An Introduction: Fish Tales’ Guide Service

Fish Tales – Calgary’s friendliest fly shop – uses guides who love what they’re doing. Their enthusiasm is contagious. Their enjoyment comes from watching you catch fish. Top that enthusiasm with quick access to the river, a full-service fly shop complete with knowledgeable staff, and tasty lunches and you know you’ve made the right decision to book your next Bow River adventure with us.

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Bow River – it’s “Seasons”

About the Bow: The Bow River flows from Bow Lake in Banff National Park and through the beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountains before cutting through the city of Calgary and continuing its journey toward the Canadian Prairies. The lower stretch of the Bow River – the section below the city of Calgary – consists of 55 [...]

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2016 Guide Rate – $600.00 The daily rate applies to one or two anglers per guide. Rates include a deli-style lunch, full day on the water with the guide’s undivided attention, and equipment if necessary. Clients must hold a valid Alberta fishing licence. Participants are requested to have a selection of flies for their day [...]

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Guide Profiles

We know how important a guide is to making your day a memorable one – and we want it to be memorable for all the right reasons!  David started in this business as a guide and knows first-hand that a guide needs to love helping others catch fish as much as (if not more than) they want [...]

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Terry Johnson – Guide


Terry’s been a key member of the Fish Tales team since 1999. He continues to work in the shop during the “off-season” and has been integral to developing the Cuba Flats Fishing business. His level-headedness, easy-going nature and constant sense of humor helps lighten the day Check out his employee profile for more information. How [...]

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Mike Venhuis – Guide


Mike loves being out on the water and his enthusiasm for fishing is infectious. He’s recently been bitten by the steelhead bug and had some great successes with two-handers. He’s also traveled and fished saltwater for tarpon, bonefish, and whatever else might swim by. He’s in the shop several times each week to pick up a [...]

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Douglas Pippus – Guide


Doug Pippus got into the guiding business because he loves teaching people about the Bow River fishery and to help fund the work he does for disadvantaged people in developing countries during the off-season. Doug is a hard-working, patient, calm, easy-going man. He is unassuming, kind, compassionate, attentive…. All of these are great traits for [...]

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John Roggensack – Guide


John is a fun-loving guy who loves being on the water. He’s managing to make a living from his two passions – music and fishing. John has recently become “somewhat obsessed” with saltwater fishing and large tarpon, bones, and “those damn permit.”

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Bow River – April/May

April is early season for the Bow. Until mid-month many fish are still in their wintering holes. There can be excellent fishing as the bugs start getting more active with warmer weather toward the end of April and into May. During this period the larger rainbows move up the Highwood to spawn so as April moves into May expect fewer 19″-plus rainbows.

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Bow River – June

June is runoff month. The Bow will steadily rise through mid-June and typically get very dirty with the runoff from the mountains. Generally, as the water rises the fishing slows – trout don’t like rising water levels. However, once water levels peak and start to stabilize and especially when it begins dropping (usually third week of June) there can be some of the best streamer fishing of the season.

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