Calgary is the perfect basecamp for fly-fishing fans

As the summer heat fades and fall quickly approaches, Alberta’s wilderness transforms into an autumn paradise perfect for adventure-seekers, outdoor lovers, and above all – fly fishers.  

Specifically, Calgary is a perfect basecamp for anglers, as it is home to the world’s largest fishing lodge and the pristine Bow River, which is renowned for the size of its trout and crystal clear glacier-fed waters. However, the true beauty of the Bow River lies in its accessibility. With excellent fishing grounds within and just outside of Calgary’s city limits, anglers of all skill levels will find the Bow River nothing short of world-class. 

Calgary’s Bow River, which runs right through the downtown core, is home to some of the best blue-ribbon fly fishing in the world, and the river valley within the city limits offers plenty of places to catch rainbow trout. It’s not uncommon to see rafters and paddlers navigating the river, a surfer catching a wave?and fishermen wading into the water -?all within a few hundred metres of each other. 

For those seeking a guided fishing experience, Brandon “Brando” Healey has been in Calgary since 2006 and operates Topwater Flyfishing. Alberta is home to some of the best fly fishing in the world, with access to thousands of kilometres of rivers, creeks and tributaries cascading from the?Rocky Mountains. Whether you’re an avid angler or have only connected with the fish on your plate, Brandon’s knowledge and passion for Alberta’s river systems is unparalleled.