past week back to normal levels for early-June.

**Still waiting to hear reports on hatches and patterns to use, those should be up within the next week.**



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