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Bow River Report - July 20, 2016

Missed doing a fishing report last week as the official fishing report person was fishing through the hellfire and brimstone weather and dirty water.

For the first time this year we have seen 150+ flow volumes in the last week and it's AWESOME. Since last Thursday conditions on the river have been a little tough to say the least. At times we have had as little as 2-4" visibility. Conditions should quickly improve once the torrential downpours settle down. After this push of water, once we get to 18" and better visibility, the river should experience a period of "gong show" fishing. Not sure how long it will last but we're in for at least a few days of stellar stuff.

Below the Highwood will take a little bit to clear up. The Sheep got really gnarly the last few days.

Streamers and nymphs should produce some good numbers as this week progresses and there will likely be more fish on the bankside structures than before the rainy weather. This push of water may even get some fish in places where they'll eat a foam bug.

We first saw Tricos on July 2 (a new record for early) and now they're heavy. As the water clears we may see some fish up to them in the slower water. Use an Ant!

Some of you might have noticed that we haven't been posting any fish photos. We're still catching fish (honest) but with continued low water conditions it is the policy of CP that unless a fish is photographed in the water we will not post it. We are also refraining from photos as much as possible in favor of quicker releases.

Hatches: Caddis, Stoneflies, Tricos

Dry Flies: Chubby Chernobyl-Gold or Tan #10,
Berrett's Barred Leg Golden Stone #10, Spent Partridge Caddis,
Bloom's Parachute Caddis, Quigley's Flag Ant

Nymphs: Jimmy Legs-Coffee, Sexy Stone, Tung Stud-Olive #14,
B/H Pheasant Tail, Hotwire Caddis

Streamers: Skiddish Smolt, TB Squirrel Leech, Silveys Sculpin Leech,
Grand Master Flash, CH RL Bow River Bugger-Black

Seven-day forecast 

Nice weather for a while.

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