Woman's Week - July. 31 - August 2, 2018


Woman's Fly Fishing Trip in Fernie, BC 

July 31 - August 2

This is a trip you don't want to miss ladies! 

Join Kelli Jackson, owner of AnglHer and super host with the most on an exciting adventure to the mountains.

Fish the beautiful waters of the Elk Valley - 2 days floating the Elk River and one day walking the coveted Wigwam River. Sipping dries the cutthroat trout aim to tease and please. This trip will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and a little more connected with the wilderness of Canada. 

Five nights, four days, three fishing days (two float, one walk wade), breakfast, riverside lunch and appetizers, all non-alcoholic beverages, fishing licenses, professional guides, all equipment.

Exclusions: flights, transfers, gratuity.

A little more about your host:  Kelli Jackson is an AnglHer and mother to two twin boys and wife to an amazing man who is an avid angler as well. She's been hosting trips for nine-
years and fly fishing for over 17.  Her goal and desire to design a trip that is suited to each and every one of her guests needs and creating an “unforgettable fishing experience.”

She considers the trip a success if her guests leave with a smile on their face, you have learned something new and you felt cared for. Her hope is that you have beautiful memories to look back on and maybe a new friend or hobby.

Hyde Drift Boat For Sale

Hyde Drift Boat For Sale


Hyde Drift Boat For Sale

Excellent used Condition
Hyde Drift Boat with Deluxe Trailer-Bow Storage

-Front Storage
-Rower walk around storage
-Low back rower seat
-Stern Storage
-Large Side storage box
-Tempress seat w/cushions
-Floor anchor system
-Anchor Rope
-3 point knee brace
-9.5′ Cataract CB oars
-Trailer anchor Nest

Located in Fernie, BC
$8,500 CDN
Please email flyfishfernie@gmail.com

Hyde Drift Boat
Hyde Drift Boat

New Changes to Angling in the Elk Valley

New Changes to Angling in the Elk Valley

Kootenay Angling Plan Secures Quality Fishing For All

Elk Valley Angling

Regulatory changes to Kootenay angling management will help ensure a quality fishing experience, reduce crowding on popular rivers and support trout conservation.

The main change is implementation of a booking system for non-resident anglers on three “classified waters” in the Kootenays: the Wigwam River, Skookumchuck Creek and Michel Creek. All three of these fisheries have seen non-resident, non-guided angler use exceed targets, creating overcrowding on the river as well as pressure on fish populations.

Under the new system, a set amount of non-resident, non-guided angler days will be made available through the existing online angling licensing system. Selections will be made on a first-come, first-serve system, ensuring all non-resident anglers have an equal opportunity.

Once these days are sold, non-resident anglers will have to book through a licensed angling guide to fish on these waters. Angler-guided days have been increased on the Wigwam and Skookumchuck in anticipation of additional interest from non-residents seeking access to these waters. These additional days will become available later in the season.

The new system will ensure resident anglers maintain priority access on streams that have been over-subscribed in recent years, while still allowing non-residents ample opportunity to access these high-demand systems.

B.C.’s classified waters are productive wild trout streams in wilderness and semi-wilderness settings, which provide unique and high quality fishing opportunities that are in high demand but limited supply. The classified waters system was created to help protect the quality of fishing opportunities these waters provide. The system includes limits to guided and non-guided angling, reflects resident priority, and requires special classified water licences. Together these measures support stock assessment, habitat protection and enhancement, as well as compliance and enforcement.

Read the full story here :: Kootenay angling plan secures quality fishing for all

In the News – Mining Impacts to Koocanusa ‘Fatally Flawed’

In the News – Mining Impacts to Koocanusa ‘Fatally Flawed’

Scientists: State’s Plan to Assess Upstream Mining Impacts to Koocanusa ‘Fatally Flawed’
Lake Koocanusa research and monitoring group urges ‘holistic’ approach to threatened watershed

Members of a research and monitoring group charged with determining how to manage the effects of toxic mining contaminants spilling from the upstream waterways of British Columbia into Lake Koocanusa say the state of Montana’s scope is too narrow and its methods flawed.

