Our Native Trout
The East Kootenays is home to some of the best trout fishing in the world.
All within 100km from our shop in Kimberley BC we have access to world class trout fishing rivers such as the St Mary’s River, Bull River, Skookumchuck River, Moyie River, Kootenay River and Elk River right here in our backyard. And if that’s not already trout fishing heaven… additionally we have an abundance of productive trout fishing lakes small and large that are sure to keep you hooked up year round.
These river’s are located in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia and are home to a unique and 100% natural fishery for native wild westslope Cutthroat Trout. Some intense stonefly, caddis and callibaetis fly hatches occur during the summer and fall months and these trout become very active making for some unbelievable dry fly fishing.
Average sizes are between 12 and 16 inches with some Cutthroat Trout reaching up to 20 inches. This alone should make the St. Mary’s, Bull, Skookumchuck, Moyie, Kootenay and Elk river’s a must destination for all fly fishermen and women!!
The B.C government and fisheries has limited the amount of guided days on these classified water’s and with very little public access we enjoy low fishing pressure … this combination has produced an amazing natural freestone fishery for fly fishing that is second to none!
Oh and not to mention the breathtaking views!!
The St.Mary’s is a crystal clear freestone river with many great pools and runs to fish along the way. These trout that live here are 100% natural with no human intervention, spawning and reproducing as they did hundreds of years ago. Access is difficult on the St. Mary’s River so it receives very little pressure from anglers therefore making it the perfect drift for avid dry fly fishing clients seeking a truly wild and exciting fly fishing experience!
Undoubtedly this river boasts some of the best dry fly fishing in North America during the summer and fall months! Come and join Kimberley Fly Fishing for an incredible day of dry fly fishing on the St. Mary’s River, we promise you will not be disappointed and your fly rod will be put to work !!
St Marys, Bull, Skookumchuck, Kootenay and Elk River’s
This colorful migratory fish lives in the Kootenay river system moving up its tributaries in the summer months to spawn. Some Bull Trout will remain here during the winter months but the majority will migrate back out into the Kootenay river in September. They can reach sizes up to and sometimes over 30 inches which makes them a real trophy for any avid fisherman or woman
Bull Trout can be very aggressive and will attack streamers when they are feeding, we also use large nymph patterns that have proven to be very effective as well. These large trout can easily take any fly reel into the backing so we recommend at least a 7 wt 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!
Book your fishing trip for world class native Bull Trout with Kimberley Fly Fishing today !!
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!
Lakes of the Kootenays
Our local lakes produce trophy size Rainbow Trout thanks to the healthy and flourishing aquatic ecosystem. If you enjoy chironomid fishing then you will love fishing our lakes. We also use leach, callibaetis and damsel fly patterns to entice trout to take.
When the opportunity arises and Rainbow Trout are seen feeding on top water flies/emergers we will switch to dry fly patterns. Sight casting to feeding trout is an exciting fishing experience you will not soon forget!
Kimberley Fly Fishing Ltd.
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!
220 Ross Street
Kimberley BC Canada
Shop - (250) 427-2278
Nathan Cell - (250) 420-7886
Toll Free - 1-888-592-2278