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ES2 – AKA Central Alberta
Larger rivers and streams in this area are experiencing typical spring runoff at this time. When the water is dirty it is important to try to trigger the trout’s lateral line with movement by using streamers or larger nymphs. In times like this think about flash or dark profiles, both which will have a more visible profile in dirty water. Keep an eye on flows (available at https://rivers.alberta.ca/ ) and plan your trips accordingly. Some of the smaller streams have seen an ideal decrease in water levels and are beginning to fish very well.
Nymphs – Copper John (Black,Red), Caddis larvae, Flashback caddis larvae, Girdle Bug
Streamers – Olive Wooly Buggers, Sex Dungeons, Barely Legals, Slump Busters
Dries – Skwala Stonefly, Caddis, March Browns
The mighty Bow is starting to rise and runoff has the Highwood blown out so fishing below the confluence of the Highwood dwindles quickly with low visability. Fishing in the city and below is providing good results but the weather this week could provide some color with rain forecasted. If you are wading keep an eye out for debris in the river.
Nymphs – Zebra Midges (Red,Black) Sz 16,18, San Juan Worms, Reeces Pieces, Copper Johns (Various Colours), Flashback Caddis Nymph, Plain Jane Weevil, leeches
Dries – Caddis variations, March browns, Adams and possibly some fish that are still remembering our brief Skwala hatch
Streamers – Wooly Buggers (Black, Olive, Brown) Muddler Minnows, Sculpzillas, Mini-Sex Dungeons, and clousers.
Spring runoff is in progress on the rivers and streams of southwest Alberta. Water clarity is less than 12 inches.
The trout lakes in the area such as Lee Lake, Beauvais Lake, and Beaver Mines Lakes are fishing well.
Nymphs – Prince nymphs, Pheasant-Tails, Hare's Ear, Evil Weevil, Copper Johns, and San Juan Worms.
Streamers – Wooly Bugger (Black,Olive) Sculpzilla, Muddy Buddy Black, Jaw Breaker
Dries – Stoneflies like the City Worker, skwalas like the Hi-Viz and Bullet Heads, midge, and blue-winged olives like the Adams and Purple Haze.
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