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Old 11-04-2015, 03:15 PM   #11
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For the Bow River I have my regular tried and true patterns nothing much changes but the chironomid midges you need a ton of sizes and colors to match what they are feeding on so we usually pump some stomachs and tie at the lake.
I'm going to need to pick your brain over the next year or so!

In 2018, we plan on making that big AlCan run (Yep I WILL Fish the Copper!)

On the way up, I (and several other guys n gals in the caravan) want to fish the Bow whe we stop in Calgary. Your insider advice will be invaluable!!
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That fly also looks like a Royal Coachmen. I hope you enjoy BC
I sure did and the fishing was great. Good Luck
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Old 11-04-2015, 04:23 PM   #13
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That fly also looks like a Royal Coachmen. I hope you enjoy BC
I sure did and the fishing was great. Good Luck
Royal Coackman has hackle wings - the Wulff is a hackle wrap (I know esoteric difference)

Fly tying trivia: Know the difference between a "Royal" Coachman or Wulff and a "Coachman or Wulff Fly?

The red floss on the body that splits the peacock hurl
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Old 11-04-2015, 05:31 PM   #14
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I'm going to need to pick your brain over the next year or so!

In 2018, we plan on making that big AlCan run (Yep I WILL Fish the Copper!)

On the way up, I (and several other guys n gals in the caravan) want to fish the Bow when we stop in Calgary. Your insider advice will be invaluable!!
No problem I'll help you out. If anybody in your crew can drive a drift boat I might know where to find one It's a big windy western river but it's a tame float with no whitewater.
But I would definitely look into a guide for the first trip, the river really changed after the big flood a few years ago and their knowledge is invaluable. If you like 20"+ trout on dries you'll like it lol. Here's a shot to give you an idea.

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Old 11-04-2015, 09:07 PM   #16
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No problem I'll help you out. If anybody in your crew can drive a drift boat I might know where to find one It's a big windy western river but it's a tame float with no whitewater.
But I would definitely look into a guide for the first trip, the river really changed after the big flood a few years ago and their knowledge is invaluable. If you like 20"+ trout on dries you'll like it lol. Here's a shot to give you an idea.

DROOL!! I haven't caught 20+" Bows and Browns since I fished the Traun River in Germany MANY years ago when I was posted there with US Forces!

Caught my first Grayling there as well - AWESOME and hope to get back in to them on the ALCan Trip!!

P.S. Does Drifting on the San Juan or Gunnison count? If so , I can drive (but I wanna fish!! )
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We used to trade off the rowing after 20 minutes or a 20" fish whichever came first lol.
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Old 11-14-2015, 11:30 AM   #18
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I love to fish with popping bugs for panfish and bass on Kentucky Lake. People look at you like you're crazy when they see you. They fight to catch 10 fish, while I catch hundreds. Been doing it since I was 7 years old. Thanks Dad.
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I love to fish with popping bugs for panfish and bass on Kentucky Lake. People look at you like you're crazy when they see you. They fight to catch 10 fish, while I catch hundreds. Been doing it since I was 7 years old. Thanks Dad.
Nice, anything on the surface is a blast. I got to catch my first ever bass and bluegills this summer in California. The bass was just a little guy but it was a lot of fun on a friends #2 weight rod.
I think I've got my tying stuff sorted out, I found a smaller tying stand at BassPro and had to go with second tying bag to be able to carry salt and freshwater stuff. It should all fit in a tote bin in the rear storage.
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If you are ever come east to the New England area a must stop is the Bear's Den Fly Fishing Co. in Taunton, MA. One of the best freshwater/saltwater fly shops I've been in within the US. If they don't have it you don't need it.
Bear's Den Fly Fishing Co.

There are some good RV parks near awesome trout rivers throughout MA, VT, NH & ME. We stayed at Country Aire and fished the Deerfield River in western Mass.
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