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My son will probably be able to combine a business trip to the Bow River area and a couple of days fishing in a couple of weeks.

What flies, colors and sizes are considered to be the best at this time of the year?

How are they fished, re lines, tips, leaders and casting techniques.

My son is still in the dark ages and uses one handed rods for his trout fishing.

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Hi Dave,

Your Son is going to have great timing for hopper fishing on the bow....Stimulators and hopper patterns cast tight to the banks are usually intercepted by a large 'bow or brown. If he likes he can drop a small nymph such as a PT or GRHE a foot from his dryfly also... Tis the only time of year unless I am drifting I cast my single hander..... But this time of year also has some great streamer fishing I have been having good success with the Skagit Minnow of late but house hold names on the bow for streamers would be the Clouser white and black,bow river bugger, black&olive Buggers, black leeches....Big fly's for big fish... I streamer with tips usually a type 8 is good enough to get the fly down...every now and then I pave bottom with a T14 but kinda over kill and killer on streamers. Tippet size I run 6-8lb maxima for streamers and 4X or 5lb for nymphing and hopper fishing. Hope this helps.
 

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Thanks Juggy.

This is great data. What size one hand rods do you use at this time of the year?

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Dave
 

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Hello Dave,

For the Hopper fishing I use my 4 weight....streamer fishing depends on wind(gets a tad windy on the bow) either use my 6 wt or 8 wt.....If slinging the T14 the 8 gets the work out... 7 WT is what is missing in my single handed rack that would be a nice addition however too many Two-handers out there that I need/want before that comes to be..Hope this helps..
 

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Juggy, thanks for the rod feedback.

Between the flies and rods, that should help my son.

The Bow sounds like a great river.

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Dave
 

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............just a heads-up, had heard that central, and south-central Alberta experienced horrendous flooding in June. Take-outs, road accesses were washed away, the trout fishing was supposed to have been affected severly. If he is already going to be there on business, ok, but if he is just going to fish, he should make some calls. Someone to contact would be Bow River Shuttles at [email protected].
 

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Spey Machine unfortuantly due to a few liability issues and a few people in this community putting the heat on shuttle services to have full insurance Michelle and bow river shuttles is no more. She and bow river shuttles where a class act all the way and already are missed in the fishing community here. Yes we did experiance to some the 100 yr flood to me the 200 yr flood this spring and one boat launch was lost during this. As far as walk and wade access goes there is still all that was there before the floods hit. As far as the fishing goes it has recovered well from the flood and has produced some great fishing. Although it is like learning a new river again but that is half the fun... Take care
 

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The River has been fishing very well with the flies and rigs recommended by Juggy. I'll send you a PM about options to consider for the BOW.
 
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