Flyfishing

Located just two 1/2 hours southwest of Calgary, In the Rocky Mountains of AlbertaGo FishingThe area is known for its moderate climate and unique geology, and offers a wide range of a world renowned fly fishing, The Crowsnest, Castle and Livingstone rivers are just short drives away from were you will be staying. Daily excursions and expert advise will help you on the road to enjoying the exhilarating experience of fly fishing. Small group sizes and low guide to participant ratios make one on one time easy. Our program is designed to offer beginner and expert a like an experience they will never forget.

The pass is also rich in history, original developed to supply coal for the railways in the steam era. It is well worth the time to visit our historic sites. Whether you immerse yourself in the underground mine tour at Bellevue, or at the Crowsnest Museum in Coleman, you will find something of interest in the optional activities included in your package.

  • Program Outline
  • Equipment List
  • Suggested Itinerary

Fishing Program

Fishing Program
Join our expert guides for outings on the pristine and world-famous trout streams of southwest Alberta's Rocky Mountains. Learn about the biology of a trout stream, from trout species and the secrets to catching rainbow, brown, brook and bull trout. Explore the historical sites, local museums, or engage in optional hikes up Alberta's secluded Rocky Mountain peaks. And best of all — catch lots of fish on your daily outings to the rivers and streams.

Alberta fishing license is included.

Activity Notes
Easy-to-moderate walks on varied terrain, some slippery rocks.

Elevation Note
4,200 feet is the highest elevation participants will experience.

Equipment List

Equipment List
Some equipment our guide suggest you bring
Equipment Requirements
Clothing:
Be sure to carry at least one change of clothing for both hot and cold temperatures.(It is common for the temperature to fluctuate from 44 F to 95 F daily. Water temperature is typically around 55 F.)
When hiking, proper footwear is a must, and must be durable and comfortable.
Avoid cotton if possible
Rain gear
Hat
Identification
Medications(if required)
Other useful items may include:Cameras, Sunscreen, Bug Repellent,
Participants should bring their own fly-fishing gear:
  • Misc. Floatant, clippers, vests or cases Boots (Waders are Optional)
  • Fly Rod (4-8) Weight, Reels, and line:
  • Floating
  • Sinking
  • Leaders(3-6x)
  • Tippet (3-6x)
  • Flys
  • This is a collection of commonly used fly patterns in an average season for those who bring their own.
  • Adams (size 10-16)
  • Elk Hair Caddis (size 10-16)
  • Joe's Hopper (size 8-10)
  • Stimulator (size8-10)
  • Bead head nymphs (size 10-18)
  • Grizzly Wulff (size 10-14)
  • Mark sells hand tied flies on-site or flies are available at the 2 fly shops in the valley
      Limited equipment is available on-site.

    Itinerary

    Itinerary 
    This is the planned itinerary, changes may be made to accommodate weather.

    Day One: Sunday, July 15 - Independent Arrivals/Orientation
    Arrive To: ARRIVALS AND ORIENTATION: Independent arrivals to Coleman in the Crowsnest Pass; check-in after 3:00 p.m. There will be a pre-dinner welcome followed by evening orientation session and securing of fishing licenses. Complimentary wine and snacks on the first evening. A finalized schedule will be distributed at this time reflecting the best options for the week.
    Dinner: Dinner at the B&B. Each evening a special menu created for participants will be served. Soup and a selection of salads accompany main course items that reflect the source local ideals of our 2 certified chefs. Expect to be served meals that reflect regional favorites and local ethnic diversities in a variety of styles: plated, buffet service and family style. Don't forget to save room for dessert! Typical Plated Menu Dawn's Own Italian Wedding soup (at the soup station) Fresh greens with red onion, olive, crouton, cherry tomato and balsamic vinaigrette Alberta AAA beef medallions with wild morel sauce served with new potato and fresh mixed veggies Saskatoon Mousse
    Lodging: Country Encounters
    Meals Included: Dinner

