Growing up I was lucky enough to have had some of the best Bow River guides teach me how to row a drift boat and read water. I know that not all people are that lucky or even have the time to learn these skills on their own, for that reason after 25 years of guiding and outfitting Iron Bow Fly Shop is dedicating a school specifically to rowing and fishing from a drift boat.

Whether you have just purchased, are looking at purchasing, or even renting a drift boat or raft with a rowing frame, this one day course is designed to cover all the basics. We will give you the confidence to be floating the Blue Ribbon stretch of the Bow River by day’s end on you own.

Our instructors, guides with at least 20 years experience floating the river, will be your mentors for the day. We have designed this course to teach you the basics of advanced rowing and fishing techniques, etiquette, reading key water and safety skills.

Drift Boat School Topics

Trailering and Boat Launch Etiquette – Safety set up of drift boat – Boat positioning and obstacle avoidance – Anchoring safety – Avoiding dangerous situations – Boat etiquette and the bank fisherman – Speed and distance from banks for setting up drifts for specific fly patterns.

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Drift Boat School - $650/day, 1 or 2 anglers

2019 Available Dates:

Subject to guide availability and water conditions. Call the shop for details.

What’s Included

Approximately 8 hours of instruction for 1 or 2 people, lunch, snacks and non-alcoholic snacks throughout the day.

What’s Not Included

Rods, reels, waders, boots, flies, leaders and tippet. Please ensure that you have a valid Alberta provincial fishing license which can be purchased through

Terms and Conditions

Schools require full payment at the time of booking. In order to make this as stress free as possible and fair to all involved, Iron Bow allows cancelations up to one week in advance of the scheduled school with a full refund, less $25.00. If you cancel in the last week or fail to show, you forfeit the full school amount. If Iron Bow cancels due to weather or water conditions, you will receive a full refund or we can reschedule at the customers request. Receipt of payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses.

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Or call us at the shop at 403-288-3474 for more information!!