Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Bow River Report –August 24, 2011

It’s been a hot week, with mostly bright, sunny days and there isn’t any sign of it letting up. The good news is we haven’t seen any torrential downpours causing dirty water, knock on wood. Hoppers are active and fishing well. Rising fish are coming up for caddis and tricos. If you get frustrated with those size 20 trico’s, sometimes you can switch over to a small, dark caddis with a low profile with success. Hopper dropper set ups with a bead head nymph has been quite effective. Small beads fished over sighted fish also works well.
Floating line streamer fishing has produced some exciting eats as of late, but the bright sun makes the fish a bit skitterish to commit. If your moving lots of fish but not getting many hook ups try switching over to a sink tip or a very heavily weighted fly to get it down there. You won’t get the awesome visual action but you’ll likely see a higher number of committed eats.
Water levels continue to drop, currently running at 89 cms.

Although Legacy is advertised as open, it is very difficult to use and only serious four wheel drives will work.

Hatches: Caddis, Tricos, Hoppers

Streamers: Gonga-Rust #2
                 Geek Leech Olive/Black #4
                 Bush’s Witch Doctor
                 Bloom’s MRS Bugger

Nymphs: Yeager’s TB Soft Hackle-Hares Ear #14
                             Holo Prince-Blue #14
                             Bloom’s Tung Dart #14
                             Morrish Super Pupa TB - Amber #12

Dry Flies: Bloom’s Parachute Caddis-Olive #16
                Quigley’s Crime Scene Caddis #16
                Quigley’s Midget Caddis Olive- #16
                Two Wing Trico Spinner #20
                Quigley’s Flag Ant-Black #16
                Rainy’ Grand Hopper Tan #8

Crowsnest River Report – August 24, 2011

The Crow has been fishing well with less angling pressure then seen in some other parts of the province. It may be a good option to get away from some crowds. Hoppers and hopper dropper set ups are effective.

Hatches: Hoppers, Caddis, Quill Gordon Mayflies

Streamers: Karnopp’s Space Invader-Brown/Yellow #4
                 Morrish Wooly Sculpin #4
                 Near Nuff Sculpin-Tan #4
                 Geek Leech-Brown #2
Nymphs: Bloom’s Tung Dart #14
              Tung Stud-Olive #16
               B/H R/L Hares Ear #14
               Hogan’s Good and Plenty-Olive #14

Dries: Quigley’s Midget Caddis-Olive #16
          Chubby Chernobyl-Tan #10
          Slackwater Caddis #18
          Yeager’s 409-Black #10
          Morrish Hopper- Tan #10

High Country River Report – August 24, 2011

With the approaching long weekend, I would recommend getting in your high country fix before it turns into gong show! Pressure has been increasing all over the eastslopes with the worst of it over weekends. Despite the pressure, rivers have been fishing well and best in the heat of the day, which is to be expected. With the onset of some very chilly nights, it’s taking a bit more time for the streams to warm up in the morning.

Bull Trout may have already begun moving up into spawning areas as several observers have noted their absence in many high country streams. With the very cold temps, it’s quite possible.

Hatches: Green Drakes, Stoneflies, Caddis

Streamers: Space Invader-Brown/Yellow #4
                 Karnopp’s Skookum - Tan #6
                 Hare Sculpin-Olive #4
                 Bush’s Witch Doctor

Nymphs: Kingrey’s Golden Stone #8
              Yeager’s TB Soft Hackle-Hares Ear #14
               B/H R/L Hares Ear #12

Dries: Grillo’s Hippie Stomper-Red #14
          Wilcox JC Special-Olive #12
          Yeager’s Neversink Drake #12
          Grillo’s El Camino #8
          Yeager’s Neversink Trude-Peacock #12

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