Located in Canada, the fly fishing in British Columbia offers over fifteen scenic trout rivers spots. The best British Columbia fly fishing based on popularity are considered to be Skookumchuck River, Elk River, Coquihalla River, Upper Columbia River, and Kootenay River. For a detailed fly fishing river description and printable river access map, just select a British Columbia fly fishing river or stream below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the Fraser Valley, the Chilliwack/Vedder River is popular with fly fishermen for its steelhead and salmon. This river starts up at Chilliwack Lake and runs 30km down to the Fraser River confluence.
The Chehalis River is popular with fly fishermen for its heavy salmon returns and steelhead runs. Most fly fishermen tend to overlook this river since it is a short tributary to the Harrison River.
In the Fraser Valley, the Harrison River is popular with fly fishermen for its salmon. There are five species of salmon found in the Harrison River, along with steelhead and cutthroat trout.