Here at Tricklfies.ca, Prairie Creek is one of our favorite streams. This gem of a brown trout creek runs just south of Rocky Mountain House, AB and features some great dry fly fishing. Some people say that this creek can be hit or miss but it has been nothing but success for us.
We always bring an assortment of dry flies as well as some nymphs. When fishing Prairie Creek make sure to bring some of our Stimulators, Elk Hair and Goddard Caddis, Blue Winged Olives and Dave's Hoppers in various sizes and colors. Although we like to use a dry/dropper set up on most steams, at Prairie Creek rarely does the dropper produce a fish, however the dry fly fishing is very exciting.
We will usually start with a small or medium sized Stimulator and work the swing by casting to the far banks and controlling how much line is held back by our line hand. The brown trout scare easily and rarely rise more than once, so make sure to start at the downstream sections of the pools and work your way upstream.
Brown trout spook easily and can be finicky eaters but no other trout is as satisfying to catch. To catch a large brown one must present the right fly at the right spot with the right drift/swing. No other trout presents more of a challenge than brown trout and no stream in central Alberta is a better place to start.