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12-18-2006, 05:44 PM
:Eyecrazy: Hi all,
This is my first posting.Having a good read of everyone's posts.
Just wondering if there is anybody from Enland, that lives in or around Birmingham?
I have some questions to ask about fishing in Canada. I am going to Canmore in the July Holidays and want to do some fly fishing. Just wondering if there is anybody out the how can give me any tips and places to fish please?
That's all for now, getting late.
Many thanks,

12-18-2006, 06:43 PM
It's been many years since I was there, but the Bow River is the premier large river in the area. If you're seeking spring creeks (like your British chalkstreams) look up information on the Crowsnest. Sorry I can't be of more help, but I suspect others with more current information will chime in. Lovely country.

12-18-2006, 09:54 PM
Canmore is about a 45 minute drive from Calgary which is most likely where you will land as you fly into Alberta. The Bow river flows right through Canmore and there are a few fly shops in Canmore that can give you a hand in choosing locations to fish and guides. Wade access is possible on some stretches but you really need to get good directions. Remember that you will be in bear country and over the last few years there have been many bear sightings and unfortunatly several deadly attacks. My recommendation is to hire a local guide (PM me if you want a recommendation), enjoy the phenomenal mountain views and catch some nice brown trout. The upper Bow, between Banff and Canmore holds mostly browns, typically 12 to 18 inches but they are abundant. There is also a stretch of river below Canmore that can give you some fun fishing. Fishing is mostly along log jams so be ready to lose flies! If you want larger fish and a mix of browns and rainbows then you should consider a few days drifting on the Lower Bow, from Calgary downstream. I can arrange for this if you PM me and we can discuss details. Typically a guided day will run you about $500 CDN and that includes all the gear, rods, waders etc. Wade access to the lower Bow is also possible and NO bears, but you will need to get a local hotel and again a good set of directions to get to the various wade access locations. Wade in points can give you several miles of river and make for a great day. July water on the lower Bow is still cool but definitly OK to wet wade (no waders), early July sees high water and late July the water will be lower. The Bow is a big river and fast water, not your typical UK chalk/trout stream On the upper Bow (Banff to Canmore and below Canmore)there is no such thing as wet wading unless you are a turtle or want to get one!
Hope this helps in your planning.

12-19-2006, 05:02 AM
Many of us know Pete and can attest to his knowledge as a flyfisherman and guide. You came to the right place for help. Welcome!


12-19-2006, 05:51 PM
Pete is correct, there is definately a need for waders up by Canmore due to the cold water.
An easy access spot is right off of the # 1 highway just east of Canmore. The fish are not extremly large but there are fish there. Nymphing works good.
I prefer the Lower Bow River in and around Calgary simply due to the Larger average size of the fish. I own J & K Fishing Adventures and we specialize in Walk and Wade trips.
For a look at these sizes of the fish in and around Calgary check out my Trip Pictures page on my website <non-sponsor link edited by juro>


12-20-2006, 05:57 AM
Well, you guys are really brill,
Lot's of helpfull info here, thank you all.
I will keep reading this info and check out, and find what's best for me. $500 is about 250, and is a bit to expensive for me, for a days fishing. Just wondering if there are any other deals, that maybe if I was using my own gear, it would work out cheaper? Also how much (rough est) would it cost to hire a local guide please?
that's it for now, will be back with more questions, if that's ok?
Thanks again,

12-20-2006, 09:08 AM
I agree with your assessment of the daily pricing Carl. This is one of the reasons I started up J & K Fishing Adventures. If you're looking for Affordable pricing, look no further than my website. Just search for J & K Fishing Adventures on any of the search engines and have a look.

12-20-2006, 04:51 PM
Hi again,
this is all really great stuff.
Bit put off by the bears? But still fancy going out on my own, local to Canmore, just to start and then move to the guided tours? has anybody got anymore infomation about the area's around Canmore please? Or maybe any websites with local maps and fishing info? The part from The Bow river guide -
" An easy access spot is right off of the # 1 highway just east of Canmore. The fish are not extremly large but there are fish there. Nymphing works good"
sounds good, if you could give me somemore information please?
We will be coming back quite a bit, because brother-in-law has bought a place in Canmore and wants to move over there in the near future.
Also wondering if there are any lakes near by, that are worth trying?
Thanks to all again,