General Information
The guides at Dave Brown Outfitters have a vast amount of water to choose from all throughout the area. Specific fishing areas will be decided based upon current conditions at the time of your trip. Following are just a few of the main rivers that are within reach. There are also several smaller tributaries

The Elk River, BC
The Elk is home to a wild and native population of Westslope cutthroat and bull trout and is renowned for its dry fly fishing. The Elk River is the most easterly river in British Columbia, beginning at Elk Lakes and flowing for 110 miles before entering the Kootenay River. What draws anglers to the Elk River is non-stop dry fly fishing for big, wild cutthroat trout along with the chance of catching a very large bull trout.

The St. Mary River, BC
Like the Elk River, the St. Mary has a lake at the top that buffers flow and minimizes scouring during runoff. It’s also one of the most scenic floats that Dave Brown Outfitters offers. The St. Mary is home to very good populations of Westslope cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, cut-bows, bull trout, and the occasional Eastern brook trout. Like the Elk, the St. Mary is a dry-fly fisher’s paradise.

The Slocan River, BC
Imagine drifting along a wilderness stream with water that is New Zealand-clear. Welcome to the Slocan River, where miners once panned for flakes of silver, but fly fishers now pry wild, ruby-streaked rainbows from the undisputed jewel of the West Kootenays.

The Kootenay River, BC 
A large freestone river with a good population of bull, cutthroat and rainbow trout. Dave Brown Outfitters has been guiding on the Kootenay since 1999 and was the first fly fishing service on these waters. The Kootenay River below Libby Dam in Montana is a renowned tailwater fishery, but above the dam and Lake Koocanusa (on the Canadian side of the border), the river is virtually untamed and unknown. Can be a great late season bull trout option.

The Bow River, Alberta 
The river boasts a self-sustaining, combined population of 3,000 rainbow and brown trout per mile. Combine that with an average fish size approaching 19 inches, and it’s easy to see why the Bow River is rated as one of the best big-fish rivers in North America.

The Crowsnest River, Alberta
Primarily a rainbow trout fishery, located in southern Alberta two hours from Calgary and 45 minutes from Fernie, B.C. The best time to fly fish the “Crow” is from late June through October. If the Bow River enjoys the reputation of being the number one fly fishing destination in Alberta, the Crowsnest is a close second.

The Oldman River, Alberta 
This scenic river starts in the mountains, spills out of the foothills, then flows over the prairies before eventually joining the Bow River. The tailwater stretch of the Oldman is home to brown, rainbow, cutthroat and bull trout, and has superb hatches resulting in outstanding dry fly fishing.

The Waterton River, Alberta
Located in extreme South Western Alberta, the Waterton is a brown trout stream that is best suited for floating. The Waterton is primarily a dry fly fishery, but streamers can also produce some arm-tearing strikes. Dave Brown Outfitters makes use of private access, which allows them to float two stretches of this river.

Boats and Equipment 
Float fishing on area rivers is done via McKenzie-style drift boats. Jet boats are used to fish the Kootenay River