Missouri River Fly-Fishing
It’s coming down to the nitty gritty traditionally I would be gearing up to be heading to Montana and The Missouri River next week and hanging out there until post runoff then heading up to The Bow River and Southern Alberta which generally happens in late June.Of course the Covid 19 Crisis has put a Damper on that as the whole world is in limbo.
Bow River Brown Trout
The Current conditions are looking strong for a good season, this is due to a very good snow pack in both Montana and Alberta.My guess is that Summer Months Prime Time will be early July with August being strong.By then hopefully things are back to the new normal and Anglers will be able to board planes and fly out to Western Fly-Fishing Destinations.We also realize there is a lot of uncertainty out there.
Outfitter Lindsey Channel with a hopper eating Missouri River Brown Trout
Pencil in Bookings
I have been communicating with our Clients that have booked with us already.Dave Brown Outfitters will not be asking for a Deposit until we know trips are a go.We are also suggesting that if you have booked a trip with us in Canada that you look at Montana as a “Plan B”.If you (dumb comment )want to go fishing but don’t want to financially commit we get that,therefore we are encouraging new enquiries to pencil in some dates.We are totally onboard with that and will not invoice until we are 14 days out.If things change for the worse during that 14 day time period we will refund 100% of the trip cost back to you.These Pencil in Bookings apply to Montana,Alberta,Arizona and Saskatchewan only.We have also put together some great package rates for our Fly-Fishing Program.Contact Us
Bow River Rainbow Tout
Like everyone we are hoping that this Pandemic clears out and things get back to normal sooner than later, but we are planning for the worst and hoping for the best.We have had minimal cancellations however its wait and see,If you have booked a trip with us lets stay in contact and see how this pans out.We will not be invoicing until we are 14 days out from your trip.If travel restrictions are still in effect then we will be holding off or not invoicing if the trip is canceled.The priority right now is self isolation and staying healthy.If you can fish local it’ s good for the soul.
Dave Brown Outfitters Donated Trips.
Every Year D.B.O. donates guided trips to various Conservation Organizations which total $5000 in goods and services.These Organizations include Southern Arizona Quail Forever,The Green Valley Hunters and Anglers Club ,Bow River Trout Foundation,Alberta Back Country Hunters and Anglers,Missouri River Fly-Fishers and The Upper Missouri Watershed Alliance.Our normal protocol is that donated trips of any sort must be booked by May 1st and are valid for 1 year or the season in which they are booked in.As it stands now we are canceling any donated fishing trips for 2020,however we will honor those trips in 2021.We are playing wait and see on our donated hunts.We are sorry if this causes any hardship but we are concerned about our cash flow which donated trips impact.We hope you understand.If you have any questions Contact Me.
Fishing local in Calgary Alberta
Let’s face it this Corona Virus has placed the World on “pause” until further notice.Fishing Trips requiring flying are being postponed or canceled severely impacting the Fy-Fishing Industry especially Destination Guides, Oufitters and Lodges as no one wants to risk travel and you cant blame them.I had high hopes of traveling north to Ontario to help a friend out with his Guide Service focusing on Great Lakes Steelhead,that would be a kick I thought but now the U.S. -Canada Border is closed.
So much for that great idea.A case of “Cabin Fever” has also set in and I am thinking I may have to continue to lay low and perhaps squash my guide season in Montana and Alberta which would result in me staying right here in Patagonia Arizona which for all intensive purposes is not the Fly-Fishing Capitol of the World.If that scenario becomes reality Ill miss my northern fishing season however the main thing is stay healthy and limit contact with People.
Urban Brown Trout
Hopefully this situation that we are in sorts itself out sooner than later, but in the mean time I plan on fishing local.Checking out different Bass Lakes and perhaps some Small Arizona Trout Streams,places I have never been before but wanted to go.I’m sure a lot of you are having the same thoughts and want to make the best of a crappy situation.
