Bow River Report

Bow River Rainbow

Bow River Rainbow

Although the Bow River and surrounding creeks have been taken off of high stream flow alert, we are still not out of the clear. The rain we have gotten in the last couple of days and the future rain in the forecast is going to bump things up yet again. The elbow river has lowered and is starting to clear up. The high wood is still flowing high and a little dirty due to the sheep river getting a lot of precipitation during the last couple of days. If you are looking to fish water with better visibility, focus on the sections of the river above the Highwood or Elbow River confluence.

Its that time of year again where the city gets loose and fly lines start to go tight as anglers head to the river to take advantage of the bow rivers annual stonefly hatch. Stoneflies have been seen here and there on the river and birds are starting to take a look at the big foam flies that we are throwing out there. This is a good indication that the stonefly hatch is just around the corner. Although the forecast may prolong the hatch make sure you have a couple of stonefly dries and nymphs in your box if you are planning to head down to the river this week.

If the water is still high and fast focus your efforts stripping streamers and nymphing within the first 10-15’ of the river off the bank. Darker patterns tend to be more productive as the fish can see them better. However, don't shy away from throwing your lighter streamers and nymph patterns as well.

If you aren't too interested in tackling high muddy water but would still like to get out fishing. Check out our runoff alternatives page here:

Visibility: 24”

Flow Rate: 181cms

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Galloups Dungeon Black #2

Bow River Bugger #4

Dornan’s Chicklet #4

Coffeys Sparkle Minnow Smoke #4


BH Stone fat Bastard #4-#6

Pats RUbber Leg Stone Tan #8-#10

Ultimate Skip Nymph #14

Blooms Tung Dart #16

Coffey’s Cone Head Sparkle Minnow Smoke:

Coffey’s Cone Head Sparkle Minnow Smoke:


Ninchs Peanut #10

Demoes Mill Creek Goldten Stone #10

Swishers Dancing Caddis Peacock #18

PMD Thorax #14

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Connor Ingstrup