A bit smoky from the Montana fires but you could not smell. The combined group fished the Michele, Elk and Wigwam rivers.
This southeast portion of British Columbia is "Protected Waters". What the Canadians designate as Class II. This means they limit the number of fishers each day and charge an extra per Diem permit charge, over and above the BC fishing license, which is really a tax. It is only $21 Can/day this year, but can add up. License is $58 for 8 days.
Don't get me wrong, "Protected Waters" are good, for it does protect the indigenous fish population. Here it is single hook, barbless, catch-n-release.
Really effective flies on the Elk and Michele were black ants, purple haze, adams, red BH copper johns, an occasional hopper and other miscellaneous. Dries did seem to work the best. I personally did not fish the Wigwam, but my understanding is that large streamers and golden stones were the ticket.
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