The Upper Oldman (above the Livingstone River) is far from the beaten path and yet well worth the long trip on the less than wonderful roads required to access this section. The river up here is very different than other stretches of the Oldman. The river is much shallower, narrower, easier to wade, and much less technical. The upper Oldman is an ideal piece of water for new or beginner fly fisherman.
This is an ideal stretch of river for those who are more interested in quantity than quality and may not be up for the more technical casts and drifts required to get some of the trophy fish from the lower stretches of the watershed. The upper Oldman is full of small pure strain Westslope cutthroat that are hungry and eager to grab a dry fly that drifts overhead. The upper river is home to classic pieces of water that are easy to read and predict where the fish will be hiding.
The upper Oldman also has an absolutely breathtaking set of falls that are worth the trek into. Although the upper stretch is characterized by quantities of fish rather than your quality trophy cutthroat you can still have a shot at cutties 16” and over as well as some very large and aggressive bull trout that see 10” cutthroat as tasty hors d’oeuvres.
The upper Oldman is easier to wade than that of the lower river as there are less slimy rocks and you’re not having to navigate a steep canyons unless you choose to do so. This is a great stretch of river for someone looking to do some relatively easy wading. As mountain streams go, the Upper Oldman River is one of the best stretches of river for intermediate and beginner fly fishers alike.
*All walk & wade rates are for the cost of the guide and for the day.*
Included in the rate is: all equipment, lunch, non-alcoholic drinks, and snacks for 1 or 2 people. As an option on walk and wade trips an additional angler can be added for $100. The only costs not included are the tax (5% GST), your fishing license, and guide gratuities, which are customary, but still optional.