St Mary’s River Native Trout
Wild West Slope Cutthroat Trout
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 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!
Not to mention, 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 River a great destination for all fly fishermen and women!!
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!
Bull trout in the St Mary’s river can reach sizes up to and sometimes over 30 inches which makes them a real trophy fish for any avid fisherman or woman!!
What’s Included In A
St Mary’s River Fly Fishing Trip?
Available St Mary’s River
Fly Fishing Packages
Outfitted Raft With a Fishing Frame
All The Fishing Gear You Need
A Hearty Riverside Lunch
Transportation To & From The River
*All prices are in Canadian Dollars. Prices do not include the cost of BC Fishing Licenses or Gratuities.
Some Of Our Best Catches
On The St. Mary’s River
Flowing out of the pristine St. Mary’s valley and the Purcell Mountain range in the East Kootenay’s of British Columbia is the stunning St. Mary’s river, one of many of the Kootenay river tributaries. This river is abundant with wild Westslope Cutthroat Trout averaging 14 – 18 inches! Bull Trout are also found in these waters and can be targeted as well. You will enjoy world class dry fly fishing along with some of the most amazing mountain scenery and there is always the chance for some wildlife viewing as well.
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 !!
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.
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.
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.
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!
St. Mary’s River Fly Fishing Frequently Asked Questions
When Is The Best Time To Book A St. Mary's River Fly Fishing Trip?
The St. Mary’s 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 St Mary’s River until July 1st or later…. The St Mary’s 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 St. Mary's River?
The St. Mary’s River 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 St Mary’s River guided fishing trip.
What Kind Of Fly Fishing Gear Do I Need To Bring For A St. Mary's River Fly Fishing Trip?
All of our guided fly fishing trips include all the gear you need to fish the St Mary’s 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 Our St. Mary's River Fly 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 St. Mary's 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 St Mary's 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.
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