Entries tagged with “autumn fly-fishing”.


The weather in Crowsnest Pass continues to be absolutely gorgeous! We’ve been receiving above seasonal temperatures for the past couple of weeks and it looks like there’s more to come. Our forecast is calling for the warm, sunny weather to continue for at least the next week or two. Temperatures are expected to reach 26°C on Saturday, the first day of autumn. Amazing!

Yesterday, I took advantage of the beautiful weather and went fishing with Ernie, a friend from Bellevue. We headed south of Crowsnest Pass, in search of cutthroat trout. Our first stop was a tiny creek, where fish are not very large. We weren’t looking for big ones, anyway, nor did we catch any. Ernie and I spent  a couple of enjoyable hours, sight-casting to 10 – 12 inch cutties. Every pool held at least one or two fish and we took turns casting to them. We also took turns removing our flies from bushes and trees behind us. Oh, the joys of fishing a small mountain creek! 

Ernie hooks into a cutthroat trout

Later in the afternoon, we headed to another spot to fish bigger water. It was getting on in the day, so we wouldn’t be able to stay long. There wasn’t much going on, in terms of insect activity, and we only encountered a few rising trout. In one pool, I caught a cuttie on an Elk Hair Caddis. The fish was about the size of the ones we were catching on the small creek, earlier in the day. I always thought bigger water meant bigger fish, but I guess it’s not always the case. Ernie had fished this stretch of river a couple weeks earlier and caught some larger fish on dry flies. I switched to a nymph and it wasn’t long before a nice fish decided it was time to eat. I got a glimpse of it, just before it broke my tippet. In another pool, I was able to sight-cast to a number of trout, by hiding behind some bushes along shore. The water was crystal-clear, allowing me to watch the fish move in the current to take my nymph. A couple of times, I was so absorbed in watching the trout, I forgot to set the hook. On the times I remembered to strike, I was rewarded with a fish. All in all, it was a great day!

Fishing for cutthroat trout

Time to head for home

It’s official, fall has arrived. Yesterday was the first day of autumn across the northern hemisphere, including right here in Crowsnest Pass. You would never know it,  though, judging by the awesome weather we have been experiencing lately. It feels more like summer than fall, that’s for sure. The temperature outside today reached 30 degrees Celsius (86 ºF). Amazing!

The fishing has been holding up really well on our local trout streams. Water levels are good and most streams are in perfect condition for wade fishing. Terrestrial imitations, such as hoppers, ants and beetle patterns, have been producing quite well. Blue-winged olive mayflies and caddis have also been providing decent dry-fly opportunities. 

The Crowsnest River is in great, late summer condition.

 The weather forecast is calling for things to start cooling down over the next week or so. It’s still going to be nice, but temperatures are expected to return to normal for this time of year. I’d be real happy if it stayed like this until Christmas. Then it can warm up, again!

Autumn is nearly here, can you believe it? Where did the summer go? Did we even have one this year? It was a strange summer, weather-wise, not only in Crowsnest Pass, but everywhere. I’m guessing this has been one of the wettest, coolest summers on record in southern Alberta. I can’t remember one like it. We’ve sure had to deal with a lot of rain over the past couple of months, that’s for sure. Heck, we even had 2-3 inches of snow here last night.

When August didn’t provide much in the way of warmth, I was hoping September would have been a repeat of last September, when we enjoyed record amounts of sunshine and heat. Well, it hasn’t happened, at least not yet. I know there’s still a couple weeks remaining this month, and then there’s October to look forward to. I guess there’s still time for an Indian Summer. Let’s hope it happens!

The colors of autumn are beginning to appear along the rivers and streams

The colors of autumn are beginning to appear along our rivers and streams

Despite the weather, the fishing has been quite productive most days. Autumn is in the air, though, and the days are becoming shorter … nights are cooler, too. Often, the best fishing is during mid-afternoon, once water temperatures have warmed up.

Earlier this week, I was able to spend a day fishing with friends, Rolf and Shirley Ann, of Vauxhall, AB. We had a good time and I look forward to fishing with them again. Next time, though, we’ll make sure we don’t have to be back early for “wings night” at Pure Country Restaurant. But then again, the wings are so good here, it would be difficult to pass up. I guess we’ll have to go fishing any other day, but Wednesday!

Autumn fishing

Rolf preparing to net Shirley Ann's trout