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Old 10-16-2017, 12:57 PM
swilliams4883 swilliams4883 is offline
 
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So our family is a recent transplant from Minnesota. I would like to know if anyone willing to give advice on fishing the bow river?? My 13yr boy would like to try. We were able to bring our gear however have no idea how to use our stuff. I doubt our topwater frogs may be of no use. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Old 10-16-2017, 02:19 PM
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Do a search here on Bow River, lots of info. It is a famous fly river as you may already know. Spin casting is usually done with a small rapala, the water can be very fast so be extra careful if you are wading. Also make sure you read the fishing regs, the Bow is pretty well all catch and release.
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Old 10-16-2017, 03:24 PM
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Spinners work well. More than what to use though you need to learn how to read a river and how to fish it. Also a little research on trout behaviour and seasons doesnít hurt. For this time a year start looking at deeper pools. Summer time they are everywhere. The bow is not an easy place to start and you are into the hardest time of year especially if youíre a bass guy. You can also try glenmore reservoir and chestermere. Itís loaded with small pile that you can catch from shore. Get reading thatís all I can say
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Old 10-16-2017, 03:52 PM
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Welcome!!

Bow is tough until you find where to catch them. Summer is definitely easier as they are all over.

Generally, you want to find some character in the water with flow at about walking speed or a bit faster.

I've found rapalas work best (brown/rainbow with smaller sizes in winter/spring, can go up to size 9 if targeting biggies).

If on the fly then there is more to talk about, with lots of sites and threads that will be more helpful (but the most exciting way to fish the bow IMO).

Fish are generally bigger south of the zoo, but between sarcee trail and the zoo can be great because it's fished less.

Just my thoughts, some people may agree/disagree. Good luck!

Sam
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Old 10-16-2017, 04:25 PM
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Hello everyone

So our family is a recent transplant from Minnesota. I would like to know if anyone willing to give advice on fishing the bow river?? My 13yr boy would like to try. We were able to bring our gear however have no idea how to use our stuff. I doubt our topwater frogs may be of no use. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Thanks
Try shallow diving cranks in deeper water around sunset. You can find access and deeper runs/pools on google earth/maps.

Otherwise, spoons, spinners, and flies.

Big fish eat little fish.
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:45 PM
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Thanks for all the info. We are looking forward to it. Yes I agree we have a little research to do. Hopefully my sons many hours of fishing the Mississippi with his grandfather will help?! I appreciate you taking the time.
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:50 PM
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Learn to flyfish. Use a #6-10 sanjuanworm. 6-8ft under an indicator.

Rapalas work for spinning gear. lil rainbow and brown trout pattern.
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Old 10-17-2017, 08:17 PM
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Learn to flyfish. Use a #6-10 sanjuanworm. 6-8ft under an indicator.

Rapalas work for spinning gear. lil rainbow and brown trout pattern.

Switch out the trebles on those rapalas to a single Gamakatsu on the rear , less hang ups and a more clean presentation as we all know how finicky trout can be.
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