Country Pleasures
100, 10816 Macleod Tr. S. Calgary, Alberta, T2J 5N8
Phone: (403) 271-1016
Fax: (403) 271-5516

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Hatches and Tackle

A successful day on the Bow River requires that you have a good idea of what insects are hatching at the time of your trip and that you bring the proper flies and equiptment. This page outlines seasonal hatches for the Bow and suggests what equipment you should bring on your next Bow River fly fishing adventure.

Hatch Chart - Bow River

Click on the insects in the chart below to view thier suggested patterns and sizes.

Insects
April
May
June
July
Aug
Sept
Oct
Caddis      
Baetis (BWO)
     
Pale Morning Duns            
Tricos          
Midges  
Stones            
Terrestrials          
Nymphs        
Streamers  

Suggested Patterns

Caddis (May-Sept)

  • » Elk hair caddis #14, 16, 18
  • » CDC elk Hair caddis #14, 16, 18
  • » Bloom's CDC caddis #16
  • » Silvey's edible emerger #14
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Baetis (BWO) (Apr-May, Aug-Oct)

  • » CDC biot comparadun #18
  • » Quigley's loopy cripple #18
  • » CDC loop wing emerger #18, 20
  • » Trina CDC budding emerger #18
  • » BWO sparkle dun #18
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Pale Morning Duns (June-July)

  • » CDC biot comparadun #16
  • » PMD sparkle dun #16
  • » PMD challenged #16
  • » Trina's bubbleback emerger #16
  • » Quigley's loopy cripple #16
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Tricos (Aug-Oct)

  • » Trico spinner #18
  • » Black cripple #20
  • » Quigley's loop wing dun #20
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Midges (all season)

  • » CDC transitional midge #20
  • » CDC griffith's gnat #16, 18, 20
  • » Quigley's spider midge #20
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Stones(June-July)

  • » Bloom's bearly kicking golden #6, 8
  • » Rogue foam golden stn. #8, 10
  • » Barrett's golden stone #8, 10
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Terrestrials (July-Sept)

  • » Foam beetle #14, 16
  • » Charlie boy hopper #8, 10
  • » Rainy's grand hopper #8, 10
  • » Taylor's fat albert #8
  • » NLJ crystal ant #12, 14
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Nymphs (June-Sept)

  • » Hare's ear #12, 14, 16
  • » Morrish biotic nymph #14, 16
  • » Copper john #14, 16, 18, 20
  • » Evil weevil #14
  • » Beaded prince nymph #12, 14, 16
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Streamers (all season)

  • » C/Head R/Leg Bow River Bugger #4, 6
  • » C/Head Kiwi Muddler #2, 4, 6
  • » Clouser #2, 4
  • » Geek Leech #4, 6
  • » Hot Flash Minnow #2, 4
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Recommended Tackle

We recommend that all clients bring their tackle with them for fishing the Bow. In order to make your trip as pleasant and successful as possible, we recommend that you bring the following:

Rods

  • » #4-5 weight outfit for small dries and nymphs
  • » #6-7 outfit for larger nymphs, streamers and larger terrestrial imitations
  • » Floating and sinking tip lines

Apparel

  • » Waders with felt soled boots
  • » Polarized sunglasses
  • » Fleece clothing for cooler mornings and evenings
  • » Rain jacket
  • » Sunscreen
  • » Hat

Other

  • » Insect repellant
  • » Camera

Should you require any hotel arrangements for your visit to Calgary, Country Pleasures can attend to those details for you if you wish.

Country Pleasures is a full service Orvis & Sage fly shop and we would be happy to assist you in your visit to the area. We have a complete selection of flies, terminal tackle, etc. If we can be of any assistance to you, please feel free to call upon us.

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