Fly-Fishing Updates

Fly-Fishing Updates

Missouri River Montana Fly-Fishing

Our Fly-Fishing Season up on the Missouri River is in full swing, and the fishing  has been good and gets only better as the Season progresses.Caddis and P.M.D.’s have started and the fish are eating them.

Missouri River Brown Trout

Canadian Border Forecast

We have high hopes that the Canadian Border will finally be re-opening sooner than later but we are expecting by August at the latest.We are expecting things to get busy once the announcement is made.Due to the cooler temperatures “Up North”  August is a good month to plan an Alberta or British Columbia Fly-Fishing Trip  and it’s easy to get to.Stay Tuned !

Bow River Fly-Fishing

Fly-Fishing The Bow River

2020 August Fly-Fishing Update

2020 August Fly-Fishing Update


2020 Summer Forecast 

Rivers are now in summer mode and flows remain good.Fishing has been decent to good and we are expecting to have excellent Hopper fishing starting soon.READ OUR CURRENT TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

Please Read the Alberta Covid 19 Instructions for Fishing 

Floating The Saint Mary River -BC

Reduced Rate Fly-Fishing Trips 

We have reduced our Guided fishing Rates for the following Rivers.Pencil In Booking Policy Applies.Due to Covid 19 Precautions We cannot provide lunches in Canada.Clients must pick up their own lunches.

Bow River $600 CAD 

S.W. Alberta Rivers $650 CAD 

Elk River $600  CAD

Saint Mary River $650 CAD 

Canada -United States Border Closure and Bookings 

The Border remains closed until August  21st.Therefore we are suggesting that our U.S.Clients that have booked Trips consider shifting their Booking to Montana and The Missouri River.We can help with Lodging Arrangements.We suggest those that want to fish in Canada in August consider our “Pencil in Booking” policy.

2020 Hopper Fishing 

With a normal Spring we are expecting another good Hopper Year which we are excited about.With flows expected to be on the high side of normal will mean August should offer some exceptional fishing.

Hopper fishing in Montana

Hopper Fishing

 Top River Pics for Montana,Alberta and British Columbia 

The Missouri River generally fishes great from mid May well into October.The timeframe that we target is mid May to September.The Missouri River will have excellent  flows throughout the season and late July &  August will be good.With our new partnership  we are able to make fishing on this excellent river happen! 


Missouri River Brown Trout

Form the first week  of July thru into October.The Bow River which is flows thru Calgary Alberta and is an easy  quick Trout fix.If you like big browns and rainbows this is it.With Direct flights from most major US Cities this is an easy trip to put together and requires no rental vehicle.With the current flows we are sure this is going to be great.Have a look at this great Bow River 4 night 3 day fishing Package 

Brown Trout Double -Missouri River

The Waterton River -Located in Extreme S.W. Alberta this is a good to very good Brown Trout River.Its floatable in early July then as it drops  it is an excellent walk and Wade option for large Brown Trout.

Fly-Fishing The Crowsnest River

The Oldman River -Located in S.W. Alberta this river has many ‘faces” ranging from Alpine Cutthroat fishing to a medium sized Tailwater Float trip.

The Elk River in and around Fernie B.C. should be primo throughout July, August and into September.

If you are looking at booking dates please do sooner than later.Call us @ 800-453-3991,text us @520-604-2729 0r email us.

Oldman River Hook up

Good Friend Lindsey Channel hooked up on a streamer eating Missouri River Brown Trout

Book Now For The 2020 Season

Book Now For The 2020 Season

Happy Client with a Bow River Brown Trout and D.B.O. Guide Angela Rankin with the net

As our 2019 Season Fly-Fishing Season Ends we are excited about what lays ahead in 2020.We will be active on Montana’s Missouri River starting In May of 2020 along with our regular operations in Southern Alberta ,namely the

Bow River

and S.W.Alberta.Andres will be looking after the B.C. Operation allowing us to be more focused in Montana and Alberta.

