West of Calgary and northwest of Bragg Creek, the Bow River is a popular fly fishing river for rainbow trout and brown trout. The best section for fly fishing on the Bow River is the lower 40 mile stretch from Calgary to the town of Carseland. Most fly fishermen float the lower Bow River since wading access is limited.
The Legacy Island launch point is popular, but requires a 4WD vehicle to access. Both of the Carseland launch points are easy to access.
Overall, Bow River is the 6th most popular fly fishing river of all 9 fly fishing spots in Alberta.