Awesome Fly Fishing Adventures

Dave Brown Outfitters offers single- or multi-day guided fly-fishing trips on all advertised rivers.

Fly Fishing in British Columbia

Elk River, St Mary River, Bull River and small streams.

Fly Fishing in Alberta

Bow River, Oldman River, Crowsnest River, and Waterton River.

Get River Reports

Check out the conditions ahead of time and know what to pack.

Arizona Wingshooting Adventures

The Arizona quail hunting season starts (for us) in late November running through to the second Sunday in February.

Elk River, BC

Located in south-east BC, the Elk River and its tributaries are home to a wild and native population of westslope cutthroat and bull trout.

Saint Mary River, BC

British Columbia’s Saint Mary River flows out of the Purcell Mountains – this beautiful river delights the fly fisher for its entire length.

Arizona Wingshooting Adventures

The Arizona quail hunting season starts (for us) in late November running through to the second Sunday in February.

Bull River, BC

The Bull River is located north of Fernie, BC. It’s a small wilderness river that features dry fly fishing in crystal clear water for native Westslope Cutthroat and Bull Trout.

Slocan River, BC

Imagine drifting along a wilderness stream with cedar and fir interspersed along the banks with grassy meadows and stands of white birch. The Slocan River’s water is New Zealand-clear.

Small Streams, BC

The Wigwam River, Fording River, Michel Creek and Alexander Creek are tributaries of the Elk River that flows through the U.S. state of Montana and the Canadian province of BC.

Saskatchewan Upland Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Guides

In 2000, licensed Saskatchewan Upland Bird and Waterfowl Guides and Outfitter Dave Brown made the decision to focus his wingshooting endeavors in the province of Saskatchewan.

Bow River, AB

Southern Alberta’s Bow River is world-renowned for its hard-fighting brown and rainbow trout. The Bow is truly a trophy fishery with both browns and rainbows averaging 19 inches.

Oldman River, AB

The Oldman River is the major drainage in S.W. Alberta. Our clients that spend a day or two fly-fishing the Oldman River are amazed at with this scenic river that starts in the mountains, spills out of the foothills then flows over the prairies before eventually joining the Bow River.

Crowsnest River, AB

The Crowsnest River is primarily a rainbow trout fishery, located in southern Alberta 2 hours from Calgary and 45 minutes from Fernie, B.C. The best time to fly fish the ‘Crow’ is from late June thru to October.

Saskatchewan Upland Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Guides

In 2000, licensed Saskatchewan Upland Bird and Waterfowl Guides and Outfitter Dave Brown made the decision to focus his wingshooting endeavors in the province of Saskatchewan.

Waterton River, AB

Located in extreme south western Alberta, the Waterton River is a Brown Trout stream that is best suited to floating.

Missouri River, MT

The Missouri River is regarded as one of the best Tailwater Fisheries in North America.It’s home to a rich and varied insect life, great scenery and a wild trout population that is off the charts.
Our story began in 1988 when Dave Brown started his career as a fly-fishing guide on Alberta’s Bow River.

Since then D.B.O. has grown and become one of the most versatile outfitting companies in North America offering guided fly-fishing trips throughout the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, British Columbia and Montana. We also provide guided upland bird and waterfowl hunts in Saskatchewan and guided quail hunts in Arizona.

Our goal is simple:

“To provide our clients fun and safe sporting adventures by working with knowledgeable, hard-working guides.”

Of course, we can’t control the weather or any conditions that Mother Nature throws at us. But, we are on your side and will do everything possible to ensure your trip with D.B.O. is a success!

Come and Fish the Bow River!

Southern Alberta’s Bow River is world-renowned for its hard-fighting brown and rainbow trout. The Bow River is truly a trophy fishery with both browns and rainbows averaging 19 inches. Our Guided Bow River Fly-Fishing trips take place in and downstream of the city of Calgary, making the Bow River very accessible from most major U.S. cities and airports.

