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Sun., Oct. 9, 2011, 6:26 a.m.

BC’s Elk River continues to be worth the trip

A fly fisher works his way into the Elk River near Fernie, British Columbia, where fishing for cutthroat trout and bull trout is in its prime during autumn. (Rich Landers)
A fly fisher works his way into the Elk River near Fernie, British Columbia, where fishing for cutthroat trout and bull trout is in its prime during autumn. (Rich Landers)

FLY FISHING -- Although British Columbia has set extra fees on alien visitors, and even though the stream is sometimes swarming with guided anglers, the trip up to the Fernie area is still a winner, especially this time of year when the fall colors can be stunning.

Here's a trip report from Dwight Tipton of the Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club;

We just returned from the Elk and in all my years of fishing that river I don’t think I’ve ever seen it better. I’d strongly recommend that if you are having even a notion of heading up there, now’s the time to pack your ditty bag and get in a few days fishing before it turns to winter—a dose of which we had during our stay.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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