Elk River Fly Fishing

The 2nd most popular fly fishing river in British Columbia.

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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. It has a good hatch season from late June through September.

Overall, Elk River is the 2nd most popular fly fishing river of all 16 fly fishing spots in British Columbia.

Elk River (BC/CAN)

Elk River (BC/CAN)

Elk River (BC/CAN)

Elk River (BC/CAN)

Elk River Fly Fishing Map



Local Contact(s):  Elk River Angler Service, Fernie (250) 423-5575; St. Mary Angler Fly Shop, Kimberley (800) 667-2311; Dave Brown Outfitters (520) 604-2729; Visitors Info (250) 423-6868

Recommended Book:  "Orvis Fly Fishing Guide" from Tom Rosenbauer

Base Camp:  Fernie Log Inn (250) 423-6222; Raging Elk Hostel (250) 423-6811; Fernie Ski Lodge (250) 423-7367

Luxury Loding:  Island Lake Lodge (250) 423-3700; Park Place (604) 423-6871; Alpine Lodge (250) 423-4237

Breakfast Restaurant:  Grandma's Cafe; Cappacino Corner; Mean Bean

GPS:  49.527973, -115.041854

Date Published:  12/28/2015

Date Updated:  7/29/2016

ID:  22710

Elk River Fly Fishing Map


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