October 23, 2021

Southwestern Alberta

Southwestern Alberta

The majority of the rivers seem to be hanging just below their seasonal averages, and visibility seems to be very similar to what we are seeing on the Bow, amazing. Fishing dry flies has been quite productive in the morning as well as the evenings. If those aren't your jam, the hopper-dropper and nymphing fishing has been just as good during those same times.

The fish are still holding in their regular feeding spots and are looking up in a big way so if you put the fly in the right spot during feeding time it could be spectacular. It seems that they are in somewhat of the more technical spots, so don't pass up any of the mediocre water during these times. When getting into the nitty-gritty of it, the most successful technique (as mentioned earlier) has been with a dry fly in the right size and being able to present it drag-free. There has been a bit of talk that the scuds and little BWO nymphs are working on some of the pickier trout. As of late, everything that has been getting eaten is #18 or #20 with the occasional #16 getting eaten. Best piece of advice we can give during these times is to take the time to find the right size. You never know what's going to happen on these rivers so make sure you bring your full fly selection.

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  • Streamers: Jointed Urchin Tan #4, Coffey's Sparkle Minnow JJ #4-8, Doc's Articulator Olive #4, Dornan's Chicklet Olive/White #4, Kreelex Purple/Silver/Black #6, Weise's P3 Bugger Tan #6-12
  • Nymphs: Brassie Red #16-20, Copper John #12-18, Jig Pheasant Tail #16, Evil Weevil #14-18, Rainbow Czech Nymph #14-18, Dirty Hipster Black #14-18, Jimi Legs Tan #8-12, UV Czech Nymph #12-16, Mo Czech Jig #16-18
  • Dries:  Purple Haze #12-18, Kellers's Rocky Mountain Mint Adams #14-18, No Hackle BWO #16-20, EFO's Trifecta Emerger BWO #16-20, Grizzly Midge Cluster #20-22, Stillborn Midge White or Black #18-20