North America's Hidden Trout Gem
As the first Elk River fly fishing guide service based in Fernie, British Columbia and one of the largest fly fishing outfitters in Western Canada, 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. Offering a variety of different lodging options at all price points, Brown Outfitters is an excellent option for focused anglers, couples, larger groups, and families. Dave Brown Outfitters offers guided fly fishing trips on more than a dozen of the finest trout streams in southern British Columbia and western Alberta. 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 Outfitters books several options for lodging in Fernie and books anglers primarily at the Glenmore Inn in Calgary for Bow River packages. Combo trips between Fernie and Calgary can be easily arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for custom package pricing.
Fernie Trout House (Fernie, BC)
Dave Brown Outfitters is pleased to offer Anglers a unique all-inclusive Lodge setting in Fernie located just minutes from the Elk River. This Property is perfect for groups of 4- 8 featuring Private Rooms (double occupancy ) with Private Baths. Dave Brown Outfitters will mix groups if less than 8 anglers. The fishing in this region is uncrowded and diverse. Ranging from 4 floatable rivers to intimate walk and wade creeks. Species in the area consist of wild populations of Brown, Bull, Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout. Driving time to the rivers is 5 minutes to an hour.
Fernie Best Western (Fernie, BC)
The Fernie Best Western is the most convenient and economical option in Fernie. The hotel is very nice and has a great location. Breakfast is included with a room night at the Best Western and there is a Boston Pizza located right next door as a quick dinner option.
Glenmore Inn (Calgary, AB)
Centrally-located for access to Calgary’s downtown, the Gilmore Inn offers guests a wide range of convenient services and amenities. The Glenmore Inn is Dave Brown’s number one choice for anglers fishing the Bow and other waters in southwest Alberta.
Food and Beverages
Dining options vary depending on which lodging option you choose. Lunch and non-alcoholic beverages are included during each of your guided days while fishing with Dave Brown Outfitters. Breakfast is included at both the Island Lake Lodge and the Fernie Best Western. Meals are a la carte while staying at the Park Place Lodge or in Calgary.
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 in the spectacular Canadian Rockies in Southeastern British Columbia, Fernie is quickly gaining a reputation as a year-round adventure destination. Recently voted the “Best Small Town in BC” for the second year in a row, Fernie makes an ideal vacation destination. 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 most of the Dave Brown Outfitters lodging options, and cell phones work while in Fernie and Alberta.
How To Get There
Depending on the time of year and the target fisheries, you will want to choose between three different airports. If you are planning on fishing Southeast British Columbia, we suggest flying into Glacier International in Kalispell, Montana. If you are planning to fish the Bow River, then we suggest flying into Calgary, Alberta. The outfitter does not offer airport shuttles, so you will want to rent a car.
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
Anyone with a criminal record (including a drunk driving conviction) may be excluded from Canada. A waiver of exclusion may be issued but several weeks are required and a processing fee must be paid. Contact the Canadian Embassy or a Canadian Consulate in the U.S. for more information.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
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
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 destination, the number of nights lodging, and the number of guided fishing days.
Yellow Dog can arrange Bow River packages as well in conjunction with the Glenmore Inn in Calgary, Alberta and CAN set up Bow River, Elk River combo trips! 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.
Fernie Best Western Package *
6 Nights / 5 Days of Fishing = $2,220.00
5 Nights / 4 Days of Fishing = $1,675.00
4 Nights / 3 Days of Fishing = $1,300.00
* The room rates for the Best Western do fluctuate a bit due to the CAD – USD exchange rate and will be solidified at time of booking
Fernie Trout House Package **
6 Nights / 5 Days of Fishing = $4,500.00
5 Nights / 4 Days of Fishing = $3,750.00
4 Nights / 3 Days of Fishing = $3,000.00
** Fernie Trout House is only available for groups of 4 – 6 anglers
- Lodging in your choice of accommodation
- All guided fishing
- Packed cooler lunch on the water each day
- Use of all equipment (rods, reels and all flies)
- Ground transportation to and from the river
- Breakfast is included at Fenie Best Western
- All meals along with dinner wine and beer are included in Fernie Trout House packages
What’s Not Included:
- Transportation to Calgary, AB or Fernie, BC
- Fishing licenses
- Alcoholic beverages (dinner wine and beer included at Trout House)
- Gratuities for the lodge staff and your guide
- Dinner each evening for Best Western package (all meals are included at Fernie Trout House)
- Sales taxes and GST’s (added to final YD invoice)
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 = $560.00
Elk RIver Day Trip = $585.00