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Summer Drifting August 21, 2019

Some great drifting days have been had on the Elk River. With clear waters and good flows we have settled in to some excellent fishing conditions.  Good drake hatches and Mahogany duns. When things get slow ants, beetles, and hoppers are the go to bugs. With a wet early season we have managed to avoid any major forest fires and noticiably there is no smoke or haze as there was last year. This lines us up nicely for what should be a spectagular fall. 

Things are looking good!

After some great days and some tough days the Elk is really shaping up nicely. Rains took away some exceptional early season conditions. Not just once but twice!  We are appreciative of the moisture as there are no fires in the East Kootenay at the moment and Blue skies are the norm most mornings as opposed to the smokey haze we saw last season. Great days drifting and wading ahead!

Cutthroat On The ELk

Spring Fly Fishing Options

As we wait for the spring opener on our local waters and the ice to clear on some of our stillwaters, we have some exceptional fly fishing oppertunities for Rainbow and Brown trout in southern Alberta and on the Bow River. We have some good ole Alberta boys who guide for us on their local waters and we are happy to send some trips their way. If you need to get out befor the Elk opens on June 15th, we can help set up a great spring float or walk and wade.

2019 Fishing Update

2019 Fishing Update.


February 26, 2019   

On a cold February morning I thought it was a good time to give an early prediction of this upcoming season.   It was -22 C and felt like -29 C when I got up. That’s about -20F !!!!BRRRRRRRR

Fire Situation near Fernie

BC wildfires - Fernie area updates

Sunday • August 19, 2018

NOTE:  Elk River Guiding Company operations are unaffected by the wildfires at this time

Unlike other areas in BC, The Fernie area has very few fires but there can be very smokey days. 

Below are local area details.

Pre-Season Elk River Update

Pre-Season Update:  May 26, 2018

After a slightly above average winter for snow fall and a late spring, the recent warm spells and rains have knocked down a persistent snow pack and we are on track for a good early season on the Elk and its tributaries. I won’t go out and bet on clear water for the June 15th opener, as much can happen before then.  For our destination anglers I feel any time after July 1st will be a safe bet on good water and good weather.