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Bow River Floats – Rediscovering an Appreciation of Simpler Things

By Kevin Hawes, Fly Fishing Guide

From the Rowers Box

Like everyone, I found 2020 to be a year like no other year. The Pandemic affected absolutely everyone, and mostly in negative ways. And, like everyone, I eagerly and impatiently wait for lifted restrictions and a return to a near normal life; if that will exist.

Throughout this upheaval, I have been trying to find some small positives, improvements, little upshots, lessons learned, etc. I surprised myself with the number of these things I could identify in my life.

As we all know, most people experienced severe restrictions in their activities and travels. We’ve been forced to spend more time indoors, tasked with finding new ways to entertain, distract, and motivate ourselves. This,  I believe, has led to an appreciation of the smaller things, and things we took for granted.

Rediscovering the Bow River

Smaller things like being outside for hours or even a whole day, doing something close to home, rather than screen time and the four walls of our homes. Taking for granted that we have the Bow River running right through our city, rather than staring at the fence in our yard or the building across the street.

What I noticed is that more people want to try something new or different yet affordable, close, and safe. So, I noticed that more people want to try fishing; and of course, fly fishing.

But fishing does not appeal to everyone.

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So, I was surprised that there are lots of people who just want to see the Bow River and all the beauty and splendor it offers. I did several trips last year where people just wanted to have a “bow river float”, not even try fishing, not even talk about fishing.

This was surprising to me.

What was even more surprising, was how much I enjoyed those trips too!

I was not bored, I was not tired, I just enjoyed the day with my people. And I learned to re-appreciate some smaller things, and things that I may have been taking for granted…an important lesson learned; positively. Also, as an experienced guide, I’m able to provide a safe experience for the whole family, allowing everyone to truly relax and enjoy the time on the water.

Introducing Our Guided Bow River Float Package

So, for the 2021 Fly Fishing season, we’ve introduced the “Bow River Delight” that offers the option of a half day or full day float on the Bow River near Calgary, Alberta.

Here’s some highlights from our new “Bow River Delight” float package:

This float trip is for people who want an intimate, yet relaxing outdoor experience. A fun, low energy way to get up close and personal with the beauty and splendour of the Bow River.

This is a fantastic way to do and see something different. City views, prairie views, an abundance of feathered and furred wildlife, as well as endless blue skies and fresh air are some of the things you can expect to see while the soothing sound of the guides oars dip in and out of the gently flowing water.

A Unique Guided Float Trip for the Whole Family

Designed for couples, friends and families, our float trips offer comfort and enjoyment as a top priority. Rather than sharing a wet raft with a dozen or so other people, you will enjoy your guided trip on the Bow River from a modern, comfortable and stable drift boat.

Our boat(s) can seat 1-4 passengers comfortably; you will not have to share your experience with others. Perfect for couples, friends, family, corporate clients, or other small groups (multiple boats/guides available to suit your group size).

Enough Talk – Let’s Float!

I’m looking forward to sharing time with you this season, whether we are fly fishing or just floating, we can share an appreciation of these simple pleasures that can only be found on the waters and riverbanks of the Bow River.

 

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Bow River Fly Fishing Company Launches into Spring 2021

by Scott Smith, Lead Guide

The 2021 Bow River fly fishing guiding season is upon us. We are very excited for relaxing drifts, tight lines and plenty of excitement hooking our world class trout!

It was a pleasure to have so many local Calgary area, new and experienced fly fishers in our drift boats last season. I know 2021 will introduce many more to the sport of fly fishing.

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The Adventure Begins

Kevin, Luke and I are well into this year’s adventures. Spring has already been pretty good, with several floats and days on the water under our belts already. The old Hyde Drift Boat has been getting a workout and I just can’t seem to part with her, while Luke and Kevin have both invested in new rides.

As far as I’m concerned, they are not real river boats until we bounce them off a few rocks and scrape up the bottom…..Now that’s drift boat fishing!

I enjoy fishing with these two guys on the Bow whenever we get the chance. Always a lot of laughs and we learn from each other. We also show no mercy. I can tell you when one of us hooks up, it’s like all three of us caught that wild trout.

If you happen to lose a fish though, you’re on your own and it’s always your own bloody fault. As we say in the boat, “Fish Better”. We should all have those kinds of fishing buddies.

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Guiding on the Bow River

We often get asked why we guide this fly fishing destination. The first thing you need to know is we love to fish. We’re obsessed with this sport! Secondly, we particularly love the Bow River.

Every time we dip the oars in the water, it’s a different experience. Sometimes you’re a hero on this river and sometimes it’s like you’ve never fished it before.

We love sharing the Bow River and Fly fishing, with anyone that shows an interest. We know many great fishing spots that offer some of the best fishing near Calgary.

We also have great relationships with our local fly shops and local fly makers, which will further enrich your excursions on the Bow. Having the right gear and the right guide can make all the difference in the world!

If you start talking fishing with one of us, you’re going to be in for a long conversation that could include such words as caddis, ferrule, fingerling, floatant, monofilament, nymphing and tippet. You will probably have to somehow, politely excuse yourself. Sorry in advance.

While experiencing the beauty of the Bow River and its surrounding Rocky Mountain landscapes and riparian wildlife firsthand is ideal, you can get introduced on our “About the Bow River” page.

Before You Book Your Guided Fly Fishing Trips

If you’re thinking of planning a trip, you should know a few things before you book with us:

  1. We don’t take ourselves very seriously. This is about having fun and relaxing.
  2. You can learn to make a simple fly cast in 10 minutes. Good enough to hook a fish.
  3. We lose track of time while we’re out there. Sometimes you need to nudge us to get you off the water.

If you’re interested in learning this sport, fishing with an experienced guide is a great place to start. We would love to have you in our Boats and show you the Bow River we get to enjoy.

Check out our Fly Fishing Trips & Boat Tours and see if we have a package that fits.

Fish species found in the Bow include brown trout, rainbow trout, bull trout and cutthroat trout. We offer a seasonal feeding schedule for the major trout food groups and our favourite flies for each. Check out our important fly fishing resources to keep informed about the weather forecast and Bow River flow rate.

We offer many options for half day and full day trips, unique adventures, private shoreline lessons and even family float trips!

These are great options for day trips from Calgary, where you can gain invaluable knowledge with our fly fishing lessons, tips and tricks. No matter what your skill level, we can accommodate.

We are also happy to look at customizing your day to suit special requests such as multi day float fishing trips for those eager to make the most of their time on the water.

There is no losing in fishing. You either catch or you learn. Either way it’s always better than work!