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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 04-19-2019, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Spring on the Bow river

After a long and cold winter, finally got some time on the Bow....beautiful river, perfect for trout spey. Thanks for looking and tight lines
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Beautiful trout and river, thanks for sharing!

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Our season opens in a week. Hopefully I can do the same. Going to chase some steelhead first then focus on the the trout after the initial crowd hit.

Nice work there. That area looks beautiful.

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Looks fun! I have heard nothing but praise about your home river. Nice fish there.

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After seeing some of the tubes you tie, I wasn't surprised to see fish photos
Very nice troooots
Your home river is beautiful !!
Was that black leech thing the top fly of the day ??


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After a long and cold winter, finally got some time on the Bow....beautiful river, perfect for trout spey. Thanks for looking and tight lines
Very nice! What ACR are you swinging?
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Thanks for the kind words gents! I am truly lucky to have that river within 10 min drive from my house. Lots of great swinging water on the Bow and some big Browns and Bows to boost....

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Very nice! What ACR are you swinging?
I love my ACR 1173-4. Fun rod....great for throwing streamers as well as soft hackles.

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Was that black leech thing the top fly of the day ??
Black leech is always a good bet on the Bow...lots of leaches around. The fly of the day, however, was a banana
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I'm going to be fishing the Bow for the first time and trying micro-spey at the end of the month. Can't wait!
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You will have a blast...Bow can be moody but when its on its great. Either way its a great river for trout spey.

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Curious. Is the Bow River not usually blown out by end of May, early June?

Are there not better tailwater fisheries to pursue at that time of the year?

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Spring runoff is usually starts in early June but if there is lots of rain and warm weather it could happen earlier.

Some people continue to fish with big streamers during runoff. Fish are in different locations but good fishing can still be had.

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The fly shop I'm dealing with for a guide seemed confident there will be decent fishing, but yes, I know iit could blow out. I don't mind fishing streamers all day if required. Will see how it pans out! Will still be better than working…

Had the Oldman been open, I would have tried my luck for bulls I think. Maybe next time...

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Well I had a great time on the Bow! Conditions were limit for fishing with about 2 feet of visibility. We nymphed most of the time and stopped to swing at strategic places. The guide knew his stuff! I was using a 12' 6wt (which is not exactly what I call microspey, but the Bow fish are BIG, and they stll put a good bend in the rod! I caught a few and lost a few. Swinging, lost what I'm pretty sure was a big brown in the 5lbs range; it took out some line before coming unpinned. And landed a nice rainbow (my estimate is around 20'') also on the spey rod. I'm definetly hooked on spey casting for trout. Will have to look into it a bit more seriously, although I don't think a 6wt would be appropriate for the 1-2 lbs fish I have access to back home.

The smoke from the forest fires were brutal. Hope they die down soon!

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Congratulations SimonD!

Curious. Why did you nymph as opposed to banging the banks with streamers/bucktails?


FWIW, I reckon a 3 wt 2-hander would be perfect for la haute Chaudière and the St-François.

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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!

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