Day Trips & Rates

The River will be in great shape this year! Don't be afraid to Book your trip early!

Elk River Guides Fernie BC
We Get It Done!

With all our trips, float or walk n' wade, we offer the most professional guided fly fishing experience in the Elk Valley - our service and reputation are second to none.  All of our guides have worked and lived in the valley for many years and know the in's and out's of the waters in their own backyard like no one else. We have 7 different floats on the Elk River alone, and 100's of miles of walk and wade fishing. Let us put together a fishing adventure of a life time! 

Our Guides are fully licenced from the Province of British Columbia and we are fully insured - if you don't choose us...make sure the guide you do pick has a licence and insurance.

Float Trips

Elk River - $650       St. Mary River - $695        Oldman River - $695        Kootenay River Bull Trout Safari - $850

Bull River - $650        Waterton River - $695

All trips are based on 1 or 2 Anglers, and are subject to 5% GST  (Quoted in Canadian Funds)

Walk N' Wade Trips

Elk River & Tributaries - $650   Michel Creek - $650  Wigwam River & Tribs - $850   Bull River & Tribs - $650   Flathead River - $695   Crowsnest River - $650  

All Trips are based on 1 or 2 Anglers, and are subject to 5% GST

3rd Angler - Walk N' Wade only add on - $185  (3rd Angler - Not Available on the Wigwam, Michel Creek, Flathead or Bull)

Stillwater (Lake) Trips in Spring and Fall 

Local Lakes - $450     Distant Lakes - $495

All trips are based on 1 or 2 Anglers, and are subject to 5% GST   (Quoted in Canadian Funds)

Book your trip!

All Trips Include:

Use of our extensive fly selection specifically selected for the waters we fish.
Plenty of beverages during the trip
Tasty lunch
Our expertise and experience in fly fishing the river, tributaries, and other local waters
Transportation to and from our fly shop
Full Day Float Trips in Mackenzie Style Drift Boats or drift rafts, or our full-day Walk N' Wade trips

NOT Included in Trips: BC Fishing Licences & Guide Gratuity  - Tips should go directly to the guide at the end of the trip and should not involve the shop. A fair gratuity for a guided day is 50$ per angler or $100 for two anglers (plus or minus based on the guides efforts that day).

We offer a Full-Service Fly Shop, and fly fishing equipment that can be purchased upon your arrival, and can also be pre-ordered to ensure availability when you arrive. Call us for more details.

What to bring & Fishing Equipment Required

Hip Waders, preferably lightweight and breathable as it does get warm.
Felt soled wading boots, the river rocks are very slippery. Spikes are not recomended for in the drift boats or rafts.
Sweatshirt / Fleece
Rain Coat
Hat and Sunglasses (polarized if possible so you can see deeper into the water)
Fly rod and reel (4, 5, or 6 weight)
Dry fly line and some 5X leaders.
Sunscreen & Hat

Gear Rental of the following is available (subject to availability & advanced notice is required):

Waders  $25/day  
Wading Boots  $10/day
Fly Rod & Reel  $25/day 

**Booking Policy**

- We require a 50% deposit at the time of the booking to hold the trip dates. Balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. Refunds on fishing only are full amount less $100 processing fee, up to 30 days prior. Refunds on  packages  are the full amount less $150 processing fee up to 30 days prior (also subject to accommodators policy). Cancellations less than 30 days- no refunds. We suggest purchasing 3rd party travel insurance. Packages with third party Accommodations are subject to the accommodators policy.  Poor weather and or less than desirable water conditions are not accepted reasons for cancellations.  Elk River Guiding Company reserves the right to cancel trips due to unsafe conditions at which time a full refund or transfer of date will be made.  

Drifting the Elk is a great way to spend the day!

Drifting the Elk River

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: When is the best dry fly fishing in Fernie?  We usually recommend the last three weeks in July, throughout August, and the first two weeks in September.  This of course is based on the weather, which as you know is hard to predict!  The river’s open up officially to fishing as of June 15th every season.  Depending on when the spring runoff is, we can have phenomenal dry fly fishing as of June 15th straight through into October.        

Q: What is recommended for tipping?  This is at the client’s discretion, but we generally recommend a good starting point for Guides is $100.00 per day per boat (ex: 2 Anglers = $50 each).  It is best to tip your guide directly, rather than paying with a credit card through the Fly Shop.   

Q: What airport should I fly into?  There are 3 options.  We usually suggest flying into Kalispell, MT or Calgary, AB as flights tend to be more cost effective.  Most clients will then rent a car from the airport and drive to Fernie.  If driving from Kalispell, MT please factor into your travel time the potential wait at the USA/Canada border.    

Cranbrook, BC / Canadian Rockies International Airport / 1 hour drive to Fernie, BC

Kalispell, MT / Glacier Park International Airport / 2 hour drive to Fernie, BC

Calgary, AB / Calgary International Airport / 3.5 hour drive to Fernie, BC

Q: Do I need a valid passport when traveling to Fernie, BC?  Yes, a valid passport is needed when traveling from out of country.  

Q: Can a purchase a BC fishing license at Elk River Guiding Company? Yes, you can.  We usually recommend when going on a guided trip to purchase your BC fishing license upon arrival at the Fly Shop.  This way we can make sure that the appropriate rivers as well as the outfitter are selected.  If you are fishing on your own then see the link on our Blog page for on-line purchase of BC fishing licences. 

Q: Should I be concerned about bears?  We recommend being “Bear Aware” when out fishing.  We suggest making noise as well as carrying bear spray, and or bear bangers.  Both bear spray and bear bangers are sold at Elk River Guiding Company.  The Elk Valley is home to black bears as well as grizzly bears.

Q: What flies should I tie prior to arrival? This depends on the time of year you are visiting, please feel free to review the hatch chart, but here are a few examples:

Dries: Golden Stoneflies / Fat Alberts / PMX / Caddis / BWO / Adams / Western Green Drakes / Ants / Beetles / Hoppers

Nymphs: Golden Stoneflies / Prince Nymphs / Cooper Johns / Leech Patterns

Streamers: Black, White, Natural, and bright colors in Double Bunnies, as well as Woolly Buggers