Southwestern Alberta

Opening day is upon us and the streams of southwestern Alberta are in good shape. Creeks are still running high but clarity is very fishable, earlier this week the Crowsnest has had visibility of 4 feet. In terms of spring runoff, it appears runoff has begun to subside. Assuming we do not get any excessive rain over the next couple weeks, the creeks will continue to get better as the season progresses. Now that runoff has begun to subside it is time to start to turn back to summer fly fishing techniques. Starting the day off with nymphs isn't a bad idea, the fish are going to be slower to get moving as the water temperatures are still pretty cold. As you get closer to noon the fish should start to become more active and start to look up for some dry flies. Look for seam lines and eddies behind rocks and other natural structures. Often fish will hold in areas where the current is softer, making it easer for them to sit in one position and grab food as it flows by.

Flow Rate: 8.00 cm/s

Visibility: 3'<

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YFG's Mini dragon grey #4

Dolly Lama Tan/Flesh #2

Dornan's Chicklet Brown/Yellow #4

Coffrey's CH Sparkle Minnow Royal Oil #4


Flexi Girdle Bug Black/Tan #6-#8

Purple Weevil #14-#18

Evil Weevil #12 #18

Copper John Red #14-#18


PMD Thorax #14-18

Swishers Dancing Caddis #12-#16

Parachute Adams #12-#16

Stimulator #10

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Connor Ingstrup