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the crowsnest river


The Crowsnest River and Oldman River are located 2 hours south of Calgary Alberta. The crowsnest river is a true walk & wade stream, with primarily rainbows in the 14 to 18 inch class with larger trout also being taken regularly. There are also browns, cuts and some bulls as well as rocky mountain whitefish. The Crowsnest River starts in Crowsnest Lake along the continental divide and flows east to the Oldman Dam, offering the angler 25 miles of beautiful wilderness fly fishing. The river with its large variety of mayflies, stone flies and caddis flies offers the angler excellent dry fly opportunities. The history and scenery in this region is worth the trip in itself. The Castle and Oldman systems are typical freestone streams with riffles and pools holding huge Bull trout. The streams also have healthy populations of Rainbows, cutthroats and cuttbows. The Bull trout can reach the 30 plus inch class. The Rainbows and Cutthroats are typically in the 14 to 18 inch range with some 20 plus inch trout hooked into regularly. The hatches are very similar to those on the Crowsnest river during the summer months.

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Frank Slide Information  
Waterton Lakes National Park
Current Crowsnest Weather



“Mark, I sincerely enjoyed fishing with you on the Oldman River. You are truly a professional in every sense of the word. Not only do you know what to throw and where to throw it, but you also do the little things that make for a truly wonderful experience on a superb river.
Mike Williams - Atlanta Fly-fishing Club