Elk River BC question

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Fast Action Freddie, Jul 12, 2014.

  1. Fast Action Freddie

    Fast Action Freddie Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2007
    Messages:
    144
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    I apologize in advance -- I'm looking for a handout. I have always put in the time to explore and figure out things on my own, but this is a unique situation.

    I'm going on a family trip in august that will have us one night in Fernie BC. I'd like to spend a paltry 2 to 4 hours on the Elk, in a spot where wading (and & some catching on a dry) is possible, exposing my kids to river dry fly fishing. If you can recommend a such a spot that we can drive up to, try out some wading (wadeable by 9 & 11 year olds) or bank fishing, could you send me a pm? not looking for your secret spots, just some guidance on what stretches of/access to the river we should consider that meet our criteria. scenery a plus.

    also - if you know of a guide who would do a half day float (in p.m.) and doesn't break the bank, I'd consider that.

    thanks in advance, joe
     
  2. ray@montanariverlodge

    ray@montanariverlodge Member

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2014
    Messages:
    39
    Likes Received:
    21
    By August there should be lots of wading water available. You can google for shops in Fernie and they're all pretty good. Most guides don't aren't too excited about a half day when they are on one of the best rivers in bc and hope to be booked full. Since the sun sets late. you might talk a guide into a late half day after they get in from a full day trip, especially if you buy their dinner and serve it riverside!
     
    Derek Young likes this.
  3. Stew McLeod

    Stew McLeod aka BigMac

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2005
    Messages:
    1,202
    Media:
    37
    Likes Received:
    102
    Location:
    Renton, WA
    I can send you a PM with the spot I frequent every year. It has never let me down and used to take my youngest boy there.



    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
     
  4. Red Arch

    Red Arch Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2011
    Messages:
    236
    Likes Received:
    56
    Location:
    Lower Mainland or Interior of BC
    It is an awesome fishery, one I have only managed to make out to twice so far in my life, yet I live in the same province (its a bloody big province...)

    Here are some pics from last weekend.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    Stew McLeod likes this.
  5. Stew McLeod

    Stew McLeod aka BigMac

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2005
    Messages:
    1,202
    Media:
    37
    Likes Received:
    102
    Location:
    Renton, WA
  6. Nooksack Mac

    Nooksack Mac Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2002
    Messages:
    1,999
    Likes Received:
    134
    Location:
    Bellingham, WA, USA.
    There's access and easy wading a mile or two upstream from Elkford, and various places farther upstream, as the road gets rougher.
    Also probably around the bridge in Elkford.
     
  7. jwg

    jwg Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2009
    Messages:
    609
    Likes Received:
    135
    Location:
    West Richland, WA
    Does this river in B.C. have regulations that would look "special" to us down here:
    like, must purchase a pass for the day you fish, or must use a local guide?
    J
     
  8. Stew McLeod

    Stew McLeod aka BigMac

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2005
    Messages:
    1,202
    Media:
    37
    Likes Received:
    102
    Location:
    Renton, WA
    Yes a special $20 per day access fee on top of the license. Worth every red cent. In my, and others, opinion.

    I have done it several times just for 4 or 5 hours.
     
  9. suckegg

    suckegg Active Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2003
    Messages:
    393
    Likes Received:
    125
    Location:
    Ellensburg, WA,
    Might consider Michel Creek(Elk trib).. it's right there and there are no safety/access issues/challenges. Wading is a breeze and plenty of nice fish. Open enough for kids and fly casting too.
     
  10. surfnsully

    surfnsully Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2008
    Messages:
    308
    Media:
    13
    Likes Received:
    44
    Location:
    Happy Valley, OR
    Michel Creek also has a classified waters fee attached = $20 or so.
     
  11. Fast Action Freddie

    Fast Action Freddie Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2007
    Messages:
    144
    Likes Received:
    8
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Much thanks for the responses! looking forward to it ... wish i had more time there!
     

Share This Page