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.
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.
The Waterton River is well known for its brown trout and is very popular with float fishermen. There are prolific hatches of Salmon Stone Flies and Golden Stone Flies.
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.
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.
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.
The Bull River is popular for its West Slope Cutthroat trout. The Bull River starts up in the MacDonald Range and runs downstream 50 miles to the southwest to the Kootenay River confluence. You can expect to find cutthroat up to 14 inches long.
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.