Paul Samycia's blog

Merry Christmas! From the Shop Staff

We would like to say thanks to everyone who either came by the Fly Shop or went on one of our trips this past season. We enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Looking back, it was an exceptional season, despite the many challenges in the fall due to the forest fires in the area.  Looking forward to 2018 we hope we can help you set up a great fishing adventure or help you find that magic fly in the Shop. 

Fire Update

Wildfire update for the Southeast Fire Centre

9/19/2017 5:55 PM

CASTLEGAR - The recent downturn in the weather has decreased the number of new wildfire starts and reduced aggressive wildfire behaviour in the Southeast Fire Centre. Initial attacks on new wildfires have been successful.

Update Sept 2,2017 4PM MST

CROWN LAND CLOSURE UPDATE (details may change as more info comes available):

All trails, lands and backcountry on Crown Land are officially closed for public use. READ NOTICE

Elk River - new update today states river users can access the Elk River ONLY via Highway boat launches between Sparwood and Elko (Fernie is in between). These public boat launch locations would include: Olson's Pit, Hosmer, Fernie (Dogwood), Morrissey and Elko. Floating from the North Fernie bridge to Dogwood Boat Launch is allowed.

Back Country Closure Sept 2 , 2017

Back Country Closure!!!

As of 1:00 pm MST, September 2nd, 2017 the Rocky Mountain Forest District will be Closed, meaning access closure to all Crown Land in this area.

Crown Land- Crown land is land (or land covered by water like rivers or lakes) that is owned by the provincial government- the restriction includes lakes and rivers – This essentially prohibits anglers from fishing and us from operating on our local waters

No Fires in Fernie!!!!

BC wildfires not around Fernie - travellers welcome

Tuesday • July 18, 2017

Fernie welcomes all travellers currently affected by wildfires in other BC locations.

Fernie and the Elk Valley are not affected by the wildfires in other parts of BC.

As of this morning Fernie skies are clear but contain some haze from the smoke of far away wildfires. All parks and trails are open in the Fernie area but no campfires are allowed.

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!  

Last we reported the Elk was at 134 cubis M/sec and we are now dow to 82 cubic M/sec.  This makes the Elk very fishable and driftable and water clarity is decent and getting even better by the day. 

Leah And Jess Double headder!
Double UP!!!

One thing all anglers coming to the Elk should be aware of is the mandatory boat inspection stations. 

June 17 Update

Water levels continue to drop at a steady rate. Really this is all we are waiting for.  The fly shop is well stocked, the guides are ready, and smaller tributaries are shaping up nicely.  Predicting exactly when best to make your first trip to Fernie is still difficult, however I think by the weekend we may get down to 100 cubic M/sec which will be great early season drifting water.  The rains may delay this a bit, but we are hoping that we will be starting our regular floats by then.

We will be at The Fly Fishing Show this weekend !!

Look out Somerset NJ !

We will be at the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset NJ, on January 27, 28, and 29th with FISH BC and if you are in the area stop by to say hi! 

Look out Pleasanton CA !

We will be at the Fly Fishing Show in Pleasanton CA, on February 24, 25, and 26th  with FISH BC and if you are in the area stop by to say hi! 

The IF4 is Back for 2017!

The IF4 will be in Fernie on March 2, 2017 at the Vogue Theatre. Tickets at the fly shop!