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, Drown Outfitters is an excellent option for 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, diversity of species, intense dry fly fishing and incredible hatches - combined with breathtaking scenery and lack of crowds. We can’t imagine a better setting to pursue your western trout fishing vacation!

Typical Length of Stay

Trips of any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.

Accommodations and Lodging

Park Place Lodge - Fernie, BCDave Brown Outfitters has a variety of different lodging options available in Fernie or Calgary, depending on your targeted water. Please contact Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing. Following is a list of some of the options available:

Park Place Lodge (Fernie, BC) - Just a few minutes from historic downtown Fernie, the Park Place Lodge is the perfect base for your Fernie fly fishing vacation complete with all of the comforts of home, and all of the amenities of a first class hotel. Built with design and detail, an attentive staff, and exceptional customer service, or the excellent on-site facilities - everything about Park Place Lodge is designed to leave guests with a sense of feeling supremely satisfied. The Park Place Lodge has complete guest services with a guest concierge, a bar & grill, fine dining restaurant, and a liquor store for your convenience.

Island Lake Lodge (Fernie, BC) - Located within a few short miles of Fernie, the seclusion of Island Lake Lodge provides the perfect home base for your fishing trip. Amenities at Island Lake Lodge include large conference rooms, a yoga and exercise room, a mountain lake with complimentary canoes, guided hikes, a full service wellness spa, and wine tasting and fine mountain cuisine. Guest fishing with Dave Brown Outfitters stay in the Red Cedar Lodge at Island Lake. Named for the chief who lifted the curse on the Elk Valley, The Red Eagle Lodge has 10 cozy rooms with en suite bathrooms. The lodge features an outdoor hot tub on a large deck off the main level providing great views of the mountains, lake and forest. There are comfortable living rooms on both the upper and main floor.

Birch Meadows Lodge (Fernie, BC) - Birch Meadows is a beautiful Bed and Breakfast located just 7 minutes south of Fernie, featuring three guest rooms in the main Lodge and four exceptional log chalet suites. Birch Meadows provides great hospitality, delicious home-cooked breakfasts, clean and comfortable rooms, and a breathtaking view. All guests are invited to use the Great Room in the Lodge. Come in to relax, recount the days fishing stories, or play games while enjoying the wood burning fireplace and spectacular views. The Lodge also has a book and movie library for use during your stay and a large outdoor hot tub situated in a timber-framed gazebo.

Seven Rivers Lodge (Oldman River, AB) - Seven Rivers Fly Fishing Lodge is located on the sprawling Anchor B Cattle Ranch on the banks of the middle stretch of the Oldman River in southwestern Alberta. The lodge is totally self-contained and energy efficient: power is generated by a combination of solar, wind and a generator for back-up. The comfortable and rustic guest cabins all have showers, toilets and two queen-sized beds. The cabins are in close proximity to the main buildings, including the ‘notorious’ Western Saloon, with its swinging’ doors, player piano, well-stocked bar, satellite TV and wireless Internet. This is an ideal spot for large groups or corporate meetings.

Glenmore Inn (Calgary, AB) - Centrally located for access to Calgary's Downtown, Business Sectors, Tourist Attractions and Shopping, the Gilmore Inn offers guests a wide range of convenient services and amenities. The facilities and staff will ensure your stay is both comfortable and memorable. Amenities include a pool and water slide, a complete fitness center, in room spa services, bar and grill, and a fine dining restaurant. The Glenmore Inn is Dave Browns' 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 nonalcoholic 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 Birch Meadows Lodge. Meals are ala carte while staying at the Park Place Lodge or in Calgary.

Park Place Lodge - The Park Place Lodge offers a unique selection of dining options to complement your stay. The Max Restaurant is known for its creative menu, generous portions and warm mountain hospitality. The Pub Bar and Grill has a great bar menu and is Fernie’s on if the liveliest night spots in town.

Island Lake Lodge - Island Lake Lodge has been setting the standard for Mountain Cuisine in the area for many years, showcasing organic local products in our cuisine. Their French inspired Rocky Mountain Cuisine is brilliantly matched with an extensive and eclectic wine list. Collecting great wines from California, Okanagan, Europe and the new world, the cellar is a proud representation of the quality the lodge offers guests.

