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Recently touted in the April 2004 issue of Fly Rod & Reel as “world-class cutthroat fishing without world class crowds” fishing on the St. Mary’s river is often compared to the spectacular fishing of Montana forty or fifty years ago. The abundant free stone rivers of South East British Columbia offer exceptional fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, and bull trout. Strong hatches of stoneflies, caddis and mayflies provides incredible dry fly fishing. Best of all, there is hardly ANY fishing pressure!
One of the finest dry fly fisheries in North America, the St. Mary River is a classic freestone river flowing 50 miles from the Purcell Mountains to the Kootenay River. Rafts are used to float through open ranch country, heavily wooded pine stands, and steep canyons. Angling is a mix of boat fishing and walk/wade. The lack of angling pressure, mainly due to private land ownership and very little road access, means spectacular fishing with catch rates of 15-50 cutthroat trout 14-20” and the likelihood of not seeing another angler all day. Fishing for cutthroat trout and bull trout on the Elk River, as well as the Skookumchuck River is an option.
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