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Fishing in Fall Fernie, BC

Fernie in British Columbia is home to some of the best fishing in Canada. Combine this with some beautiful Fall foliage bursting into life and you have the recipe for some fabulous fishing days before winter arrives.

Starting high up in the Rockies at Elk Lakes, the Elk River is the most accessible and popular river to fish in the Elk Valley. Running through the communities of Elkford, Sparwood, Hosmer, Elko as well as Fernie, the Elk River is home to Wild Westslope cutthroat trout as well as bull trouts, perfect for fly-fishing enthusiasts.

The Elk River is fed by numerous tributaries all surrounded by stunning scenery, mountains, glaciers, forests and meadows. These tributaries offer easy access to the more adventurous angler amongst us.

A near bluebird day on the Elk River welcomes early morning fisherman from the boat launch near Dogwood Park.

The Elk River is also easily accessed from town, simply walk along the dyke and wade on it. The Elk River drainage closes from March 31 to June 15, so there is no excuse to not fish in Fernie this Fall. For more information on licensing rules and seasonal opening click here.

Fall fishing can be a mixed bunch, one day it’ll be plus 20, the next the temps will drop and the Fall colours will have popped.

There are numerous guiding companies in Fernie ready to take you out on the river and show you the best spots.

Just down the road from Fernie, are the sweet fishing spots located near the Hosmer Bridge. Hosmer is a small village but one packed with history and well worth exploring away from the river.

Mount Hosmer is one of my favourite mountains to photograph, it has so much character. Here Hosmer can be seen from the Elk River, usually most people associate Hosmer with the infamous Ghostrider, yet there is even more beauty to this beautiful stretch of the river.

For more information on fishing in Fernie, click here.


Mike Cotton is a photographer and travel writer from England, you can find more of his work at Nomads on the Road or follow him on Instagram.

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