RiverPeople Guides is a small, family-owned business that runs guided fishing trips in Calgary, Alberta. With Captain Osman Hamzic as your guide, you can look forward to a memorable time in places that include the Glacial Lakes in Banff National Park as well as the upper and lower Bow River, truly sights to behold.

You will find available packages for both regular boat trips, as well as wading trips if you’re more interested in going on foot. Osman has a custom-built 16’ mahogany drift boat with enough room for two prospective anglers to hop on.

While Bow River is certainly beautiful, as you can see from the photos, nothing compares to actually seeing the landscape in person. The upper Bow River is an especially scenic part filled with wildlife and breathtaking vistas.

The lower Bow River, on the other hand, is the place to go if you’re looking to catch some world-class Trout. Captain Osman is a passionate fly fisherman and will be happy to exchange tips and tricks with all his guests.

The price of any given trip includes rods, reels, and terminal tackle. You will need to bring a standard province license, as well as a pair of polarized sunglasses and a hat. If you prefer using your own gear, feel free to bring your own fly fishing gear or spin casters and artificials (a strict ‘no live bait’ policy is in force).

You will be served a delicious hot lunch on the riverbank on full day trips and, if requested, on jet boat trips.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3 Day Fishing Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    3 Day Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Oct 19
    $1,329
    The water covered (over 40 river km) in this trip is the most productive fishing on the entire Bow River. This trip is ideal for those individuals who are looking to share an amazing time with their friend or significant others catching healthy/hard fighting trout. These are full day trips starting in city and finishing at Wyndham Carseland Provincial Park section of the Bow River. Trip of a LIFE TIME!!! Note: Max 2 people
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Lower Bow River
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 14 - Oct 26
    $469
    There's hardly a better way to see everything Bow River has to offer than on a proper full day of fishing. Captain Osman will take you to the best spots on the lower reaches of the Bow River where you can find truly first-class Trout, among other fish. The price of the trip includes rods, reels, and terminal tackle, as well as lunch, snacks, and soft drinks.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Reeling in Pike
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Sep 30
    $469
    This trip involves a guided float excursion, with Captain Osman taking you to the best places to fish for Pike. The wildlife and scenery are just wonderful to behold, and the fishing is even better! The price of the trip includes rods, reels, and terminal tackle, as well as lunch, light snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages. Make sure to bring a valid fishing license with you.
  • Private trip
    Jet Boat Fly Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Mar 20 - Nov 1
    $469
    This will be suited for those who don't want to sacrifice an entire day to go for a fishing float. In saying that the amazing thing is that in 3-4 hours time you will still cover the same fishing holes that you would cover in a full day trip, this is due to our jet boat that doesn't rely on shuttle service and going upstream is not an issue. This 3-4 hours long trip on the Bow River will leave plenty of time to attend any other awesome activities you have planned that day.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Hike/Wade Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Sep 28
    $430
    This trip is for the angler who likes to be on solid ground. You will not be using a boat at all, so get ready for a proper wade fishing experience. Expect to be fishing for various Trout, and Whitefish, among others. The price includes rods, reels, and terminal tackle. Lunch is also provided free of charge, but don't forget to bring a valid fishing license with you.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Bow River (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 1
    $391
    A quick trip to the Bow River is a great way to get introduced to this outstanding fishery. The lower part of the river is one of the best places around to go after world-class Trout, and Captain Osman will show you the best spots to do so. The price of the trip includes rods, reels, and terminal tackle. Do not forget to bring a valid fishing license.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Bow River (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Nov 1
    $391
    If you're more of an afternoon person, then this trip is just for you! Captain Osman will take you fishing in the lower part of the Bow River, a widely known hotspot for all kinds of Trout. Not only that, the beautiful wildlife and scenery make for a truly unforgettable experience. Price of the trip includes rods, reels, and terminal tackle. Do not forget to bring a valid fishing license.
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About the Captain

Osman Hamzic
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Member since December 2017
I have been fishing before I could walk according to my parents. My dad is to this day an avid angler and needles to say he was solely responsible for passing over the fishing bug on to me. I stopped fishing for a short period through out my college and Canadian Army years. However as soon as I graduated and retired from the army (in good standing) the beauty and the energy of the Rocky Mountain glacial rivers and the size/beauty of the fish living in it, reignited my passion for fishing. Additionally the art of fly fishing and everything that comes with it which brings me to realize that I will never stop learning about it i.e the fish, reading the water, insects, tying flies, rowing the boat is another reason why I am an avid fisher and like to spend my time with the family on the river hence the name RiverPeople Guides.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Brown Trout Brown Trout
Lake Trout Lake Trout
Pike (Northern) Northern Pike
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Whitefish (Lake) Lake Whitefish

Boat Specs

Stealthcraft (Drift boat) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 1HP Human powered engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 2 knots.

Length
16 ft
Capacity
10 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

Fighting Chair
GPS
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
GPS
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Snacks
Drinks
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Calgary to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
PayPal
Bank Transfer

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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Bow River (AM) on July 2, 2021
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Lower Bow River on June 15, 2019
Full day float trip on the bow river outside of Calgary Alberta Canada. Osman picked us up at the hotel and spent the day fly...
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FAQs about Riverpeople Guides

Riverpeople Guides offers the following trips to customers:
  • CA $500 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip - Bow River (PM) (5 hours)
  • CA $500 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip - Bow River (AM) (5 hours)
  • CA $550 per group, additional CA $100 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip - Hike/Wade Fishing (8 hours)
  • CA $600 per group, additional CA $50 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip - Lower Bow River (8 hours)
  • CA $600 per group, additional CA $100 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip - Reeling in Pike (8 hours)
  • CA $600 per group, additional CA $100 per person after 2 guests - Jet Boat Fly Fishing (4 hours)
  • CA $1,600 per day per group, additional CA $100 per person after 1 guest - 3 Day Fishing Trip (3 days)

When you book a trip with Riverpeople Guides, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Riverpeople Guides include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Riverpeople Guides offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Riverpeople Guides offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Riverpeople Guides include:
  • Brown Trout
  • Lake Trout
  • Pike (Northern)
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Whitefish (Lake)