The collaborative group is responsible for informing and coordinating efforts between agencies in the U.S. and Canada as they grapple with adopting a new standard for a mining byproduct called selenium. At its inaugural meeting on Oct. 29 in Eureka, the group’s steering committee tapped the technical expertise of scientists from a multitude of regulatory and academic backgrounds, who unanimously urged a more holistic approachto the problem, pushing back against the strategy set forth by the state Department of Environmental Quality.

The scientists presented and discussed data that is raising grave concerns about the future of Lake Koocanusa, a sprawling reservoir basin that straddles the U.S.-Canada border and collects water from the upstream rivers of B.C., where hazardous pollutants like selenium are leaching out of coal mines and crossing the international border at an alarming rate.

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Elk River Fishing Report – A wet fish is a happy fish!

Elk River Fishing Report – A wet fish is a happy fish!

Elk River Fishing Report: A wet fish is a happy fish!

Fernie Elk River

The water levels are no doubt lower than average in the Elk Valley for this time of year.

Therefore it is even more important to be super careful handling fish. Keep them wet! We get that everyone wants photos of their prize catch but please do the fish a favour by Keeping them Wet when you are taking a photo, landing and releasing them.

Perhaps it may be a smart idea to pick one fish out of your entire day to capture that memory. We love to see fish pictures but we support ?#?keepemwet?, especially when the water levels are lower than average and temperatures are higher than average! 

Letting them go so they can grow also means proper fish handling.

There are a lot of anglers that come from out of town that don’t know what normal water levels but we are telling you, the water is getting lower as the season is progressing and you might want to re think your walk and wading on the small tributaries.

The Elk River has been fishing awesome! We are in full swing with daily float trips and basking in the sun while throwing dries for happy cutties. There has been some great hatches and a tiny bit of cloudy weather and rain this past week stimulated the green drakes to make an appearance. During the day try throwing big stoneflies, hoppers or ants and as the evening cooler temperatures approach try a PMD or small caddis[🙂]

Have fun and be safe out there!

Beckie – Owner

Beckie Fly Fish Fernie

Elk River – 2015 Season underway!

Elk River – 2015 Season underway!

It’s no secret that the Elk River has shaped up for early season fishing. Probably the best start to a season that we have seen in years. The weather has been beautiful and the water levels have settled down allowing the river to clear up and the dry fly to be on. The last few days saw the Elk a little muddier than normal, as an up valley lake almost drained out. Hartley Lake up towards the Bull River drained itself and threw muddy water into the flows of the Elk.

Elk River Flows

With the early season start to fishing we are booking trips earlier that we ever had. July usually is a month that we wait for the water levels to settle down and clarity to regain itself from Spring runoff, but not this year! It is safe to book away with confidence.

Leave your bobbers and nymphs at home as the hatches are plentiful and the fish are hungry, keen to look up for your dry fly! The bull trout on the Elk River are also hungry and if you feel like going deep, throw on a streamer and swing for the heart stopping take!

If you would like to book a trip, we’d love to set you up with one of the valley’s best fly fishing guides.

We have a few backcountry trips available if you are looking to stretch your legs and head out for a walk and wade.

Give us a shout and we’d be happy to help you plan your next fly fishing trip to Fernie.

Tight Lines!

Beckie Clarke

Elk River Fly Fishing

Elk River Fishing Report – Fernie Fly Fishing

Elk River Fishing Report – Fernie Fly Fishing

June. 15 is opening day for Region 4 Classified Waters in the Elk Valley and this year looks like it’s going to be a pretty darn good start.

Over the last few years high water has pushed our guiding season’s start deep into the end of July.

The Morrissey snow pillow (below) shows we are just below the average. This means we will fishing and floating the rivers earlier than years past. Not as much water pushing down through should make floating the Elk River the perfect option for your late June, July trips as well as into the months of August and September.

Anticipation of great hatches this season and a few years of settled river beds after a pretty big flood a couple years ago will make for epic dry fly fishing.

If you’d like to keep up on the water levels follow this link and type in Fernie beside Station Name and hit search . . . it will lead you to the Elk River at Fernie water levels  – select this one and hit view report. Once you are there you can fiddle around with what you want to see; make sure to hit real-time data to get current readings.

We look forward to hosting you on one of Fernie’s beautiful rivers this summer.

