Flyfishing Information

Flyfishing Alberta's World Class Trout Streams

Classic Outfitters offers quality guided flyfishing trips designed exclusively for the flyfisherman, in the southwestern region of Alberta.

Fishing Area

Alberta possesses some of the finest trout waters in North America, due north and adjacent to the famous flyfishing waters of Montana. There is little fishing pressure on Alberta’s streams, as this Canadian province is just now becoming discovered as a flyfishing frontier. It is common to catch 20 fish or more in a day on these productive streams.

Classic Outfitters offers flyfishing adventures on numerous streams – included are the Stauffer & Prairie Creeks as well as the Red Deer River for brown trout, and the Crowsnest, Oldman and Castle Rivers for rainbow and Cutthroat trout. We also offer float trips on the famed Bow River, for trophy rainbows and browns.

Alberta Trout waters

The Stauffer and Prairie Creeks are well-noted for quality walk wade trout fishing in and around peaceful settings. These small streams are perfect for the flyfisherman looking for the challenge of browns in slow moving waters while the Red Deer River is a larger stream possessing some of Alberta’s largest brown trout which are accessed by jetboat.

The Crowsnest, Oldman and Castle Rivers are ideal for walk and wade flyfishing for good rainbows, along with some cutthroat trout. The Crowsnest in particular is an easily wadable stream with rainbows averaging 14 – 16″, with 18″ fish being common.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery while floating the world-class Bow River and casting to rainbows and browns. The Bow is easily Alberta’s No. 1 trophy trout water with rainbows and browns above 20″ being a daily occurrence.

Fishing Techniques

All of our trips offer walk and wade fishing with the exception of the Bow and Red Deer River where walk and wade is combined with drift fishing.

Our trip schedule is based on productive dry flyfishing times. In addition to the quality dry fly fishing, nymph and streamer fishing is also very productive. The dates are chosen to capitalize on the best flyfishing available throughout the season in each particular area. Classic Outfitters practices catch and release flyfishing.

Alberta Flyfishing


A 50% deposit is required to book a trip. Deposits are required in advance to reserve the angler’s place. All deposits and correspondence should be sent by regular mail only. (no express post, couriers or UPS) Balance of payment is due upon the angler’s arrival, in guaranteed funds. In the event of cancellation by the angler, deposits are not refundable, but may be transferred to a replacement angler. Trips are booked on a first come-first served basis. Booking forms, license forms, liability forms, equipment lists and lodging information will be forwarded to anglers once deposit is received.


License costs are not included in the booking fee of any trip. A license fee of approximately $50.00 U.S. will be due upon the angler’s arrival. We will furnish anglers with their license upon arrival.


Flights are booked at the anglers cost and responsibility. Anglers will fly to either Edmonton or Calgary, depending on which trip they select. We assume no responsibility for fishing time lost due to delays or missed flights so it is suggested that anglers consider arriving an extra day in advance.


Classic Outfitters is licensed, bonded and insured. We exercise the utmost level of safety on our trips. We are, however, not responsible in any way for any costs or expenses incurred, or injuries, loss of life, delays, losses, or damages suffered by any person or sustained by an property either before, during or after the trip, or in traveling to the location of the trip, for any reason whatsoever, however caused.


Classic Outfitters adheres to all rules and regulations in order to offer ethical flyfishing trips.

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