Eastslope Adventures is located on the east side of the Rocky Mountains in Southern Alberta, Canada just north of the Montana border.
This relatively remote destination, located about 3 hours driving time south of Calgary, is one of the most exciting wild trout dry fly fishing destinations we have offered in quite some time. We are very excited about offering Cam Jensen's operation to our loyal trout fly fishing fanatics.
Cam and his team of talented guides have a host of public and private access fisheries to share with you. Some of these fisheries are walk-and-wade excursions, while others incorporate rafts with rowing frames for day floats. Regardless, the variety of water within easy striking distance of your lodging is superb. We feel the biggest draw to this program is the opportunity to float and fish relatively small streams, often in complete privacy. As well, the dry fly season is quite long here, stretching from mid June through September, and offers a mixed bag of predictable mayfly and caddis hatches, as well as summertime terrestrials. Even when there are no visible hatches, one can often sight fish to big trout lying in shallow water, inducing them to the surface with well-placed casts. Tough weather conditions? No problem. Anglers can put a nymph dropper under their dry fly, and hammer trout. And the fish are impressive specimens, deep-bodied rainbows, browns and cutthroat averaging 15-20 inches; fish in the 20-23 inch range are surprisingly abundant, and there is always the chance for a
true monster in excess of the two-foot mark.
Cam operates out of a beautiful 4,000-square foot traditional log lodge, situated right on the banks of the Waterton River, a wonderful and lightly fished brown trout fishery. Also on the large grounds are a small spring creek and a series of beaver ponds, the latter with some impressive big rainbows, should you want to match wits with them after dinner. Each two guests share spacious bedrooms, complete with en suite bathrooms. Breakfasts and dinners are prepared and served in the lodge's dining room, with lunches served on the water.
Every day, each pair of fishermen will have the opportunity to experience a different fishery, or return to their favorite spot. There are literally dozens of fisheries to experience with Eastslope Adventures, and Cam and his guides have their finger on the pulse of the best opportunities, taking into account hatches, weather, angler ability and fishing taste. In most cases you will formulate a plan in the evening after dinner for the next morning, but weather and other conditions could affect that plan. Stay flexible, and Cam will show you some remarkable fishing! Give us a shout if you are interested in fishing some the best trout fishing we have experienced east of the Rockies (800) 669-3474.
Reservations & Rates
We've organized, arranged, and guided, outfitted and hosted anglers on trips to Canada for better than three decades.
7 night / 6 fishing day package: $3,395 per person
6 night / 5 fishing day package: $2,995 per person
5 night / 4 fishing day package: $2,465 per person
4 night / 3 fishing day package: $1,988 per person
Inclusions: Included in your angling package at the Eastslope Adventures is all your flies (although you should feel free to bring your own, if you like), daily guided fishing (2:1 guest to guide ratio), lodging, meals, and transportation to and from the fisheries from the lodging.
Non-Inclusions: Not included in your angling package at Eastslope Adventures are transportation from Calgary, Alberta, to Eastslope Adventure's chosen accommodations, Canadian fishing license ($40 purchased your first morning of fishing), liquor, equipment, and gratuities.
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Alberta has a dry continental climate with warm summers and cold winters.
In the summer, continental air masses produce maximum temperatures from 32 °C (90 °F) in the mountains to 40 °C (104 °F) in southern Alberta.
Because Alberta extends for over 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) from north to south, its climate varies considerably. Average temperatures in January range from -8 °C (20 °F) in the south to -24 °C (-10 °F) in the north, and in July from 24 °C (75 °F) in the south to 16 °C (61 °F) in the north. The climate is also influenced by the presence of the Rocky Mountains to the southwest, which disrupt the flow of the prevailing westerly winds and cause them to drop most of their moisture on the western slopes of the mountain ranges before reaching the province, casting a rain shadow over much of Alberta. The northerly location and isolation from the weather systems of the Pacific Ocean cause Alberta to have a dry climate with little moderation from the ocean. Annual precipitation ranges from 300 millimetres (12 in) in the southeast to 450 millimetres (18 in) in the north, except in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where rainfall can reach 600 millimetres (24 in) annually. In the summer, the average daytime temperatures range from around 21 °C (70 °F) in the Rocky Mountain valleys and far north to near 30 °C (86 °F) in the dry prairie of the southeast. The northern and western parts of the province experience higher rainfall and lower evaporation rates caused by cooler summer temperatures. The south and east-central portions are prone to drought-like conditions sometimes persisting for several years, although even these areas can receive
heavy precipitation. Alberta is a sunny province. (Weather information courtesy of www.wikipedia.org)
During most of the summer, expect warm, bright days (bring plenty of sunscreen) with temperatures reaching up into the 80's and cool nights down to the 50's perfect for sleeping after a full day of fishing. Thunder storms can pop-up at anytime and it's important that you have a light rain-jacket and fleece handy just in case.
The fishing season in Alberta is typical for a destination of this latitude (49°), and we usually start (depending on winter run-off) in mid June and run through the month of September.
