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 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 and Elk River Fishing Reports

Bow River Hook up

The Bow River in and below Calgary Alberta continues to fish great.Hopper- Dropper rigs are getting it done and so are streamers.Of course nymphing is also working but why? when other techniques delver above average sized fish?.Current hatches are Caddis and B.W.O’s.

Bow River Rainbow

Meanwhile down in S.E. British Columbia The Elk River is also fishing great.Hatches consist of Olives,Mahogony Duns,Nocturnal Stones and October Caddis.Terrestrial fishing can also be good on warm days.When in doubt try fishing streamers for larger than average cutties and bull trout.

Streamer eating Elk River Cutthroat

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Fly-Fishing Report for Bow and Elk Rivers


Streamer eating Elk River Cutthroat

The Elk River near Fernie BC continues to fish well.Recent cooling trends have kept the water temps. low and the fish are happy.Hatches of October Caddis and Flavs have had the cutties looking up.During non-hatch periods Streamers and Terrestrial Patterns have  been working well.Please checkout Back Country Closures -Due to forest fires if you are planning to Walk and Wade area streams.

Bow River Hook Up

The Bow River in and below Calgary Alberta is also fishing well.Hopper/Dropper rigs are the norm along with streamers ..there is no reason to chase bobbers.Waterboatman are active and there are some caddis hatching.Contact us for more info or call us @ 800-453-3991 

Bow River Hopper Eater

Fishing Report – Fall is fast Approaching

Bow River hook -Up

All Rivers in S.W. Alberta and S.E. B.C. are fishing well.The Bow River in and below Calgary Alberta overall has been fishing good.Hatches of Caddis and Tricos are getting the fish to look up.Hopper fishing is also excellent.

Bow River Rainbow

Streamers and Nymphs have also been working well on The Bow River.

Elk River Cutty

The Elk River near Fernie B.C. has been fishing good.Hatches consist of Flavs,Caddis and Nocturnal Stoneflies.October Caddis should start hatching soin.Terrestrial Fishing has also been good.

Bow River Brown Trout

Now that the weather is starting to cool off the fishing will only get better.We are anticipating a very good September ! Book Now call us @ 800-453-3991 

Fly-Fishing Report


Hopper eating Bow River Brown Trout

The Bow River in and below Calgary Alberta has been fishing good.Recent cooler temps and rains will bring the water temperature down resulting on what we hope turns int another streamer eating feeding frenzy.Caddis and Tricos have been hatching,however Hopper fishing has been the showcase.

Southern Alberta Cutbow

South of Calgary,The Oldman River has also been fishing good.Hoppers,P.M.D’s and caddis all have the fish looking up.Last but not least S.E. B.C. and The Elk River is also fishing well.Hatches of Flavs, Caddis ,Yellow Sallies and Some Lime Sallies have been getting the fish to look up.ON hot days Hoppers have been pulling it off.Call us @ 800-453-3991 to book  your next Canadian Rockies Fly-Fishing Trip ! 

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