    Day Two: Monday, July 16 - Mechanics of Fly-Fishing/Fishing Crowsnest River
    Breakfast: Breakfast from 8:00 am - 9:00 am. A typical breakfast buffet would include a hot main course item such as fresh made waffles and apple chicken sausage, fresh fruit, home baked muffins, yogurt, fresh fruit juice, and a selection of dry cereal. Toast and hot instant cereal are always available. Coffee, a selection of teas, fresh juice and non- alcoholic drinks are available from early morning and through out the day.
    Morning: PRESENTATION: Mechanics of Fly-Fishing. A morning instructional session will cover the mechanics of fly-fishing including: rod preparation, fly-tying, and casting. HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Dry land practice. Securing of fishing licenses, and time for hands-on dry-land practice. Participants will notice that our daily fishing trips start later than what many feel is the "appropriate" fishing times. The reason for this is our water is very cold in the early hours compared with points further south and at lower altitudes. With the warming of the sun the bugs hatch and the fish become active; more likely to bite. As we say " Crowsnest Pass fish sleep late". There are several places to grab some gear/flies here, and we will be stopping at one for any last minute items on the first day as we head out. Limited on site sales are available as well, and guides will have a collection of various things for your use on the river.
    Lunch: Bag lunch in field. Each morning a selection of breads, meats, cheeses, vegetables, fresh fruits and baked goods are presented for each participant to build their lunch just the way they like it. Take as little or as much as you like and then pack it in our eco-friendly thermal bags ready for the day's adventures.
    Afternoon: FISHING: Afternoon fishing session on one of the local streams with personalized instruction. With a guide to participant ratio of 5:1 there is always an opportunity to get extra help or ask a question. All our main guides/instructors are local and well versed in the ins and outs of fishing our local streams. Fish tales to follow in late afternoon to share experiences and ask questions.
    Dinner: Dinner at B&B Each evening a special menu created for participants will be served. Soup and a selection of salads accompany main course items that reflect the source local ideals of our 2 certified chefs. Expect to be served meals that reflect regional favorites and local ethnic diversities in a variety of styles: plated, buffet service and family style. Don't forget to save room for dessert! Typical Plated Menu Dawn's Own Italian Wedding soup ( at the soup station) Fresh greens with red onion, olive, crouton, cherry tomato and balsamic vinaigrette Alberta AAA beef medallions with wild morel sauce served with new potato and fresh mixed veggies Saskatoon Mousse
    Evening: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Fly-Tying. An evening session will focus on fly-tying. Instruction and practice lead by a fly-tying expert; includes hands on experience.
    Lodging: Country Encounters
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day Three: Tuesday, July 17 - Fishing Continues/Crowsnest Museum
    Breakfast: Breakfast from 8:00 am - 9:00 am. A typical breakfast buffet would include a hot main course item such as fresh made waffles and apple chicken sausage, fresh fruit, home baked muffins, yogurt, fresh fruit juice, and a selection of dry cereal. Toast and hot instant cereal are always available.
    Morning: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Skills & Techniques. Depart for fishing site to practice skills and techniques learned. Guide/instructors are always available for more one on one help to improve your skills. On any given day the participants could find themselves at any of the following rivers: Carbondale River: Located south of town, it lies in the burn area from the Lost Creek Fire of 2003. Castle River: Located south of town, the headwaters are South and West Castle Rivers. A popular campsite is located near the confluence. Crowsnest River: Running directly through the five towns of the Crowsnest Pass makes this is an excellent river stop, even if only for a few moments.
    Lunch: Bag lunch in field. Each morning a selection of breads, meats, cheeses, vegetables, fresh fruits and baked goods are presented for each participant to build their lunch just the way they like it. Take as little or as much as you like and then pack it in our eco-friendly thermal bags ready for the day's adventures.
    Afternoon: FISHING: Continuation of fishing field trip; fish tales lounge information sharing.
    Dinner: At the B&B. Each evening a special menu created for participants will be served. Soup and a selection of salads accompany main course items that reflect the source local ideals of our 2 certified chefs. Expect to be served meals that reflect regional favorites and local ethnic diversities in a variety of styles: plated, buffet service and family style. Don't forget to save room for dessert! Typical Plated Menu Dawn's Own Italian Wedding soup ( at the soup station) Fresh greens with red onion, olive, crouton, cherry tomato and balsamic vinaigrette Alberta AAA beef medallions with wild morel sauce served with new potato and fresh mixed veggies Saskatoon Mousse
