Rockin' River Fisher Skills Competition














Jon Poirier schools some youngins

Tired of just telling tall tales about your fishing? Join the first-ever Elk River fly-fishing skills event!  Enter to compete in one of 3 categories: Youth (18 and under), Adult/Masters (19+) and Professional (fishing guides). Registration form below.

Why Enter:

  • Bragging rights as the ‘most skilled fisher’ on the Elk River.
  • Professional fly fishing guide wins a plaque for placement in their business
  • Prizes include one-of-a-kind shadow box artistic tied fly (value $250) and 7’ 4 WT bamboo, 2 tipped fly rod (handmade by John Poirier valued $850)
  • Tired of just telling tall tales to family and friends – prove your skills to the community!

Skill Areas:

  1. Casting accuracy around obstacles
  2. Casting distance
  3. Dexterity and speed assembling a rod and tying on a fly (Youth Category)
  4. Match the hatch - benthic invertebrate identification with an imitation fly
  5. Fishing and fish quiz
  6. Optional – Best tall tale of fishing the Elk River. 


  • No spay or switch rods – single handed rods only

Entry fee: 
$20 for Youth and $40 for Adults/Masters & Professional.  Enter and get a free ERA membership, coveted ERA stainless steel water bottle and Adults/Masters/Professional category get a stylin’ T-Shirt or Hat. Payment will be made at the event. 

Ways to Enter: 

  1. At the Fernie Community Centre on the day of the event between 4-4:45 pm.
  2. Fill out this form and drop it off at the ERA office at 891 2nd Ave. in Fernie or at one of the local fly fishing shops in Fernie.
  3. Fill out this form and email to [email protected]


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