Scott Lake waterfall boat

Scott Lake Lodge

trophy pike, lake trout and grayling on the 60th parallel

Scott Lake pikeguyScott Lake’s location in the far reaches of Saskatchewan is far removed from any roads, any towns, any trappings of civilized life, except for those offered by its modern lodge. The pine studded shorelines hide the wanderings of moose, and black bear, and provide secure nesting for white crested bald eagles which soar overhead and observe anglers from tree top perches.

A cast arcs over the water and the spoon flutters out of focus. A crank of the reel begins the retrieve when soon the rod doubles over, violently throbbing from the head shakes and bulldog rushes of a trophy lake trout. This is what it’s all about. This is why you came to Scott Lake Lodge: for the chance at a trophy laker, or a big pike or exotic grayling.

Alberta fish

Alberta Drift Canada

ideal short trip combines top-drawer trout fishing with first-class outfitter

Alberta_fishSuperb trout fishing rarely occurs close to urban centers, let alone in rivers that flow gently through the center of town. But many trophy brown and rainbow trout have been taken from the Bow River, which is a few long casts away from sprawling Calgary.

Born in the lakes and streams of Banff National Park, the Bow winds its way towards Calgary, hosting a reasonable but not a big population of trout. But after it reaches Calgary, the Bow changes character, with flowing beds of aquatic weeds, prolific insect hatches, and squadrons of hungry, rising trout. For the next 40 miles, until it reaches the weir at Coarseland, the Bow offers some of the best fly fishing in North America.