The Bow In our Backyard

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The Bow River runs IMG_4174through the heart of Calgary and is never more than a 15 minute drive away.  Its hard to believe that it has taken this long to wet a line in a river so close to our new home.  This large river is notorious for damaging flooding, but also great fishing.  As days get warmer and bugs start hatching out of the river, anglers flock bank side for a chance at a rising trout.  On a beautifully warm Friday afternoon, we left work and went straight to the river.  We met at Mallard Point in Fish Creek Provincial Park.  Here we watched trout after trout turn their noses up at our dry flies.  Defeated in the side channel, we moved upstream to larger water.  As the sun began to set, Brown Trout started feeding on the surface, almost mocking us.  It was no big surprise that Dave was the one who figured these fish out and was the first to land a ‘behemoth’ Bow River brown.  In truth may not have been large, but its a start.  So what worked?  An emerging blue winged olive (mayfly). We have much to learn about this river and the fishery it sustains.IMG_4167

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