Alberta and British Columbia’s Best Early Season Rivers

Alberta and British Columbia’s Best Early Season Rivers

Bow River Brown Trout

Snowpack in The Canadian Rockies is very good.We are suggesting that you don’t come up until after July 1st,unless there is a huge early season melt River wont be fishable until then.Once the rivers start to drop conditions will be “lights out” for the entire season ..do to a good snowpack year.In Alberta expect great Golden Stone Fly action on The Bow,Crowsnest ,Oldman and Waterton Rivers‘.

Early Season can mean some excellent Streamer fishing

On The Britsh Columbia side of The Rockies one can expect the same hatches and Streamer action.

Fly-Fishing The Elk River

 

  • The Bow River in and below Calgary is a must do.Hatches at this time are Golden Stones,Caddis and P.M.D.’s
  • The Oldman River and it’s tribs can offer some great dry fly fishing during hatches of Goldenstones,Green Drakes,Caddis and P.M.D’s .
  • The Wateton River in the early season offers a short window to float this picturesque Brown Trout stream.Hatches include Golden Stones,Green Drakes,Caddis and P.M.D.’s.
  • The Elk River offers non-stop Dry Fly action during hatches of Golden Stones,Green Drakes,Caddis and P.M.D.’s .
  • The Columbia River is a solid early season bet for huge rainbows eating P.M.D.’s and Caddis.
Waterton River

Floating The Waterton River

2018 is shaping up to be an awesome season,don’t delay book with the Region’s #1 Outfitter.Contact Us or call 800-453-3991

Elk River Cutthroat

Bow River Fly-Fishing – Book now for The 2018 Season

Bow River Fly-Fishing – Book now for The 2018 Season

July 2017 Bow River Brown Trout

Depending on the day,The Bow River in and below Calgary Alberta is an exceptional river to Fly-Fish because it holds a solid population of brown and rainbow trout that reach trophy size .Streamer,Nymph and Dry Flies all have there place and a Bow River Fly-fisher needs to be able to do it all.April,Early May then after runoff ,in late June are all good times to Fly-Fish the Bow River.Due to a very good snow pack July, August and September will be amazing…Contact Us for rates and dates.Or call us @ 800-453-3991

Bow River Rainbow Trout

Floating The Bow River

Fly-Fishing with D.B.O — The Advantage

Fly-Fishing with D.B.O — The Advantage

We realize  that you have choices when planning a Guided Fly-Fishing Trip .A great deal of time and money are invested,thats where we come in.Our rates are competitive,our service is excellent and our guides are second to none.Our format is simple,our Outfitter Licensing allows us to move you around to the best fishing,with key guides leading the way on their home waters.This is were our competitors fall short,they either lack the licensing and/or local and fly-fishing  knowledge to effectively pull it off which is their problem not Yours.Booking your trip with Dave Brown Outfitters  works to your favor,we have been Guiding throughout Alberta and British Columbia for over 25  Years.

Outfitter and Guide Dave Brown,A happy Client and a 24 inch Bow River Brown Trout

Outfitter and Guide Dave Brown,A happy Client and a 24 inch Bow River Brown Trout

The Fly-Shop and Office for our  Fly-Fishing Guide Service is located in Fernie BC  on The Elk River.Due to our strong Alberta Fly-Fishing Roots we have excellent Bow River  Fly-Fishing  Guides who live in Calgary Alberta specializeing  on that river system.The same holds true for Winlaw BC and The Upper Columbia and Slocan Rivers.On our days off you will find us meeting up in S.W. Alberta,for some it’s our old “stomping grounds”.For our clients,our model ensures you get the best guides for rivers you want to fish,at the same time allowing flexibility if conditions are not the best.Our goal is to ensure you have a great fly-fishing experience. -we have you covered!.

The Small Streams – Wigwam River

The Small Streams – Wigwam River

 

Wigwam River Bull Trout

Wigwam River Bull Trout

British Columbia small streams are prolific fish and scenery producers; it’s not uncommon to catch 20-inch plus cutthroat, rainbow and bull trout in the small streams we fish. The Wigwam River,Fording River , Michel Creek and Alexander Creek are Elk River tributaries that are very accessible from Fernie, B.C. and The Kootenay Fly-Shop.

Fording River Cutthroat

Fording River Cutthroat

South East British Columbia Small Streams
The Kootenay region of B.C. is blessed with countless small streams, and for the small stream aficionado the fishing is like the “good old days” if not better. Wild and native species of trout including cutthroat, rainbow and bull trout are stringently regulated to ensure healthy populations and trophy sizes; a number of our clients compare the aquamarine water and fishing experience to New Zealand – just not as far! Our small streams are a perfect fit for cane rods or 2- to 4-weight graphite, and dry flies proliferate through the hatch-filled season.

Small Stream Cutty

Small Stream Cutty

Fly Fishing the Small Streams
Our small streams are easily wadeable but typically demand a lot of walking in a day; the fitter you are the better.Fly-fishing The small streams  can be added on to a trip to  Fernie BC and The Elk River .
Hatches vary by month and elevation, often overlapping and often quite different from those taking place on valley-bottom rivers. For example, in late August it’s not uncommon to find Green Drakes (which hatch in July at lower elevations) hatching alongside October Caddis. Dry flies are the norm, but fishing streamers to giant bull trout that your guide has spotted is also on the plate.

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John Gierach with a Wigwam River Bull Trout

John Gierach with a Wigwam River Bull Trout

 

Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Salmon Fly
Golden Stone Fly
Yellow & Lime Sally
Various Caddis
October Caddis
Pale Morning Dun
Western Green Drake
Red Quill
Blue Winged Olives
Midges
Grasshoppers

* Hatches may very depending on elevation and watershed *

2018 D.B.O. Trip Planning

2018 D.B.O. Trip Planning

 

Elk River Cutthroat

Once again we are looking forward to another great season.On all fronts conditions are looking good ! Snowpack in The Northern Rockies means we will have great flows throughout the trout season.As usual  we will get going on Alberta’s Bow River for some great pre-runoff fishing.As I make my way north I’ll be stopping for the better part of 5 weeks to fish and guide on Montana’s Missouri River -taking advantage of the great conditions and hatches that this river offers during late May thru to Late June.Our Regular post run-off season will be kicking off the last week of June.

Missouri River Scenery

                                                   D.B.O.’S Top Choices 

Missouri River -May 20th -July 1st 

Bow River -Now -Late May (pre-Run off) July 1st -October 

Southern Alberta -July 1st -October  

Elk River and Area  -June 30th -October 

Saskatchewan Bird Hunts -Sept 20- Oct 31 

Arizona Quail Hunts – Nov-15 -Feb 17

          Book Your Trip ! Call us @ 800-453-3991 or email dave@davebrownoutfitters.com         

watching and waiting -the dry fly game somewhere in Alberta 

Conditions are also looking good on both the Waterfowl and Upland Bird front in Saskatchewan.This is a very short season (Sept 20th -Oct 31 st) and it generally fills up fast.Here in Arizona all the winter rains we have had help promise that it will be another great season here, especially for Gambels and Scaled Quail. 

Bow River streamer eating Brown Trout #davebrownoutfitters

                

                                       

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