Missouri River Fly-Fishing

We are working on some stellar lodging options in both areas so stay tuned as our vision unfolds!

Missouri River Brown Trout

Hopper Season was Awesome in 2019 !

Brown Trout Double -Missouri River

Bow River Rainbow

Bow River Fly-Fishing – Fall Fishing is Full On

Bow River Fly-Fishing – Fall Fishing is Full On

D.B.O. Guide Mike Turnbull,a very happy client and a Hopper eating Bow River 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.The month of September and into October is an excellent timeframe to Fly-Fish The Bow River.Why? Hopper fishing is excellent,The B.W.O.’s are hatching and Streamer fishing for aggressive BrownTrout can be outstanding !

Bow River Hopper fishing

Contact Us for rates and dates.Or call us @ 800-453-3991

Streamer eating Bow River Brown Trout

Alberta and British Columbia Fly-Fishing Guide Service

Alberta and British Columbia Fly-Fishing Guide Service

Outfitter Dave Brown

Elk River Fly-Fishing Guide and Outfitter Dave Brown on The Bull River

 Orvis Elk River Fly-Fishing Report -Updated Weekly 

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Our Fly-Fishing story began in 1988 when Dave Brown,a Bow River Fly-Fishing Guide  launched his Professional Fly-Fishing career. Overtime  the operation evolved into Dave Brown Outfitters,which has gained  and earned a strong reputation in the fly fishing  community as the go-to outfitter of choice for those seeking the ultimate Alberta and British Columbia Fly-Fishing experience.As the first multi-river Alberta and British Columbia Fly-Fishng Guide Service,we offer unsurpassed trips on more than a dozen of the finest trout streams in British Columbia ,Alberta and now Montana.These rivers include,The Elk River,The Bow River,The Oldman River,The Saint Mary River,The Waterton River,The Wigwam River,The Columbia River ,The Slocan River,Bull River, and The Missouri River.They are renowned for a number of reasons, including above-average fish size, healthy wild and/or native trout, diversity of species, intense dry fly fishing and incredible hatches. Combined with exceptional scenery and lack of crowds, we can’t imagine a better place to pursue your piscatorial adventures.

Bow River Brown Trout

Bow River Brown Trout

As the first Elk River Fly-Fishing Guide Service based in Fernie ,Britsh Columbia and the largest independant fly fishing outfitter in Western Canada. Orvis Endorsed Dave Brown Outfitters ensures the visiting fly rodder top-notch customer service,award-winning accommodations and friendly,professional,hard-working guides.Just don’t take our word for it,read our REVIEWS.

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Elk River Cutthroat

Bow River Fly-Fishing Guides, Calgary, AB

Bow River Fly-Fishing Guides, Calgary, AB


Bow River Fly-Fishing Guides

Bow River Brown Trout

Read Our Blog Post about The Bow River 

Bow River Brown Trout

Bow River Brown Trout

Southern Alberta’s Bow River is world-renowned for its hard-fighting brown and rainbow trout. The Bow is truly a trophy fishery, with both browns and rainbows averaging 19 inches. Our Guided Bow River Fly-Fishing trips take place in- and downstream of the city of Calgary – making the Bow River  very accessible from most major U.S. cities and airports.

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

Outfitter and Guide Dave Brown with a happy Client and a 24 inch Bow River Brown Trout -Bow River Fly-Fishing Guides

The Bow River
is a fly-fisher’s paradise.Within the city limits and downstream of Calgary the river boasts a self-sustaining combined population of 3000 rainbow and brown trout per mile.Combine that with an average size of 19 inches and it’s easy to see why the Bow River Fly-Fishing experience is well noted for its BIG FISH making The Bow River on of the Top Produces and choices for Anglers on The North American Trophy Trout circuit.

