Thursday, July 31, 2014

Deal Of The Week-If You're Big!

The new Fall 2014 line has arrived and we have only one left of the old style G4 Pro Jackets.
If you take an XXL, it's your lucky day!
One left only XXL, now $359.99, regular $599.99
Just in time for Steelheading.

Little Products That Work!



Every once in a while you run across something that actually works really well, makes things easier, or makes your fishing day more comfortable.

After using the good old fashioned, cloth or neoprene sunglass lanyards for as long as I could remember, I was given a pair of the Croakies ARC System retainers. They are so much nicer to use, especially when it's hot here in the summer or when fishing in tropical climates. No more do I have a sweaty, dirty lanyard dragging across the back of my neck (only driving me a little nuts!) The ARC system stays away from the back of your neck and head, stays clean, and they're super light.

Lightweight, sturdy, the ARC system is way more comfortable.


Articulating cable keeps away from the back of your neck.
Easy to switch sizes accomodate all types of glasses

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ever Dreamed Of Working In A Fly Shop?

Country Pleasures Flyfishing is currently requiring two positions for immediate hire. One full-time and one part-time employee are required. Full time employee is required for approximately 40 hours per week and part time employee can expect 40 hours per week summer and an average of 10 to 20 hours per week winter.

Applicants should have the following qualifications/experience (training programs are provided for successful candidates):
- Minimum five years fly fishing experience.
- Above average knowledge base on fly fishing terminal tackle.
- Good working knowledge of computer, specifically Outlook and Excel.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills.
- Good organizational skills.

Interested applicants can submit resumes to info@countrypleasures.com
Attn: Mike Gifford

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fishing Reports-July 28

Bow River Report –July 28, 2014

Fishing has slowed down a bit overall in the last week. The Stoneflies are tapering off and it’s not quite as user friendly with the big foam bugs.
Still getting a decent number of fish on the foam though, mostly on slightly smaller patterns.

Still some good Caddis fishing, mostly in the evenings. They have been a little weird, some places have great hatches and rising fish some nights and not others.

One bit of news, the San Juan Worm, which was almost impossible to catch fish on in 2013, seems to have made a comeback.

Streamer fishing has been good most of the time, and very good some of the time.

With more stable flows, this week should fish better on the river. And we should be pretty close to Trico fishing.

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

Streamers: Clouser-Brown/White, Geek Leech-Purple, Silvey’s Scuplin Leech-Olive/Black/White Head, Love Bunny, Circus Peanut.
Nymphs: Heavy Metal Worm, Atomic Worm, Tung Stud, B/H R/L Hares Ear, Tung Dart,
Hotwire Caddis
Dry Flies: Bloom’s CDC Caddis, Spent Partridge Caddis, Silvey’s Edible Emerger, Chubby Chernobyl-Purple, Berrett’s Barred Leg-Golden Stone,
Fat Albert

Crowsnest River Report – July 28, 2014

All reports from the Crow have been excellent! Lots of stuff happening!

Hatches: Golden Stones, Caddis, PMD’s, Green Drakes, Quill Gordon Mayflies.

Streamers: Bead Crystal Bugger, Crystal Bugger-Olive.
Nymphs: B/H R/L Hares Ear, B/H Pheasant Tail, Copper John
Dries: Berrett’s Golden Stone-Barred Leg, Morrish Fluttering Stone,
R/L Stimulator-Orange, Film Critic-PMD, Neversink Caddis, Neversink Green Drake, Marabou Emerger-Green Drake, JC Special, Ants!

High Country River Report – July 28, 2014

Everything in the high country is fishing quite good. Some very good reports from the Upper Oldman and Upper Highwood. 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, Caddis, PMD’s, Green Drakes

Streamers: Sleech-Olive, Silveys Sculpin Leech-Tan, Party Boy-Pink, Circus Peanut
Nymphs: B/H R/L Hares Ear, B/H Pheasant Tail, Copper John
Dries: Berrett’s Golden Stone-Barred Leg, Morrish Fluttering Stone,
R/L Stimulator-Orange, Film Critic-PMD, Neversink Caddis, Neversink Green Drake, Marabou Emerger-Green Drake, JC Special, Ants!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Simms Fall 2014

ALL NEW PRODUCTS ARRIVING FROM SIMMS!



New G4 Pro Jacket



New Kinetic Jacket


New Dry Creek Boat Bags


New Dry Creek Duffels


New Dry Creek Roll Top Bags


New Exstream Foldover Mitt


New Pro Dry Glove



New Pro Wading Staff


And a whole bunch of other new items. Drop by the shop or go to Country Pleasures Online Shop for more information.

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.