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