About us

The famous Elk River in Fernie, British Columbia, is situated in the East Kootenays of the Canadian Rockies, which is where Kootenay Fly Shop & Guiding Co. was established in 1996. Built to offer anglers a full service fly fishing shop and various Guided Fly Fishing Trips for some of the best fly fishing waters in North America where the last strong remaining populations of pure strain Wild West Slope Cutthroat Trout can be found.

Pursue Cutthroat Trout on the dry as well as fishing for huge Bull Trout on the Elk River. We offer Catch and Release fly fishing excursions from 1 to 5 days on the rivers, lakes, streams and creeks in British Columbia and Alberta. Float and Wade the Elk River, or fish one of the many lakes, our fishing tours are designed to accommodate the diverse angler.

Our full service shop has all the gear for your fly fishing adventure. We have a large selection of rods, reels, flies, fly tying materials, boots, waders and more. Our friendly staff will help you find exactly what you’re looking for and provide some great tips for the best equipment based on your needs. Not to mention what flies will catch the next trout!

We carry Orvis, Simms, Sage, Douglas Fly Rods, Scientific Anglers, RIO, Hareline Dubbin, Waterworks-Lamson, Dr. Slick, Black’s Flies, Solitude Flies, Freestone Flies Rushton Landing Nets, Fishpond, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Zeal Optics and more.