Monday, July 21, 2014

Fishing Reports-July 21

Blair Yerxa with a very nice Brown Trout

Bow River Report –July 21, 2014We can usually come up with new happenings and such with every fishing report. But this week we just can’t! The Bow continues to fish very well! Fisherman are happy, guides are happy, everyone is happy!

The fish continue to eat foam bugs on top, better than we would expect given all of the sunshine we have had. Couple of days last week were a little slower on dry fly eats but a slow day this year is around a dozen. Last year, that was a month’s worth of foam bug eats.

A small caddis pupa bead nymph or stonefly nymph fished under a foam bug has been pretty much a sure thing.

Streamer fishing has been very good as well.

McKinnon`s road and launch area are open. Having said that, we ask that people think twice about using McKinnon’s when we see heavy rainfall. The road will not support rain and vehicles in its present state. Carseland is now open for public use, a nice surprise. Lower city launches and Policeman’s launches open.
Be careful taking out at Policeman’s!

Hatches: Caddis, Stoneflies, PMD’s

Streamers: Clouser-Brown/White, Geek Leech-Purple, ¼ Pound Bugger-Olive, Silvey’s Scuplin Leech-Olive/Black/White Head, Love Bunny
Nymphs: Heavy Metal Worm, Jimmy Legs-Dark Brown, Chubby Cousin,
Rock ‘n’ Roller Stone
Dry Flies: Elk Hair Caddis, Better Foam Caddis, Silvey’s Edible Emerger,
PMD Parachute, Film Critic-PMD, Chubby Chernobyl-Purple, Berrett’s barred Leg-Golden Stone

Jodi Kohls with a Bow River rainbow from last week.
Crowsnest River Report – July 21, 2014Lots of dry fly opportunities on the Crow. A stonefly nymph will produce larger numbers of fish than the dry if you wish.

Hatches: Golden Stones, Lime and Yellow Sallies, Caddis, PMD’s, Green Drakes, Quill Gordon Mayflies.

Streamers: Bead Crystal Bugger, Crystal Bugger-Olive.
Nymphs: Jimmy Legs, Rock`n`Roller Stone, WMD Stone, G/B R/L Hares Ear.
Dries: Berrett’s Golden Stone-Barred Leg, Morrish Fluttering Stone,
R/L Stimulator-Orange, Film Critic-PMD, Neversink Caddis.

High Country River Report – July 21, 2014
Everything in the high country is fishing quite good. Very busy around the Upper Oldman and Livingston, especially on the weekends.

It is starting to dry out in the high country due to the heat. Please be careful when out and about as fire dangers are getting extreme.

Hatches: Golden Stones, Lime and Yellow Sallies, Caddis, PMD’s, Green Drakes, Quill Gordon mayflies.

Streamers: Sleech-Olive, Silveys Sculpin Leech-Tan, Party Boy-Pink
Nymphs: Rock ‘n’ Roller Stone, W.M.D. Stone, Chubby Cousin
Dries: Berrett’s Barred Leg-Golden Stone, Chubby Chernobyl-Orange,
R/L Stimulator-Orange, Film Critic-PMD, Neversink Caddis, Herbie, Fat Albert.





Thursday, July 17, 2014

North Raven River

From the Alberta Conservation Association Newsletter, click on the link for more info.
Proof that off-site watering works.

North Raven River Conservation Site. Photo: Stephanie Fenson, ACA
The North Raven River Conservation Site, located southwest of Red Deer, boasts excellent angling opportunities for brown trout and brook trout, as well as northern pike and mountain whitefish.

Once a popular drinking spot for thirsty cattle, the North Raven River had become a barren landscape due to excessive trampling. After much dedication such as in-stream habitat improvements, off-site cattle watering systems and cattle exclusion fencing, this stream has been restored. It is thriving because of continued conservation efforts including land purchases of important headwater springs and habitat protection leases with caring landowners.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Fishing Reports-A Little More Detail

Bow River Report –July 14, 2014

The Bow is fishing very good. Even with the significant sun and heat over the last week it continues to fish well.
Evening Caddis has been good, especially above the Highwood. PMD’s are still around in decent numbers and if we get any cloud cover fish should look up to them.
Stoneflies are, as usual at this time, in full swing. Low light periods of the day offer the best dry fly action. Through the middle portion of the day, when the sun is high, throw a Stonefly nymph under the dry. This has been somewhat silly good, with lots of eats on the nymph and the odd eat on the dry.
Streamer fishing has been good as well.
If we get the cloud they are calling for at the end of the week the river should be amazing for dry flies and streamers.

