Bow River Report

Bow River Rainbow

Bow River Rainbow

We can all admit it has been a tough year fishing the bow, due to the inconsistent water levels and clarity we have been experiencing the fishing continues to be challenging. Fortunately, it appears we may get a break in the precipitation here for the next couple days with only the od thunderstorm here and there. The Bow River should start to drop and become more clear as the week progresses. The elbow river has lowered and is starting to clear up. The high wood is still flowing high and a little dirty as to the sheep river continues to pump mud. If you are looking to fish water with better visibility, focus on the sections of the bow 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 river's annual stonefly hatch. Stoneflies are being seen here and there more consistently. 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: 194cms

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Dolly Lama Black/Olive #4

Kraft Kreelex Black/Red/Silver #4

CH Bow River Bugger #4

BH Flash Bugger Brown #10


BH Stone Shagadelic #4-#6

Flexi Girlde Bug Black/Tan #6

Caddis Pupa Tan #16

Evil Weevil #14


Yeti Hopper Purple #10

Chubby Chernobyl Tan #10

Swisher Dancing Caddis Peacock #14

Pale Morning Dun #16

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Connor Ingstrup