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Old 10-11-2017, 03:45 PM
Hookeye Hookeye is offline
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Default Southern Alberta Rivers

Hi. New to the forum. I fish the BC interior every year from ice off until things get too warm. This year I went to visit family in Lethbridge and checked out the Highwood and the Crowsnest and didn't fish them but I'm interested in them. I was fortunate to meet a few guys on the Highwood and they shared some patterns with me in exchange for a few of my lake flies. I also picked up the Trout Highway book and I'm now stoked! Is early July usually good timing for the area? Also what do I need to tie? PM me if you'd like to share and I'll trade you for some info on the lakes I fish. Thanks!
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Old 10-11-2017, 04:05 PM
Fenix_84 Fenix_84 is offline
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July is a great time, possibly the best time. The book you picked up also lists flies that will produce, looks like you already have everything you need.
adams, caddis, drakes, stimulators, ants will work, everyone has their favorites.
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Old 10-11-2017, 06:37 PM
Hookeye Hookeye is offline
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I kind of get the impression after reading Barry Mitchell's book that your fishery is mostly top water. I lived in the Cariboo and there the only dry you needed was a Tom Thumb. Caddis larvae and stonefly nymphs worked wonders on the Quesnel, Horsefly, Cariboo, Blackwater and Chilcotin. We never worried about hatch matching other than if you saw a few mayflies you would stick on a Tom Thumb and trout would be on it like red on a radish. A few baitfish patterns, a muddler and when the salmon are spawning an egg pattern would fill your day with fun. I likely have much to learn but I'm up to the challenge. I got some tying to do. Hopefully moths haven't eaten my best dryfly cape as it doesn't see much use.
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Old 10-12-2017, 09:18 AM
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Perhaps more fair to say that folks prefer dries on the east slopes during the summer, versus subsurface not being productive. Who on earth would want to fish nymphs during a rise??! (For reference, I am an admitted dry fly addict these days, so it pained me on the cool weekend past to fish nymphs and streamers all day)

In early July caddis should be productive; perhaps a good idea to have some pmd's and stimulators too. Check out hatch charts for some general ideas... there's lots of them online, like this one here: http://bowcrow.tripod.com/flyfishing/id8.html Beginning of July can be pretty variable depending on ambient temps and when the runoff has hit, so probably a good idea to check out reports closer to the date. For example, Country Pleasures and Crowsnest Angler both have decent reports on their websites that are updated frequently that time of year.
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:37 PM
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the highwood and crow are two of the busiest rivers in Alberta, but they hold lots of fish. A good dry fly day on either river is awesome
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Old 10-12-2017, 04:26 PM
mikeym mikeym is offline
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early July can be hit or miss on the eastern slopes depending on the winter snowpack. usually the rivers are pretty hi to blown out that time of year if the snowpack is deep and its been a rainy start. late july is usually when the rivers are starting to come down so that they are least safe to wade acroos and starting to clear up. i like hitting them in the fall when they are a lot lower and clear.

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