late october

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Nice weather for a change. Light sweater conditions in the afternoon and minimal wind. The dry-fly season on the Crowsnest river has been extended a little. Finding rising fish is getting harder but there are still some around. Bug life is weak but there are just enough midges and small olives around to entice some good fish to feed on the surface with the low, slow, clear water conditions. The river is still producing if you’re willing to hunt. I walked it this past Sunday. It’s an afternoon game. The low arcing Autumn sun creates long afternoon shadows and the trout like feeding in these darker river sections once (if) the bugs get going.

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I started fishing the Crowsnest river in 2001. Seventeen years later it still amazes me the quality of the trout that inhabit it given its size. Best of all you can search for them with your eyes and try to fool them, often in the shallows, with small dry flies. You get to watch the trout react to your impression; you get to see it all unfold. Engaging, visual angling. It’s why I fly fish…

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Here’s a nice Crowsnest rainbow that was located feeding on a shadowy bank. Caught on a size 18, BWO hacklestacker pattern.

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same rainbow

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4 thoughts on “late october

  1. Low, slow, and clear water. Willing to hunt. I cuss those little bugs, but the conditions in which they hatch and bring fish up sure are appealing this time of year!

  2. Jim: Yes the conditions sure are special and spectacular at this time of yr….every day on a river is a bonus. On Sunday came across nobody else. Had the place to myself. No wind, fairly warm…the odd riser. hope to get one more weekend. Good luck in Campeche!
    bob

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