Great Lakes Steelhead from a river thats 3 hours of Detroit and 2 hours from Toronto
If you live in the east or Midwest perhaps its time you checked out that Smallmouth Bass River you have heard about but never fished,or that little creek that via the rumor network you heard holds Brook Trout the further up you go.East Coasters have a myriad of Salt Water opportunities and if you live close to the Great Lakes their Tribs offer shots at some decent migratory rainbow and brown trout plus various Salmon Species.Farm Ponds stocked with Bass or Panfish can be a hoot ,sure its not Rocky Mountain Trout fishing but all this could be close to your home.Speaking of which, if you live in the West generally you don’t have to go far to find a Trout Stream,maybe this is the year you get into fly-fishing Alpine Lakes or getting off the Tailwaters and fishing back country streams for Cuttys.
Small Stream Brook Trout
Of course all of the above might require some tackle and Fly purchases and rather than order everything online give your friendly neighborhood Fly-Shop a call,Im sure they would love to hear from you and need the business.A suggestion to limit your contact with fly-shop staff would be to order your flies, leaders and hopefully that new rod and reel over the phone and have everything ready to roll for pick up or maybe delivery.
Panfish can be a riot on light tackle
The people that are really going to hurt while this pandemic carries on are Guides.If you enjoy fishing with a local guide why not give him or her a call and see how they are doing ? Question them on what they have been doing to prevent the spread of this virus, most I’m sure have been laying low tying flies or fishing solo.If you are comfortable with their precautions and they are with yours perhaps book a trip.A few Caveats to add would be you would take your own vehicle and follow the guide, if you are floating have your rig shuttled also.I would suggest providing your own lunch and drinks, finally consider tying your own flies on your tippet.This would give you a chance to get out with a Pro,help a fellow Human out while at the same time ensuring social distance is maintained.
Buddy Dan with a nice Arizona LMB
At the end of the day we will all get through this.Of course taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of and catching the Corona Virus is on everyone’s mind.However you still need to go fishing and I’m hoping these suggestions help.Stay Healthy and Safe Amigos !
Small stream Trout fishing
Hopper Season is Here !
It’s that time of year again ! Hopper fishing is in full swing on Alberta’s Bow and Oldman Rivers‘ along with other S.W. Alberta Trout Streams.The Trout of course are crushing them.
DBO Guide Mike Turnbull with a Oldman River Tailwater Rainbow
Streamer fishing has also been good especially on cloudy days.
The Missouri River Trico hatch is getting going,nymph fish is good and the hopper bite is also starting to pick up.
Missouri River Rainbow Trout
Elk River Cutthroat
BC’s Elk River and other area streams are also fishing great.Hopper and Ant Patterns have been producing along with Flav patterns.Contact us to book your trip of a lifetime.
is also fishing great.Terrestrials are happening along with Flavs.
DBO Guide Mike Turnbull with a Oldman River Tailwater Rainbow
Rivers throughout SW Alberta and S.E. British Columbia are now on the drop and fir the most part fishing well.The Bow River in and below Calgary Alberta has been fishing great,Streamers and Stone Flies (dries) have been producing some great fish.Further south The Oldman River Tailwater has been decent along with some walk and wades we won’t talk about.
Frank’s Tank and D.B.O. Guide Gavin Stookes
The Elk River has also risen and is now on the drop.The Golden Stone Fly hatch is over but Green Drakes,P.M.D.’s Caddis and Terrestrials have been producing.
Elk River Cutty
Down on Montana’s Missouri River the fishing has been overall decent.Lots of Dry fly action on Caddis ,Tricos and Hoppers.
Missouri River Brown Trout
Dry Fly Bend
Bow River Hook Up
Fall is in the air ! Cooler Temps will get things moving even more.Depending on the river we are witnessing hatches of Nocturnal Stones,October Caddis,B.W.O.’s ,Hoppers and Other Terrestrials.During non hatch periods Streamer fishing has been good.Flows are low and Fall fishing is full on give us a call @800-453-3991 or email us !
Elk River Cutthroat