Best times of year….
The 50 mile stretch of the Bow just below Calgary fishes best from late April and mid October, with June typically being a month of run off (check with the shop for conditions from year to year).
April/May - Calgary springs can be short and sweet, the temperature will average 11-16C (50-60F). Late April will give way to trout starting to move into their summer haunts, with rainbows making their way up to spawn. Hatches of BWO’s are joined by great caddis hatches in early May. Runoff will generally start by the last week of May.
June - June is generally a month or runoff. Water dirties and rises making it a risky month to visit. Locals can experience some excellent fishing if there is a low snowpack and slow runoff.
July/August - These are by far our busiest months, so make sure to book early!! July can sometimes be rainy but a risk worth taking for our amazing Golden Stone hatch. Water running off color pushes the large fish up against the banks where they are willing to eat streamers, stone dries, caddis and PMD’s. August is terrestrial time with hoppers and ants during the day, and evening caddis, PMD’s and Trico’s. The weather is generally more stable in August with it becoming warmer and less chance of precipitation.
September - Evening temperatures start to drop cooling the river temperature, but still one of the better times for fishing. Early September will still be filled with hopper and caddis, with BWO’s as you get into the later parts of September. Waders and layer are a must as September comes to a close.
October - Fish are starting to fatten up for winter, continuing to eat hoppers and BWO’s on top, but most fish will be taken on nymphs or streamers. The sun starts getting low earlier in the day, so wooly’s are a must.
Successful anglers will be adaptable and be able to fish dries, nymphs and streamers. Hatches of Caddis, Stoneflies, BWO’s, PMD’s and Tricos are prolific and large Terrestrials such as Grasshoppers, Beetles and Ants can bring eager fish to the surface. Large streamers thrown to the bank can produce heart stopping takes that may leave you with broken leaders and burned fingers.