Keith's Road Trip Summer 2007
Week 4



Sunday, August 19, 2007

No photos today due to an incoming storm, high winds and skies filled with smoke from the local forest fires.

Today I fished with Joe from Classic Journey Outfitters in Missoula, Montana. We fished the Upper Clark Fork in his raft. Fishing in the morning was very slow and frustrating. The wind made casting extremely difficult. After lunch I began throwing streamers and the fishing really picked up. I caught a dozen or so very large Brown trout. We fished until 6:30pm.


Monday, August 20, 2007

I left Missoula, Montana early this morning and drove north through some huge forest fires along Hwy 93.


Monday, August 20, 2007

This was a windy little 2 lane road that worked it's way north through Kalispell, Montana and eventually to the Canadian Border and all the way to Fernie, British Columbia. It was a very long 250 miles and rained the last 50 miles.

As I tried to cross the Canadian Border for some reason the Border Guard was convinced that I was carrying a pistol in my car. He kept asking and asking me if I was carrying a pistol. He finally told me that if they find a pistol in my car that I would be going to Prison. I finally told him to go ahead and search me and he gave up. I thought I'd have to call home for bail money.


Monday, August 20, 2007


Monday, August 20, 2007

The City of Fernie is located in the southeast corner of British Columbia, Canada, surrounded by the Canadian Rockies. It's a very cute little ski town.


Monday, August 20, 2007

I'm staying at The Griz Inn way up the hill above town, rght next to the ski slopes and chair lifts.


Monday, August 20, 2007


Monday, August 20, 2007

This is the view from the front porch of The Griz Inn.


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Today is a rest day in Fernie. I drove downtown to checkin at the Fly Shop because I am fishing with them on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Here is the view from the restaurant that I ate lunch at. They had a deck overlooking the Elk River.


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The scenery around here is beautiful. It is so green and lush.


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Another view of the Elk River as it runs right through town.


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

I couldn't resist, I just had to stop and look.


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

It seems that this is coal mining country, just north of Fernie.


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Today I fished the Elk River just north of Fernie with Mike Turnbull of Dave Brown Outfitters. It was a beautiful day. The fishing was a bit slow in the morning but really picked up in the afternoon. We had a long day on the river, we fished from 9am to 8pm.


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Here's the view from our lunch stop today.


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Fishing was slow in the morning but picked up very nicely after lunch. I caught 7 or 8 cutthroat trout on streamers, and another 10 or 12 on terrestrials, dry flies and nymphs.


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Another photo of the river.


Thursday, August 23, 2007

I fished with Mike from Dave Brown Outfitters again today. We fished a section of the Elk River north of where we fished yesterday. It was a beautiful day with a little rain and thunder and lightning after lunch. Today was kind of an off day for me. I had a lot of trouble hooking fish and when I did hook them several of them broke off as we got them near the boat.


Thursday, August 23, 2007

This is the view from our lunch stop today.


Thursday, August 23, 2007

After lunch fishing picked up and I did much better. In fact at one point I had a double header.


Thursday, August 23, 2007

This is the big fish of the day. He was very strong and ran almost 100 yards. I had quite a battle on my hands.


Friday, August 24, 2007

I got an unexpected offer to drive up to Southern Alberta today with Dave Brown of Dave Brown Outfitters to fish the Old Man River and then to go on up and spend the night in Calgary Alberta Canada and fish the Bow River on Friday and return to Fernie Friday night.


Friday, August 24, 2007

We got an early start and were in Pincher Creek, Alberta about 9:30. Wow, the scenery sure has changed since we left the Canadian Rockies and are now in Alberta. It seems to be wheat fields for as far as the eye can see.


Friday, August 24, 2007


Friday, August 24, 2007

Here's my fishing buddy who'll be fishing with me for the next two days. His name is Zane and he has a weird habit of needing to kiss every fish that we land.


Friday, August 24, 2007

Here's one of the Steelhead trout that I caught. It's very unusual to catch a Stelhead trout in fresh water, they are usually an ocean going trout that return to fresh water only to spawn.

It seems that in the 1950's Canada was buying young trout from California to stock their rivers with. California made a mistake and sent a tuckload of steelhead trout instead and they thrived in these rivers.


Friday, August 24, 2007

More photos coming soon.


Saturday, August 25, 2007

Fishing in Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Saturday, August 25, 2007

Bow River, Calgary, Canada


Saturday, August 25, 2007

Bow River, Calgary, Canada


Saturday, August 25, 2007

Bow River, Calgary, Canada


Saturday, August 25, 2007

Bow River, Calgary, Canada


Saturday, August 25, 2007

Bow River, Calgary, Canada


Saturday, August 25, 2007

Bow River, Calgary, Canada


Saturday, August 25, 2007

Lot's of photos coming soon.









On to week 5