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Elk River | British Columbia, Canada

Lake, River, or Waterfall
Fernie Fly Fishing – Mike McPhee

The Elk River meanders through the Elk Valley of the Kootenay Rockies before meeting Lake Koocanusa, on the Montana and British Columbia border. This mighty freestone river is fed by the ancient Petain Glacier, nestled on the British Columbia and Alberta border. It's gaining in popularity as a dry fly fishing mecca. Don't worry, with 220 kilometers (140 miles) of river there is plenty of water to cast a line in while you float or walk/wade. This river offers ideal habitat for native Westslope Cutthroat and robust Bull Trout. Between the epic Rocky Mountain views, idyllic river and feisty fish beckoning to be caught on a dry fly you may find it difficult to leave.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO- Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
It is mandatory for all watercraft to stop at road side inspection stations. Watercraft includes sailboats, motorboats, car toppers, kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards being transported in BC. Dedicated crews of inspectors check and if necessary decontaminate mussel infested boats. This approach has been taken by other jurisdictions in the Pacific Northwest, and proven to be highly effective in educating boaters on the risk of invasive mussel introduction. Click HERE to learn more.

Fishing Highlights

Fernie, BC is an ideal adventure hub. You will find several fly shops eager to share their home water with you.

Nonresident license: $80 Annual plus $20 per day on classified waters. Note: All the trout streams around Fernie are classified waters. - See more at:

Fly Shops & Guides click here.