Alberta Bow River  The Bow starts with some of the most beautiful open valley, mountain scenery you will ever see. Starting its descent in Banff National Park, the river winds its way through the Rocky Mountains in a southeast direction on towards the city of Calgary, Alberta. While the lower river below the City of Calgary is the world renowned Trophy Stretch, the upper Bow below Banff, Canmore, and Cochrane can be a rewarding experience with beautiful Rocky Mountain scenery and crystal blue waters of a mountain river. From these mountain backdrops, the Bow River transforms itself to a prairie river lined with high walls, open fields, groves of cottonwoods and towering ridges blown by the winters' Chinook winds forming hoodoos and coulees. 

This 50 mile run southeast of Calgary is where the Bow has achieved world acclaim by trout fishers, both celebrities and the average fly fisherman alike. Perhaps Lefty Kreh said it right of the Bow River... "the best dry fly stream in the world". Sure the river's fishing has changed some since his comments, but with the likes of river guru Jim McLennan reporting that there are now more big fish in the river than he has ever seen in his 25+ years on the river, the thought of having to begrudge yourself while landing a 5 ~ 8 pound rainbow or brown on a nymph feels not too far into the realm of self-pity... especially considering the rainbow trout of the Bow River are considered amongst the best fighting rainbows anywhere.

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Fly fishing in Alberta especially Bow River fly fishing is an experience not to be missed. If you are motivated by the sport of fly fishing and all that it entails, then you owe it to yourself to fly fish the Bow River and to fish with "Must Be Nice" Drift Company. 

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