McKinnon`s road and launch area are open. Having said that, we ask that people think twice about using McKinnon’s when we see heavy rainfall. The road will not support rain and vehicles in its present state. Carseland is now open for public use, a nice surprise. Lower city launches and Policeman’s launches open. Be careful taking out at Policeman’s!

Hatches: Caddis, Stoneflies, PMD’s

Streamers: Clouser-Brown/White, Geek Leech-Purple, ¼ Pound Bugger-Olive, Silvey’s Scuplin Leech-Olive/Black/White Head, Love Bunny
Nymphs: Heavy Metal Worm, Jimmy Legs-Dark Brown, Chubby Cousin,
Rock ‘n’ Roller Stone
Dry Flies: Elk Hair Caddis, Better Foam Caddis, Silvey’s Edible Emerger,
PMD Parachute, Film Critic-PMD, Chubby Chernobyl-Blk/Tan, Chubby Chernobyl-Orange


Crowsnest River Report – July 14, 2014

Crowsnest is now under 9 cms. Lots of different bugs and excellent fishing!

Hatches: Golden Stones, Lime and Yellow Sallies, Caddis, PMD’s, Green Drakes, Quill Gordon Mayflies.

Streamers: Bead Crystal Bugger, Crystal Bugger-Olive.
Nymphs: Jimmy Legs, Rock`n`Roller Stone, WMD Stone, G/B R/L Hares Ear.
Dries: Berrett’s Golden Stone-Barred Leg, Morrish Fluttering Stone,
R/L Stimulator-Orange, Film Critic-PMD, Neversink Caddis.



High Country River Report – July 14, 2014

Conditions on the high country streams are very good right now. Continuing to drop and fishing very good.

It is starting to dry out in the high country due to the heat. Please be careful when out and about as fire dangers are getting extreme.

Hatches: Golden Stones, Lime and Yellow Sallies, Caddis, PMD’s, Green Drakes, Quill Gordon mayflies.

Streamers: Sleech-Olive, Silveys Sculpin Leech-Tan, Party Boy-Pink
Nymphs: Rock ‘n’ Roller Stone, W.M.D. Stone, Chubby Cousin
Dries: Berrett’s Barred Leg-Golden Stone, Chubby Chernobyl-Orange,
R/L Stimulator-Orange, Film Critic-PMD, Neversink Caddis, Herbie, Fat Albert.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pre Weekend Report

Pre-weekend update...Bow is fishing very good with good numbers of bugs, all of the high country streams continue to drop and clear and are good, Crowsnest is quite possibly perfect.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fishing Reports - July 7

Bow River Report –July 7, 2014

Things are definitely under way with the river now. Clarity is good, levels are good, all is good! As of this morning, we are at 190 cms.

Good numbers of PMD’s and Caddis, with fish eating them. A few Stonefly eats here and there. A Stonefly nymph is pretty much a sure thing right now and the Streamer fishing is pretty good as well.

All in all, a normal everyday decent early July fishing report. Unlike the last two years!

McKinnon`s road and launch area are open. Having said that, we ask that people think twice about using McKinnon’s when we see heavy rainfall. The road will not support rain and vehicles in its present state. Jansen’s is plugged with sand/mud and will be a few days before it dries out. Carseland will not open in 2014. City launches, and Policeman`s are OK.

Hatches: Caddis, Stoneflies, PMD’s

Streamers: Clouser-Brown/White, Geek Leech-Purple, ¼ Pound Bugger-Olive, Silvey’s Scuplin Leech-Olive/Black/White Head, Love Bunny
Nymphs: Heavy Metal Worm, Jimmy Legs-Dark Brown, Chubby Cousin,
Rock ‘n’ Roller Stone
Dry Flies: Elk Hair Caddis, Better Foam Caddis, PMD Parachute,
Film Critic-PMD, Chubby Chernobyl-Blk/Tan, Chubby Chernobyl-Orange

Crowsnest River Report – July 7, 2014

Crowsnest has improved immeasurably in the last week. Now down to just over 10 cms, things are hopping on the Crow now.

Hatches: Caddis, PMD’s

Streamers: Bead Crystal Bugger, Jawbreaker
Nymphs: Jimmy Legs, Rock`n`Roller Stone, WMD Stone.
Dries: Berrett’s Golden Stone-Barred Leg, Morrish Fluttering Stone,
R/L Stimulator-Orange, Film Critic-PMD

High Country River Report – July 7, 2014

Dropping and clearing. Pretty much everything now fishable. Pretty normal conditions for early July.