Give a shout to book your next adventure 1-800-970-8407


Elk River Fishing Report

Small Stream Dry Fly Fishing

Small Stream Dry Fly Fishing

The September sky was slightly overcast and the wind tickled through the valley as I stood overlooking one of my favorite Rocky Mountain creeks. Laden with fallen trees, overhanging branches and undercut banks the creeks flow held deep buckets, shallow runs and big boulders. The moody weather had inspired bug life to hatch and I curiously watched trout rise to the occasion.

Along the bank on the other side of the creek half in the water, a fallen tree succumbed to spring run off and it’s submerged branches created new homes for trout. My attention was drawn to a big trout happily rising, he’d tucked himself perfectly behind and below one of the trees branches; the foam line passed right through his “zone”. The protection for the fish was ultimate but for the average angler, the “fly eating” branches sticking out would make accuracy and point perfection of fly placement tricky.

After tying on a size 18 cdc BWO emerger I continued to watch and thought to myself, “If I side arm my cast low enough my fly will drop under that first branch into the foam line and play right into the fishes feeding zone, with any luck my timing and his timing will connect and I will catch him!”

The rod’s responsiveness is comparable to the steering in a high end car, and I quickly pulled the fly back towards me just missing getting tangled amongst the branches. Second cast was it and my fly dropped like a leaf, dancing it’s way through the foam line. A successful fly imitation and presentation had a healthy wild westlope cutthroat trout on the end of my line.

I believe that in dry fly fishing the fly rod is an extension of the angler; a connection from yourself to fly presentation. Knowing how your fly rod preforms and reacts makes a day of fly fishing entertaining. Combined with the creeks intimate size and chance of hooking into a big cutties the weapon of choice for the day was my Winston Boron III LS 8’6? 3WT.

Beckie Clarke, Winston Pro Advisor

Fernie Fly Fishing

Fly Fish the Elk – August

Fly Fish the Elk – August

The leaves are starting to fall, the revolution in seasons to come is evident. I do love winter and welcome the remodeling of the landscapes; but this year it seems to be happening far too fast.  

For now we are enjoying the hectic but fulfilling days of the guiding season, sharing our passions for the valley and fly fishing with our guests. Couldn’t imagine doing anything else in life and like most guides thrive on the excitement and energy each new day on the water presents.

Fernie Fly Fishing

So with August coming to a close we have had an interesting season thus far.

It appears that we are not seeing the abundance of hatches that usually paint the Elk River skies. The green drakes and flavs that we have seen are a bit banged up; some with stumpy tails, some missing tails, one leggers. On the other hand we’ve seen some pretty sweet stonefly hatches. (those stones are tough!!!) The small creeks that were not affected by the flood have better daily hatches. 

Droughts and floods have been occurring since water began flowing to the oceans and being that this is a wild fishery it has seen it’s fair share of both. It just took some time to settle down. This last week the mornings have been a little chilly and throwing on a small spinner or caddis usually brings up a few hungry hogs that missed their share of last nights hatch. The warmth of the sun stimulates more bug movement and the gray skies tempt the mayflies; always my type of weather. Once the bugs start doing their thing then there is always happy fish.

Fishing methods were altered and there was more of a combination of streamer, nymph and dry fly fishing that was taking place for most of July and for the better part of August. All producing beautiful fish; healthy looking and fat! Streamer fishing has been particularly exciting ….bully bully bully….but the dry fly this last week has been really productive.

There are big fish willing to come up and eat and here’s a few suggestions on some of my must haves.

Caddis, Caddis, Caddis – always try em; they are abundant in our stream and the cutties love em! Sz 14 – Black or Light Tan, October Caddis – sz 12, October Caddis Emerger sz – 12

Terrestrials: Ants – mmm cutties love ants…..so you should have a few of them – I like ones with a sparkle post or a bright orange post, the smaller they are the harder they are to see; so find one with a bright indicator. sz 14, sz 16 black.

Stoneflies – Big Chubby Chernobyl with a green body (can’t find them in a green body, buy light and sharpie the body green)  sz 10 , 8 . These are good from a drift boat; popping into pockets.

