Let me start by saying that today was one of the most incredible days I have had on the trip. Todd and his wife Karen were nice enough to let me join them on their free day on the river--to you guys, thank you.
First and foremost, the pronunciation of the Bow River is key; it is a VERY long O, with almost no W sound, which adds to the allure. Then I should mention that this river is by far the fishiest water I have ever laid a fly into. It runs heavier and more swift than the Madison River and is as wide, but in some cases wider than the Missouri. Its rock bottom and long bends cause for very long stretches of uneasy water--where big fish feed. What may be a fishy section worth wading in the Big Horn or the Madison, multiply the length of the run by 5. The magnitude of fishing potential was insane. I do not to wish bore you all, but I will say that this gnarly river is within one hour from downtown Calgary and some places along downtown actually hold the biggest fish. Two of the take outs were called Cities and Police, just to give you an idea.
|Tod's self made flies.|
|Todd was very much a Merlin.|
|Thank you Todd for the picture.|
|Me and Todd being hard.|