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Headwater Streams

One of the great things about fly-fishing for trout is that these fish often live in some of the most picturesque places you will ever visit. The headwaters of some of the trout streams in southwest Alberta are a good example of this.

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Trout Fishing Holidays

It’s that time of the year when anglers are beginning to plan their fishing trips for the coming season. For some people, these excursions will occur close to home, while others may be looking at traveling further afield. The Internet is full of information on fishing destinations around the world. Researching these locations online and communicating with other anglers via email and through social media can make trip planning a lot easier, especially when visiting an area for the first time.

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Once More to Lee Creek

Several weeks ago, I posted an article here on how it’s been more than forty years since I last fished a certain trout stream in southwest Alberta. It was on this very stream, where during the summer of 1972, I was introduced to fly-fishing. Last Tuesday, and for the first time since 1976, I returned to Lee Creek – the stream of my youth. Continue reading »

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The Stream of My Youth

I have always enjoyed fishing for trout in small streams and creeks. It was at one such place in southwest Alberta, where as a young teenager, I was introduced to fly-fishing while on a school camping trip. Within a week or two of returning home, I became the proud owner of a brand new fly rod. Continue reading »

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Crowsnest River Salmonflies

The salmonfly hatch is in full swing on the Crowsnest River and fishing conditions couldn’t be better. It’s not very often where the river is clear and fishable during this elusive hatch. It is this year, though. This stonefly hatch occurs every year but it usually coincides with the spring runoff, a time where the river is running high and discolored. Everything has come together perfectly this time around, and who knows, it might be another 10 years before it happens again.
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End of Season Trout


The fishing season on the majority of rivers and streams in southern Alberta will come to a close after tomorrow, October 31st. This means there’s only one more day left, where you will be able to whet a line in these waters. Beginning November 1st, you will have to wait until next June, before you will be able to visit these streams again. There are a couple of exceptions, though, as portions of the Crowsnest River (downstream of the East Hillcrest Bridge) and the Oldman River (downstream of the Oldman Dam) remain open to fishing during the winter months. Continue reading »

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Fishing This Year – So Far

Crowsnest River

Crowsnest River – July 29, 2016

The fishing season in southwest Alberta is in full swing and things have been going really well, so far. Actually, the fishing has been excellent, if I do say so myself. Most of the rivers and streams were in great shape right from the get-go, and the fishing was productive when the season officially opened in mid-June. That doesn’t happen every year. Continue reading »

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