Another busy week for O.F.F. with a mixed bag of over 2 dozen trips. We had trips out on the Bow river everyday as well as 3 boats on the Upper Bow and more mountains stream walk & wades. The Upper Bow (downstream of Canmore up in the mountains) fished better than expected, but 4-9″ brown trout are hard to get too excited about. The Upper Bow is very scenic, but as the description on our website says it can not be confused with the reputation of the lower Bow. The lower Bow is rich in nutrients, which supports weed growth, which in turn supports bug life, which is fish food, which is why the lower Bow (downstream of Calgary) is so productive. The Upper Bow is cold and a freestone glacial river with very little nutrients and therefore can not sustain the same level of bug life and subsequently fish life.
Josh was still doing super early morning floats on the lower Bow for those willing to get up that early, and those that did were very well rewarded. The window of time for the epic dry fly eats has continued to shrink, however the overall productivity of each hour has increased. One morning a husband and wife had over 30 eats in a half day float, and all but the last few were in the initial hour and a half.