There’s a saying in Crowsnest Pass, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” Most residents of the Pass know this to be true, and know the weather most definitely can (and often does) change around here by the minute. I experienced this first-hand a few days ago, while fishing the Crowsnest River. Prior to the weekend, Terry had invited me to join him on the Crow on Easter Monday. He had already been out several times this spring, but it would be my first trip of the season. After a fishless winter, I was chomping at the bit.

 There were strong winds in the forecast, nothing new for Crowsnest Pass, so we decided to fish a section that was sheltered and would hopefully provide a bit of protection from the elements. We arrived at the river shortly before noon. It was quite pleasant, the sun was shining and it was warm outside. Best of all, the wind hadn’t picked up … yet.

Terry set up a double-nymph rig, using a golden stonefly pattern and a chironimid imitation as the dropper. The river had just a bit of color to it, so I chose a Wire San Juan Worm. This pattern works well on the Crow almost all the time, but it seems to be especially productive when the river is a little off color, or clouded, as it was today. We fished a couple of bends in the river, landing one rainbow trout, then decided to break for lunch. It was a good thing we did. Just as we were finishing our sandwiches the wind started to pick up. Something was blowing in from the west … snowflakes, actually.

Lunchroom with a view

Lunchroom with a view

We continued downstream toward a couple of fishy-looking runs, where Terry landed a nice sixteen-inch rainbow. The trout had taken his chironimid (midge) pattern. I managed to snap a few photos, before Terry released the colorful trout.

Terry netting a nice rainbow trout

Terry netting a nice rainbow trout

By now the wind was blowing hard, and sometimes you had to wait and cast between gusts. At times the wind seemed to settle down a little, allowing your fly to land almost where you wanted it.

One of the colorful rainbows I managed to catch after lunch

One of the colorful rainbows I managed to catch after lunch

We caught a few more fish, then decided to head back upstream and try some of the spots we fished earlier. That’s when things really changed … the weather, that is. Clouds rolled in and the sun disappeared. The temperature dropped significantly, and the wind picked up even more. To top it off, it started to snow … almost blizzard-like.

It started to snow ...go figure!

It started to snow ... go figure!

 Then, as quickly as it started, the sky cleared. This went on for the next couple hours. It was like a roller coaster – sunny, cloudy, snowy, windy, calm, cold, warm … !  In the meantime, we kept on fishing and catching the odd trout. It was great!

The sun comes out ... again!

The sun comes out ... again!

Terry, with the last trout of the day! It was time to head home :(

Terry, with the last trout of the day! It was time to head home :(