At the beginning of the season mid June into early July you can expect Stone (Salmon) flies, Golden Stones, Little Yellow Sallies, both dries and nymphs. Usually starting in mid July strong hatches of Mayflies, PMD's and Green Drakes will start along with a Dark Caddis. Toward the end of July Tricos will start showing up. Terrestrials during peak summer months work well and hoppers, ants and beetles will always bring fish to the surface. As we head into late August through September BWO's will begin popping. The attraction of fishing Cam's rivers and streams is the reliable dry fly fishing you can experience. However, if you want to fish nymphs, you can literally be into fish all day. In addition, on some of Cam's waters you can chuck buggers and large rubber-legged stonefly nymphs to the bank and have some terrific action.
Getting To Eastslope Adventures
Getting to Alberta is easy and safe. In most cases you will fly from home to Calgary, Alberta Airport (YYC) where you will clear immigrations and customs.
Specific Flight Details:
Anglers should make international airline accommodations from their home to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. From Calgary you will rent a car and drive south to the lodge on the Waterton River, a few miles outside Mountain View, Alberta. You can also use a shuttle service (very reasonable if you are a group of 6-8 anglers) for the drive to and from the
lodge. The drive from Calgary International Airport to the Waterton River Lodge is 272 km (170 miles) and takes about 3 hours.
While fishing with Eastslope Adventures and Cam Jensen you will be accommodated at his Waterton River Lodge a few miles outside the small community of Mountain View, Alberta.
Full Fishing Days:
Every day, each pair of fishermen will have the opportunity to experience a different fishery, or return to their favorite spot. Anglers will be targeting browns, rainbows, cutthroats and cut-bows. There are literally dozens of fisheries to experience with Eastslope Adventures, and Cam and his guides have their finger on the pulse of the best opportunities, taking into account hatches, weather, angler ability and fishing taste. In most cases you will formulate a plan in the evening after dinner for the next morning, but weather and other conditions could affect that
Typically breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m. and you will be on the water by 8:30 or 9:00 a.m. Lunch is on the fly and usually consists of a sandwich, drink, fruit, vegetables and homemade cookies. In most cases, the fishing will last until 6:00 or 6:30 p.m., but adjustments to the schedule may be in order given the fishing conditions, particularly taking into account evening hatches. Dinner is usually served between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m.
Departure Day from Lodge:
After breakfast, you will finish your packing and drive back to the Calgary International Airport to start your journey home. Please schedule your departure flight appropriately
taking into account the 3-hour drive, rental car drop-off, security clearance, departure immigrations and flight check-in.
Lodging at Eastslope Adventures
While fishing with Eastslope Adventures and Cam Jensen you will be accommodated at his Waterton River Lodge a few miles outside the small community of Mountain View, Alberta
This comfortable lodge sits right on the banks of the beautiful Waterton River, an outstanding brown trout fishery in its own right. Avid anglers can choose to wade and fish here after the normal day's fishing, if they so choose. As well, there are some nearby spring ponds with large kamloop rainbows which can sometimes be an evening option. The two story building has rooms upstairs and down, and guests take their meals in the upstairs dining room and/or great room.
A full hot breakfast is served every morning at the lodge, a great way to fuel-up for a full day of fishing. Breakfasts are filling bacon, sausage, eggs, toast, hash browns, fruit salad,
cold cereal, milk, orange juice and coffee. Lunch is taken on the fly, river-side and usually consists of sandwiches, chips, homemade cookies, water, sodas and fresh fruit.
Dinners are served at the lodge and are hearty and tasty simple Canadian fare. Typical items include chicken, salmon, pork chops, steak, lasagna, roast beef, and turkey. All suppers are served with soup, salad, vegetables and dessert. Mountain View County, Alberta is a dry county (no liquor available for sale). If you want beer, wine or spirits you must purchase these before entering the county of Mountain View.
Fishing Day at Eastslope Adventures
Each morning guests are up by 7:00 a.m. A monster breakfast is on by 7:30 a.m. and afterwards you will load-up in one of Cam's vehicles with your guide and head off to your fishing venue for the day.
The average drive time to your fishing destination is about 30-40 minutes and usually no longer than 1 hour. Some of the rivers Cam fishes are floated, like the Waterton but most of them are walk and wade fisheries. Although Cam can tailor the fishing program to fit any physical ability; to take full advantage of everything he has, you must be able to walk and wade relatively well. None of the wading is heavy or extreme and none of the walk-ins and outs are arduous or involve a lot of elevation variation this is mostly flat, prairie country. It would not be a bad idea to bring a small day pack in order to carry your gear, i.e. raingear, camera, fleece, water bottle, etc.
Lunch is prepared for you at the lodge and typically consists of sandwiches, chips, homemade cookies, water, sodas and fresh fruit.
You can expect to be back to the lodge sometime between around 6:00 6:30 p.m. with plenty of time to take a shower, have a cocktail, and enjoy some tasty appetizers before dinner is served at approximately 7:30 p.m.
After dinner guests can play horseshoes, take a walk, play cards, etc. Highly recommended that at least one evening after dinner that you take a short drive (10 minutes) to Waterton Lakes National Park to view wildlife or tour the historic Prince of Wales Hotel located on upper Waterton Lake. The hotel was built in 1926 1927 and was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1992. Built entirely by hand of massive native-wood timbers, this site is well worth the short drive for a look-see the view of the lake and Northern Rockies is amazing!
Making Reservations to Eastslope Adventures
To make a reservation, please give us a call at 800-669-3474 during business hours any day of the week. We can give you the answers you need, detailed explanations to questions you might have, or check on availability and confirm your reservation in minutes.