Visitors from all over North America, some as far as Florida, come to the Kootenays and Fernie to experience fly fishing the popular Westslope Cutthroat Trout.
What makes Fernie so appealing to enthusiasts is that the many rivers, including the popular Elk River and it’s tributaries, a freestone river system above the town of Elko, is pristine territory for the popular trout and other native fish species. With the beautiful surroundings each day, it makes for an adventure that will provide you with a lifetime of memories.
Fishing season usually begins in June, after spawning season has finished. Outside of the fishing months (June, July, August and September), there is good fishing in many lakes near Fernie. If you’ve never been on a guided fly fishing trip, fly fishing or to Fernie, then don’t hesitate to sign up for a guided fishing trip with one of the three amazing local fly shops: Elk River Guiding, Fernie Fly Fishing and Kootenay Fly Shop and Guiding. Each outfitter offers expertise, equipment and intimate knowledge of the local rivers. Typically, a day on the Elk River starts in town with the procurement of appropriate licenses and tackle. Followed by a drive to a launch site; your guide will float the boat downstream with just two clients, pausing for lunch and some wading in the best spots. In the Elk River’s tributaries, the approach is usually limited to walk and wade.
Whether you’re a novice or an accomplished fly angler, a guided fishing trip is the best way to experience a new river. If you’ve made the decision to go on a guided trip, be sure to stay at the Red Tree Lodge. We’re centrally located in Fernie, close to the outfitters and the river, providing comfortable accommodation with unrivaled amenities. Our team of friendly and knowledgeable staff will make sure you make the most of your vacation.