Guided Trips

Why Choose Us? There are other shops and is where we excel!

  •   Our Guides are fully licenced from the Province of British Columbia and we are fully insured - if you don't choose us...make sure the guide you do pick has a licence and insurance.
  •   We fish because we love to! We're passionate about what we do and fishing isn't just a job for us it's a way of life!
  •   We Live in Fernie, and run a great fly shop year round, so we are not seasonal working from our cell phones.
  •   We don't pay for extravagant endorsements, nor do we feel we need to. Fish with us and you will see why.
  •   The shop has been here for over 10 years and the total years of our guides local experience is over 180 years!!!!
  •   Best Guides in the Valley! Need I say More???? Our guides stay with us because we are the best and there is no need to shop hop! In fact, we are the only shop that has guides that were actually born in Fernie!
  •   Our In house Staff - Friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about fly fishing. The shop GIRLS are cute too!!!!
  •   The Elk Valley is our home waters and all of the staff and guides spend all year finding new fishing spots just for you! Preferred and Private River Access...... especially on the upper Elk!
  •   The Shop has all you need including the Best Fly Selection in the Elk Valley
  •   The Extra Mile - We'll get it done for you! Don't see it, need help with it? Just ask and we will do our best to accommodate your requests!

We could go on about how great we are, but we don't brag......just stop by and see for yourself!

With all our trips, float or walk n' wade, we offer the most professional guided fly fishing experience in the Elk Valley - our service and reputation are second to none.  All of our guides have worked and lived in the valley for many years and know the in's and outs of the waters in their own backyard like no one else. We have 7 different floats on the Elk River alone, and 100's of miles of walk and wade fishing. Let us put together a fishing adventure of a life time! 

Float Trips - Full Day up to 2 Anglers

Elk River - $575       St. Mary River - $625       Oldman River - $625        Kootenay River Bull Trout Safari - $795

Bull River - $650       Waterton River - $650


Walk N' Wade Trips - Full Day up to 2 Anglers

Elk River & Tributaries - $575    Michel Creek - $650    Wigwam River & Tributaries - $850    Bull River & Tributaries - $595    Crowsnest River - $595                

Oldman River - $595   Flathead River - $650        3rd Angler - Walk N' Wade only - $185 (not available on Wigwam, Flathead or Bull)


Stillwater (Lake) Trips in April, May and June - Full Day up to 2 Anglers

Local Lakes - $450      Distant Lakes - $495


Guided Trips do not include BC or Alberta angling licences or guide gratuity

All trips are based on up to two anglers for the quoted price and are subject to 5% GST

All Trips include:

  • Access & use of our extensive fly selection specifically selected for the waters we fish.
  • Plenty of beverages during the trip
  • Tasty lunch
  • Our expertise and experience in fly fishing the rivers, tributaries, and other local waters
  • Transportation to and from our fly shop
  • Full Day Float Trips on Mackenzie Style Drift Boats or drift rafts, or full-day Walk N' Wade trips

We offer a Full-Service Fly Shop and fly fishing equipment can be purchased upon your arrival, and can also be pre-ordered to ensure availability when you arrive. Call us for more details. 

What to Bring & Fishing Equipment Required

  • Hip Waders, preferably lightweight and breathable as it does get warm.
  • Felt soled wading boots, the river rocks are very slippery.
  • Sweatshirt / Fleece
  • Rain Coat
  • Hat and Sunglasses (polarized if possible so you can see deeper into the water)
  • Fly rod and reel (4, 5, or 6 weight)
  • Dry fly line and some 5X leaders.
  • Sunscreen & Hat
  • Camera

Gear Rental is Available (subject to availability & advanced notice required)

  • Waders
  • Wading Boots
  • Fly Rod & Reel

**Booking Policy**- We require a 50% deposit at time of booking to hold the trip dates. Balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. Refunds on fishing only are full amount less $100 (+5% GST) processing fee up to 30 days prior. Refunds on  packages  are full amount less $150 (+5% GST) processing fee up to 30 days prior. Cancellation less than 30 days = no refunds. We suggest purchasing 3rd party travel insurance. Packages with third party accommodations are subject to the accommodators policy.  Poor weather and or less than desirable water conditions are not accepted reasons for cancellations.  Elk River Guiding Company reserves the right to cancel trips due to unsafe conditions at which time a full refund or transfer of date will be made.   

Head Guide Darcy Richardson
Head Guide Darcy Richardson