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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Elk River - Fernie, BC, Canada

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Bull Moose at Michel Creek - Above Sparwood, BC, Canada

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KP and nice Elk R. Bull Trout
Just returned from a great fly fishing trip in Fernie, BC, Canada on the Elk River; we also fished Michel Creek for a half day before our Elk float. Fished the Michel on Friday which is only a 30 km drive above Fernie and 10 km above Sparwood. Once at the creek and Corbin Road, it is at least another 20 km, but a beautiful drive, to the fishing grounds. Almost didn't drive up there though, for the hostesses at Elk River Guiding Company said it would be too crowded. I will admit, Idaho Fly Fishers Association member KP and I did see maybe 5 fly fishers the whole time we were up there, so "combat fishing" it was not.

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What Canadians think of N. Idaho / Montana wolves.
Definitely worth the 45 minute drive! We fished a YSF Stinger and Adams most of the time and caught several really nice, feisty cutthroat in the 2+ hours we were there. Trout ranged from about 10 inches to 16 inches with great fight and color. The stream was narrow this time of year, but some fairly deep blue, green pools and nice runs made the fishing worthwhile. PS-The Michel is all wade fishing. We only left because a thunder/lightening storm arrived. Went down to the Elk for about an hour where KP caught a 24" bull and I a nice cuttie. The bull trout, by the way, was caught with an Assam Dragon at the bottom of a deep rapid run in a tail out. 
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Guide Louis "Louie" Cloutier and KP

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McCool Creek running into the Elk R.
The next day on the Elk was totally different fishing. Our float guide Louis (aka Louie) Cloutier of the Elk River Guiding Company worked his you know what off trying multiple patterns in the morning and early afternoon scaring up what few fish we did catch. By the way the Elk is mostly a cutthroat and bull trout river. But then we noticed in a drink holder on the drift boat about a #18 green drake (which they call "Flav" short for genius/species "Drunella flavilinea"). I had no green drakes in that size, so we tied on an 18 BWO with a stacked hackle and off we went. For visibility, our flies had salmon colored foam wings. Our choice was good and from McCool Creek down, we slaughtered the fish. Cutties in the 18-20+ inch size were the rule. I quit because I lost a fly on a fish and my arm was toast. Hoping to do the Bow River near Calgary next year. Hear the cutties are even larger.

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Nice fat Elk R. Cuttie

Try the action for yourself. It was a great time and not that far from north Idaho, so it really was like Idaho fly fishing. Stay tuned. Planning another trip, close to Idaho, on the Gallatin and Big Horn Rivers within 3 weeks. This will be the annual meeting of the Idaho Fly Fishers Association. There will be 14 of us this year. Join us at IDFFA. Membership is FREE! I will warn you though, most of the members are over 50, so we are looking for some young blood to support the old farts and hold our canes while we wade. Just kidding! We can all still wade despite some fairly new titanium parts.

Hard takes, tight lines, broken tippets and sore shoulders and arms to you all.


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Good Cutthroat!
Tags:  Big Horn River - MT
     Bitterroot River Valley Skwala
     Bull River Hogs - Montana * *
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     Cancun Rainbow?

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"Drunella flavilinea"

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