Elk River Fly Fishing

1-2 Guests • No Lodging • Public • Guided


The Elk River and Fly Fishing

Base Price is per day based on double occupancy. Fishing license and other incidentals are extra. Certain waters have an additional fee, please inquire for details.

Located in S.E. British Columbia, The Elk River and its tributaries are home to a wild and native population of westslope cutthroat and bull trout. The Elk River is renowned for its dry-fly fishing. The river flows through the sleepy ski town of Fernie. During the summer months, fly fishers turn Fernie into a “trout town” while discovering the awesome beauty of the area and the amazing dry-fly fishing the Elk has to offer.

As it cuts through the Rocky Mountains, this mid-sized freestone river picks up nutrients and more volume from countless tributaries and has carved a spectacular valley. What draws anglers to the Elk River is non-stop dry-fly fishing for big, wild, native westslope cutthroat trout along with the chance of catching a very large bull trout.

Due to the river’s size, the Elk River is best suited to floating and has a classic make up of boulder-strewn runs, deep pools, riffles and numerous side channels. An angler can expect to fish attractor dry flies while floating and while working the various types of structure while wading.

During one of the many prolific hatches, coupled with your Elk River Fly-Fishing Guide’s vast knowledge of the river, anglers can count on plenty of head hunting … throughout the day. For anglers wanting to tangle with bull trout, prospecting deep pools and runs with weighted streamers is the norm. Some of these char can get quite large and it’s not uncommon to catch fish over 30 inches. Nymphing can also be productive and is used as a last measure during non-hatch periods.

Elk River Seasons

The Elk opens each summer on June 15, which coincides with the Green Drake and Golden Stonefly hatch. We usually end our season in mid-October. From start to finish, any time can be the best time to experience the great Fly-fishing on The Elk River.

Dave and his team have been conducting guided trips on the Elk River since 1990. We employ ONLY full-time professional guides on the Elk and throughout our operations. Many of us spend our winters guiding in Chile and New Zealand, and this breadth of knowledge and experience is readily shared with our staff and clients. Kiwi shallow-nymphing and stripping streamers Patagonian style can turn a so-so day around in a hurry when the hatches aren’t happening!

For us, guiding isn’t just a way to stay busy between ski seasons – it’s our passion and chosen profession. No one knows the Elk River like we do. Our level of service and our commitment to our clients is second to none.

Trip Planner

4 nights/3 days:

  • Day 1: Arrive Kalispell, MT, drive to Fernie, BC
  • Day 2: Float the Elk River
  • Day 3: Float the Elk River or small stream walk & wade
  • Day 4: Float the Saint Mary or Oldman Rivers

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Your Host

Dave's Trip

Dave B

A full-time Fly-fishing and Wing shooting Outfitter with operations in Calgary AB,Fernie BC, Cabri SK and Patagonia AZ.the first fly-fishing guide service on BC's Elk River ,the first Multi River Guide service in Western Canada and the only Outfitter on the Canadian Prairies to use Pointing Dogs ...our motto "we lead others follow". We are an Orvis Endorsed Fly-fishing Guide Service and an Orvis Endorsed Wingshooting Guide .We look forward to helping you plan your next adventure into the great outdoors!

from $633/Experience

Base Price

$632.50 Per Experience


Pay later options are only available for trips that start more than 30 days from today.

Total Payment


Please note that there is a 50% non-refundable deposit included with your booking fee. In case of cancellation, and in accordance with the Host's cancellation policy, the remaining 50% may be returned to you or applied towards rescheduling a future trip.


  • Expert Local Guide
  • Flies
  • Leaders
  • Tippet
  • Spare Fly-rods
  • Deli-Style Lunch
  • Hotel Pick Up & Drop Off



Gear List

  • Streamer Rods - 9ft: 7wt or 6wt
  • Nymph rods – 9ft: 6wt or 5wt
  • Dry fly rods – 9ft 5wt
  • Reels – minimum 100 yards of backing on all

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Rules & Guidelines


We have a variety of accommodations in the area, ranging from large spacious vacation homes to regular hotel rooms. Contact us to book your lodging of choice:

  • Fernie Best Western + -Our Clients have nothing but good things to say !
  • Tight Lines Lodge – An excellent choice for intact parties or corporate groups
  • Vacation Homes -Great for Families or Groups

Trip Duration

We make use of private access, which allows us to float 8 separate stretches of the river. Coupled with the numerous tributaries, a fly-fishing trip to the Elk River can last one day or a whole season! There is that much water. The normal trip duration is 5 days.

Please note, there is a 50% nonrefundable deposit included with your payment when booking.

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