North America's Hidden Trout Gem
Dave Brown has earned his place in the fly fishing community as the outfitter of choice for those seeking the ultimate Canadian trout fishing experience. Dave was one of the first fly fishing guide services on the Bow River in Alberta and the Elk River system in BC. Focusing exclusively now on the Bow River and the rivers of southwestern Alberta, Dave Brown Outfitters is an excellent option for focused anglers, couples, larger groups, and families. These rivers are world-renowned for a number of reasons, including above-average fish size, healthy and wild native trout, a fantastic diversity of species, consistent dry fly fishing, and incredible hatches – all combined with breathtaking scenery and a total lack of crowds. We can’t imagine a better setting to pursue your Western trout fishing vacation!
Dave Brown Outfitter’s ‘Bow River’ packages are with the Delta South Hotel or the Glenmore Inn in Calgary. These hotels provide easy access to the best sections of the Bow River. Combo trips between Bow River and the Elk River out of Fernie with Andres Flyfishing can be easily arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
Delta Hotel, Calgary South (Calgary, AB)
Located in the heart of the Macleod Trail shopping, business, and entertainment district. Delta South is ideal for access to the city and also conveniently located for guide pickup and fly shop access. The hotel is located near Calgary’s largest shopping destination, Chinook Centre, as well as some of the city’s best restaurants and entertainment.
Glenmore Inn (Calgary, AB)
The Glenmore is also a south Calgary Hotel and is centrally located for access to the downtown area. The location also works well for guide pick-up and fly shop access. The Gilmore Inn offers guests a wide range of convenient services and amenities onsite.
Food and Beverages
There are restaurants at both the Glenmore Inn and Calgary South hotels and multiple options in the city for breakfast and dinner. You will be on your own for meals, while lunch with non-alcoholic beverages is included during each of your guided fishing days.
Typical Length of Stay
Trips of any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for details.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Located on the eastern front of the Canadian Rockies, Calgary is known as the gateway to Banff and the Canadian Rockies. Horseback riding, mountain biking, white water rafting, golfing, shopping, and hiking are convenient and available. There are many things to do and see around Calgary as well, including the Calgary Zoo, golf at McKenzie Meadows, Banff National Park, Calaway Park, and the Calgary Stampede.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available at the hotels, and cell phones work in the Calgary area
How To Get There
We suggest flying into Calgary, Alberta. The outfitter does not offer airport shuttles, so you will want to rent a car or grab a hotel shuttle or taxi.
Recent changes in U.S. law require all people to present a passport when entering or re-entering the U.S. from Canada by car unless they have other appropriate documentation. Canadian law requires all persons entering Canada from the U.S. by car present proof of citizenship and identity. A passport fulfills both of these requirements for U.S. citizens. We recommend that everyone purchase a British Columbia Freshwater fishing license prior to arrival at the following website: http://www.fishing.gov.bc.ca/. In BC there are also Classified Water permits that are required daily depending on the fishery for the day. Please wait until arrival to purchase any classified water endorsements.
Drunk Driving or other Criminal Record
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The guides at Dave Brown Outfitters focus mainly on the Bow River but do have a vast amount of water to choose from all throughout southwestern Alberta for anglers that are up for the travel. Specific fishing areas will be decided based upon current conditions at the time of your trip.
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 Bow is a glacial river that originates in the mountains of Banff and flows directly through downtown Calgary, making for a unique backdrop while angling.
The Crowsnest River, Alberta
Primarily a rainbow trout fishery, located in southern Alberta two hours from Calgary. 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 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.
Rates and Terms
2022 Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. Accommodation and fishing packages with Dave Brown Outfitters can be completely customized based on the number of nights lodging, and the number of guided fishing days.
Bow River packages with Dave Brown Outfitters are booked with the Glenmore Inn or Delta South Hotel in Calgary, Alberta. Please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
All prices are per person and quoted in US Dollars (USD)*. The following rates are based on double occupancy in the room and with the guide.
6 Nights / 5 Days of Fishing = $1,930.00 per person
5 Nights / 4 Days of Fishing = $1,560.00 per person
4 Nights / 3 Days of Fishing = $1,190.00 per person
3 Nights / 2 Days of Fishing = $819.00 per person
* The room rates do fluctuate a bit due to the CAD – USD exchange rate and will be solidified at time of booking
- Lodging at either the Delta South or Glenmore Inn
- All guided fishing as specified
- Packed cooler lunch on the water each day
- Use of all equipment (rods, reels, and all flies)
- Ground transportation to and from the hotel and the river
- All shuttle fees
- Sales taxes and GSTs
What’s Not Included:
- Transportation to and from Calgary, AB
- Fishing licenses
- Alcoholic beverages (BYOB)
- Gratuity for fishing guide
- Dinner each evening for Best Western package
Calgary Daily Rates
Day trip fly fishing rates include guide service, transportation, lunches, non-alcoholic beverages, flies, tippet, and spare rods. Fishing licenses and other incidentals are not included. Certain waters have an additional fee, please inquire to Yellow Dog for details on Day Trips out of Fernie or Calgary. Rates below are for 1 or 2 anglers.
Bow River Day Trip Rate = $575.00
Dave Brown Outfitters (British Columbia)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
A deposit of 50% per person is due within 10 days of booking to hold both space and guides on all packages. No space or guides will be held without receipt of deposit. Full pre-payment is due 90 days prior to date of trip. All cancellations must be received in writing, sent to Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. For cancellations, deposits and/or final payments are non-refundable, although if cancelled outside of 60 days from start of trip, Dave Brown Outfitters (DBO) will honor your deposit for a trip at a later date. Inside of 60 days from start of trip, deposits and/or final payments are non-refundable and no credits will be issued. Based on the circumstances of a cancellation, DBO reserves the right to apply a portion of the payment towards a future trip.
Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for your trip. DBO will not refund payments in the event of poor weather or for unused portions of any package. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages.
Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
In order to lock in your trip reservation, we ask that you please remit payment within 10 days of receipt of invoice. For your convenience, Yellow Dog accepts on-line payments via a direct and secure ACH platform – a quick and easy way to complete your trip reservation. Note that all Yellow Dog invoices include a live link that takes you directly to the Yellow Dog ACH platform for fast and easy payment. For open and existing invoices with a remaining balance, payment reminders also include this easy link to the ACH page.
Other customary forms of payment that are accepted are checks or wire transfers. If you would like to pay in a different way or have any questions about alternate payment methods, please contact Yellow Dog at (888) 777-5060 or (406) 585-8667. We are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 3% convenience fee for all credit card transactions.
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Standard Forms For Payment
- ACH online payments (for US banking institutions only).
- Traditional checks (sent via mail)
- Electronic wire payments (client is responsible for any wiring fees)
*Please contact us if you prefer or require a different payment option. Convenience fees may apply for other payment methods.
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