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Fly Fishing The Famous Elk River with Paige and Curtis
Episode 405th September 2022 • Food Afield: A Hunting & Fishing Wild Food Journey • John Schneider
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This is the twelfth expedition episode of the year! Hard to believe where the time has gone.

This episode finds me in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada. I have wanted to fish the Elk River for almost as long as I can remember and I finally have my chance. Earlier in the season, on the interview episodes stream, I spoke with Curtis Hall who is a professional guide on the Elk. He is also the co-host of the Hunter Conservationist Podcast. I have appeared on their show a few times now. 

In the episode with Curtis, we talked about planning this trip and it has been on the forefront of my mind ever since. In late August, the plans were set and I made my way down to southern BC in the old Suzuki Vitara. I met up with Curtis and got to meet his partner, Paige. She fishes too and she is good at it. Through sheer determination, and a longtime desire to figure out fly fishing (along with expert advice from Curtis), Paige has become a fly caster who appears to be well ahead of the curve. 

We catch several fish on the Saturday of our trip, out of the drift boat, along with several walk and wade excursions when we came across good pools. 

This is the first of two episodes. In the second part, we will take you along with Curtis and me as we walk and wade the upper stretches of the Bull River searching for Cutthroat Trout that have been isolated since the time that Westslope Cutthroat first populated the area thousands of years ago. 

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