Mayflies – Green Drakes sz 12 (Standard Western Green Drake), Split Wing Parachute Adams sz 14,16, Mahogany cripple sz 16, bwo emerger sz16, H&L variant sz 16, PMD Spinner sz 14

Presentation / Reading Water:

If you can’t get them to come up remember it’s not always about your fly selection as your fly presentation. If you see a fish rising…cast way above him and try to drop your fly in his feeding lane, they like a good long look….dead drift, dead drift, mend, mend, mend, mend…if they are feeding and you present it to them; they’ll take it!

[Elk River Fishing Report]

If nothing is rising – throw out an ant or a big stonefly; they are hungry and willing to come up for a good meal even if there is nothing happening. Foam is home baby!

If all else fails and you just can’t get them to eat your deliciously presented dry; try a nymph……sz16 copper john, sz 12 prince nymph, sz 10 squirrel nymph, sz 14 red copper john. Chczech nymph style!

Streamer fishing is always a blast – I use home ties and they seem to be pretty effective for both the cutties and bullies. Green Sculpins, White Double Bunny with dumbell eyes and my fav. Copper Zonkers. Use a dry line with a really long leader; gives more of a natural effect; especially when swinging it and dead drifting it through a cross current…….

Remember this time of year – “happy hour” for bears starts late afternoon and believe me there are a few special ones hanging out on the Wigwam / Ram / Lodgepole area. 

Don’t forget to read the regulations – Come September. 1 some of the creeks (Wigwam / Lodgepole) have closures! Don’t want to be caught fishing a closed area!

Have fun, be safe and if fishing is still tough alone…call us; we’d be happy to take you out!   Beckie

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Elk River Report – July. 29 – Thunder in the skies

Elk River Report – July. 29 – Thunder in the skies

As I write this the skies are thick with deep dark clouds and it sounds like a “hangry” stomach after a long day of fishing and no food; rumbling away. Think we are in for a little bit of rain…

Fishing the past week has been better in some areas than others.

Elk River – You ask a local guide how fishing is and you will get an array of answers; but in the end they all somewhat say the same thing.  It’s ‘aight’, while other say it’s great – big fish, lots of little guys, more bullies, new water, both dries, streamers and nymphs. 

The little bit of rain we had sparked a green drake hatch for about an hour (where we were atleast) then it was back to throwing big stoneflies against the bank and tweaking the odd streamer for some lurking bullies…(always a blast!)

Elk River Tribs including Alexander and Michel Creek – These rivers have both changed. Mostly the michel. If you are looking to fish the Alexander there is some construction happening along the highway so may be better to park and hit the creek where your out of the way. Alexander is clear, cold and beautiful as always. You are well rewarded for your efforts of being stealth[😉]

The Michel Creek has been busy; eesh….I guess the access makes it an easy target for fishing pressure. The creek bed was really affected by the floods, there is lots of walking between holes if you are on the upper stretches. Have still not seen too many people fishing along the highway and behind where the old pink hotel was….Not the best scenery; but it doesn’t get fish very hard. Hatches on Michel weren’t happening during the day with this hot weather; late evening produced caddis and a few drakes. They have been munching on  green drake patterns and big orange stimis the past few days; picky fish seem to like the small sz 16 royal stimi.

The Elk Valley is a pretty sweet destination; with so many fishing opportunities. Even locals who have grown up here still say that they are exploring new water. Lots of people ask me “where can I go where they won’t see too many people?” If you are looking to get away from the crowds of the heavily fished waters, perhaps you should look at fishing some of the tribs on the upper Elk River, make the journey over to the Bull River or even fish the Skookumchuk (ahhhwesome river!!!).

Fly Fish the Elk – Let the good times Roll – July. 27th

Fly Fish the Elk – Let the good times Roll – July. 27th

Fly Fish the Elk –

August is fast approaching; I can’t believe how fast July has gone! There is a lot of chatter on the river banks this year about the carazy changes on not only the Elk River but some of the surrounding creeks…..It has made for an interesting year.

First and foremost…….I have said it before and I will say it again; Fernie has the best fishing guides!

Thanks to all of you amazing local angling guides that have taken the time to cut out sweepers this year. Making the river a safer place to play for all of us!  The sweeper I was talking about in my previous post; just below the old tire hole on the left…where there was a tree across; one of the local guides chainsawed this out as well! You guys rock….

