September 7 River Report

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has advised that angling and rafting is permitted on the Elk River between Sparwood and Elko from boat launches accessed from highways only.

Please note that this exemption was put in place somewhat reluctantly due to the wildfire threat, and could be retracted or changed at any time if circumstances or conditions worsen (e.g. new fires, compliance issues, etc.). However, for now, it offers a limited opportunity for guides and resident anglers (with appropriate licenses and rod day allocations) to keep on the water in this area. As a matter of good practice – having basic fire fighting equipment (Pulaski, shovel, fire extinguisher) available in your vehicle is a good approach.

Please stay up to date on this via the BC Wildfire Service website –

For waterbodies that require use of Forest roads for access, their use remains restricted by the order. This includes all of the other Classified Waters in the East Kootenay, and portions of the Elk River. The fire danger is simply too extreme for further exemptions. The weather forecast over the next 3 days includes high temps some higher winds, followed by potential lightning mid week. The Fire center will be constantly watching and adjusting strategies to match risks. Some moisture and cooling is required to relax restrictions.

And now for the river report information from Kootenay Fly Shop & Guiding Co. – The river is becoming low with water temperatures safe but continue taking readings. Trout are extremely reactive to small Mayflies and Terrestrial patterns with October Caddis emerging.

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