Bull River Fly Fishing Packages


9 Hours



Professional Guide


Outfitted Raft With a Fishing Frame


All The Fishing Gear You Need


A Hearty Riverside Lunch


Transportation To & From The River


Lasting Memories


2 Days



Professional Guide


Outfitted Raft With a Fishing Frame


All The Fishing Gear You Need


All Meals Are Provided


Transportation To & From The River


Lasting Memories

*All prices are in Canadian Dollars. Prices do not include the cost of BC Fishing Licenses or Gratuities*

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Bull River Native Trout

Bull River Cutthroat Trout

Wild West Slope Cutthroat Trout

 upCutthroat Trout in the ‘Upper Bull’ river live their entire lives here as the the Aberfeldie Damn prevents them from moving downstream past this obstacle . The ‘Upper Bull’ offers excellent dry fly fishing for the Cutthroat Trout that have adapted to these waters. Average sizes of these trout range from 12 -15 inches due to the cooler and faster water flows but some can still reach up to 19 inches. Anglers can enjoy remarkably large amounts of dry fly strikes on a good day as these trout have big appetites feeding as much as possible to survive the frigid water.

The ‘Lower Bull’ offers some world class Cutthroat Trout fly fishing as well with sizes averaging significantly bigger than the ‘Upper Bull’ as the water temperatures are warmer and they are able to migrate easily into the Kootenay River system during the winter. These fish are typically not quite as eager to take a dry fly as the fish found in the ‘Upper Bull’ as there is more feed available to them here but you can hook into a real trophy sized Cutthroat Trout some reaching up to or even over 20 inches !!

Large St Marys River Bull Trout

Bull Trout

Because of the Aberfeldie Dam, Bull Trout are only found in the lower stretch of this river known as the ‘Lower Bull’. This is a walk’n’wade trip or it can be drifted in a fishing raft also but this requires a lot of extra work and time to get our raft(s) and gear down to the riverside where we can launch. Bull Trout can be very aggressive and will attack streamers when they are feeding hence their nickname ‘the river shark’. We also use large nymph patterns that have proven to be very effective as well.

Average sizes of Bull Trout on this stretch of the Bull river range from 20 inches up to and even over 30 inches! These large hard fighting trout can easily take any fly reel into the backing so we recommend at least a 7wt but preferably an 8wt fly rod and reel. Be prepared for an exhilarating fight that will keep you coming back to fish this incredible species of wild trout over and over!

What’s Included In A Bull River Fly Fishing Trip?

Professional Guide


Outfitted Raft

*Hearty Lunch

Fishing Gear

Lasting Memories

Some Of Our Best Catches On “The Bull”

Set behind the Rocky Mountain range known as “The Steeples” flows the beautiful Bull river. This is an aqua blue-green, glacier fed, freestone river that holds some of the worlds wildest Trout found anywhere. We fly fish two different sections known as the “Upper Bull” and the “Lower Bull”.

The “Lower Bull” flows into the Kootenay river and offers world class fly fishing action for trophy size Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout and Bull Trout. The “Upper Bull” river is separated from the lower section by the Aberfeldie damn which prevents fish from migrating up or down. These fish live their entire lives here and offers excellent dry fly fishing for the Cutthroat Trout that live in these waters. Anglers can enjoy remarkably large amounts of dry fly strikes on a good day as these trout have big appetites and have to feed as much as possible to survive the cold water.

The Bull River fishes very well from late July to the beginning of October and is a great fish for the fall angler! This is a full day trip in one of our fishing rafts and is highly recommended. We offer overnight and walk’n’wade trips on this river as well. Contact Kimberley Fly Fishing for dates available and experience the wild trout waters of the Bull River!

Our Customers Love Fishing With Us!

Had an awesome day on the St Mary’s River, plenty of fish both caught (and missed). Nathan guided and knows the river extremely well.

Would recommend to all and will be on the list next time I’m in the area.

Gary Vincent

Well what can I say other than I just experienced my very best day dry fly fishing….. Ever! Nate has set the bar very high with the day he provided on the river! He is a natural at pointing out spots to hit, rows like a master, super pleasant and knowledgeable! All the boxes checked for what I look for in a fishing guide . Top it off with a great lunch and exquisite scenery! Doesn’t get any better ! Thanks guys, I can’t wait to get out again with you all.

Amanda Martini

Amazing day catching fish pretty much the whole time. Guide knew where the fish were and shared his knowledge with us.

There was a bit of a delay getting going but once we got on the water it was everything we could have wanted in a fishing day.

Matthew May

The staff and guides at Kimberley Fly Fishing are fantastic and were a huge help in getting me set up with the new rod and reel I needed! The shop is outfitted with a ton of selection and reputable brands to choose from and the shop staff are happy to help and share their expertise. I’ve been on two guided trips so far (float and walk and wade) and my guides Nathan and Alec both provided fantastic experiences! I highly recommend them for all levels and abilities!

Jenn Holm

Bull River Fly Fishing Frequently Asked Questions

When Is The Best Time To Fish The Bull River?

The Bull River is closed to fishing from April 1st to June 15th annually. Typically, due to the spring run off, the water levels are higher and more murky during the early part of the season opening on June 15th. With that said we generally don’t start fishing the Bull River until July 1st or later…. The Bull River will continue to produce well until about the end of September at which point we like to start fishing the Kootenay River.

What Kind Of Fishing License Do I Need To Fish The Bull River?

The BullRiver is a Class II fishery when it is open. So you are required to hold a valid Basic BC Freshwater Fishing License as well as a BC Classified Waters Fishing License. Fishing licenses can be purchased in our fly shop or online here. We ask that you have both required fishing licenses before the day of your Bull River guided fishing trip.

What Kind Of Fly Fishing Gear Do I Need To Fish The Bull River?

All of our guided fly fishing trips include all the gear you need to fish the Bull River including Rods, Reels, Flies, Line and Tippet. If you prefer to use your own gear that is ok too. Unfortunately, we do not supply boots and/or hip waders.

Are We Able To Keep The Fish We Catch On A Bull River Guided Fishing Trip?

No! Kimberley Fly Fishing has a strict catch and release policy on our guided fly fishing trips. Our native trout are our “Business Partners” and catch and release improves native trout populations by allowing more fish to remain and reproduce in the ecosystem! This catch and release policy ensures that anglers like you will be able to enjoy fly fishing native trout on our rivers for years to come.

Is A Deposit Required When Booking A Bull River Fly Fishing Trip?

Yes! When you book a St Marys River Fly Fishing Trip online we will confirm your booking date is available. Once we have confirmed your booking, you will receive an email with a instructions to pay a 25% deposit.

When Do I Have To Pay For My Bull River Fly Fishing Trip?

You are required to pay a 25% deposit upon booking your trip. The remainder of the cost of your fly fishing trip is due 48 hours before your trips date.

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Whether your looking to experience the best fly fishing in BC with an all inclusive guided fly fishing trip, or you’re looking to get your hands on some of the top brands in fly fishing gear, Kimberley Fly Fishing has you covered!

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Kimberley BC Canada
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