Located in Canada, the fly fishing in British Columbia offers more than a half-dozen beautiful trout streams. The best British Columbia fly fishing based on popularity are considered to be Skookumchuck River, Elk River, Upper Columbia River, Kootenay River, and Bull 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.
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.
Northwest of Vancouver and Bella Coola, the remote Dean River is popular with fly fishermen for its steelhead and Chinook Salmon. The most popular section for fly fishing the Dean River is the lower 4.5km from the inlets of Queen Charlotte Sound upstream to the canyon entrance.