Fishing Report - September 8th, 2018

Although we are now well into the month of September, most of us are still refusing to concede the fact that our summer is coming to a close. There are still a couple solid months of regular fishing left before the number of fishable days decreases and we have no choice but to don our waders and warmest pair of long johns for a chance at a fish. For trout in Alberta, the coming weeks will be a last ditch effort to pack on as many calories as possible before the beginning of winter brings a major decrease in temperature and food availability. 

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The Winston BIII-X 596 and Galvan Rush 6 with an Airflo Streamer Max Short makes for a fun light-streamer rod.

(Matt Hodgson photo)

ES2 – AKA Central Alberta

Nymphs – Anderson's Bird of Prey, Tungsten Salvation Nymph

Streamers – Gartside Leeches, Wooly Buggers, Zonkers

Dries – Blue-Winged Olives, Grasshoppers, Ants, Caddis, Tricos


Bow River

Nymphs – Anderson's Bird of Prey, Tungsten Salvation Nymph, Boatmen, Backswimmers

Dries – Tricos, Caddis, Fall Caddis, Sedges, Grasshoppers, Blue-Winged Olives

Streamers – Gartside Leeches, Wooly Buggers, Zonkers, Sex Dungeons, Sparkle Minnows


Southern Alberta

Nymphs – Pheasant Tail, Hare's Ear, Pseudo Prince, 

Streamers – Gartside Leeches, Wooly Buggers, Zonkers

Dries – Blue-Winged Olives, Ants, Beetles, Fall Caddis, Grasshoppers




Kit Recommendations

  • Nymphing - A standard 3X leader with different tippets to give you the option to go lighter is recommended. The water may be clear but the fish should not be leader shy this time of the year.
    • Many of our customers have been enjoying the use of tippet rings so if you have yet to try them you may want to give them a shot.
  • Dries – When the fish are eating very small flies that can be difficult to see in low light, like tricos, try fishing them behind a more visible fly in a double dryfly setup. 
  • Streamers – For streamers we say no lighter than 10lb tippet and remember that fluorocarbon is much more abrasion resistant.
  • We have some great fall and winter gear in the shop now, so come by and check out the new base layers, mid layers, and other insulating gear from Simms. 
  • For tips on layering and how to be as comfortable as possible when things get cooler, have a look at our blog on Winter Layering Tips 
  • If you make it out and feel like sharing a story or photo, we always like hearing what you are getting up to.
  • We are still booking guided trips for the 2018 season! Don't miss out this year. Trips can be booked here on the BRT site.