In spite of what Barry Mitchell says about Prairie Creek in his
book Alberta's Trout Highway, it remains one of my favorite walk-and-wade
fishing streams. Others have obviously enjoyed at least some stretches
of it, for one of the sections is known as "the miracle mile".
It boasts some of the most productive fishing water in Alberta.
While chatting with one of the landowners whose beautiful house
overlooks Prairie Creek, I learned that he has known of brown trout
weighing up to 10 pounds being taken from this stream. There are
pike in it, too. I almost stepped on one some years ago - all 24
inches of him!
For those who enjoy camping, there are several campsites along
the creek. The upper section, especially the part of the stream
that flows through the forest reserve, holds mostly brook trout,
which are much smaller in size, but still can offer pleasurable
moments and memories.
Prairie Creek is quite well known for its stonefly hatch. My best
day on the creek, however, took place in 2001 when the browns rose
all day to my dry flies. What an encouragement to keep going back
to this unique stream.
Major tributaries include the Vetch, Moose and the north fork of
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