The Columbia offers the big river fly fishing with some of the biggest native and wild rainbows you can hope to land.
This is the kind of fly fishing you dream about. Just below one of the many hydroelectric dams located on this river system, the Keenlyside Dam, is one of the most exciting tail water fisheries in North America.
Large hatches of caddis in June and early July attract massive pods of rainbows that surface to feed. The fish are strong and fast with the largest being recorded at just shy of 30 pounds. While tributaries to the Columbia include the Salmo and Slocan Rivers and are subject to the same hatches, the Columbia provides a big river experience. while remaining relatively unknown except by some of the best fly fishing guides in the area.
While the river flows through town of Castlegar, Nelson is located just a half hour drive down the highway. Nelson is known for a vibrant arts scene, coffee shops and shopping. the streets are lined with a variety of excellent restaurants and accommodation for every budget.