The fishing is holding up quite well on the Crow these days and anglers are continuing to have good success on the river. Although it’s easy to catch lots of small to medium size trout, the big ones are becoming a bit more difficult to fool. I guess that’s normal for this time of year. Some people would say we’re into the Dog Days of Summer. The days are warmer now and water levels are lower than they were a few weeks ago. Trout have seen a lot more of our flies by now, too. In order to have success catching larger fish, you’ll need to be more cautious when wading and casting. Fly presentation is also important. Sloppy casts will usually result in spooking trout. Evenings can provide some of the best dry-fly opportunities for bigger fish. The last hour of daylight can be the best time to be out on the water.

Try using small dries and nymphs at this time of the year

Try using small dries and nymphs at this time of the year

 Unlike a month ago, where big dries and nymphs accounted for many of the larger trout being caught on the Crowsnest River, chances are you’ll now have to use small dry flies and nymphs if you’re hoping to catch a big one.

 While fishing the Crow the other day, I noticed lots of ripe berries on the Saskatoon bushes growing along the river. I was forced to stop fishing a couple of times to sample them. It probably won’t be too long, before some of our local wildlife (i.e. Mr. Bear and family) discover them, too. Remember, it’s a good idea to stay alert and always keep your eyes open when fishing during berry season. Have fun out there!

P.S. There’s still some openings in this weekend’s (Aug 14 & 15) fly-fishing schools, with Jim & Lynda McLennan. These schools are listed below. For more info, click here.

Lynda McLennan Schools

August 14 – Introductory Fly-Fishing (men & women) 

August 15 - The Next Step (men & women) 


Jim McLennan Schools

August 14 – Fly-Fishing Intensive (FULL)

August 15 – Late Summer/Low Water