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post #16 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-09-2019, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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I'd go with a 3 weight - love my ACR 1173-4, its perfect for the Bow unless it gets really windy... can throw both streamers and soft hackles. This year I am going to try skating stoneflies as well.

Oh if you are looking, check out Anderson custom rods, Gary has the trout spey rods dialed in....

The runoff on the Bow is really unpredictable since the big flood in 2013. They release water from the dams early now in anticipation of the runoff, so its really hit and miss....glad you got into some nice fish though! There are some real trophies lurking about...

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post #17 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-10-2019, 10:54 PM
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Thanks SM! They look like nice rods.

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Enso, I think it had to do with the very high water and the guide figured the fish would be hugging the banks. We were drifting only 10 to 15 feet from the bank of the river. We were using a HUGE attractor stonefly nymph and San Juan worm combo. The fish were only hitting the stonefly; he was surprised and though there might be stonefly action going on underneath.

Indeed I was thinking a 3wt or a 4wt switch rod, depending on how stiff the particular model is, would be a good choice. I think by end of year, I'll have to give Bob Meiser a call; he knows his rods and would certainly be able to suggest the best fit for the size of flies I'd use and fish I'd catch. He hasn't steered me wrong so far!
For the Bow, it might have been a question of water temperature. By early July, for example, the water should be warmer and the fish more willing to move for the fly.

I mentioned a 3 wt. because one rarely encounters the same wind issues in southern Quebec found on larger western trout flows such as 40 to 60 knot winds blowing straight at you. I recall inter-mountain valley convection air movements in the Gaspé but not in the south.

Incidentally and FWIW, I caught some really nice browns and bows on southern Quebec flows using some rather crazy, exotic flies, example #2-4X long Bitch Creeks. :-)
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Thanks for the info. I actually went on the Nicolet this week and brought my Meiser 11' 7wt switch, just to practice (I fell in love all over again for the flex in Bob's rods). I caught 4 or 5 1-2 lbs rainbows on the swing. They actually put some bend in this rod, much to my surprise. Makes me wonder if a 4 or 5 wt would not be more appropriate. Again, a good discussion with Bob Meiser will orient me to what's best. I'll have the try the hautes st. François this year.

Bow river buggers, which I discovered during my trip in Calgary, really got the job done.

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