Calgary frequently gets a shadow cast over its fishing by the legendary lakes in BC and the prairies. What does Calgary have that other provinces don’t hold a candle to?
When it comes to the coveted art of fly-fishing for big, beautiful trout, the Calgary area is paradise.
Typically fly-fishing is associated with Montana and the UK (where it originated), or some sweet leather hat that your grandpa made soup in. All of which are fair connections; hat soup is delicious. Unlike other places, the Calgary area has less fly-fishers, and thus less pressure on our rivers. With less people on our rivers, awe inspiring views, and truly forgotten places, our fly-fishing can be pretty spectacular.
Located on the east slope of the Canadian Rockies, Calgary has become, in many ways, the Missoula, Montana, of the North. Not familiar with Missoula? Well, Brad Pitt did a movie called “A River Runs Through It” there. That movie really popularized fly-fishing, especially in Montana. From personal experience, Missoula’s fly-fishing is good, but Calgary’s fly-fishing is spectacular.
Let me walk you through it, from the perspective of a fly-fishing guide, trout fanatic, and openly-biased Calgarian.