The boat launches are so much fun around here…(anyone that knows me understands my sarcasm) …Heads up to be careful at the Olson boat launch and the Morrissey boat launch. As the river shifted it left unstable ground below; you’ll see where the tire tracks have sunk in at Olson; probably a good indication to stay away from that specific launch point; ….ha ha carry a tow rope just incase….

The Morrissey take out has lots of sand…….which in turn makes it easy to get stuck; so watch where your tires are sinking…..not that big of a deal, just take note.

Aside from the new river rowing adventures fishing has been productive; it has taken it’s sweet time shaping up; but fishing both on the dry and subsurface has been decent.  There has also been some good opportunities swinging streamers to lurking bullies……ha funny how many bullies guests have been landing on the Elk River this year. Yesterday; 5 bullies…..one 25….hungry fellas….Don’t underestimate the opportunity to catch a bull trout on the upper Elk River and even the Michel Creek.

As for the dry on the Elk River – Tan Elk Hair Caddis sz 14, H&L variant sz 14 , yellow stimulator sz 12 , green drake sz 12, parachute adams sz 14

Dark side recommendations – throw whatever junk you’ve got in the trunk[🙂]  Stonefly – Black or Brown Rubber Leg Stone Fly sz 10, Squirrel Nymph Sz 10, (King of Prince) Prince Nymph sz 18 – 14, BH Hares Ear Sz 12…

Streamers – My favorite is the home tie sculpin…a little black, a little green, tinge of yellow, some peach….rubber legs…irresistible!

The tribs to the Elk are all clear!!! You just gotta get out and fish em!

Reading the Water Suggestions:

You’ll find the fish along riffles, in the “dancing” water, pocket water and buckets along the banks, long slow runs during a hatch….

Sometimes it’s not about the fly you choose but the presentation of that fly. I always remind guests that a dead drifted fly is the best presentation – above their feeding lane. Mend your line, mend your line….and mend it some more…..

And a super handy piece of advice that can not only save your casting arm; but help you land more fish……..I see it all the time on the Elk…The fish are sitting in smaller water than you think… There really is no need to be standing waist deep in the river casting to the other side…..he who casts the furthest catches the least fish!

On that note…good luck and have fun!

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Elk River Report – July. 23

Elk River Report – July. 23

The Elk River is still dropping and  fishing has been awesome.

[Water Levels Elk River]

A new river this year has made for some really  exciting fishing.

The clarity is still not 100% but continuing to improve everyday.

The flood took away some holes and in turn gave us some new buckets, riffles and dancing water to play in. Fun fishing!

If you are floating; much of the river was straightened and the flood cleared out some of the logs on the Hosmer to Fernie Stretch.  The Olson – Hosmer stretch isn’t so bad anymore, now that the nasty sweepers have been cleared out. There is still one spot that can get you. If you are familiar with the river then you will know where I am talking.

Below the old Goodyear hole and below the little creek that flows in on the right……the river braids; left, middle and right. There is a rather large tree across the left channel and you can’t get thru. Take the far right channel and you will be good to go. The far right channel shoots  up against a big rock bank; safe way to go. If you don’t know where i am talking about; then ask otherwise;  you will be walking your boat back up and around.

Wondering what to use? As it takes a little bit for the water temperature to warm up here and the clarity isnt the best you could start the morning streamer fishing or dropping a nymph and playing on the dark side. If you prefer the dry…and should[😉]  stick on a big orange stimi or something worth seeing and pop it into the banks and off the riffles. Small tan caddis, yellow stimi, parachute adams and if you find a picky fish; throw on a ant or beetle. Just slow it down and work the water  and you will have great fishing !! 

Seeing some beautiful big colorful fish this year; so awesome.

Fernie Fly Fishing BC

Elk River fishing report – July Hazards and dry fly fishing!

Elk River fishing report – July Hazards and dry fly fishing!

Elk River Fishing Report – July 2013

The mighty Elk River is finally coming into it’s own and looking like the humble river we are used to; except with many new river dynamic changes.

Water levels are dropping and clarity is continuing to improve.

One of the most important bits of information I can share with you is about the changes in the river. There are many of you that bring your own boats, pontoons and even tubers that float the river. Over the years guides have rescued many people, lending spare oars, picking up lunches, gear and people. It’s the worst feeling ever. So please my friends …..be careful!

