Pre-Trip Information

For most trips – I’ll meet clients at Fish Tales Fly Shop in south Calgary.

Getting to Fish Tales From out of Town

The East/West road is the Trans Canada (HWY 1) or 16th Avenue. Go East on 16th to Sarcee Trail South. Sarcee turns into Glenmore Trail and continue East. After passing Crowchild Trail stay right and exit on to 14th Street South and proceed to Southland Drive. Turn Left on Southland and proceed to MacLeod trail. South on MacLeod Trail passed Anderson Road to first traffic light – 2 left turns North to Avenida Place shopping plaza. Shop on North side of parking lot facing South. A less stressfull way is to turn right on Hwy 22 and proceed South to Hwy 8 turn left East to Glenmore Trail. When coming in from the North (Edmonton) you should stay southbound on Deerfoot to Anderson Road westbound to McLeod Trail, then south to first traffic light – 2 left turns North to Avenida Place shopping plaza. Shop on North side of parking lot facing South.

Things you’ll need to flyfish the Bow with Barry White

  • Warm Jacket
  • Hat Polaroid Sunglasses
  • Chest waders & felt soled wading shoes
  • Long johns for under waders
  • Extra socks
  • Rain wear
  • Camera & film
  • Fly rod & reel 4 – 6 wt dry fly 7 – 8 wt nymph or streamer Leaders 9 foot 0X & 3X (3 of each)
  • Gloves (fingerless – wool)
  • fly tackle (nippers, flies, pliers etc…)
  • Seasonal items: sunscreen insect repellent
  • Guide Suggestion: hand towel and scent neutralizer

Here is my suggestion for a complete seasons selection of flies and sizes. When I choose my patterns I skip a size. If #16 is my first choice then I may go larger to a #12 or smaller to a #20. The other suggestion is never start with less than 12 of each hook size and pattern. I will have working fly patterns with me.

Dry Fly

Adams # 16, Light Cahill # 16, Royal Wulff # 16; Stimulator # 14, # 10 Elk Hair Caddis #16 Yellow, Olive; Renegade # 12 Brown, Bivisible # 14, Griffith’s Gnat # 18

Nymphs for Rivers & Streams

Dark Stone # 4, Golden Stone # 6,# 4; Gold Ribbed Hairs Ear # 10, Pheasant Tail # 10, San Juan Worm # 8,# 6; Soft Hackle – green & orange #10, #12;

Bead heads: Prince, copper John, weevil

Streamers

Woolly Bugger # 2 & # 6 Olive, black, peacock, blonde, purple; Muddler Minnow # 4, Zonker # 4, Bow River Bugger # 2, Bunny Fly # 2

Terrestrials

Red Ant # 18, Dave’s Hopper # 10, Joe’s Hopper # 10, Black beetle # 14

When setting up a box of flies allow some flexibility for personal experience. Flies will cost from as little as 2.00 to $4.50 for dries and nymphs – – streamers could cost up to $6.00 ea.