100, 10816 Macleod Tr. S. Calgary, Alberta, T2J 5N8
Phone: (403) 271-1016
Fax: (403) 271-5516
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The Bow River downstream of Calgary is well known as one of the premier trout fisheries in the world. The 40 miles of river between Calgary and the hamlet of Carseland is home to wild rainbow and brown trout, some of which grow to immense proportions!
What truly sets the Bow apart from other world class fisheries is the average size of its trout. Fish in the sixteen to eighteen inch range are common, while fish over the twenty inch mark are caught more days than not. Fish over twenty four inches are a distinct possibility, with trout landed every year approaching the legendary thirty inch mark.
The Bow is blessed with some of the best dry fly activity there is, with amazing Stonefly hatches, intense Caddis hatches, as well as consistent and predictable mayfly hatches. Our guides specialize in dry fly fishing! If the fish are not rising (which is uncommon), the versatile angler and guide will switch to streamer or nymph fishing, which is usually very consistent.
The Lower Bow River is open to fishing year round, but the best fishing typically occurs after spring runoff. Runoff usually occurs in late May and early June, lasting up to a couple of weeks, depending on the snow pack in each year. In a normal year the Bow will be in good fishing condition by late June or early July. The best fishing takes place in the months of July, August, September and early October.
Why should you book with Country Pleasures Flyfishing?
Country Pleasures does not simply act as a booking agent. We employ a group of full time, handpicked professional guides who we consider to be the very best and most experienced in the area. The average number of years of experience for our guides is over a decade.
You can be assured that our guides are the hardest working and attentive that you will find on the Bow.
We are proud to say that on any given year 60-80% of our bookings are anglers who have fished with us before!
“Nobody knows the Bow better!”
While dry fly fishing is our primary focus, our guides have the knowledge, experience, and willingness to show you everything this wonderful river has to offer. From catching the fish of a lifetime on a dry fly to shocking grabs on a floating line streamer, our guides specialize in visually exciting fly fishing for trophy rainbow and brown trout. If you are new to the sport, our guides are extremely competent instructors who enjoy showing this wonderful sport, and river, to others
All of our shop staff understands the process of guiding and being a guided angler. We pride ourselves on being highly efficient, friendly, and knowledgeable. Your experience will be enjoyable and trouble free from the booking process through to the end of your guided day.
We can also help with information on lodging and flight information as well.
Country Pleasures is Western Canada’s oldest full service fly shop, with over 30 years experience. Country Pleasures and our guides have been featured in numerous magazine and television features including the following:
- New York Times
- 50 More Places to Fly Fish Before You Die
- The New Fly Fisher
- Wild On The Fly
On each morning of your trip, your guide will meet you at Country Pleasures, or, by prior arrangement, pick you up at your lodging. At this time, the guide can pick a selection of flies for your day of fishing. From the shop or lodge you will go to the river, your guide will rig up for fishing and launch the drift boat. You will then float a stretch of the beautiful Bow River, receiving guiding and instruction throughout the day. Your guide will provide a shore lunch and beverages and will deliver you back to the shop, hotel, or North Bow Lodge at the end of the day.
Guided Trip Rates
Full Day Guided Bow River Float Trip - $550 (CDN) per boat
Includes guided fishing, lunch, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages on the river as well as all fishing equipment at your request. Boats can accommodate one or two anglers. GST (federal Goods & Services Tax) is not included in trip price. Lodging packages are also available. Full day float trips are 10 to 12 hours in duration but can be tailored for your needs. Multi day trips are also available; please contact the shop for more information.
Corporate Guided Bow River Float Trip
Corporate events are a great way to bring your team or your clients together for a day of learning, adventure and fun. Trip includes guided fishing, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages on the river as well as all fishing equipment. Boats can accommodate one or two anglers. GST (federal Goods & Services Tax) is not included in trip price. Lodging packages are also available. Corporate float trips can range in duration and are tailored to your company’s needs and desires. Please contact the shop for more information.
Please fill out the form to the right or contact us by phone (403) 271-1016 or by e-mail for guiding inquiries.
A deposit of 50% of the trip price is required to confirm a reservation. The deposit must be received by Country Pleasures at the time of booking. A letter or email of confirmation will be forwarded to you after receipt of the deposit, together with all pertinent information about the arrangement. The balance of the trip price is payable at the time of the trip. Payment may be made by Interac, cash, Visa or MasterCard.
If Country Pleasures receives written notice of cancellation up to forty-five days prior to the date of the trip, a refund of the deposit will be made, less a $75 handling fee. If Country Pleasures does not receive at least forty-five days notice of cancellation, no refund of the deposit will be made. However, Country Pleasures will credit your deposit to a rebooking, provided that the rebooked dates are within one year of the dates of the original booked dates. In the event that the Bow is deemed by CP to be in an unfishable condition at the time of the trip, your deposit will be credited to rebooking or a refund of the deposit will be made
For more information and guiding inquiries, fill out the form to the right; contact us by phone (403) 271-1016 or by e-mail.