Our Guides

Kootenay Fly Shop & Guiding Co. prides itself on providing the visiting angler with the best guides to ensure that you enjoy the waters of the Elk River and East Kootenays, have fun and land the fish that stories are made from. Fly-fishing is an amazing sport and we feel that you should always be learning something new from our guides while out on the water. They are knowledgeable and excel at instruction as they have years of experience under their belts.

Josh McSkimming

Josh grew up in fernie and has been spending the past 10 years getting to know the surrounding water. At the age of 13 he started working for Kootenay Fly Shop and has continued to work and guide for us for the past 8 summers..... If josh isn't guiding or in the shop you can guarantee he will be on the water!

John Avery

John has been guiding in the East Kootenays for more than a decade and during this time, has enjoyed fishing with the beginner 6 year olds to the highly skilled angler that is nearing 96! John spends the winters as a Ski Instructor at Fernie Alpine Resort, spring is for fishing local lakes for monster Rainbows and the fall is spent skating flies for Wild Steelhead on the Morice and Bulkey Rivers near Smithers, BC.

His mother once said to him "that if I had not let you go outside as much as I did when you were a kid, you might have a real job by now". We really don't think John wants a real job.

Alan Brice

Since 1987 Alan Brice has been guiding South Western Alberta's rivers and is experienced in all facets of fly-fishing. Alan's avid enjoyment of the sport is easily communicated and his dedication resulted in the creation of Alberta Flyflshing Adventures in the Crowsnest Pass where he has lived since 1997.

Alan's business is located in the Fisherman's Cafe and Fly Shop which he and his wife Susan have operated since 2000. Al's love of fly-fishing and gourmet food is evident every day on the water...so pass Al's salsa and tie on a caddis!