Fly fishing is an ancient practice that dates back to the 2nd century. Recreational fishing took a great leap forward in North America after the Civil War, where a newly found interest in the activity revolutionized peoples' relationship with lakes and rivers. The development of fiberglass rods, synthetic fly lines, and monofilament leaders in the early 1950s increased the popularity of fly fishing, and has become a very relaxing and detailed hobby for many.
The East Kootenays is renowned for its world class freestone Fly Fishing for Westslope Cutthroat trout, Bull trout and Rainbow trout. The lakes, river systems and their tributaries in our area produce beautiful large trout thanks to superb aquatic ecosystems. Gillnockies Guides will take you on a scenic float trip down the St.Mary, Elk, or Bull rivers where you can expect to land any of the trout species depending on the season. This is a classic trip for true fly fishing fanatics. During the summer months you will enjoy some of the best dry fly fishing imaginable with lots of action. Expect to catch fish 14 - 20 inches for Cutthroat trout and Bull trout up to 75 inches. Please contact us for more details regarding fly fishing trips.