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SikSika Reserve Trips 

The Blue Ribbon stretch of the Bow, between Calgary and the Carseland weir, sees nearly all of the fishing pressure on the river. Meanwhile the Bow river continues to flow nutrient rich and populated with wild Rainbow and Brown Trout for over another 100km below the weir. Trout Chasers are one of the few outfitters who are able to access this pristine stretch of river. About 10km below the Carseland Weir, the Bow flows through the SikSika First Nations Reserve, significantly limiting public access, making for a truly wild experience. Contact with other fisherman and boats is nearly non existent. 

The Reserve stretch is a nice change of scenery from the frantic pace of the Blue Ribbon stretch. Fish on the reserve seem to be more plentiful, but with greater competition, the average size is between 14 and 16", which is on the smaller side in comparison to the Blue Ribbon portion of the Bow. Although, fish over 18" and even over 20" are becoming increasingly common, as the river recovers form devastating flood damage in 2005 and 2013. What really makes this part of the river special, is the uneducated fish. The lack of pressure is quite noticeable on the Reserve. Factors like fly and tippet size, even drag free drift, still hold some bearing, but are not nearly as important below the weir. 

Another unique factor of the Reserve is the Northern Pike population. We understand many trout fisherman would prefer to steer clear of Pike, but for those willing to expand their Bow River experience the reserve offers some incredible Pike fishing in the Spring and Fall. Pike can be found throughout the whole Bow River system from Bearspaw down river. When conditions are right Pike fishing can be done all through the Blue Ribbon Bow, but as the river winds further through the prairies it naturally gets wider, slower and water temperatures have a higher average. All factors that support Pike. The Reserve stretch has the most Pike friendly habitat and growing numbers of Pike averaging 36". 

Bow River fly fishing guides

What's Included

  • Transportation from predetermined meeting place to the river in the morning, and back after your day

  • 8-10 guided fishing hours on the water for 1-2 people 

  • Premium deli style lunch, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks 

  • All rods, reels, lines, terminal tackle, flies and waders if needed 

Alberta brown trout

What's Not Included 

  • Guide gratuity 

  • Foul weather gear 

  • Hat and sunglasses

  • Alberta fishing licence 

  • 5% GST

Bow river fly fishing guides
Bow River fly fishing guides dee chatani


  • DRIES: 8' - 9' 4wt or 5wt. rod paired with WF floating line

  • NYMPHS/HOPPER DROPPER: 9' 5 - 6wt. rod WF floating line

  • STREAMERS: 9' 6 - 7wt rod with a WF floating line and Sink Tip Line 200GR. or Type 4 - 6 sink rate

  • PIKE: 9'  6, 7, or preferably 8wt. rod with WF floating line 

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