The Crowsnest River

The Crowsnest River originates near the Alberta-British Columbia border in Crowsnest Lake. It flows east through the mountains before reaching the communities of the Crowsnest Pass and continues its journey by joining the Oldman Dam reservoir after traveling about 30 miles. The Crowsnest River averages 50-feet in width, which makes it ideally suited to walk and wade fishing. The many bridges provide access to the river through its entire reaches.

For fishing purposes, the river can be divided into two sections. The first section is the stretch above the Lundbreck Falls. This stretch provides excellent dry-fly, nymph and streamer fishing for rainbow trout. The average fish in this section is 14-16 inches and fish over 18 inches are regularly caught.  This is a river where guided fly fishing trips are extremely helpful.  Easily accesible stretches can be very heavily fished and the technical nature of this fishery can be extremely rewarding or exceptionally frustrating if not approached properly.

The second stretch encompasses the river below Lundbreck Falls to the Oldman Dam reservoir. Again, this stretch offers excellent dry-fly, nymph and streamer fishing. This stretch also has many rainbow trout, but offers the chance to catch brown and bull trout as well. There are also small numbers of cutthroat trout in the system. The average size of fish in this stretch is again 14-16 inches. Prolific hatches of mayflies, caddis and stoneflies occur during the warm weather months. One of the true joys of fishing the Crowsnest River is the opportunity to sight fish for large feeding trout.

Price: $700

Included in the rate is: all equipment, lunch, non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks for 1 or 2 people.  As an option on walk and wade trips an additional angler can be added for $175.  The only costs not included are the tax (5% GST), your fishing license, and guide gratuities, which are customary.

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