Ultimate West Flyfishing, BC
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter in Cranbrook, British Columbia
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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