The fly fishing in Canada is well known worldwide. There are numerous Canada fly fishing rivers that are worth checking out. Select one of the regions below to get additional information.
The Skookumchuck River is popular with fly fishermen for its wild West Slope Cutthroat trout. It is a small freestone tributary to the Kootenay River. The Skookumchuck River is best by wading and you can expect to find cutthroats up to 16 inches.
East of Toronto near the village of Newcastle, the Wilmot Creek is popular with fly fishermen for salmon and steelhead. The Wilmot Creek is a very healthy trout fishery. Voluntary catch-and-release of trout is encouraged.
Southwest of Calgary, the Crowsnest River is a popular fly fishing river for rainbow trout averaging 15 inches. The Crowsnest River runs 25 miles down to the Old Man River confluence near Three Rivers Dam. The Crowsnest River has some prolific hatches of Stone Flies (Golden and Salmon), numerous Mayflies, Caddis and Midges.
Near Fernie, the Elk River is popular with fly fishermen for westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout. The Elk River is a mid-sized freestone river that runs 110 miles from the headwaters up in the MacDonald Range down to the Kootenay River confluence. It is known for deep pools and riffles. You can expect to find cutthroats up to 20 inches and bull trout up to 30 inches.
Near Castlegar, the Columbia River is popular with fly fishermen for excellent rainbow trout and walleye fishing. The upper Columbia River stretches 42km from the Hugh Keenleyside Dam in Castlegar down to Waneta near the US border. The rainbow trout are best from May through October while the walleye are from June through October. You can expect to find trout averaging about 20 inches.
North of Castlegar near Slocan Park, the Slocan River is popular with fly fishermen for rainbow trout. The Slocan River, also known for its scenic wilderness, has some prolific hatches.
West of St. Johns, the Salmonier River is popular with fly fishermen for its huge runs of atlantic salmon, brook trout and sea-run brown trout. The best access points for fly fishing on the Salmonier River is at Murphys Falls, Pinsents Falls and the Flats.
The Ganaraska River is popular with fly fishermen for its huge steelhead run and salmon run. There is also a nice brown trout population in the Ganaraska River. Some fly fishing experts consider the Ganaraska River (aka The Ganny) to be one of the best trout steams in Ontario.
Near Nelson, the Kootenay River is popular with fly fishermen for bull trout, cutthroat trout and rainbow trout. On this freestone river, you can expect to find bull trout up to 35 inches long.
The St. Mary River is popular with fly fishermen for its westslope cutthroat trout, cuttbows, bull trout and rainbow trout. The St Mary River starts up in the Purcell Mountains and runs downstream 50 miles to the Kootenay River confluence. You can expect to find cutthroat and cutbow trout up to 18 inches.