Bow River Fly-Fishing

1-2 Guests • No Lodging • Public • Guided


Bow River

Base Price is per day based on double occupancy. Fishing license and other incidentals are extra. Certain waters have an additional fee, please inquire for details.

Southern Alberta’s Bow River is world-renowned for its hard-fighting brown and rainbow trout. The Bow River is truly a trophy fishery with both browns and rainbows averaging 19 inches. Our Bow River Fly-Fishing Guides primarily Fly-Fish The Bow River in and downstream of the City of Calgary Alberta.Due to Calgary’s Worldclass International Airport the Bow River and Southern Alberta is very accessible from most major U.S. cities and airports.

The Bow River is a fly-fisher’s paradise. Within the city limits and downstream of Calgary, the river boasts a self-sustaining combined population of 3000 rainbow and brown trout per mile. Combine that with an average size of 19 inches it’s easy to see why the Bow River Fly-Fishing experience is well noted for its BIG FISH, making Alberta’s Bow River one of the top producers and choices for anglers on the North American Trophy Trout circuit.

Watchful anglers can see where buffalo were herded over “jumps” by native hunters. Most of the Bow River runs through private land, and cattle now graze where buffalo once roamed. Like all prairie river bottoms, wildlife is abundant; we commonly spot mule deer, eagles, pelicans, Great Blue Herons, Kingfishers,and waterfowl and shorebirds by the hundreds.

The Bow River Fly-Fishing Season

Although the Bow River is open year-round, we don’t start guiding until late April. Our season runs through until the end of October. Our favorite months to Fly-Fish the Bow River are May, July, August, September and October. We suggest booking your Bow River Fly-Fishing Trip during this timeframe.

Fly Fishing Rates Include

Guide service



Non-alcoholic beverages

Flies, Tippet and Spare Rods

Trip Planner

Five days of Fly-Fishing:

  • Day 1: Arrive Calgary, AB, drive to Fernie, BC
  • Day 2: Float the Elk River
  • Day 3: Float the Elk River
  • Day 4: Float or walk & wade in south-east British Columbia, float the Oldman River or Waterton River
  • Day 5: Arrive Calgary in the afternoon, float the Bow River (this day can be spent in south-west Alberta
  • Day 6: Float the Bow River
  • Day 7: Depart

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Your Host

undefined's Trip

Dave B

A full-time Fly-fishing and Wing shooting Outfitter with operations in Calgary AB,Fernie BC, Cabri SK and Patagonia AZ.the first fly-fishing guide service on BC's Elk River ,the first Multi River Guide service in Western Canada and the only Outfitter on the Canadian Prairies to use Pointing Dogs ...our motto "we lead others follow". We are an Orvis Endorsed Fly-fishing Guide Service and an Orvis Endorsed Wingshooting Guide .We look forward to helping you plan your next adventure into the great outdoors!

from $605/Experience

You can also pay a 50% deposit now and a final payment before your trip.

Base Price

$605.00 Per Person Per Experience


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Please note that there is a 50% non-refundable deposit included with your booking fee. In case of cancellation, and in accordance with the Host's cancellation policy, the remaining 50% may be returned to you or applied towards rescheduling a future trip.


  • Expert Local Guide
  • Flies
  • Leaders
  • Tippet
  • Spare Fly-rods
  • Deli-Style Lunch
  • Hotel Pick Up & Drop Off



Gear List

  • Streamer Rods - 9ft: 7wt or 6wt
  • Nymph rods – 9ft: 6wt or 5wt
  • Dry fly rods – 9ft 5wt
  • Reels – minimum 100 yards of backing on all

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Rules & Guidelines

Recommended Trip Duration

For some anglers Fly-fishing Alberta’s Bow River is their destination of choice; it’s very easy to spend 3-4 days fishing this river with more than 50 miles of trophy trout water beckoning. The Bow River also makes a great way to wrap-up a trip to Fernie in Southeast British Columbia Fly-Fishing The Elk River or Southwest Alberta Fly-Fishing the Crowsnest River. This is an easy add-on for Fly-fishers booking multi-day, multi-river trips and traveling out of Calgary.

Getting to Calgary

Most U.S. carriers fly into Calgary and there are direct flights from Dallas, Denver, Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Calgary is also accessible from Detroit via West Jet Airlines out of Windsor, Ontario.


  • The Glenmore Inn – Conveniently located in SE Calgary, it’s close to the Airport and the Bow River. A nice property and excellent rates.
  • The Fairmount Palliser – Located in downtown Calgary, the Fairmount Palliser is the #1 luxury hotel in Calgary.
  • The Mariot Delta South -Located in S.E. Calgary this is fast becoming our Hotel of choice for easy pick up and proximity to the River and amenities.

Hotel pick up – Rather than have you meet your guide at a Calgary fly-shop which is both annoying and time consuming, we pick you up at the hotel that you are staying at.

Please note, there is a 50% nonrefundable deposit included with your payment when booking.

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