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  1. I am becoming more concerned about the rip rap, each year. Like Jayhad mentioned, some great stonefly action occurs along these stretches, especially in the NW. It is just that, as I get older, each rare fall I take seems to hurt a little more. I am seriously worried I will inevitably break something besides reel or rod (already done that) some day. Rocks that look stable can roll out from under your feet when you step on them. Rip rap can be a serious menace, a dilemna with no apparent solution, given just how much of it there really is lining the banks of the river.
  2. The Job lake cutthroat trout originally came from Marvel lake in Banff. Marvel lake cutthroats are 100% pure strain Westslope species. as are some in a few remote lakes somewhere in other parts of the park.
  3. I read the entire study, and I agree. The Crowsnest river Rainbow trout fishery is headed for some very hard times for years to come. Thanks for downloading this latest information, Don. It is very eye opening.
  4. i agree that vibram soles alone are inadequate for the Bow. I just use standard 3/8 inch screws on the bottom of my simms freestone boots. I replace them when they wear out. Problem nearly solved. I say that because Bow river substrate can be really slippery and tricky to navigate, and I have had my fair share of falls, even with good boots.
  5. Fish up in the NW are in specific spots, especially the bigger ones. This year, there have been tons of little guys from 4 to 8 inches, which bodes well for the future. Any small mayfly nymph pattern will catch these fish. The big ones have been absent all summer in the heat, but some should show up in the fall. It is a tough stretch, but putting in time will reap rewards. Just have less expectation. especially in terms of size, than further south.
  6. I am having the same problem. It sure would be nice to know the flow rate of the Bow river in Calgary right about now.
  7. I too have completely stopped fishing for Bull trout. Very rarely, they are a by catch while fishing for other species. I also now only take a couple trips seasonally for the Cutts, which I still desire for the dry fly action. By voluntarily limiting my catch this way, I can uphold my conservation ethic. There is far to much pressure nowadays on these fish to justify any other attitude.
  8. My season on the Bow was my worst ever in terms of effort/ # of trout caught. Where I live in the Nw stretch, above Crowchild trail, the numbers of fish are significantly down. And this stretch already has considerably less fish than below Calgary. Small rainbow trout numbers have really crashed. The browns are about the same as last season, but hardly impressive catch rates. Only have taken 3 whitefish, despite protection for this species. I used to have days I could catch multiple numbers in a single evening of this vanishing species. Most of my bigger rainbows were taken in May, prime spawn
  9. I had the same problem on a river down South, this summer. The Cutts refused literally every dry fly I threw at them. It sure isn't like the old days, when you could drag a size 14 elk caddis over their head and they would take. Things have really changed.
  10. I finally wore out my Simms freestone boots last season. I am going to replace them very soon. I found them to be a great boot. Much more durable than Korkers.
  11. This new study shows a decline of "all" sports fish in the Bow. I have noticed the decline in whitefish and adult rainbows. The browns, however, have seemed to recover very well after the 2013 flood. However, the 2018 study is not good news at all for the river.
  12. Nice story, and a great way to end the season in the high country.
  13. Very good point, toolman. The big birds are starting to show up in the NW stretch, as well. There has always been Osprey's here, taking their fair share of fish (mostly whitefish and suckers). I have even had them fly over and wait for a trout to be released by me in the shallows. They are clever birds, that are very efficient at catching fish, but are likely no where near as destructive to the fish populations as pelicans are, I suspect.
  14. Just one of many reasons I don't fish the Bow in the winter. A good read for any fly fisherman.
  15. That brown is about as big as they come in the BOW. Great catch.
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