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.
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.
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.
West of Calgary and northwest of Bragg Creek, the Bow River is a popular fly fishing river for rainbow trout and brown trout. The best section for fly fishing on the Bow River is the lower 40 mile stretch from Calgary to the town of Carseland. Most fly fishermen float the lower Bow River since wading access is limited.
Southwest of Toronto near Cayuga, the Lower Grand River is popular with fly fishermen for its smallmouth bass, steelhead, brown trout and rainbow trout. The Lower Grand River can be fly fished by drift boat and wading.
Northwest of Moncton near McNamee, the Miramichi River is popular with fly fishermen for brook trout and Atlantic salmon. The Miramichi River runs 45 miles from the headwaters down to the Atlantic tide. The area near the town of McNamee is known for channels and small pools with a gravel bottom that are perfect for the brook trout. When it comes to the Atlantic Salmon, there is a prolific late season salmon run starting in September and running through early November.
Northeast of Montreal on the south shore of the Gaspe Peninsula, the Bonaventure River is popular with fly fishermen. The Bonaventure River is over 80 miles long and is known for its countless deep pools (well over 100).
Northeast of Montreal on the south shore of the Gaspe Peninsula, the Grand Cascapedia River is popular for its huge Atlantic Salmon runs. The Grand Cascapeda River is over 80 miles long and is known for its countless deep pools (well over 100).
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.