Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter in Alberta, Canada

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Dave Brown

Dave Brown Outfitters

Phone icon800-453-3991 Phone icon520-604-2729 Email icondave@davebrownoutfitters.com Link icondavebrownoutfitters.com
821 7th Ave
Fernie, BC V0B 1M0, Canada

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The Story

Go fly fishing in Canada and enlist the Orvis-endorsed guide service at Dave Brown Outfitters, guiding throughout Southern Alberta and the legendary Bow River since 1992. D.B.O. clients are rewarded with exceptionally fishy and hardworking guides that know the Bow River and other area trout streams remarkably well. Guests just need to show up and we will take it from there via providing all the gear that is necessary to ensure that your trip is a success.

Let the Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing guides at Dave Brown Outfitters create your unforgettable angling adventure in Alberta, Canada. In 1988, Dave Brown began his Calgary Alberta Bow River fly-fishing career. Since then, Dave and his guides spend countless days guiding and fishing on this incredible river, ensuring that the clients of Dave Brown Outfitters experience the best the Bow has to offer. With our professional approach to guiding, coupled with our knowledge of the river and ability to instruct at all levels, your day fly-fishing the Bow River will be a memorable one.

Southern Alberta's Bow River is world renowned for its hard-fighting brown and rainbow trout. The Bow River is truly a trophy fishery, with both browns and rainbows averaging 19 inches. Our guided Bow River fly-fishing trips take place in and downstream of the city of Calgary, making the Bow River very accessible from most major U.S. cities and airports.

For anglers who want to venture out into Southern Alberta, walk and wades and floating other rivers are also an option.

For anglers looking for a quick trout fix, look no further! Most U.S. carriers fly into Calgary, and there are direct flights from Dallas, Denver, Houston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Calgary is also accessible from Detroit via WestJet Airlines out of Windsor, Ontario.

The Dave Brown Outfitters' team of hardworking, experienced guides ensures that your trip with us is a success.


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Brown trout
Rainbow trout

Walk and wade creeks have
Cutthroat trout
Bull trout


The Bow River is open year-round. However, the best time to fish is late April to Late May (pre run-off) and late June-late October (regular season).


Calgary is an international city, nestled in the shadows of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. We fish above and below Calgary.

Southern Alberta is a very scenic region, which encompasses prairie, foothills and mountain environments.

Typical Weather:

Temperatures during the early season can be 32-65 degrees F.
During our regular summer season, the range can be 55-95.
During the late season, the range is 32-65.

What is Provided:

Deli lunch
Alcoholic bevareges
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Lodging arrangements
Trip planning

What to Bring:

Personal Items

Gear Recommendations:

Visit our Equipment List for details

Additional Activities:

Calgary is full of non-fly-fishing things to do, including:

  • Museums
  • The Calgary Zoo
  • Fort Calgary
  • Banff National Park
  • Excellent dinning
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old Man River Fly Fishing My daughter an I had a great day on the river with guide Angie. Easy booking, good communication and a great, knowledgeable guide committed to making our day a success. Dave runs a first class operation. I have used them before and will again without hesitation
Date published: 2020-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bow River professionals The only guys to call in Calgary if you want to catch fish on the Bow. Dave and his team of guides consistently put us on the fish all four days. Great attitudes, big fish, the correct fly, and just lots of fun on the river. Can't wait to go back!
Date published: 2020-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always a great time My husband and I have booked several floats with Dave Brown Outfitters and have never been disappointed. Guides are helpful and friendly and it’s always been a great day on the water
Date published: 2020-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Experience A fishing trip with my brother and Dave that turned out to be the trip of a lifetime. Great fishing, knowledgeable guiding and overall world class hospitality. Look forward to doing this again in the near future !
Date published: 2020-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fish on! We did a drift fish trip on July 29th with DBO and had an amazing day! Our guide Gavin tried a few different setups and my wife realed in several large trout (rainbow and brown). Gavin is a great guide and very knowledgeable about fishing, the Bow river and trout tendencies. Highly recommend using DBO during your next fishing expedition!
Date published: 2019-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fishing The Bow Fished The Bow July 9th and 10th. Fishing was slow due to a recent rain and dam releases. Never the less, our guide Mike Turnbull, through his persistence, put us on fish. Mike is an exceptional guide and a great fellow to fish with.
Date published: 2019-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Trip We had a great time with our guide Greg, organized by Dave. Not only did we catch loads of fish, he worked hard, constantly reading he water, changing our flies, teaching us everything about the river, the runs, the holes, the bugs, the techniques. Such a good time. On top of that, my father is older and that required some special attention for our walk and wade. Greg was fantastic. Thanks to Greg and Dave for an awesome trip. We'll be back!
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Day on the Bow River Thanks so much for the fantastic fishing trip down the Bow River! The fishing was great even under the smokey skies. I appreciated having someone suggesting where to place a cast, and also moving the boat into the great fishing holes. My guide really taught me a lot and I am excited to take my new skills back to fish other rivers. Thanks again for the trip (and the delicious homemade lunch). I'll be back.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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