who are we?
Hi, my name is Peter Lywood, I have been fly fishing in Western Canada for over 30 years and have been fishing the mountain streams and rivers of Alberta and British Columbia for over 20 years. I have been floating the Bow River for the past 8 years. After retiring in 2020 I decided to start my own business and share my passion for fly fishing with you, I enjoy nothing better then introducing people to fly fishing and helping them catch their first fish on the fly or maybe their thousandth. Lets get outside, go fishing and create some great memories.
Member of the Angling Outfitters and Guide Association of Alberta (www.aogaa.ca).
How to handle a trout on release.
If you do need to handle the trout then holding it on its back can settle the fish down if you need to reach inside the mouth with your forceps. Never grab the fish by the gills! When releasing the fish gently hold it by its sides and having the head facing upstream in the water. This gives the fish a flow of the oxygen it needs that’s inside the water. Once you feel it can swim on its own then let her go for another day.
If taking a picture – then be quick about it! Have someone ready with the camera before taking it from the water and quickly put it back in. The less handling of the fish with your hands the better. A rule of thumb is when you take the fish out of the water hold your own breath. Then you have an idea how the fish feels as you yourself struggle to get a breath of air as seconds can quickly turn into minutes when you are excited. If you feel short on breath chances are the fish is to and you should put it back in the water.
Fly Fishing the bow river
Catch and Release on the Bow River
Catch and release is not only a legal matter but an important practice to maintain the Bow to achieve and stay as a Blue Ribbon fishery status. Although there are studies done that show a small mortality rate from catch and release there are practices and procedures to handle the fish properly to lower the mortality rate and save that trout for another day or years down the road.
Pinching your barbs is a big factor for a cleaner release. Most flies are small enough that taking a small plier or even your forceps can be used to squeeze down on the barb and flatten it out. This can eliminate the need to grasp the fish with your hands to remove the hook. In most cases, if you are in the water with the fish, or in a boat you can grab just the fly with your forceps inside the mouth and gently shake the fish off without even touching it. If your fish put up a fight and is exhausted you can rest your fish with your net in the water to give it a breather.
Our mission is to earn your trust, respect and repeat business. When you book a trip with us our top priority is your safety followed by having a fun and educational day on the water, at the end of the day I expect to have learned something new from you and our goal is you will have too with some tight lines and laughs in between.