Southern Alberta is a fly fisherman’s paradise. Whether you are after
wild rainbows and browns on the world-class Bow River or feisty
cutthroats on a classic mountain stream, let us be your guide to the
area’s best angling. We specialize in Bow River float trips, and
other lesser known lakes and streams – some of Canada’s best kept
The Bow River starts its course high in the Rocky Mountains and winds
its way through the scenic Alberta foothills to the city of Calgary.
South and east of Calgary, the Bow becomes one of the world’s best
trout fisheries. Lefty Kreh and A.J. McClane elevated the Bow River
from a local hotspot to an international fly fishing destination in
the early 80′s, praising the river’s dry fly fishing as among the
best in the world. The Bow has since become famous for the size and
strength of its rainbows and browns. With a self-sustaining
population of 2500 trout per mile, it is a rare fishing trip when an
angler does not hook a 20 inch plus fish!
The river fishes best from late May through to mid October, with June
traditionally being a month of run-off (check with the shop for
conditions). Successful anglers should be flexible and able to fish
streamers, nymphs and dry flies. Hatches of caddis, trico’s, PMD’s
and BWO’s are prolific and terrestrials such as hoppers and ants can
bring eager fish to the surface. Large streamers thrown to the bank
can produce heart stopping takes that may leave you with broken
leaders and burned stripping fingers. A true test for any angler and
We are also pleased to offer guiding services in southern Alberta on
several different rivers which are prolific trout fisheries, and a
must for anglers seeking walk and wade as well as classic western
style drift fishing.
We take pride in the quality of our guides. They are knowledgable,
personable and above all hard-working. We have built the premium
guide company in Western Canada while still keeping the friendly
personalized service that keeps our clients coming back year after
year. Calgarians are noted for their western hospitality and our
guides are no exception.
Trips include a stream side lunch, snacks and beverages throughout the day, and equipment (rods, reels, waders and boots) if you require them. Hotel arrangements can be made.
Not included in the trip price: 5% tax, licenses, flies,
leaders/tippets, and gratuities for the guides.
Although we try to provide a good selection of meats and salads for lunch, we would like to give you the opportunity to customize it for your individual tastes. If you have any special dietary concerns or allergies, please contact us at the shop directly prior to your trip. We would be more than happy to assist you.
You will mainly use 5 and 6 weights while fishing from
the boat. It is a good idea to bring 3 or 4 weights if you are
planning a walk and wade trip.
Reels should have a good drag system with at least 50 yards of
backing for our Bow River fish.
90% of your fishing is done with floating lines, but you
should have a sink tip line as well for your heavier rods.
You should have neoprene waders if you are planning a
trip in the spring or the fall when the water temperature is cooler.
For summer fishing, breathables or lightweights and make sure that in
both cases you have a good pair of felt-soled wading boots.
No matter what time of year you come, be prepared for all
weather conditions. Bring a hat, sunscreen, shorts, fleecewear and
Bring at least one pair of good polarized sun glasses (amber
or brown). Not only will they help you spot the fish, it will protect
your eyes from any misplaced flies!
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