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Opening day of the fishing season on the Red Deer river usually starts on the Friday before the Victoria Day long weekend in May. Run off occurs in early June and lasts 2 weeks approximately, depending on the amount of mountain snow pack. We usually fish into late September, and wrap up when the fish begin to spawn.

The other high country rivers and streams, such as the Ram, open June 16.

Trip Information

Fishing with Tailwater Drifters, Red Deer Alberta FLOAT TRIPS:

Take a trip with us in one of our comfortable, low profile, Hyde Drift boats. Red Deer River float trips have several starting points. The duration of each trip from (8-12 hours) is dependent on hatches, river and weather conditions. Anglers have opportunities to hook into large brown trout, mountain whitefish, and other warm water species. There are many hatches such as caddis, stonefly, mayflies at any given time during the season. Fishing with hoppers is popular in August. Your guide will know which section will be the most productive for each particular hatch.
Price: $500.00/USD for one or two anglers.

Drift boat trips on the picturesque "Blue Ribbon" Bow River below the city of Calgary, are a popular option. You can catch brown and rainbow trout in the 18 - 22" range, on dry flies and nymphs.
Price: $500.00/USD for one or two anglers.

Tailwater Drifters - Red Deer, Alberta, Canada WALK & WADE TRIPS:

For the die-hard anglers that love a challenge, a trip to the N. Raven River (AKA by locals as Stauffer) is a must. This willow choked spring fed creek is not for the faint hearted. Technical fishing for MONSTER brown trout can be very rewarding. Stealth is a must.
Price: $500.00/USD for one or two anglers.

The freestone Ram River is a fisherman's dream, a couple hours drive west of Red Deer. Up on the eastern slopes of the Alberta Rockies, enveloped by quiet mountains and forests, this beautiful river produces some healthy sized cutthroat trout for those willing to take a hike. It is well worth the scenic trip.
Price: $500.00/USD for one or two anglers.

Tailwater Drifers in Red Deer, Alberta ATV/ WALK & WADE:

Save your energy for the fishing. We can take you for a ride into the mountains directly to the honey holes. Our 8 Wheel ARGO all terrain vehicle will climb over rocks, crawl over deadfall, cross streams, without you getting your feet wet. Some of our guests have called this "commando fishing". This trip is about 2 hours away from Red Deer in the mountains. It is a FULLLLL day fishing experience for cutthroat trout, brown trout, bull trout.
Price: $600.00/USD for one or two anglers.

If you're too tired for the drive back, we can set up an overnight tent camp in the mountains. This extra will cost $195.00/USD with dinner and a great big camp breakfast included.

Heli-fishing with Tailwater Drifters HELI-FISHING:

Heli fish into a picturesque canyon setting for excellent dry fly action for native cutthroat. Fly in to high altitude lakes for cutts and golden trout along the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies.
Price: *$600.00 USD/day for one or two anglers*

*Cost of helicopter charter not included, contact Tailwater Drifters for current pricing and availability.

What We Provide

  • All trips include a deli-style lunch, consisting of fresh rolls and cold cuts, salads, fresh homemade desserts and plenty of cold refreshments, enough to satisfy every size of appetite.
  • Transportation from prearranged locations to the fishing destination of the day and return.
  • Easy access from either Edmonton or Calgary International airports to our central Alberta location.
  • Personal Shuttle service from either airport can be arranged. Please call in advance to book.(Nominal Fee)
  • Fly casting instruction is provided if desired.

What to Bring
  • fly rods 5 - 7 weights, with floating lines
  • Flies, leaders, tippet material, fly floatant
  • Chest waders and wading boots
  • polarized sunglasses
  • hats and sunscreen
  • comfortable clothing to layer
  • rain gear
  • camera and film
  • insect repellent


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Garry & Connie Pierce
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Phone / Fax: (403) 886-5144
Email: info@tailwaterdrifters.com

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