In this episode, learn Fly Fishing the Bow River with Barry Whit!

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Show Notes with Barry White – Bow River Fly Fishing

03:40 – We talk about what makes Banff a National Park in Canada.

04:30 – Barry shares the story of how Jim McLennan offered him to row their boat at Bow River Company and after one week started guiding for them. This was 1977.

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07:10 – Lefty Kreh and Barry did a video on the Bow River. Unfortunately, we can’t find that video on YouTube. They spent 6 days on the boat, fishing

13:00 – Bow River flows through Hudson Bay. Barry talks a little bit about the geology and history of the area.

15:30 – Barry talks about how the 3 major floodings widened the rivers in Alberta since the 1980s. Some islands disappeared on the map too.

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20:00 – Barry tells the story of when Lefty flew into town. Days before that, they had a rainstorm which added 5 feet of water to the river, making it totally unfishable. When Lefty arrived, it went back to normal and they had great fishing.

23:40 – July is the best time to fish the Bow River since the water gets shallow and clean which the fish loves.

27:45 – The longest distance Barry floated is 20 miles which took him 6-7 hours. He tells us how he did it.

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37:10 – Barry’s setup depends on his client’s ability to cast.


37:50 – A Chernobyl Ant pattern makes a good stonefly pattern. The Girdle Bug pattern makes a good dropper. Barry also like Whitlock’s Beadhead Squirrel Nymph.

43:50 – In July, it doesn’t get dark in Alberta until 11 pm so they can fish from 6 am to 11 pm.

47:00 – Barry talks about the book he wrote, My Bow River. This book is filled with fish pics.

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52:20 – Barry talks about the different hatches they have throughout all seasons.

54:00 – Barry used to own 6 boats. Now he only has 1 and it’s 35 years old.

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59:00 – We hear a story of when Barry dumped their boat during a guided trip.

1:02:15 – We noted some fly shops in Calgary including the Fishin’ Hole Fly Shop, Fish Tales Fly Shop, and Bow River Troutfitters.

You can find Barry at

Facebook at Barry White – The Fly Fisherman

Give him a call at 780-999-0695 or send him an email at

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Bow River Conclusion with Barry White

In this episode, learn Fly Fishing the Bow River with Barry Whit!