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Alberta Trout Fishing: Fishing Paradise!

By: Matt D Murren

Are you considering a fishing vacation? If so, look no further than a trip to Alberta, Canada for a little fishing bliss. Alberta is full of rivers, streams, and best of all lots of trout. The Bow River in Alberta is probably the best place to go for you hungry anglers looking for a great fishing adventure. You won’t be disappointed. Alberta is home to many trout species including cutthroat trout, brown trout, bull trout, and rainbows.

There are a couple ways you can go about your fishing adventure. First and foremost you can look up a fishing guide in the Alberta area at: http://www.charternet.com/fishers/alberta.html

Using a guide is always a great way to get local advice and local knowledge of the fishing tactics in the Alberta rivers and streams. You can’t go wrong. If you are a beginner we would highly recommend a professional guide. If you are really looking for some fun try a little fly fishing. You won’t soon forget the experience.

If you are the adventurous type and want to go out on your own we would highly recommend heading straight to the Bow River. This is by far Alberta’s best trout river. The Bow River is divided into two parts. The upper Bow river located west of Calgary nestled in the mountains, high in the Banff National park. The lower section contains a 51 mile stretch of river below Calgary. This lower section is largely considered trout fishing paradise by trout fisherman all over the world.

Most trout caught in the Bow River are between 14 and 18 inches long. You can however find trout in the 20 inch range if you have the special touch. Fishing the Bow river is not just about the size of trout but the beautiful scenery and diverse ecology. This is considered by some to be one the most beautiful landscapes in the world. While you are fishing you can enjoy deer grazing, eagles, hawks, and falcons soaring above the river.

Another great adventure besides the Bow River is the Red Deer River. This river will require your patience. If you are looking for a large brow trout in the 22 inch range on average this might be the adventure for you. This river requires patience and is considered by some to be a schizophrenic river when hunting the large brown trouts.

The benefits of the Red Deer river is that is is not heavily fished. When the fishing is good you can often see trout in the 22 to 27 inch range. On other days you may seen zero. This river takes patience and might be best to take a guide along to help you navigate.

The fishing on Red Deer river starts towards the end of May and is usually good into late June. There are great accommodations in the city of Red Deer.

The bottom line is that if you are looking for a great fishing adventure, Alberta definitely fits the bill. You will not experience many other fishing adventures as scenic and as plentiful with world class trout as you can find in Alberta.

Grab your gear and make the journey to Alberta you just can’t lose for a few days of trout fishing bliss!

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