Hatches: Stoneflies, Caddis, PMD’s

Streamers: Sleech-Olive, Silveys Sculpin Leech-Tan, Party Boy-Pink
Nymphs: Rock ‘n’ Roller Stone, W.M.D. Stone, Chubby Cousin
Dries: Berrett’s Barred Leg-Golden Stone, Chubby Chernobyl-Orange,
R/L Stimulator-Orange


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Discontinued Simms Items on Sale

As is the norm now, nothing stays the same for more than ten seconds. Consequently, here are the latest discontinued items from Simms that you can save some money on. Not too many left, and when they're gone...they're gone.


If you can't make it by the shop you can also order at http://www.countrypleasures.com/store/

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Latest in T-Shirts

New CP T-Shirts just arrived today!


Short sleeve with Brown Trout on the back, logo on the front.

And for those a little saltier, long sleeve, permit on the back,
logo on the front.

Update To Fishing Report (Bow River)

Continuing the updates, the Bow is down to 208 cms this morning. Yesterday and the day before saw very good fishing. The fish seem to be in their normal, early July, agressive eating patterns. First time in a few years that runoff has gone like normal, and it's a little weird.
Happy Fishing!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Canada Day Fishing Report

Tomorrow is Canada Day! And here is a much happier, and friendlier fishing report.

Bow River Report –June 30, 2014

It has been kind of an “up and down” week, or actually the other way around. Water levels dropped through mid-week last week and fishing got pretty good. Visibility hovered around a foot. Wednesday afternoon the powers that be increased flows from the mid-200 cms range to a very big 305 cms. This made for tough fishing on Thursday, through the weekend.

Levels are now dropping, with a more manageable 260 cms flow.

When on the river last week, we were happy to see lots of bug activity. Throughout the day there are caddis showing up, PMD’s are around in more than sufficient numbers to get fish looking up as the water drops. And there are some Stoneflies kicking around, setting up for a good few weeks coming up.

If the heavy rains stay away we will likely see a pretty sharp drop in water level in the next week and fishing should get very good. Dark and buggy are the order for streamer and nymphs, and as levels drop look for snouts on caddis and PMD’s. Stonefly dries should be up soon as well.

McKinnon`s road and launch area are open. Having said that, we ask that people think twice about using McKinnon’s when we see heavy rainfall. The road will not support rain and vehicles in its present state. Carseland will not open in 2014. City launches, Jansen’s, and Policeman`s are OK.

Hatches: Caddis, Stoneflies, PMD’s

Streamers: Clouser-Brown/White, Geek Leech-Purple, ¼ Pound Bugger-Olive, Silvey’s Scuplin Leech-Olive/Black/White Head, Love Bunny
Nymphs: Heavy Metal Worm, Jimmy Legs-Dark Brown, Chubby Cousin,
Rock ‘n’ Roller Stone
Dry Flies: Elk Hair Caddis, Better Foam Caddis, PMD Parachute, Film Critic-PMD, Chubby Chernobyl-Blk/Tan, Chubby Chernobyl-Orange

Crowsnest River Report – June 30, 2014

After rising into the mid 70 cms range last week, the Crow is now down to 15 cms, much more user friendly. The Crow, and other streams in the area should get very good over the next while. Every day should bring some improvement.


Hatches: Salmonflies. Caddis, PMD’s, etc. should get going this week.

Streamers: Bead Crystal Bugger, Jawbreaker
Nymphs: Jimmy Legs, Rock`n`Roller Stone, WMD Stone.
Dries: Berrett’s Golden Stone-Barred Leg, Morrish Fluttering Stone,
R/L Stimulator-Orange

High Country River Report – June 30, 2014

Basic rule of thumb on the east slope streams right now…the higher up, the clearer they get. As an example, the Highwood runs clear downstream to Cataract. Downstream of that it degrades continuously to brown. Sheep has started to change color around Okotoks.
All of these streams, south to Waterton, are dropping pretty quickly. If it stays dry, they’ll get better every day and likely be very good in a week or so.

Hatches: Stoneflies, Caddis, PMD’s

Streamers: Sleech-Olive, Silveys Sculpin Leech-Tan, Party Boy-Pink
Nymphs: Rock ‘n’ Roller Stone, W.M.D. Stone, Chubby Cousin
Dries: Berrett’s Barred Leg-Golden Stone, Chubby Chernobyl-Orange,
R/L Stimulator-Orange