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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 fisherfolk who are keen to test their biceps a little more, the Elk River and surrounding waters hold strong populations of monster Bull Trout.

Elk River is open most of the year except between April 1 - June 14 annually. There are different fishing regulations for summer fishing versus winter fishing. See below for details or contact one of the local fishing operators.

Fishing Regulations 2021-2023 Kootenay Region

Elk River Map

Fishing Licences - buy online or at local fly-fishing shop

Fishing licence prices & where to buy:

To fish around Fernie you need a Basic License and a Classified II Waters License.

Licenses can be purchased by day, week or annually. Annual licenses run from April 1st to March 31st the following year. You can purchase your fishing licence online, or in Fernie at Elk River Guiding & Fly Shop, Kootenay Fly Shop, or the Fernie Court House BC Access Centre Office.

Basic Licence:

Licence fee will vary depending on whether you are a BC Resident, a non-BC resident living in Canada, or non-Canadian resident.

Day Rates: $10-$20
8 Day Licence: $20-$50
Annual Licence: $36-$80

Classified II Waters Licence:

$20 per day in addition to the basic licence


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