For those of you that are used to floating the river every year; make sure that you take it slow around the corners to get yourself in tune with the new changes, turns, bends and hazards that have presented themselves after the excessive water. The Olson put in looks completely different! The beautiful big chunky rocks on the other side of the river with the cliff above…are gone; the whole bank washed in and pretty much buried those rocks and took away the sweet fish habitat. For the river that you used to know; the first time floating will be a re acquaintance.

One of the tricky hazards is right near the beginning of the Olson stretch; as you are heading down around the first big corner the river decided to do a spliztville. The left channel now has a tree right across it, it is obvious and you just can’t go thru. The right hand channel is a bit tricky and you have to be super careful as the water levels continue to drop. As much of the river bank is littered with big trees; this chute also has a rather large tree sticking out from the right hand bank with another tree on the left hand side of the chute; you gotta go thru; tuck in your oars, line yourself up and be careful. Hopefully in the next week or so someone will chop ‘er down to make it a safe passing for others.

It always amazes me how many people we rescue on the river that are tubing that have no idea what’s around the next corner. I love tubing the Elk River and think it’s a great joy ride, but so many don’t have a clue and there is no education anywhere for the unknowing. So tubers……back paddle like crazy!!!!

[Elk River reports]

Just above the golf course is a massive log jam; there is a soft eddy on the inside corner that helps you out; but the last few days I have gone bye I keep thinking that some tuber is going to fly right into it…We stopped to make sure a party barge got thru some sections; they were smart enough to have 3 people oaring …. The Hosmer to Fernie stretch and beyond are pretty good; some of the crazy S- bend hazards have been removed and quite a bit of it is smooth sailing.  There are however new gravel shelves that have shifted and river redirection.

As the water drops; I will do my best to inform you of any other changes or hazards. If you have any questions; please feel free to drop me a line or give me a shout – 250.423.1597 / beckie@fernieflyfishing.com

[Beckie Clarke] Now onto the most exciting part…the fishing! Fishing in dirty water is a bit tricky, but now that the shelves,  inside corners and gravel bars are showing their “skin” with visible depth; boy it sure makes a difference…. The fish are tucked in tight to the corners and if you are a gunner of a shot with your line; you can slip that big ass bug into the pocket water as the boat rips bye; this is producing fish; but tricky for most to make the shot. Better off to fish the long slow banks tight in behind the rocks. Bounce your fly through the foams lines and dance it off the inside corners. You will have success. Ah; how I love you Elk River. Even after this flood, you still never cease to amaze me.

Have 2 rods rigged up; quicker changing from going from “the dark side” to dry fly. Who doesn’t like to see that mouth come up for your dead drifting bug? Can’t resist the temptation to throw a dry fly around, do it and you will be rewarded. [Elk River]

Fernie BC Fly Fishing

There have been a healthy hatch of big and small golden stones, bright yellow sallies, green drakes and caddis flying around. The evening have also let loose a few PED’s

If the going gets tough; then it’s a simple switcharoo to the nymph and bobber……


Nymphs:  Brown Jimmy Legs – Sz 10, Prince Nymph sz 8, BH Hare’s ear sz 14 – That’s all I tried and caught fish on each one of ’em.

Dry Fly – Remember – the Elk River is not a one fly fishery! It’s all about presentation, presentation, presentation!

Orange Stimulator (Stimi Chew Toy) – Sz 10, H&L Variant – Sz 12, Dornan Water Walker sz 10, Yellow Stimulator sz 14, Green Drakes sz 12, Tan Elk Hair Caddis sz 14.

Most of all – have some fun and call us if you would like a trip!!!!

Elk River Report – July. 10

Elk River Report – July. 10

Elk River Report – July. 10

Things started out great on the local waters and it was one of the best starts to the season I have seen in a very long time!

Then mother nature decided she had other plans for us and flooded her presence through Fernie with a tad too much water for anyones liking. We are on the mend and things are starting to shape up.

ELK RIVER – The Elk River is dropping; it’s still moving fast but clarity is improving every day.  The flood changed the river immensely; so be super careful when you decide to float.

Elk River Fishing

It’s going to be an interesting season learning the river dynamics all over again and I am getting tons of questions about the fishing.As a flood isn’t something that we are well versed on it is going to be a fun new learning curve for everyone.