Double Hook -Up onThe Bow River

Double Hook -Up onThe Bow River

The 50-mile trophy stretch is best suited to floating – even by Western standards it is considered a big river with a flow that averages about 3500 c.f.s. The average width of the river is 80 yards. Except for very low winter flows the river is impossible to cross by wading anglers. Downstream of Calgary the river has carved a spectacular valley. The banks are lined with cottonwood and aspen stands that rise to grass-covered breaks and sandstone cliffs. Watchful anglers can see where buffalo were herded over “jumps” by native hunters. Most of the river runs through private land, and cattle now graze where buffalo once roamed. Like all prairie river bottoms, wildlife is abundant; we commonly spot mule deer, eagles, pelicans, Great Blue Herons, Kingfishers,and waterfowl and shorebirds by the hundreds.

Floating The Bow River

Floating The Bow River -Bow River Fly-Fishing Guides

The fishing on the Bow River  picks up for the season in late April, with corresponding hatches of Baetis and midges. There are a few Skwala stoneflies around then as well. Towards mid-May the trout really start to look up as March Browns and caddis make their appearance.

Streamer eating Bow River Rainbow

Streamer eating Bow River Rainbow

Although many rainbows begin moving up tributaries to spawn about that time, the fishing remains excellent as there are still plenty of ’bows in the river to keep things interesting. The browns – which don’t spawn until the fall – get very aggressive, providing great action on streamers, nymphs and dries.

Bow Brown Trout

Bow Brown Trout

Early June typically marks runoff on the Bow River , which usually lasts two weeks. However, once the flow is stable or – better yet – if the river has crested and is on its way down, the fishing is awesome as anglers “pound the banks” with streamers. By the end of June and through most of July, anglers can expect to see Golden Stoneflies,Pale Morning Duns and caddis.

During August the river drops and the fish are much more selective than they were earlier in the season. Trico spinner falls in the morning usually entice Bow River trout to look up. During the day, hopper fishing can be fantastic and evening skies are usually filled with newly hatched caddisflies.

Fly-Fishing Alberta's Bow River

Fly-Fishing Alberta’s Bow River

Hopper fishing remains strong as summer blends into fall. The color changes that line the valley with reds, yellows and oranges also bring on strong hatches of Blue-winged Olives, midges, Water Boatman, caddis and October Caddis. The aquatic and terrestrial diet is unmatched as the trout gorge to put on weight before winter. Click here for the S.W. Alberta Hatch Chart


Sight Fishing to a large rainbow

Sight Fishing to a large rainbow -Wading Side Channels can Be Very Productive on Alberta’s Bow River

A Day Fly-Fishing The Bow River

During the course of a day you could find yourself fishing streamers, nymphs and large attractor dry flies from a moving drift boat. At times your Bow River Fly-fishing Guide will want to pull over, anchor the boat and stalklarge, surface feeding

Bow River Rainbows are Hot and Fat

Bow River Rainbows are Hot and Fat

brown or rainbow trout eating small caddis or mayflies along the banks. Make no mistake, you’re now in an angling situation that demands light tippets, small dry flies, a delicate presentation  and, potentially, a battle with a very hot, above-average trout.

Bow River Fly-Fishing Guides

Hook -Up Bow River Fly-Fishing Guides

You may also find yourself wading up a myriad of side channels, back channels, riffles and high banks casting “Hopper-Dropper” or light-nymph rigs to big trout that your guide has spottedfeeding. These fish – whether they are just beneath the surface or eating dries on top – provide a great blend of New Zealand sight-fishing and Rocky Mountain Trout fishing in one river!

streamer eating rainbow

Guiding Services
In 1988 Dave Brown began his    Bow River Fly-fishng  Career . Each season, Dave and his Bow River Fly-fishing Guides spend countless days guiding and fishing on this incredible river, ensuring that the clients of Dave Brown Outfitters experience the best the Bow has to offer. With our professional approach to guiding- coupled with our knowledge of the river and ability to instruct at all levels – your day on the Bow will be a memorable one.