Fly-Fishing Updates

2020 Fly-Fishing Update

2020 Forecast  Snowpack is slightly above average inThe Northern and Canadian Rockies.This means that conditions should be awesome by the first week of July.We suggest not booking until after that.With High water comes great flows throughout the season.Last Season...

Book Now For The 2020 Season

As our 2019 Season Fly-Fishing Season Ends we are excited about what lays ahead in 2020.We will be active on Montana's Missouri River starting In May of 2020 along with our regular operations in Southern Alberta ,namely the and S.W.Alberta.Andres will be looking after...

Bow River Fly-Fishing – Fall Fishing is Full On

Depending on the day,The Bow River in and below Calgary Alberta is an exceptional river to Fly-Fish because it holds a solid population of brown and rainbow trout that reach trophy size.The month of September and into October is an excellent timeframe to Fly-Fish The...

The Small Streams – Wigwam River

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCi6BIvMzII British Columbia small streams are prolific fish and scenery producers; it’s not uncommon to catch 20-inch plus cutthroat, rainbow and bull trout in the small streams we fish. The Wigwam River,Fording River , Michel...

Arizona Wingshooting Updates

End of the Arizona Quail Season Pics

The Arizona Quail Season has now ended and by all accounts it was decent.We saw a little  bump in Desert Bird #'s and depending where you hunted Mearns seemed to be OK overall.The good news is that at time of writing its raining, and we had a lot of it this...

Arizona Quail Hunting Report

Mearns Quail Season gets a lot of folks stoked about Quail Hunting in S.E. Arizona.Reports and findings are that areas are spotty, some places are better than others and some days are good some days can be slow.Typical of wild Bird Hunting.Mearns Quail inhabit an...

Arizona Quail Hunting Report

It's good to be home in Arizona.With that comes a lot of preparation for the up and coming season which equates to driving around the S.E. Corner of the State and doing 'Taste Tests"  better known as Scouting which entails running dogs and seeing what is out there....

Arizona Quail Hunting Outlook for the 2019/20 Season

The 2018/19Season was all about Mearns Quail,with a few Gambels and Scalies thrown in.We had to work for the Birds but as the saying goes "thats what wild bird hunting is all about".Our Clients like that and so do we.  S.E. Arizona has had above average moisture over...

River Reports

River Reports

It's that time of year again ! Hopper fishing is in full swing on Alberta's Bow and Oldman Rivers'  along with other S.W. Alberta Trout Streams.The Trout  of course are crushing them. Streamer fishing has also been good especially on cloudy days. The Missouri River...

River Reports – Bow River,Elk River and Missouri River

Rivers throughout SW Alberta and S.E. British Columbia are now on the drop and fir the most part fishing well.The Bow River in and below Calgary Alberta has been fishing great,Streamers and Stone Flies (dries) have been producing some great fish.Further south The...

River Report -13 Sept.2018

Fall is in the air ! Cooler Temps will get things moving even more.Depending on the river we are witnessing hatches of Nocturnal Stones,October Caddis,B.W.O.'s ,Hoppers and Other Terrestrials.During non hatch periods Streamer fishing has been good.Flows are low and...

August 30th Fishing Report

Fishing remains strong on all The Rivers we guide on.Cooler Temps have created a feeding frenzy of sorts.Hoppers Continue to be the mainstay especially on The Bow River.Southern Alberta Rivers are also fishing well, depending on the river and elevation hatches are all...

Saskatchewan Wingshooting Updates

Saskatchewan Upland Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Guides

Covey Rise -Saskatchewan Upland Bird and Waterfowl Guide In 2000 Licensed Saskatchewan Upland Bird and Waterfowl Guide and Outfitter Dave Brown made the decision to focus his Wingshooting Endeavors in The Province of Saskatchewan.The attraction was and still is,lack...

2019 Saskatchewan Upland Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Season

  The Saskatchewan Season is shaping up to be another stellar year.The area received some cold temperatures however things are back to normal now with a feeling of spring is in the air.We are excited ! last year Upland Bird numbers where very decent and Waterfowl...

