With over 30 kilometres open to fishing and 1,500 fish per kilometre, the Columbia is a fly fisher’s dream.
Columbia River Fly Fishing
Located on the upper Columbia River, in the West Kootenays, near Castlegar and Trail BC.
We offer day trips on the river in the Spring and Fall fly fishing for Rainbow Trout. We can take groups of up to 4 anglers and we run 2 x 18ft G3 center console jet boats. Our day trips include 6-8 hours of guided fishing and lunches, meet one of our guides at the specified boat ramps in the morning and spend the day on the river! Matt mainly fishes in the Genelle section of the river and Bruce mainly fishes in the Trail section of the river.
Our equipment consists of top of the line Orvis rods and reels and we have both single handed and spey rods for our guests to use.
The Columbia River is a huge river with trout that are the landlocked descendants of the steelhead that used to travel the river up into Canada before the Coulee Dam was built in 1942. There are a lot of trout in the river between 16” -22” range and there are also some trout in the 30” plus class.
We have joined forces with another guide, Bruce Kruk. He is a world class spey caster and instructor and has been fishing this river for 20 plus years mainly specializing in spey fishing and casting. Bruce likes to target big fish on the swung fly.
We have two seasons, Spring and Fall.
Nestled between Castlegar and Trail, BC
2.5 hrs from Spokane, Washington
7 hrs from Vancouver, BC
7 hrs from Calgary, AB
Castlegar and Trail both have airports with regular flights.
Our Seasons (Spring and Fall)
Call for available dates
Fishing with Matt:
Matt run’s an 18ft center console sled with a 80 Yamaha jet and a big electric motor. On any given day, all manners of fly fishing works, dry flies, nymphing, swinging flies and two handed rods can be employed if guests want to get out of the boat and fish. Matt is a professional guide, both salt and fresh water.
Fishing with Bruce:
A day on the water with Bruce will have you drinking some fine coffee and working on your casting and fly presentation with the chance to hook up with some trophy rainbows.
I will get you into the groove of speycasting, no matter what skill level you’re at, and help you read the big water that is the Columbia.
Lots of laughs and learning to be had as we travel the river in my 18ft center console jet sled looking for the big boys.
Gear and Guide
Matt run’s an 18ft center console sled with a 80 Yamaha jet and a big electric motor. We have 10’ 5 wt Orvis Clearwater outfits with scientific angler amplitude lines. These are very nice casting outfits. On any given day, all manners of fly fishing works, dry flies, nymphing, swinging flies and two handed rods can be employed if guests want to get out of the boat and fish.
Beginners and novices welcome. All you need for equipment is good outdoor clothing and a fishing license (basic freshwater license – no tags needed for the Columbia River).