    Evening: EVENING ACTIVITIES: Fishing on Crowsnest river or interpretive trip to historical sites. As always our guides/interpreters will be on hand to offer interpretation or instruction and answer any questions you may have. Possible choices of activities include but are not restricted to: visiting Leech Collieries, downtown Coleman historic walking, Frank Slide interpretive hike with Travel Alberta trained interpreter. Activity is dependent on weather and participant interest.
    Lodging: Country Encounters
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day Four: Wednesday, July 18 - Fishing Continues/Underground Coal Mine
    Breakfast: Breakfast at B&B. Breakfast from 8:00 am - 9:00 am. A typical breakfast buffet would include a hot main course item such as fresh made waffles and apple chicken sausage, fresh fruit, home baked muffins, yogurt, fresh fruit juice, and a selection of dry cereal. Toast and hot instant cereal are always available. Coffee, a selection of teas, fresh juice and non- alcoholic drinks are available from early morning and through out the day.
    Morning: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Fishing. Field trip to fishing site to continue practice. Guide/instructors are always available for more one on one help to improve your skills.
    Lunch: Bag lunch in field. Each morning a selection of breads, meats, cheeses, vegetables, fresh fruits and baked goods are presented for each participant to build their lunch just the way they like it. Take as little or as much as you like and then pack it in our eco-friendly thermal bags ready for the day's adventures.
    Afternoon: Continuation of fishing session. FIELD TRIP: Underground Coal Mine. The interpreters from the mine will suit you up and take you into the world of the coal miner. Learn what it was like to work in the mine through the stories of the miners themselves as you are lead on a trip underground to where they actually went. Return for fish tale lounge information sharing.
    Dinner: Dinner at B&B. Each evening a special menu created for participants will be served. Soup and a selection of salads accompany main course items that reflect the source local ideals of our 2 certified chefs. Expect to be served meals that reflect regional favorites and local ethnic diversities in a variety of styles: plated, buffet service and family style. Don't forget to save room for dessert! Typical Plated Menu Dawn's Own Italian Wedding soup ( at the soup station) Fresh greens with red onion, olive, crouton, cherry tomato and balsamic vinaigrette Alberta AAA beef medallions with wild morel sauce served with new potato and fresh mixed veggies Saskatoon Mousse
    Evening: EVENING ACTIVITIES: Crowsnest Museum or guest speaker.
    Lodging: Country Encounters
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day Five: Thursday, July 19 - Fishing Continues/Farewell Celebration
    Breakfast: Breakfast at B&B. Breakfast from 8:00 am - 9:00 am. A typical breakfast buffet would include a hot main course item such as fresh made waffles and apple chicken sausage, fresh fruit, home baked muffins, yogurt, fresh fruit juice, and a selection of dry cereal. Toast and hot instant cereal are always available. Coffee, a selection of teas, fresh juice and non- alcoholic drinks are available from early morning and through out the day.
    Morning: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Fishing. Departure to fishing field trip site to continue practice Guide/instructors are always available for more one on one help to improve your skills.
    Lunch: Bag lunch in field. Each morning a selection of breads, meats, cheeses, vegetables, fresh fruits and baked goods are presented for each participant to build their lunch just the way they like it. Take as little or as much as you like and then pack it in our eco-friendly thermal bags ready for the day's adventures.
    Afternoon: FISHING: Continuation of fishing practice session; return to for fish tales and info sharing.
    Dinner: Dinner at B&B. Our big BBQ Alberta style. Choice cuts of Alberta AAA beef, pork, and chicken grilled up just so. Throw in some fish and you have the main course options. Accompanied by fresh salads, baked potato, Mark's special baked beans and Taber corn, serve it up out on the deck (weather permitting) and you have the makings of a celebration "Alberta Style".
    Evening: FAREWELL EVENING: Farewell celebrations and group photo. Late evening fishing option following celebration.
    Lodging: Country Encounters
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day Six: Friday, July 20 - Morning Fishing/Independent Departures
    Breakfast: Breakfast at B&B. Breakfast from 8:00 am - 9:00 am. A typical breakfast buffet would include a hot main course item such as fresh made waffles and apple chicken sausage, fresh fruit, home baked muffins, yogurt, fresh fruit juice, and a selection of dry cereal. Toast and hot instant cereal are always available. Coffee, a selection of teas, fresh juice and non- alcoholic drinks are available from early morning and through out the day.
    Morning: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Fishing. A morning fishing session on Crowsnest River with our guides (optional). One last chance to polish your new skills or ask questions.
    Lunch: Bag lunch provided.
    Afternoon: INDEPENDENT DEPARTURES: Independent departures from Coleman; check-out is 12:00 noon.
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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