Choosing the right line

HOLD THE LINE Choosing a fly line can be a bit daunting. With the plethora of different options that are available these days, choosing the right line for your needs can seem like an arduous task ...
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By Matt
  2017-12-03 at 20:35 pm

Costa de Cocos Lodge, Xcalak Mexico April 14-21 2018

From On The Water Fly Fishing Travel: The staff at Bow River Troutfitters wishes to share some exciting news regarding our upcoming hosted trip with Aaron Feltham. We are working with On The Water Fly Fishing Travel to organize a trip to Costa de Cocos Lodge in Xcalak, Mexico April 14- 21, 2018. As we would love to have you join us, we have writ ...
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  2017-11-27 at 20:36 pm

The Christmas Blog

THE CHRISTMAS BLOG Christmas is right around the corner, don’t fight it. I don’t know about you, but I often find myself hopelessly searching for a gift on a cold evening on December 23rd, although I often don’t know what I’m sear ...
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By Matt
  2017-10-03 at 17:32 pm

10 Tips for Fall Trout Fishing

  Smaller dries and nymphs Smaller bugs work better in the late season for numerous reasons. First, there are fewer mature insects, particularly larva, in th ...
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By Mark
  2017-09-20 at 18:19 pm

Winter Fishing Layering Tips

Layering for winter fly fishing can be a bit different than layering for other winter activities such as skiing, snow shoeing and even ice fishing. The biggest difference is that the keen winter angler is still wading into the water to fish, even on cold days. This means we aren’t only losing heat from being in cold air (convection), we are also losing heat throug ...
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By Mark
  2017-09-07 at 20:49 pm

Trout Food - Brown Drakes

BIWEEKLY TROUT FOOD: BROWN DRAKES May 24, 2017 Brown drakes (Ephemera simulans) are a burrowing mayfly that live predominantly in lower elevation streams throughout the South-Western part of the province. These insects are certainly one of the largest mayflies (insects in general) that trout see in good numbers here in Alberta. Brown drake nymph ...
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By Mark
  2017-09-07 at 17:43 pm

Trout Food - Mother's Day Caddis

May 1, 2017 Mother's Day caddis is one of our most coveted early season hatches. With the right conditions, some of our best dry fly fishing of the season will happen during this hatch. When planning to catch this hatch it’s important to look for consistent weather and water temperatures. As a general rule, we find that three days of consistently warm ...
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By Mark
  2017-05-01 at 18:27 pm

Trout Food - Blue Winged Olive Mayflies

April 12, 2017 BWOs are another great early season hatch here in Alberta. Although BWO’s can occur at any time of the year, their hatches are most common in the spring and fall. Blue wing hatches tend to happen at very concentrated times, where in ideal conditions, BWO’s will hatch in great numbers. Because of this concentration of hatches, blue wing ...
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By Mark
  2017-04-12 at 18:35 pm

Trout Food - Skwala Stonefly

When it comes to hatches, stoneflies are arguably one of the most exciting there is. Few can argue that big flies on the surface aren’t one heck of a lot of fun and beyond mice; stoneflies are the epitome of this when we’re talking about trout. In Southern Alberta, we certainly dream of the early summer golden stonefly hatches, but what of their relatively u ...
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By Mark
  2017-03-21 at 18:46 pm

Loop Evotec Medium Cast 4 & 5 wt rods

Mark’s Loop Evotec CAST Medium Rod Review.   So you’ve probably seen a couple photos of the guys and gals who hang out around troutfitters with a bright orange stick in their hands. You might not have thought much ...
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By Mark
  2017-02-28 at 18:17 pm

Shooting Heads De-coded Part II

How to select the correct shooting head. In our last blog, we outlined the main differences between Skagit and Scandinavian shooting heads in terms of application and design.  From short Skagit heads on one hand to long Scandinavian heads on the other but with so many variations in between, there are a lot to choose from.  Why manufacture so many diffe ...
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By Mark
  2017-02-22 at 19:07 pm

Shooting Heads De-coded Part I

What is a shooting head? A shooting head is a relatively short section of fly line (head) looped at both ends.  A level running/shooting line is looped to the back end and depending on the front taper of the head, a tapered leader/poly leader or sink tip is looped to the front end.  In fact, if one were to look closely at modern weight ...
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By Mark
  2017-01-17 at 18:55 pm

Review: R.L. Winston BIII Plus Jungle 9 ft 8 wt

On a recent trip to the Bahamas I had a chance to fish the new 9' 8 wt Winston "Jungle" Rod. I had been looking for a rod that would be a companion to my go to 7wt BIIMX Bonefish rod.  Initially I had an Airflo 40 Plus, 8 wt, Bonefish line matched to the rod but realized it was severely "under gunned". I tried an 8 wt Rio Quickshoote ...
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By Mike
  2016-12-13 at 20:30 pm

Review: Loop Cross S1 8'6'' 3 wt

I got a chance to play around with the 386-4 Loop Cross S1 earlier on in the year. I used this rod on my favourite grayling lake and was surprised by some of the unexpected power of this eight and a half foot 3 weight. I paired it with a Loop  ...
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By Jacob
  2016-12-01 at 20:38 pm

Review: R.L. Winston BIIIX 9 ft 5 wt

  As the Alberta fishing season winds down for the winter months, I find myself starting to sort gear, tie flies, and build a shopping list for my annual trip to New Zealand. Each year I flip through photos of trips past and one thing stood out for me this time around: my  ...
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By Branden
  2016-11-24 at 21:07 pm

