We are in operation from April - June for lake fishing and then July - October for river fishing.
Most customers bring their own fishing gear, but if a customer needs to be outfitted we can supply them with rod, reel, and waders providing we know ahead of time the proper sizing etc. and there is no extra charge. We do supply all flies needed for your fishing trip.
A single fly-fishing trip to Falcon's can be filled with many different angling experiences. One day you might sight cast to big wary The elevation is 3,200 ft. We have 2 major rivers, the St. Mary and the Elk, that we float. We do walk and wades on two smaller rivers, the Bull and the Skookumchuck, which are in the Rocky Mountain and Purcell Mountain range; both a short drive from the lodge.
The average temperature for the summer months is around 22C – 28C. We typically do not receive too much rainfall during the summer months, and have about 15 hours of daylight. The water temperature of the river varies from mid-50 F – mid-60 F in the St. Mary and Elk River and from 45 F – 55 F in the Bull and Skookumchuck rivers.
A typical day would be to start out having a nice hot breakfast around 8am. You will leave the lodge around 9 – 9:30am and, depending where you are fishing that day, you may jump in the boat right from the lodge or drive with your guide anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour up the road to your put-in location. You will be provided a healthy lunch that you can enjoy along the banks of the river and will return to the lodge around 6pm. You can enjoy the evening sitting out on the deck listening to the river, telling stories about your day, all while having a beautiful prepared dinner.
Our main species are cutthroat and rainbow and we typically always dry-fly fish for them. We do not wait for a specific hatch unless it is obvious, but we primarily fish dry flies and the choice depends on what the guide feels is working that day. We have a good population of bull trout that we target if the client so desires to fish for them, and this is usually done by stripping streamers.
Besides the fishing gear, customers may want to bring along bug repellant, sunscreen, camera, walking stick, and clothing that can be layered. Depending on the time of the year, the mornings can be a little cool but then lighter clothes are needed for the afternoon.
Q. Where is the closest airport?
A. The closest airport is the Cranbrook airport which is a 5-minute drive from the lodge, but most customers fly into Spokane, WA (3½ hour drive), Kalispell, MT (2½ hour drive) or Calgary, AB (a 4 hr drive).
Q. How do we get from the airport and do you offer a shuttle service?
A. Most customers rent a car and drive to Cranbrook, but we do off a shuttle to and from the airport for a fee.
Q. Do we get our licensing before our arrival at the lodge?
A. We do all your licensing here at the lodge, as the licensing is river specific. It works well to do it here so you are sure to have the right license for the specific river you are fishing on any particular day.
Overall: 5.0 / 5 based on 33 reviews
33 of 33 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
World class -
By: Harvey1949 from Nitro, West Virginia
I have fished the Chilean Andes, central Alaska, Labrador, Assinica Preserve Quebec and the fishing here ranks on the same level. Excellent Rocky Mountain cutthroat fishing and excellent guides and host. This spot is a SUPER bargain. Fishing this good generally reserved for high end private waters. Highly recommend this experience.
Ultimate Fly Fishing Trip -
By: Snoot from Ultimate West Flyfishing Cranbrook BC Canada
My best fishing trip ever.Third time with Lou.As always his hospitality and home cooking impossible to beat.Guides very skilled and very accommodating.Highly recommend to all regardless of your skill level. Les
Great time once again -
By: DocBatt from LaGrange, Illinois
I recently returned from my second trip to Ultimate West and once again it was just an amazing experience. The fishing is world class, the food just excellent, the guides knowledgeable and friendly, and Lou and his family make you feel like part of the extended family. I can't imagine a better place to be.
My favorite place to vacation -
By: RenRut from nc
The flyfishing is a 10. The beautiful rivers are a 10. The golf is a 10. The beautiful place is a 10. The food is a 10. The hospitality is a 10. There is no where I would rather go to enjoy and spend time. Sometimes, the casino is kind to me.
Lifetime memories -
By: JGP1 from Goldsboro, NC, USA
Lou & Sheri provide a great home away from home. The fishing is the best. The weather and scenery are unmatched. Can't wait till my next trip. Many Thanks!! jp
St. Mary/Bull River Adventure (Cranbrook, BC) -
By: BrotherofWildWillie2 from Wayne, IL
Louie and Sherri are fabulous. The fishing, food, company, and stories are always memorable (as this is my second trip to UWFF). UWFF cares for the guest and goes above and beyond with the quality of guides and dry fishing expertise. Louie - thanks for getting us out of that tight spot on the upper St. Mary and working with Orvis to replace a broken rod.
Five Stars -
By: RCWV from Moorefield WV
Once again, weather was perfect, fishing was wonderful, guide was superb & hospitality was outstanding. This was the 5th year I've been there & already booked for 2014.
By: PutsNAround from Michigan, USA
My wife and I are novice fly fishermen, after 2 days on the water with Louie I think we could go anywhere with confidence. We caught lots of fish and thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality. Too much good food!
Great Trip -
The accomadations, guides, and fishing were great.