Relax with a fly fishing adventure on the Bow River
Drift along with the gentle current as you take in the sights of the water and riverbanks. Experience the anticipation as you cast out over the waves, and the excitement at the tug of the line when you land your first fish.
Drift Out West provides the best fly fishing experiences in Calgary and the surrounding areas. Owner-operator Quinn Soonias is an expert Alberta fly fishing guide, whose passion is helping you discover top-tier catch-and-release Alberta fly fishing spots along the Bow River and beyond.
Let’s walk through what a day on the river looks like with Quinn.
Embrace a new experience
Ditch the phone—there’s no need to spend hours researching the best Alberta fly fishing locations. Quinn prepares everything you need to have the perfect day. Before you embark, he gathers the rods, reels, waders, wading boots in your size, hand-tied flies designed for Calgary fly fishing, and of course, snacks. You just need to get in the boat.
Quinn’s boat is the perfect size for two guests and a guide, so you can have an intimate experience with lots of one-on-one guidance. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned fly fisher, Quinn will make sure you feel at home on the river. Just keep in mind that the repetition of casting requires some muscle and attention span, so fly fishing is best for kids over 12, but exceptions can be made for those eager to learn!
A half day outing of 4 to 5 hours of Calgary fly fishing allows beginners to dip their toe into the sport without a huge time commitment. But don’t worry—there’s a full day float option available as well.
Connect with your surroundings
The secret draw to fly fishing isn’t simply to catch a fish. The meditative action of casting and the idyllic sounds of the river create the perfect environment to reconnect with and appreciate nature. As an Indigenous Alberta fly fishing guide, Quinn’s goal is to show you how peaceful it is to float down the river, removed from the fast paced demands of everyday life.
While you get up close and personal with the many kinds of trout cruising the water, Quinn draws on his Cree heritage to offer anecdotes about the history of the area. The stories will come alive as you learn about the Indigenous Peoples of Treaty 7 who used the water for transportation and see the locations where they camped.
Come reset and restore with a new perspective as you discover prime Alberta fly fishing.