September 23, 2022

Southern Alberta

Southern Alberta

Southern Alberta has and still is in great shape for this time of the season. Flow levels in this neck of the woods are all hanging around their seasonal averages and river temps are super cold so the fish are super spicy! The bug life has been super good this year and continues to produce some awesome dry fly days when the wind isn't too overwhelming. The night times temps are getting lower and the water is getting colder and colder. It seems to be that a lot of the fish are starting to put on their feed bags in preparation for what is coming down the chute in the next couple of months (weather-wise) and the fish have not hesitated from tsking a well-placed dry fly.

As mentioned above, there are plenty of bugs contributing to trout meals right now. The main ones that have been giving the largest percentage of people their success are micro hoppers, tiny baetis, ants, and last but certainly not least; beetles. As of late the fish that have been eating on top have been eating right up at the front of the riffles (right in those pie-sized triangles at the very top) however there still are a couple reports of some happy fish eating in the tailouts as well (so make sure you are going through the water with a fine-toothed comb with whatever you choose to use). It is important to mention that to have really good dry fly success right you do not want to pass up even the smallest of micro seams, the fish can spread out more than you think.

 

Weather/Flow Rates, Follow The Link's Below:

Weather

Flow

Flies:

  • Streamers: Jointed Urchin Tan #4, Wilson's Sparkle Minnow Sculpin #4-8, Doc's Articulator Olive #4, Galloups Dungeon Olive/Black #4, McClure's Kill Whitey White #2, Sherik's Public Flasher Grey/Purple or Black/Green, Ron's Cone Leech Olive #4-8
  • Nymphs: Brassie Red #16-20, Copper John Black #16-18, Tungsten Red Butt Jig #14-18, Rainbow Czech Nymph #14-18, Frenchie Olive #14-18, T.J. Hooker Coffee/Brown #4-10, UV Rainbow Czech Nymph #12-16, Dirty Hipster Olive #12-16, Jiggy Dropper PMD #14-18, Jiggy Knuckle Dragger Green Drake #10-16, Dirty Hipster Green Drake #10-14
  • Dries:  Purple Haze #12-18, Pav's Elk Butt Caddis #14-18, Jake's High-vis Caddis Tan #12-19, Adams #16-22, Dornan's Water Walker Peanut, or Royal #6-12, Fat Albert Black #8-12, Dornan's Micro Circus Sally #10-14, Hi-Vis Flying Ant Black #14-18, Micro Chubby #14-18, Tilt Wing Green Drake #12-16, Rusty Parawing Spinner #10-14