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In 2007 we visited Calgary for the second time. We took the challenge and fished the Bow river. We read in front of the trip, that there are huge hatches of small mayflies. But when we reached the river, it was so windy that all the small flies were blown away.

Our only chance was to use nymphs. After one hour I had tried every single nymph from my box, but without any success. So only one older pheasant tail from my vest was not tried at this time. I connected it to my very long leader and with the first cast a big rainbow took that nymph. The nymph was extra heavy, tied with two tungsten beads. From that moment I got one strike after the other. What I learned in this hours at the Bow river was, that it is sometimes a good idea to give even older flies or nymphs a chance.