Bow River Dry Fly

The pilot for our new series “The Bank”. Episode 01 “Helping a Friend” is helping our friend Devan with the subtleties and the intricate details and considerations that go into working a bankside riser. If you have never hired a guide but struggle with some of the finer points of working good, rising fish, the coaching Devan received is exactly what good fly fishing guides do. They keep a fairly even keel through encouragement and control, providing direction, yet allowing you to engage. We were on a favorite bank on the Bow River that is well known to have good risers and this day we engaged a few nice rainbows. We spotted the rise, drift wide around it as to not disturb it, and anchored at shore to wade back upstream. If you watch closely and listen to the rhythm and intensity of the casting, you can tell the longer the engagement continues, the more relaxed Devan’s casting becomes and the greater chance he hooks up.

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