Southwestern Alberta

February 15, 2019

Southwestern Alberta

Majority of the rivers to the south of us are now closed. Have no fear though you can still get your cutty fix down south, you're just going to need to take a bit more time exploring the remaining open stuff that much more. The open water will be limited but if you are still craving some cutty stuff, then you are able to fish the Oldman River on the mainstem from the Cottonwood Campground Bridge downstream to Sec. Rd. 509 as well as the Crowsnest River maintstem from the outlet of Crowsnest Lake down stream to the Cowley Bridge.

Fishing reports are sounding very similar to the Bow right now, down in this neck of the woods. Don't let the slow pace turn you away from making a trip down though; the fishing hasn't completely shut down. So if you were wondering if it is worthwhile to make a trip down, I would say yes. Both rivers tend to have good late season BWO hatches, so bringing a little dry fly box with you would be a very good choice. Just remember to throw in some midges as well because they should be coming out very soon. As for the sub surface stuff, nymphing has been the most productive but the streamers have been producing a bruiser or two here and there as well. 

Fly patterns worth tying on in the south:

  • Dries: Adam's sz 18-20, EFO's Trifecta Emerger sz 16-20, Keller's Peppermint Purple sz 14-18, Trico Thorax sz 18-20, and Trico Parachute sz 18-20
  • Nymphs: Evil Weevil sz 14-16, Copper John Red sz 14-20, Theo's BH Pheasant Tail sz 14-18, BH Rubber Leg Stone Tan sz 8-12, Soft Hackle Thorax Bd Green sz 14-16, Chan's Holographic Pupa sz 12-16
  • Streamers: Articulated Sparkle Minnow Smoke sz 4, Alter's Jointed APP White #3/0, Keller's Bull Candy White sz 4, Loop Leech Pink or Black sz 2, Coffey's Sparkle Minnow Pink sz 6, Coffey's Articulated Sparkle Minnow Smoke or Purple sz 4

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