Bow River and Missouri River Fly-Fishing Report

Bow River and Missouri River Fly-Fishing Report

Missouri River Brown Trout

The Bow River is fishing good and getting betters its on the drop.Currently streamer fishing is good and early rising Anglers are experiencing decent to good Golden Stone action.It will only get better as the river continues to drop and clear.

Bow River Brown Trout

Meanwhile here in Montana we have been busy on The Missouri River which also has been fishing good.Hatches of PMD”s and Caddis are getting the fish to look up.Nymph fishing is good and so is the Streamer fishing.

Missouri River Hook Up

The Missouri River continues to stabilize and fishing will only get better.We are also in for a great hopper year on both rivers.Contact Us to plan your next Fly-Fishing Trip.


River Report Bow ,Elk and Missouri Rivers

River Report Bow ,Elk and Missouri Rivers

Due to recent rains rivers in Alberta,Montana and British Columbia can be off color but starting to drop.The Bow and Elk River’s are a week out from being fantastic then the fishing should be awesome.Anglers can expect Great Streamer fishing followed by some some fantastic Golden Stone Fly action.P.M.D.’s and Caddis will still be hatching at that time.The Bad News for our American Clients and Canadian Fishing Guides is that The Canadian Border remains Closed Until July 21 st.Of Course we are hoping it opens up then so our clients can take part in some great Alberta Hopper fishing.To keep our Alberta Fly-Fishing Guides busy ,We have some great rates for Canadian Clients click here and have a look.

Elk River Cutthroat

In the meantime The Missouri River is fishing good.We have had  some good P.M.D. Dry fly fishing as that hatch is now underway.Caddis Flies have also started to hatch.Nymphing as usual is strong and Streamer fishing can be decent.Let us know If want to get out.We will make it happen ! Call us @800-453-3991 or email us 

D.B.O. Fly-Fishing

D.B.O. Fly-Fishing

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.Please Read Alberta’s Covid 19 Instructions.

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


D.B.O. and Covid 19

D.B.O. and Covid 19

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.

Lisa Filigenzi fishing Montana’s Missouri River

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.

waiting game



For Now  Fish Local

For Now Fish Local

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.

Arizona LMB

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



River Reports

River Reports

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.

Streamer eater

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.

Hook up

is also fishing great.Terrestrials are happening along with Flavs.

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