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The Bow River through the Sik Sika Blackfoot reserve has no public access. The River Ranche is, quite simply, the only access to over fifty miles of virtually untouched Bow River. The result is world class adventure just 30 minutes from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It’s what the lower Bow fished like 20 years ago. The fish are plentiful and uneducated. Fishermen still have an opportunity to cast dries to fish, throughout the duration of the day, even on bright sunny days. It’s the same Bow River, the same Bow River fish quality, except there’s probably more fish, and no angling pressure to speak of. This is truly a fishermen’s dream; monster rainbows, big bruiser browns, and no pressure.
To say the amount of structure on the Bow River through the Reserve section is impressive is a dramatic understatement. Float trips allow for more opportunities to see new pieces of water, but with a Walk and Wade you have the advantage of working each piece of water much more thoroughly. A Walk and Wade on the Bow River gives you the chance to really search out each trout’s hiding spots, and to continue to work each piece of water until you’ve caught that amazing Bow River trout you were after.
Other truly exceptional features of the reserve section include the numerous natural springs, and spring creeks that flow into the Bow River. When our mighty Bow River becomes a turbulent swollen mess with spring run-off, these spring fed creeks still remain clear. The fish often move out of the Bow River and into these small clear creeks until runoff subsides. Walk and Wades on the Reserve are available throughout the season, but unquestionably spring is prime time.
As an authorized booking agent of the River Ranche you can join Out Fly Fishing outfitters Ltd. for this truly memorable experience. River Ranche booking can be made by contact Josh Nugent at 403-710-3114. Alternately, see www.riverranche.com check out the contact page and request Josh as your guide.
Included in the trip costs are: all equipment(waders, boots, rods, reels flies, tippet ect.), lunch, non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks for 1 or 2 people. The only costs not included are the tax (5% GST), your fishing license, and guide gratuities which are customary but still optional.