Fly Fishing the Bow River in Canmore

Fly fishing with Mount Rundle in the background

I’ve owned our condo since 2002 and I never went fly fishing until this year. I’ve bait and spin casted since before I went to school. However, I had never tried fly fishing.

I just assumed fly fishing was too difficult to pick up. That isn’t the case. In July of 2021 I went out with a friend and his son through Canmore Fishing Adventures. Brad was an excellent host. He thought us, including the 10 year old that was with us how to fly fish.

The views of the wide open river with the Three Sisters mountain range in the background was stunning. We were provided with all fishing supplies, including waders for the day, a lunch, snacks and it made for a fantastic half-day morning outing. We caught a number of brown trout, and a bull trout.

The fish are smaller on this section of the Bow but the scenery is stellar. We even got to see two bald eagles tangle up over head in a fight before one landed in a nearby pine tree and the other left defeated. We had asked to go small stream fishing in the actual mountains but decided against it. As new to fly fishing we would have caught our lines in near by trees. By heading to a wide open area we were free to practice, have fun while still fishing.

When we got back home to Kitchener we all went out and bought our own poles and flies and will be heading out on the Grand River. We’ll practice up and definitely head back out on the Bow River at some point in the near future.

If you are staying at our condo and want to experience fly fishing, or any other type in and around Canmore, Kananaskis or Banff National Park reach out and we can help set up a great trip.

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