The last few days have been very encouraging though as there are heads poking up for imitations presented and naturals. Still lots of sub surface activity, but if you get yourself into the back channels and inside corners you will have the most success.

I have never seen so many dead worms hunkered down at in some of the back channels….crazy. I have not seen any substantial stonefly hatches yet, but there are a few here and there. Have seen lots of ants, beetles and even small hoppers. There was a small mayfly hatch yesterday afternoon, but couldn’t reach high enough to get my hands on one….. 

Elk River Fly Fishing Fernie

The ticket the past few days has been the back channels and working the banks tight with big bugs…..working the foam lines with stoneflies and ticking stonefly imitations just above the river bottom.

If you decide to float again, use caution. If you decide to walk; be careful as the mud looks unsuspecting and will suck you in like nothing. Yes, this happened to me….saw a great little riffle and had to cross a mud pocket and sunk in above my knees…. It was a good chance for some hard laughs….As the water is still high, make sure you have stable footing as some banks have been undercut and may not hold your weight.

BOAT LAUNCHES – Our boat launches have never been anything to write home about; and this fact still remains. Having a pontoon allows you to access anywhere, drift boat access at most of the launches is ok and thanks to the City of Fernie the Fernie launch is good now. Standford and Morrissey may pose problematic with sludge if the weather turns wet…. 

FLIES OF CHOICE – Have been using size 10 big old stoneflies – switching it up from Orange Stimis, Dornan Water Walkers to anything big and fluffy to dead drift. Try a size 14 prince nymph, size 12 black or golden stonefly and if you feel like swinging; huck a big ol sculpin pattern. All the above proved successful. In honor of the dead worms in the back channels, you may wish to throw something that looks like that out there…

ELK RIVER TRIBS –  Michel Creek is clear. The access isn’t that great though .Parts of the road washed out and they have the road blocked off so no access further up other than mine vehicles…..they are working hard to have it open as soon as possible.

The Wigwam is still moving like a rocket, but it is clear and beautiful as always, this is going to take some time to shape up and I wouldn’t count on chasing bullies there anytime soon.


St. Mary’s – Our outfitter friends – The St. Mary’s Angler have been keeping us up to date on the river over there and it is shaping up as well. Clarity is improving everyday and they have trips heading out this weekend. They are currently on the water today.

The Bull River is shaping up and fishing pretty good. The water is much clearer than the Elk.  I would hit up some feeders coming and fish the mouths of creeks flowing in.  The fish are tight to the banks and hanging where there is ample food and protection.

The Crow / The Castle / St. Mary’s / The Oldman – They are all fishing pretty darn good. The Crow this past week was fishing AWESOME; until the rain decided to come. That didn’t help much, but still getting them on golden stones and lime sally’s

All in all things are still coming into their own, We have trips going out and guests are happy. We are not cancelling any trips due to the flood and business is as usual!  It’s just taking a little bit more time to get going. Remember – this time last year the water was still chocolate brown and we didn’t run our first trips until the 16th.

If you are wondering whether to come or not; I would say that any day of fishing is better than not in this area. If this is your first time to Fernie, perhaps wait a week. If you know the area and know where to sneak away too…..then may be worth it….At the same time; don’t have your expectations up for a wickedly stellar fishing weekend…..If you are a true fisherman you understand that it’s not just about catching the fish. Safety first and I would recommend waiting a week to bring your self inflating pontoons.

We are fortunate enough to have not been hit as hard as our friends on the Bow River / SE Alberta area and at the end of the day our hearts to out to all the families and business that are still trying to get their lives back on track. 

If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email or give me a shout.

Beckie@fernieflyfishing.com / 250.423.1597

Elk River Fernie BC

Womans Fly Fishing Retreat

Womans Fly Fishing Retreat

Womans Fly Fishing Retreat

This one is for all you ladies!

Women’s Fly Fishing Retreat at the Bull River Guest Ranch in Bull River, BC on August 3rd and 4th, 2013.

In co operation with the Kootenay Trout Hatchery (Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC); and with support from the Columbia Basin Trust; we look forward to presenting this opportunity to women who want to learn the art of fly fishing in a spectacular wilderness setting, while enjoying all the comforts of a luxurious getaway. We are confident that an experience such as this will have a positive impact in “hooking” new recruits to the love of fly fishing.