Saskatchewan Upland Bird and Waterfowl Hunting Guides

Covey Rise -Saskatchewan Upland Bird and Waterfowl Guide In 2000 Licensed Saskatchewan Upland Bird and Waterfowl Guides and Outfitter Dave Brown made the decision to focus his Wingshooting Endeavors in The Province of Saskatchewan.The attraction was and still is,lack...

High Plains Hunting

Hunting Huns and Sharptails can be very demanding from both a shooting and physical standpoint, as a lot of ground has to be covered and the dogs tend to range out to find their quarry, once found, the birds will move away from the point, which to the shooter means...

Fly-Fishing

Brown Trout Porn

As far as the trout hierarchy goes nothing beats Brown Trout.Cutties are cute,Rainbows fill a void and I would rather take a disobedient Labrador Puppy for a walk than catch a Bull Trout.Opinionated ? You bet.Targeting Big Brown Trout is a lot of fun, wether its a big...

5 Tips to prepare for a Fly-Fishing Trip

https://news.orvis.com/fly-fishing/5-tips-for-a-trip-out-west  

Sage Advice for Old(er) Guides

A moment of chill on the Bow River Congrats ! You have gotten far in a guiding career by working hard and being a good person to be around on a fishing trip.However chances are the reason why you are reading this Blog Post is because Mid Life may have hit you hard....

5 Weights

In Praise of the 5 weight Fly Rod

Wingshooting

End of the Arizona Quail Season Pics

The Arizona Quail Season has now ended and by all accounts it was decent.We saw a little  bump in Desert Bird #'s and depending where you hunted Mearns seemed to be OK overall.The good news is that at time of writing its raining, and we had a lot of it this...

Dogs on Point Porn

For a Bird Dog person nothing beats seeing a dog on point especially if its yours.There is something mesmerizing about it,For  few seconds seems everything freezes for a few seconds before the Covey flush,You seem to be in slow motion as you move past the dogs.It's a...

Arizona Quail Hunting Pics

I can't think of a more picturesque place to hunt Quail than right here in Arizona.Luck Us !yThe landscapes are breathtaking and the Gambels,Mearns and Scaled Quail are pretty darn photogenic in their own right also.Right now there is snow up on the mountains and due...

Arizona Mearns Quail Hunting -Do’s and Don’ts

With The Arizona Mearns Quail Season set to open on Friday December 6th we have a little excitement in the air here in beautiful downtown Patagonia AZ A.K.A.- Mearns Quail H.Q. of the World.The word on the street is Mearns #'s are spotty at best.For those looking for...

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Customer Reviews

I was part of a group of anglers who booked to fish southeast British Columbia with Dave Brown Outfitters. Because of wildfires in the area, almost all of the fishable water was closed. Even with this, Dave was able to get us on the rivers that were open and we all had a great time. Everyone caught great fish every day and learned a lot from the guides! We are hoping to return next year! Bravo, Dave! Thanks for making our trip such a success, despite numerous surprises from mother nature.

"PG Robert"

Fished 2 days on lower Bow fw Gavin from DBO. Great communication and effort and tough but successful fishing.

Tom Wood, TN

I had an amazing day with Dave brown Outfitters and our guide Chris Dawson on the Elk. We had some health issues with my father on the trip and this was dealt with skillfully and professionally. Highly recommended!!

Phil from Calgary

This was my third trip on the Elk with Dave Brown Outfitters, and as in previous visits, Dave and his guides did not disappoint. Although the conditions were tougher this year due to very hot weather and smoke from fires in the mountains, our guides worked hard and got us into fish. Andres Gonzalez and Greg Leech both really know the river, and are very professional, patient and enjoyable to fish with. Nothing beats taking a Westslope cuttie on a dry fly, and the river is just gorgeous! The various float sections provide a good variety of water types, so you are not floating the same water day after day. I highly recommend Dave Brown’s operation. I’ll be back again soon for another go at those beautiful cutthroats.

Elk River 2017

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