It has been a slow start to the season for us here at Kootenay Fly Shop. Every morning we look longingly at the muddy Elk, hoping it will magically clear by the end of the day. She’s flowing at 171m³/second today. After steadily decreasing a bit every day last week, we had a small spike again the last few days with some thunderstorms and local rain. All in all, we are still moving in the right direction (toward a great fishing season). Looks like a bit more rain headed our way today and tomorrow, and then lots of clear weather for the rest of this week–although one can never be certain in Fernie!
To kick off the season, the guides have been exploring the tribs, and having some good luck too. Pictured above is lead guide Josh, exploring in Sparwood with new shop staff and avid angler, Cam Yallits (photo credit).
We had a couple of early guided trips this season, and unable to take them into the backyard, Josh headed to the Crowsnest to show them a good time. Success!
Tributaries of the Elk are mostly looking clear, which is great news. It is only a matter of time people. We thank Mother Nature for our amazing trout streams, and she thanks us for our patience this year…