Sep 19

Fishing the Bow River With Rapala’s

Fishing Rapala’s For Big Rainbows

My family and I decided to fish this Sunday that just passed. We floated the Bow River in search of Browns and Rainbows that occupy this river. It has taken me until today to write this post so sorry for the delay. I brought the movie camera along and my girlfriend was kind enough to be my camera woman for the day. I am planning a video series on fishing rivers with various types of fishing tackle being featured. Sunday was the practice run for this series of videos.

I am hoping to get the first two videos of the series filmed before the snow flies here in Alberta. As we locals know the time is ticking. The video above is me chucking a Brown Trout Rapala into the banks of the Bow River. The fish were going nuts for this proven lure from Rapala. The lure is a countdown CD-9 and has a very tight wobble which looks very life like to sport fish!

Please watch the video and share it with your friends!!!! Leave some feedback on the Blog as to what you would like to see featured, lures, spinners etc.

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Thank you.


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    • Mel on September 20, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    Very nice video work on some big Bow River fish. Gotta love those Rapala’s. The Bow River is impressive. Looking forward to more of your fine fishing and videos in the future.

    • Chris B on September 21, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Mike: A few questions… are the Rapala lures working in shallow water or just deep holes?? Are you using sizes other than the 9’s (3.5″)?? What about smaller sizes like the 5’s and 7’s?? Are most of your fish coming off the banks or are you getting fish by casting from shore and out into the river?? Also, in the video are you on the McKinnon’s to Carseland run??

  1. Hey Mel, thanks for the comment. The Bow river is indeed impressive. I would like to fish a few other rivers close to where I live. It sure would be a nice change.

    Hopefully I can film the first two videos before the snow falls here.


  2. Hi Chris, the Rapala’s are working better in the deeper holes as this is where the fish are heading for the winter. However they will work in the shallow areas as well if fished properly.

    As for the size of the Rapala’s, I only use the size sevens and nines. I find the fives too small for a large river like the Bow. They work better in smaller rivers and streams. When I float I only throw them into the banks only seldomly into the middle of the river. From the banks I will chuck them into the middle of the river and they work really well.

    In the video we are floating from Police to Mackinnon Flats. A great afternoon on the Bow for sure Chris. Hopefully we can do a float before it gets too cold !!!

    Thanks for the question Chris.


    • ross on July 21, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    hey mike..awesome video. i am just starting to fish the bow and am easily frustrated. trying to be patient and reading and watching your blogs and videos is helping.. i am only fishing from shore and everywhere i go is pretty busy. i live on the south end and am looking for some tips on where to go on foot. any ideas will help.

  3. Thanks Ross, glad to hear you enjoyed the video. Fishing is skill with a little luck sprinkled in. The river has been busy as of late and there are people galore. I go fishing early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the traffic. You should look at Google earth and follow the river down from Glenmore Tr to say Policeman`s Flats, you will get to see every spot where you can fish the river. Also try the local tackle stores, they are usually very helpful in helping out with good locations to fish.

    I try and avoid any contact with other people so I will walk up or down the river for miles fishing and catching fish along my walk. Don`t be afraid to get some exercise and walk the river bank. You will discouver some great locations to fish that way.

    Thanks for stopping by and I hope to hear from you again soon. Please let me know how you do on the river next time you fish.


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