Birch Meadows Lodge - Birch Meadows provides the "classic bead and breakfast" services with great hot coffee and western style breakfast to order. Guests are welcome to to bring their own alcoholic beverages.

Seven Rivers Lodge - The dining room is situated in a separate building beside the saloon. Meals are served in a very casual and authentic atmosphere, prepared by the Anchor B Ranchs' European-trained chef. The beef, of course, is courtesy of the Black Angus free-ranging in the river valley below. Chef Carmen does the succulent beef justice, and his other creations are equally gourmand-worthy.

Glenmore Inn - The Glenmore Inn has a few dining options offered in the hotel. The Carving Board Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has a great menu with something for everyone. They also have a pub, The Elbow Room, the perfect place to wind down after a great day on the Bow! Play pool or relax and enjoy the game on the big screen. The Garden Court has one of Calgary's finest buffets. There are also many options close by in Calgary

Fishing Information

Typical Bull Trout from the Elk River system.The guides at DBO have a vast amount of water to choose from each day. Specific fishing areas will be decided based upon current conditions at the time of your trip.

The Elk River - The Elk River is an awesome fishery! Its tributaries are home to a wild and native population of westslope cutthroat and bull trout. The Elk River  is renowned for its dry-fly fishing. The Elk River  is the most easterly river in British Columbia. It begins at Elk Lakes and flows for 110 miles before entering the Kootenay River. What draws anglers to the Elk River  is non-stop dry-fly fishing for big, wild, native westslope cutthroat trout along with the chance of catching a very large bull trout.

The Kootenay River - The Kootenay River is a large freestone river that has 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 this historic water. 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. Fishing’s best on this vast drainage in April and May, then again from late August thru October.

The St. Mary River - Flowing out of the Purcell Mountains this beautiful river and fishes great the entire length of the river. Like the Elk River, the St. Mary has a lake at the top that buffers flows and minimizes scouring during runoff. It’s also one of the most scenic floats we offer. The St. Mary is home to a very good population of westslope cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, cuttbows, bull trout and the occasional Eastern brook trout. For about a decade now DBO has been introducing clients to this remarkable fishery. Like the Elk, the St. Mary is a dry-fly fisher’s paradise. Although the average fish size is smaller than on the Elk, the St. Mary makes up for it in numbers.

The Columbia River - From the bottom-draw dam at Castlegar to the U.S. border, the upper Columbia River features 30 miles of the most intense caddis dry-fly fishing you’re likely to experience. The steelhead-strain rainbows will leave anglers breathless as they rise in immense pods along the seams and back eddies. Dave Brown Outfitters is pleased to offer the only full-time fly-fishing guiding service on this magnificent stretch of river, just a 3-hours’ drive from the Spokane airport. We specialize in dry-fly fishing to trophy trout in shallow water - something no other Columbia outfitter can claim, either in Canada or the U.S.!  

The Slocan River - Imagine drifting along a wilderness stream with cedar and fir interspersed along the banks with grassy meadows and stands of white birch. The river alternates fast and slow – rapids and plunge pools linking tailouts and meandering bends. The water is New Zealand-clear. High above, cupping the green and pungent valley bottom, are the impressive peaks of Perry Ridge. Beyond that, the towering Valhalla range, domain of heli-skiers and mountain goats. 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 Small Streams - British Columbia's small streams are prolific fisheries and scenery is breathtaking. It’s not uncommon to catch 20-inch plus cutthroat in a tiny freestone stream. Rainbows and bull trout are also in the small streams. DBO fishes The Wigwam River, Fording River, Michel Creek, and Alexander Creek just to name a few. All are Elk River tributaries and very accessible from Fernie, B.C.

