Ultimate West Flyfishing, BC

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide Services in Cranbrook, British Columbia

Ultimate West Flyfishing, BC


We are what a total quality fly-fishing experience once was and should be. We are a combination of world-class solitude dry-fly fishing and great old-world hospitality, with an emphasis on comfort and culinary delights. We are very easy to get to and an outstanding value. In addition, we can honestly say that we are truly unique and exceptional in fly-fishing destinations: simply exceptional fishing, endless opportunities, and solitude the way it once was. We did this. This is a place where the waters are extremely well managed, the wild fish stocks are incredible, and access is, in one fashion or another, very limited. The best part is that you can still fish without the crowds so common to most destinations we have visited. In fact, you can still spend a day catching huge numbers of fish on a dry fly and likely never see another angler. The fly-fishing experience we are able to provide is truly amazing, like a time gone by, like a time most of us can only remember fondly. It still amazes us and we do not take this for granted. We did not want a large lodge nor did we want to be a small shop outfitter. After experiencing just about everything possible, a medium-sized customer oriented environment is what we wanted to create. We did this with The Guest House. This is a place where the numbers of guests are limited to only a few (4 to 6) at any given time. The atmosphere is simple, relaxed, and very much home away from home. We enjoy comfort, so we have created very comfortable accommodations for our guests. We enjoy great food so we have created menus that are wholesome and delicious. We are within minutes of everything we could ever require, but far enough removed to enjoy our solitude. We keep it extremely simple. We do not tell you when to come and go; in effect, this is your home while you are with us. When you go out for a day of fishing, you return on your time, there is no diner bell but when you return a great meal will be waiting for you and a great relaxing atmosphere will be the perfect end to a perfect day.

Date Range

We are in operation from April - June for lake fishing and then July - October for river fishing.

What is Provided to Customer

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.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

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.

Typical Weather by Season

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.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

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.


Species You Fish for by Season

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.


What Should Customers Bring?

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

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: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 34 reviews


34 of 34 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Great trip - 8/2/2015
    By: from Raleigh NC

    Thanks for a great fly fishing, and lodge trip, Good times with old and new friends. Everything was perfect. Hope to be back soon, Wishing y'all the very best, Mark

  • 5/5

    World class - 7/17/2014
    By: 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.

  • 5/5

    Ultimate Fly Fishing Trip - 10/7/2013
    By: 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

  • 5/5

    Great time once again - 10/7/2013
    By: 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.

  • 5/5

    My favorite place to vacation - 10/1/2013
    By: 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.

  • 5/5

    Lifetime memories - 10/1/2013
    By: 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

  • 5/5

    St. Mary/Bull River Adventure (Cranbrook, BC) - 10/1/2013
    By: 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.

  • 5/5

    Five Stars - 9/30/2013
    By: 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.

  • 5/5


  • 5/5

    Beginners - 9/23/2013
    By: 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!

Ultimate West Flyfishing
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide Services
Louie Musso
9915 Pattinson Rd
Cranbrook BC Canada V1C 7C5
250-427-1506 or 250-421-9063

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