Review: B-IIIX 9 ft 6wt

In fall of 2016 I set out to find myself the perfect “do it all” trout rod. More specifically, I was searching for a rod to cover all of my medium/large sized river applications, as well as some cutthroat and stillwater stuff. I demanded a rod with enough finesse to softly present a sz. 18 dry, and enough power to launch an indicator rig or sink tip 60+ feet ...
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By Aiden
  2016-11-24 at 21:02 pm

Everything Fly Lines

      So, your fly line is starting to get a bit beat up, it wont shoot through your guides, its covered in cracks and there may be a solid chunk of coating missing part way through your running line. What’s next? Replacing the line seems pretty steep since you’re looking at $60 to $110 dollars depending on the line. But wait, here’s a b ...
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By Mark
  2016-10-08 at 21:14 pm

5 Essential Items That Make Great Stocking Stuffers for any Fly Fisher

We have put this short list together to help the non fisher make a more educated decision as to what are good inexpensive gifts for the fly fishing fanatic in there life. These ideas fit for the beginner fly fisherman to the grizzled vet. You won’t go wrong here and if they do want to exchange a gift we can easily accommodate. Remember fisherman that would be happ ...
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By BRT Shop
  2016-10-06 at 21:17 pm

Our Staff's Favourite Reels of 2016

Our Favourite Fly Fishing Reels of 2016 At the shop we take a lot of pride in knowing our products. Because we highly value that our customers come to us for advise on what gear to invest their money in. It is for this reason that we make an effort to fish and critique all of our pro ...
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By BRT Shop
  2016-09-21 at 21:25 pm

Bow River Fishing Report - Aug 3, 2016

Bow River Report 08/03/16              Heading into August, things are looking a lot better than they were this time last year. The continued thundershowers have kept the threat of a Bow River closure at bay, and kept the fishing pretty darn good. Things are a little topsy turvy out there with continued ...
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By John
  2016-08-03 at 21:34 pm

Bow River Fishing Report - July 16, 2016

07/16/2016 Bow River Report   As you’ve probably noticed, the rains that we all danced for have finally come. This is great for our shorter term water temps and should ward off a bow closure in the immediate future, hurray!!!    ...
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By BRT Shop
  2016-07-16 at 21:37 pm

First Week Of July - Bow River Report

Bow River Fishing Report 07/06/16: The Bow has been fishing pretty darn well as of late, with good numbers of sizeable trout coming into the boat. There are stoneflies kicking around, they are not popping off in epic proportion yet, and largely they are scattered with no real concentration, although there have been reports of good nighttime action in the city st ...
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By BRT Shop
  2016-07-06 at 21:42 pm

Gear Review: R.L. Winston BIII LS 8' 3 wt

At the start of the 2015 season I was looking for a new light line weight rod as a tool to use in smaller headwaters and spring creeks. I love spending time on mountain streams and clear spring creeks throughout western Alberta and Eastern BC and I wanted the ultimate tool to softly present small dries in tight places. The  ...
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By BRT Shop
  2016-06-27 at 21:44 pm

High Country Trout

         Opening day of the high country streams. It’s that magical number 16, which seems to trump the number 21 in terms of signifying that it really is summer. It means you’re about to embark upon three months full of backcountry camping, smores and smokies over the fire and most importantly, west slope cutthroat on dry flies ...
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By John
  2016-06-14 at 21:47 pm

Caddis: Properly Match the Hatch

In this blog I’ll talk about dry fly fishing imitating caddis from May through to October, and share what insight I have on fishing them to rising trout. Why focus on caddis? Because if there's one aquatic insect order that a trout is liable to be looking for on any given month through spring, summer and fall, we'd guess that insect would be a caddis. Not ...
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By BRT Shop
  2016-05-18 at 21:49 pm

Gear Review: Loop Evotech Cast 7110 MF

Over the last two weeks I have had the pleasure if casting and fishing the LOOP Evotec Cast 7110-4 MF on the Bow River during our recent chinooks. This rod has been great for swinging small to medium sized trout streamers on the bow in the 1-4” range. My preferred flies of choice have been skittering smolts, Bow River buggers and small rabbit strip leeches. 10 and ...
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By Max
  2016-02-26 at 21:52 pm

Of All Things, Guided Trips!

One of the beautiful things about taking a guided trip is that many of the logistics are taken care of for you. Your guide will look after the details of; which section of water to float or river to fish, what bugs are hatching, lunch, and shuttle or transportation. This drastically decreases the stress around making decisions on where to go, what to bring and hastly th ...
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By BRT Shop
  2016-02-18 at 21:55 pm

Seasons of the Bow

Late Winter Into Early Spring Fishing Hatches: Midges, Winter Stones, Blue Winged Olives (BWOs), March Brown Mayflies, Mothers Day Caddis,  Fly Patterns Dry Flies: Griffiths Gnat #16 down to #20s, and BWO dry patterns, March Browns #14-#16 when hatching, Tan Caddis Patterns #14 to #18 ...
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By BRT Shop
  2016-02-02 at 22:00 pm

Guide to Winter Fly Fishing in Southern Alberta

Winter fishing is a wonderful way to break the ice of the long winter freeze, stretch out the legs, and get that casting arm going again. Despite the chilly temps, winter fishing is a beautiful time to be on the water, and the low flows can really aid the angler to gain a better understanding and perspective of the holding water that exists on the rivers you may fish. T ...
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By Mark and John
  2016-02-02 at 21:58 pm

Adventures with Hooké

 In early November, John and I had the amazing opportunity to close up the shop and head out to Eastern British Columbia for some fishing with the guys from Hooke. Hooke is comprised of a group of fly fishers who, like us, are completely sick for fishing. Their goal is to share the excitement of fly fishing with the world through visual media and there's no dou ...
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By BRT Shop
  2016-02-01 at 22:05 pm

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