Bow River Brown Trout

The Season
Although the Bow River  is open year-round, we don’t start guiding until late April. Our season runs through until the end of October. Our favorite months to Fly-Fish the Bow River  are May, July, August, September and October.We suggest booking your Bow River Fly-Fishing Trip during this timeframe.


Recommended trip Duration
For some anglers, the Bow River is their destination of choice; it’s very easy to spend 3-4 days fishing this river with more than 50 miles of trophy trout water beckoning. The Bow also makes a great way to wrap-up a trip to  Fernie in Southeast British Columbia Fly-Fishing The Elk River  or Southwest Alberta  Fly-Fishing The Crowsnest River. This is an easy add-on for Fly-fishers  booking multi-day, multi-river trips and traveling out of Calgary.


Bow River Rainbow -Bow River Fly-Fishing Guides

Bow River Rainbow -Bow River Fly-Fishing Guides

Other Options
Dave Brown Outfitters can readily conduct day trips from Calgary to the Red Deer River, Upper Bow, Crowsnest River and Oldman River tailwater. We also have some very good small streams located northwest and southwest of Calgary. These waters range from spring creek brown trout fisheries to freestone Rocky Mountain streams – home to native west slope cutthroat trout and monster bull trout.

With Dave Brown Outfitters , that’s the only “bull” you’ll get. We acknowledge that despite a healthy trout population and a reputation as the best big-fish river in North America, at times the Bow can be extremely finicky and technical. That’s the nature of superb Western trout fishing. What we can assure you is that our Bow River Fly-Fishing Guides have the experience and know-how to react to tough conditions in a number of ways to ensure that your trip is a success. As a client of Dave Brown Outfitters you are booking with the largest multi-river guiding service in Western Canada – period. We have the flexibility and logistics to move you to where the fishing conditions are best. With us, you’re in the besthands in the business.

DBO Guide Gavin Stookes and a happy client

Getting to Calgary
Most U.S. carriers fly into Calgary and there are direct flights from Dallas, Denver, Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Calgary is also accessible from Detroit via West Jet Airlines out of Windsor, Ontario.

The Glenmore  Inn -Conveintly located in S.E. Calgary ,it’s close to the Airport and the Bow River.A nice property and excellent rates .
The Fairmount Palliser  -Located in Downtown Calgary ,The Fairmount Palliser is the #1 Luxury Hotel in Calgary .

Hotel Pick Up –Rather than have you meet your guide at a fly-shop which is both  annoying  & time consuming ,we pick you up at the Hotel that you are staying at.


Bow River Fly-Fishing Guides

Hook -Up Bow River Fly-Fishing

         Bow River Fly-Fishing Equipment List 

  • Streamer Rods -9ft -7wt or 6wt
  • Nymph Rods -9ft 6wt 0r 5wt
  • Dry Fly Rods  9ft 5
  • Reels -minium 100 yards of backing on all
  • Lines Weight Forward Floating lines for all,& a 10ft Sink tip line for your Streamer Rod
  • Breathable Waders
  • Rain Jacket
  • Polarized Sunglasses
  • Wet Wading Gear (June,July,August)
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Personel Items
  • Alberta Fishing License

*Note  Our trips include All Flies ,Leaders and Boat Rods.If needed Waders can be rented.*

Bow River Brown Trout

Bow River Brown Trout

Rates -$550 per day,per boat . plus 5% G.S.T.
Spare Fly-Rods
Deli Style Lunch
Hotel P/U and D/O
Alberta fishing Licenses

 Book your Bow River Fly-fishing Adventure Now

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Bow River Brown Trout Fly-Fishing Video  

A very large Brown Trout caught on The Bow River while Fly-Fishing with Dave Brown Outfitters.


  Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
March Brown              
Salmon Flies              
Golden Stone              
Yellow&Lime Sally              
Green Drake              
Pale Morning Dun              
Little Western Green Drake (Flav vilinea)              
Grass Hoppers              
Red Quill              
October Caddis              
Various Caddis              

* Hatches may very depending on elevation and watershed *


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