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  • Fly fishing in Fernie British Columbia

Enjoy easy access to a host of productive mountain lakes and the clear freestone waters of the Elk River and its many tributaries.

The Elk River is home to one of the largest remaining populations of wild, pure-strain Westslope Cutthroat Trout, a species renowned for their willingness to rise to dry flies even in the most testing conditions. And for those fisher folk who are keen to test their biceps a little more, the Elk River and surrounding waters hold strong populations of monster Bull Trout.

Fishing Regulations

Fernie is located in Region 4 - Kootenay of the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations. Read fishing synopsis for Region 4 - Fernie.

Important information - Local rivers are currently closed for all fishing (lakes are open), reopening for summer fly fishing (with bait ban) on June 15 until October 31. This is an annual closure from April 1st - June 14th.

The Elk River is open for winter fishing from November 1 until March 31.  See Fishing Regulations below or contact one of the fly fishing operators below for more information. A valid fishing license is required for fishing.

There is an Elk River boat launch in town at Dogwood Park/Trail with a large parking area. Speak with local fishing operators for details on additional Elk River access points.

Fishing Licences - read full details

All anglers must have a valid Basic Licence and may also require a Classified Waters Licence. Fishing licences can be purchased at Elk River Guiding Co & Fly Shop on Hwy 3 in Fernie.

Basic fishing licences 2015-2017:

Annual: $36 for BC residents, $55 for Canadians, $80 for Non-Canadians
One-Day: $10 for BC residents, $20 for Canadians, $20 for Non-Canadians
8-Day: $20 for BC residents, $36 for Canadians, $50 for Non-Canadians

Classified Waters Licences are $20-$40 per day in additional to the basic licence

Important Links:
BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations (see Kootenay Region 4)
Fishing Licence Information

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