Our professional guides average over 10 years of experience each guiding fly fishing and ice fishing. They are personable, funny, patient, great teachers, and really love getting people into fish! They know the local lakes inside and out, and are happy to share their knowledge of ice fishing.
Doug has been pursuing his love of the outdoors since he was young. He spends most of the year outside guiding fly fishing, ice fishing, bird watching, and goose and duck hunting. When he’s not guiding, he travels the world pursuing Bonefish, Tarpon, Salmon, and Steelhead on the fly.
He was involved in filming a series of fly fishing sequences with Tourism Canada, and is in television commercials and print media around the world to promote tourism to Canada. He has recently started speaking at corporate functions and putting on seminars about fly fishing and ice fishing, the Bow River, and international fly fishing opportunities.
Doug has a great sense of humor and has countless stories of fish, people and experiences. He has had the pleasure of guiding thousands of wonderful people over the years, and has many clients that return each year to enjoy another season on the Bow and other rivers and lakes in the area.
Curtis grew up fishing for brook trout, pike and bass in eastern Canada. His love of fly fishing brought him west in the early 1990's. He eventually settled in the town of Canmore just outside Banff National Park and has guided on the bow river and local lakes for over 12 years.
Curtis was recently featured in an article in Canadian Geographic, and has been involved in a lot of literature and filming with regards the Bow River.
When Curtis is not out guiding you can find him with his dogs searching and crawling over log jams for trout holding in water near impossible to cast on the Upper Bow river near Canmore. He, like so many fly anglers, loves to dry fly fish. Whether casting a huge golden stonefly, a foam hopper, a green drake or a size 22 midge - the thrill of a surface take has never ebbed for Curtis; and he loves nothing more than putting his clients onto rising fish. He loves working the water with a streamer as well as nymphing prime runs, which makes him a well rounded guide. Curtis can cast. Far. He is a great casting instructor and teaches even the best caster something to improve their casting.
In the off season, Curtis travels to find fish all over North America. He spends his winters guiding snow mobiling and ice fishing close to Banff, and tying flies and dreaming of a rising brown holding in a log jam sipping on size 16 bwo mayflies.
Darren has a hard time remembering when his love for the outdoors began, it's just always been a part of him. His respect for nature has translated into a keen eye for spotting all types of animals, and some close calls trying to get those up-close wildlife shots. It sometimes makes for a longer day on the river after locating and casting to a big rising brown or shooting images of an eagle with a trout in her talons... He is absolutely passionate about landscape and wildlife photography and clients usually go home with photos. Ask him a question about any of his hobbies and he is likely to teach you everything he can --- especially the art of fishing a nymph drag-free to maximize the number of "takes" in a day's float.
Everyone has a different image of what a perfect day fly-fishing or ice fishing looks like. Darren is eager to share his best spots and techniques with his clients and looks forward to personalizing the trip to suit YOUR ideal day. And when he's not coaching you towards your once in a lifetime experience, he'll be outside with his two young boys who have shown a love for the outdoors.
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Doug is the owner and one of the guides of Bow River Fly Fishing Adventures. Doug has been pursuing his love of... read more
Curtis grew up fishing for brook trout, pike and bass in eastern Canada. His love of fly fishing brought him west ... read more
Darren has a hard time remembering when his love for the outdoors began, it's just always been a part of him. Read more...
I have been fortunate to have fished for trout and salmon all over the world and the best sustained action has been provided by big rainbows and browns on the Bow River. My fishing pals and I are forever grateful to super guides Doug Massig and Curtis Lawrence for putting us over those beautiful fish - David Hilliard, New York