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Off-Season Fishing

Winter and Spring Fishing
Winter and pre-runoff springtime fishing can be excellent! We are delighted to guide you on any of our open waters throughout the winter and early spring provided we have temperatures above freezing.
Check out our Bow River and Crowsnest River trip report and pictures pages for a pictorial summary of what you can expect during the winter and early-season months on these fisheries.

NOTE: Our backcountry and mountain streams including the Highwood, Livingstone, upper Crowsnest and upper Oldman rivers are all closed through June 15. However, the lower stretches of the Crowsnest and Oldman as well as the Bow offer some excellent fishing opportunities.
Winter and spring fishing can offer excellent nymphing action, and some good dry fly fishing in April and May. Blue Winged Olive hatches happen in April on the Bow, Oldman and Crowsnest, and caddis will typically start in the middle of May. 
The lower Oldman often offers dry fly fishing on any sunny, less-windy day of the year!
In fact, fall, winter, and spring often offer better fishing than summer months do, and also a lot less crowds to deal with as an added bonus! We also have the opportunity to go chase large Bull trout throughout the winter months, and while that is not a numbers fishery, it is a chance at getting huge bulls on the fly. If you like the shot at huge fish, then our Bull trout trip might be what your looking for. Some trips do end seeing very few or even no fish, but the chance of topping 30 inches is also a very real possibility. Fish from 25-30 inches are the normal if the Bulls are active.
Winter trips can sometimes be accommodated on short notice (if you see a great forecast for a few days from now, give us a call!). Book your spring trip today!
In March and April we typically will have some weekday openings, just call in a few days or more ahead of time to find out if we are available for any given date. Weekends do tend to sell out very quickly, so book your weekend dates well in advance if you can.
For these spring trips you should have either neoprene waders, or breathables and proper dress underneath (polypropolene base layer, fleece, etc). The water temperature may be near 38-40F in the morning, and some days can get pretty chilly! On the Bow, you can expect to be nymphing and streamer fishing all day, unless we encounter fish rising to midges or BWO's, or a little bit later on, March Browns and finally caddis! On the lower Oldman and Crowsnest rivers, it is mainly nymphing with an almost-sure chance at a few fish rising here and there throughout the day as well.
Check our Trip Information page for more information and rates. Note that deposits received for Winter and Spring trips are transferrable to later dates if the weather changes our plans, or if you cannot return to Alberta within the coming year, will be refunded without hesitation.
Be sure to contact us in advance to discuss your dates and what you're looking for so we can give you honest feedback on the current conditions and fishing.

Also feel free too check out our Off Season photo album HERE




Very pretty Crowsnest rainbow May 2005


A large spring season brown trout

Big Bow river bull trout