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irfishing 01-14-2009 07:19 PM

Bow River in Canada
Anyone fished the Bow River in the Calgary area?
Thinking of going there late August or early September.
Have looked on the internet but any first hand information/suggestions appreciated.

gmreeves 01-15-2009 10:02 AM

I have never fished it in that area. I did take a day break during a mountaineering trip and fished it up hight where it was mostly glacial run off. It was gorgeous terrain. I do a know of a guide up in the area. I don't know him personally but have chatted on another forum with him a time or two. Let me know if you want me to get his info.

irfishing 01-15-2009 12:17 PM

Guide Info
I would be interested in the information on the guide.

Tarheelflyfishing 01-15-2009 06:33 PM

I haven't fished the Bow River...looks like a great if you find any useful info.

gmreeves 01-16-2009 10:06 AM

Here is his website:

He posts a lot over on the Clark's Classic Fly Rod Forum. Everyone that fishes with him has nothing but great things to say about him, his wife, and their hospitality. He seemss to really know the river and is helpful to the people that are interested in the Bow.

irfishing 01-16-2009 12:52 PM

Guide Info
Thanks for the web address and the forum where he posts.
I will contact him and discuss the fishing, etc.
If you are willing to share the information, where did you fish and how was it?

gmreeves 01-16-2009 05:48 PM

This was probably about 8 or 9 years ago and it was north of Banff. If I remember correctly the river runs parrallell to the road that goes from Banff to Calgary. Anyway above Banff, it is more of a big glacial runoff river through the mountains. I can't recall if I caught anything or not. I do remember that it was very pretty country and very fishy but it was not like the bow through Calgary. From what I have sean (a video) of the main fishery, it is nice big relatively flat water through farm land or pastures with big undercut banks and large fish hiding below them.

irfishing 01-17-2009 11:13 AM

Thanks again for the information.
Contacted Richard about fishing with him. Looks very promising.
We were thinking about driving to Banff to see the area. May have to stop and wet a line.

hw3 01-20-2009 02:34 PM

Our Western trip is scheduled for Ft. Macleod and environs, late August. There are six rivers in the area, and I am not sure which we will be fishing, but do plan for at least one float trip. Any information on this area greatly appreciated. Skip Watson

MontanaGriz 02-01-2009 01:15 PM

The Bow river in September is probably one of the best bets you can make for that time of year. If I could get a day off in September, thats where I would want to be. Very big, very strong trout in big water. You are going to want to have a boat to be able to fish this river best. I do not have any experience with any particular guide, but would hire one if I did not have a boat of my own. This will be a trip of a lifetime catching 20+ inch wild fish. Monster browns in that water.

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