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Testimonials

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“I have known Dave Brown as a Fly shop owner for a few years now. This year we decided to take a guided trip with Dave on the Bow. What an experience we had a fantastic day and learned alot about the river. I know who I would fish the Bow with.”
Douglas Walker DVM

“My guided trip on the Bow River was awesome. Two of us stuck at least 35 fish and boated 20 – 25 fish in the 16″ to 22″ range. Our guide, Dave Brown, was a pleasure to fish with and is extremely knowledgeable about the river and productive techniques. I learned a lot, caught some great fish, and relaxed. What more can you ask for!”
Judge David Epis
Boise Idaho

“Every year I make sure my travel schedule includes a stop in Fernie, B.C. to fish and visit with Dave Brown. It’s always a fun time and my annual Fly Fishing Dreams Calendar reflects the great scenery and wonderful trout rivers and streams of this gorgeous area.”
David Lambroughton
Fly fishing Photographer and Writer

“We have fished all over the world with Guides as varied as the waters we have fished, for the last 8 years our annual trip to S.W.Alberta and S.E British Columbia is the trip that we look forward to the most. This region is one of the worlds greatest Flyfishing destinations and The Elk River Angler is easily one of the worlds top Guide Services We highly recommend Dave Brown and his guide team to anyone wanting to fish Alberta & British Columbia.”
Cynthia and Mark Williams
San Francisco, CA

“We have fished the rivers and streams of southern British Columbia and Alberta with Dave Brown for several years. We now fish over one hundred days a year and still look forward to fishing with Dave because of his guiding skills and his never-ending sense of humor. Each year he’s been able to introduce us to some new, highly productive water that’s unknown to the general fishing community

His love and knowledge of nature, the environment and the sport of fly fishing adds even more to each trip for those who have the opportunity to fish with Dave; he is truly a credit to his profession.”
Dennis B. Andersen
Jackson Hole One Fly Board

“I’ve fished with Dave Brown for as long as he’s guided on the Elk River and I just booked another trip for this year. If I remember right, I was his first client on the Elk and I’ve been back every season but one since then. (I don’t know what happened that year. I must have temporarily lost my mind.) Dave has all the skill and enthusiasm you could ask for in a guide and the Elk has the kind of fishing I can’t resist: high mountains, beautiful water and wild native trout on the dry fly. What more can I say?”
John Gierach
Fly Fishing Author

“One of the finest guides on the planet is Dave Brown in Fernie, B.C. One of the finest rivers to flyfish for native Cutthroat is the Elk River, which flows through Fernie. No one should attempt to experience one without the other! I consider my annual trip to B.C. to fish the Elk with Dave to be the highlight of my summer.”
A.K. Best
noted Fly Tyer and Author.

“Dave and Adam,
I’d like to thank both of you for the last week on the Elk River and the surrounding area. The guides that we had, Ned and Kirk, were knowledgeable and were good to spend a day with. Ned, particularly, did a very good job working with my son (at the expense of my drifts, albeit. The sacrifices of a father, I guess).

We spent several other days on the elk and the surrounding lakes at the advice of you and your guides and had a very good time. It’s definitely a ‘do-over’.

Thanks again and I look forward to next summer…”
Mike Hummel
Higley, Arizona

“I commanded 2nd Airborne Commando of the Canadian Airborne Regiment for two years (1984 to 1986). I still feel extremely proud and honored to have been selected to lead such a dedicated and highly professional group of warriors.

2 Commando had a fierce professional reputation, gleaned from their performance during the Cypriot War in 1974 and maintained through the toughest of training and exercises activities that the Canadian army could experience. Each paratrooper was expected to be a total team player but also to be able to be an army of one if he were separated from the unit during a parachute insertion.

If I were to hold up one individual as the epitome of the 2 Commando warriors, that man would be Dave Brown. Dave or “Super Dave” as he was nicknamed was one of my toughest and brightest soldiers. I remember him most for his infectious enthusiasm, absolute dedication to the unit and his great sense of humor. I valued his loyalty to me greatly. He was not the type of guy who told you what he thought you wanted to hear – his advice was always totally and sometimes brutally honest. That is why I selected him to be my body guard and radio operator. When the going got tough, I wanted the toughest, brightest and most dependable close at hand.

I was proud of Dave then and I am proud of him today. His first passion was to the Commando and being a paratrooper, but a close second was his love of the sport of Fly fishing. I have great memories of Dave, my Sergeant Major and myself relaxing and fishing during short breaks in our busy training schedule. Dave has moved on to civilian life and has applied his abundant enthusiasm, dedication and professionalism to the art and sport of Fly fishing and Upland Bird Hunting. Outdoors enthusiasts could not be in better hands.”
Colonel Ronald P. Bragdon
Canadian Armed Forces Retd.

“Dave,
Just wanted to say thanks for arranging the outings on the Bow, Elk and ?????? Creek. I can see why they are great rivers and I will be back. If any of my fly fishing buddies wants to head your way, I’ll give them your name.”

Al Macchioni
New York, New York