The Bow River - The section of river you will fish is within the city limits and just downstream of Calgary. The river boasts a self-sustaining combined population of 3000 rainbow and brown trout per mile. Combine that with an average 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. Most of the river runs through private land, and cattle now graze where buffalo once roamed. Like all prairie river bottoms, wildlife is abundant; we commonly spot mule deer, eagles, pelicans, Great Blue Herons, Kingfishers,and waterfowl and shorebirds by the hundreds.

The Crowsnest River - The Crowsnest River is primarily a rainbow trout fishery – located in southern Alberta 2 hours from Calgary and 45 minutes from Fernie, B.C. The best time to fly fish the ‘Crow’ is from late June thru to October. If the Bow River enjoys the reputation of being the number one fly fishing destination in Alberta, the Crowsnest is a close second and for good reason: this remarkable little river has a rainbow trout population of 1500 per mile – an incredible number considering the size of this smaller river.

The Oldman River - The Oldman River is the major drainage in S.W. Alberta. The 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 some outstanding dry-fly fishing.

The Waterton River - Located in extreme South Western Alberta, The Waterton River is a Brown Trout Stream that is best suited to floating. The Waterton River leaves Waterton National Park and flows thru the most scenic and ecologically diverse Front Range Country in the Rocky Mountains. The Waterton River has some great hatches of Stone Flies including Salmon and Golden Stone Flies coupled with an abundance of Grass Hoppers. The Waterton is primarily a dry fly fishery, but when the fish are not looking up a big Streamer can produce some arm tearing strikes! DBO 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 designed for fly fishing. Jet boats are used to fish the Kootenay and the Columbia Rivers.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Beautiful and wild BC!Fernie is situated amongst 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. Fernie's Rocky Mountain setting and untouched natural beauty offers visitors year round opportunity for adventure. Horse back 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. The Chinook Centre, built in 1960, is Calgary's largest shopping centre. Visit to the Calgary Zoo, golf at McKenzie Meadows, visit Banff National Park, Calaway Park, or catch the Calgary Stampede!

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 just fishing S.E British Columbia we suggest flying into Glacier International in Kalispell, MT. If you are planning to fish the Bow River then we suggest flying into Calgary, AB. You will want to fly into Spokane, WA if you are planning on fishing the Columbia and Slocan Rivers. DBO does not offer airport shuttles, so you will want to rent a car.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Most check in times are after 1 pm, depending on where you are staying. All trips in Fernie, BC are based out of the Kootenay Fly shop, where you will meet your guide. In Calgary, DBO will pick you up at The Glenmore Inn

2013 Fishing Package Rates

All prices are quoted in Canadian Dollars (CAD). All rates are per person and a trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.

Length of Stay 2 Per Boat
2 Per Room
Park Place Lodge - Fernie, BC
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $2,424.87 CAD
Island Lake Lodge - Fernie, BC
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $2,492.07 CAD
Birch Meadows Lodge - Fernie, BC
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $2,414.50 CAD
Seven Rivers Lodge - Oldman River, AB
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $2,375.00 CAD
Glenmore Inn - Calgary, AB
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $2,258.25 CAD

* 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.

What's Included

  • 4 nights lodging in your choice of accommodation
  • 3 days of guided fishing
  • Packed cooler lunch on the water each day
  • All equipment needed - rods, reels, and all flies
  • Ground transportation to and the River
  • All GST's

What's Not Included

  • * Transportation to Calgary, AB or Fernie, BC
  • Fishing Licenses and
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities for the lodge staff and your guide
  • * Breakfast (included at Island Lake and Birch Meadows) and Dinner

* Airport shuttles and all meals are included in the Seven Rivers Lodge package

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

D.B.O. Saskatchewan Bird Hunting Camp

In addition to an amazing fishing program D.B.O. operates a Saskatchewan Bird Hunting Camp during the fall months. The Bird Camp offers classic walk up shooting for Hungarian Partridge and Sharptail Grouse over well trained English Pointers, Setters, and Brittanys. On top of the great upland bird hunting, D.B.O. takes full advantage of the abundant Waterfowling opportunities. This is North American Wingshooting at it's finest and D.B.O.'s Saskatchewan Bird Hunting Camp books up early! Please contact Yellow Dog for Details. 

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