Sun. Rain. Gale force winds. Snow. The weather has been all over the place and so have I. I’ve been driving around trying to find a regional river that has some bugs and rising fish. It’s been challenging.

reel insnow

oldman stumps


My local tail-water river is running real cloudy…not good. Water management has also been drastically reducing flows resulting in several significant water drops. I found some stranded Parr (juvenile trout) in a puddle 20 feet from the river and transferred them in a plastic bag back to the river.





parr home

puddle where Parr found, snow-covered boot foreground

This tail-water river usually fishes very well in inclement weather. No dense baetis hatch occurred and therefore very few large fish up. However, I covered a lot of water and managed to find a couple.


brown trout


brown trout

ab profile


Another tail-water river I’ve had some success on this summer also had few bugs even on cloudy days. I did manage to hook up with a few great fish. This rainbow took a foam beetle.

best bow

rainbow SW Alberta


chewed-up beetle




beetle flies, car top frost

I decided to rocket down to the Missouri river for two and one half days. The first day (the half day) was incredible. Cloudy, little wind and tons of bugs. Trout were up everywhere on tiny baetis may flies. Opportunity knocked and although I didn’t fish well, I did fool a few on size 20 olives/baetis. The next morning the sky sort of cleared (Chinook Arch) and high winds came in. I tugged down my hat and gave it my best but got blown off the river and all the way back to SW Alberta.

ab wading

searching for a released trout



Missouri rainbow

sidechannel (1)

Missouri river side channel


Missouri bow

sidechannel (2)


I fished a lot in the past two weeks. I was on holidays for one of them and managed to get out most afternoons. I hung in there with the varying conditions, put in my time and made some connections with dry flies.

bank snow

another storm


side channel

morning flat water and sun

end of day

lst day brwn

sw alberta brown trout, size 18 bwo


alberta brown trout, size 18 bwo

ledge rock


end of day walk back to car



4 thoughts on “Autumn

  1. Bob, it’s been brutally windy here too. I even had a tent pole snap while camping recently.

    You’re a good man for saving those little fish. Wouldn’t it be something if your paths cross again in the future,only this time one of those “little ones” comes back as a six pounder?

    • Les: Yes wind! And it continues daily and especially on weekends when I get a chance to fish! A snapped tent pole. It has to be pretty windy for that to happen. This week gusts up to 130km….80mph approx. Top of nearby ski hill 200km plus winds. Last Fall was the same…makes angling challenging. Still going to try and get back down to Missouri one more time if reports are good.
      Nice posts and photos on your blog: the ignorant angler
      Thanks for dropping in…good luck on your spring creek.

  2. Hi Bob,
    Terrestrials imitations on ice! really surprise to me, very good photos to enjoy. Congratulations for your attitude with that small fishes, i lived some similar experiences here in my local waters after big summer water flows. I have rescued some trout trapped in isolated puddles to return them to the normal riverbed after that.
    Best regards

    • Humberto: Thanks for dropping on. Yes, it is good to save stranded fish. You’ve rescued some yourself!!! Nice to set them Free! Good luck in upcoming season. Just checked your blog: achalabrookies…………….I look forward to ongoing photos on places you’ve fished in Patagonia and of course pictures of your beautiful region, and photos of brookies and bows. Tight lines this Spring!

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