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Western Green Drake

Bow River - Upper and Lower reaches
Crowsnest
Oldman
Livingstone


Time spent fishing is not deducted from your life span.

Updated: January 14, 2016

Please note that I have very few dates open for the 2016 season.


Upper Bow conditions:

Southwestern Alberta survived the worst flooding in Alberta history in 2013. Banff itself saw relatively limited adverse effect. Other areas and most of the rivers we utilize were not quite so lucky.

Upper Bow River flow rate: ft3/sec m3/sec (@ 8:00 a.m.)

Bow River Basin Flows

Visibility: Frozen :)
Water Temperature:?C

Upper Bow forecast:

Just waitin' for spring.

Banff Weather

Lower Bow conditions:

Open, but high.

Visibility:
Water Temperature: oC

What's OPEN:

Inside the Park:

The Bow River:


Lakes: Minnewanka closed.

Two Jack and Johnson are closed.


Outside the park:

Eastern slopes streams Closed til June 15.

Please, always check the regulations, available form the links page.

HATCHES:

Upper Bow: Nada.


FLIES:
Dries: Stones.
Streamers:
Nymphs: Prince, hare's ear, stonefly, sj worms, evil weevil, etc.

Oldman, Livingstone and Highwood :

Other lakes :

Hector at Nakoda - No current report.
Gap Lake - Murky.

TIGHT LINES: SCREAMING REELS

Time spent fishing is not deducted from your life span.

Hatch charts, by their very nature are estimates ONLY. Actual hatch timing varies greatly from year to year. Factors involved include, but are not limited to: Snow pack, ambient air temperature, water flow, water temperature, and water clarity.

Month Fly Pattern Size Imitates

Lower Bow River Hatch Chart

   
All season
Especially heavy
mid June to end
of July
Elk hair caddis
Goddard caddis
Adams
Caddis pupae
Soft Hackle wet flies
14, 16, 18
14, 16, 18
14, 16, 18
14, 16
14, 16
Adult Caddis
Adult Caddis
Adult Caddis
Caddis pupae
Caddis pupae
Mid June to end
of July
Light Cahill
Pale Morning Dun(PMD)
Thorax
PMD Spinner
14, 16
14, 16

14, 16
PMD
PMD

PMD
August 1 to mid
October
Trico Thorax
Trico Spinner
Adams
Flying Ant - Red
18, 20, 22
18, 20, 22
18, 20
16, 18
Tricorthyodes
Tricorthyodes
Tricorthyodes
Tricorthyodes
Mid August to
end of October
Blue Wing Olive
Adams
18, 20
18, 20
Baetis
Baetis
Mid July to end
of September
Hoppers 6, 8, 10 Grasshopper

Upper Bow River Hatch Chart

   
Early June Blue Wing Olive
Adams
March Brown
16, 18, 20
16, 18, 20
Baetis
Baetis
Mid June to Mid July Western Green Drake
Giant Golden Stone (Sofa Pillow)
Elk Hair Caddis
Goddard Caddis
Pale Morning Dun
10, 12, 14
4, 6, 8, 10
10, 12, 14, 16
12, 14, 16
12, 14, 16
Green Drake
Giant Golden Stone
Caddis
Caddis
PMD
Mid July to end of August Elk Hair Caddis 10, 12, 14, 16 Caddis
September and early October Elk Hair Caddis
Blue Wing Olive
10, 12, 14, 16
16, 18, 20
Caddis
Baetis

Eastern Slope Streams Hatch Chart

   
Mid June to Mid July Western Green Drake
Giant Golden Stone (Sofa Pillow)
Elk Hair Caddis
Goddard Caddis
Pale Morning Dun
Adams
10, 12, 14
4, 6, 8, 10
10, 12, 14, 16
12, 14, 16
12, 14, 16
16, 18, 20, 22
Green Drake
Giant Golden Stone
Caddis
Caddis
PMD
Baetis
Mid July to end of August Western Green Drake
Elk Hair Caddis
Goddard Caddis
PMD
Adams
Hoppers
12, 14, 16
12, 14, 16
12, 14, 16
14, 16
16, 18, 20, 22
6, 8, 10
 
Later

Hoppers
Elk Hair Caddis

6, 8, 10
12, 14, 16
 

Nymphs: Use 'em pretty much all season. Use emergers of the insects in the hatch chart appropriate for the time of season.

Gold ribbed hares ear: 8 to 18 (depending on what you are imitaing)
Black stone fly: 6 to 14
Golden stone fly: 6 to 10
Prince: 8 to 16
Pheasant tail: 10 to 16
Olive flash back: 10 to 14
 
Steamers: use 'em all season. Great searching patterns when nothing is rising

Bow River bugger: 2 to 8
Clauser: 2 to 8
Leeches (black or green or white): 4 to 10
Muddlers: 4 to 10
Wooly buggers (black, green or white): 2 to 10



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