Welcome to the official blog of The Crowsnest Angler Fly Shop & Guide Service. Yup, we finally have our very own blog! This is something I’ve been thinking about doing for some time now, and to make a long story short … I’ve decided to become a blogger, like millions of others. I realize it’s still early, but I think I’m going to enjoy doing this, too. Thanks (I think?) to all those who provided the encouragement, and particularly Stuart for helping me with everything.

The content of my blog will be geared largely toward fly-fishing in Crowsnest Pass and surrounding area. I’ll also talk about some of the things occurring in and around the shop. And who knows, from time to time I may even include other interesting tidbits of information (not “Timbits,” as in Tim Hortons), and perhaps even the occasional anecdote or personal point of view. 

For those of you who don’t know about us, I’ll give you a quick rundown of who we are and what we do. We operate a full service fly shop & guide service in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada. We’re located along Highway 3, in the town of Bellevue, about a 2-1/2 hour drive southwest of the city of Calgary, or 90 minutes west of Lethbridge. If you’re travelling to the Pass from the east, you’ll see our fly shop on the north (right) side of the highway as you approach Bellevue. Turn right as soon as you pass the small campground. The Crowsnest River, one of Alberta’s premier trout streams, is located directly across the highway from our shop, and is only a stone’s-throw away. From here, you’ll get a great view of Turtle Mountain and the famous Frank Slide. If you look further west, through the V-shaped gap between Turtle and Goat (Bluff) Mountain, you should be able to get a glimpse of Crowsnest Mountain towering in the distance, providing it’s not obscured by clouds. If you’re heading here from the west (British Columbia), look for us on the left side of the highway, once you’ve passed through the Frank Slide.

Our fly shop, with Turtle Mountain and the Frank Slide in background

Our fly shop, with Turtle Mountain and the Frank Slide in background

I’ve been guiding in Crowsnest Pass and area since 1984 and our fly shop opened in 1993. We carry a complete selection of fly-fishing equipment and gear, including flies, leaders, rods, reels, waders, accessories, maps, books, videos and angling licenses (Alberta & BC). We also provide guided fly-fishing trips in SW Alberta and SE British Columbia. That’s right, we’re licensed to guide in BC, as well. In addition, we offer fly-fishing instruction and conduct various schools throughout the season. We specialize in providing local advice and information on fishing in this area. If you’re heading this way, please stop by and say hello. You can get more details regarding our fly shop and the services we provide by visiting our web site. The link to our site is also located in the sidebar.
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Oh, and before I forget … if you’re looking for genuine Timbits donuts (and perhaps a “double-double”), there’s a Tim Hortons in Blairmore. You’ll see them on the south side of Highway 3. It’s only an 8-minute, 40 second drive from our shop. Trust me, I know!