Western Trout

Eastslope Outpost, Alberta - Exploratory Trip

Max Salzburg March 29, 2024

Our longtime outfitting partner Cam Jensen of Eastslope Adventures has a unique problem. He has too much water to fish.

Most of his guests concentrate their fishing time on a handful of trophy tailwaters near his lodge, but for years he has been telling us about these countless picturesque, clear flowing, smaller mountain systems, loaded with robust wild westslope cutthroat.

These trout are often too far from his base of operations to fish regularly. Even more compelling this fish are rather chunky specimens that average in the 15-to 20-inch class that love to eat dry flies.

Trout Fishing
Cutthroat Trout

For the past four years we have discussed setting up an outpost from which anglers could easily access these streams and connect with the simple pleasures of catching nice sized trout on dry flies in beautiful mountain streams. This simple rustic camp forms the perfect accommodation for this remote exploratory mission.

For the 2024 season we are hoping to run two prime weeks out of the Eastslope Outpost with 4 - 6 anglers each week. The advantage of being first in will be value and pricing. The goal will be to cover costs, iron out the logistics, and cater to some adventurous angler’s keen on testing some handsome surface-oriented trout. The guests best suited to the inaugural exploratory weeks will be those who are happy with rustic accommodation, simple meals and appreciate the simple pleasures of a basic wood burning stove, the wilderness, and some fine trout.

Fishing Program:
This program will focus on the headwaters of the Castle, Old Man and Crow’s Nest systems located roughly two hours south of Calgary and 30 minutes north of Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada. This region offers 12 rivers and significant creeks, each with multiple beats, within 45 minutes of camp. While walk and wade fishing will be a focus, there are multiple floats available as well as plenty of beats available to those interested in more rigorous mountain terrain. Guests will fish two per guide and can expect to catch 80% of their fish on dries. The camp is located within walking distance of the upper Old Man River where there is a mile of great water that can be covered from camp. There are also additional private access points near the camp as well as multiple beats that can be floated. In the words of Cam, “we are supremely confident of putting guests on plenty of good quality fish each day.”

Eastslope Outpost

Accommodations and Meals:
The facility was built in 2000 as a private fishing retreat for an owner whose health unfortunately failed, and has been largely unused in recent years. While it is not a fancy place, it has loads of rustic charm, multiple cabins with wood burning stoves, and a main lodge with a quaint little saloon/bar. Cam will bring in a chef for the week and guests will be comfortable and well fed.

Dates Available:

  • August 10 - 15: Trip Full
  • August 15 - 20: 1 spot

Rate: $2,610 per person based on double occupancy for a 5 night/ 4 day package

Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, guided fishing, transportation to/from the river, flies (feel free to bring your own)

Not Included: Airfare, transportation to and from airport, fishing equipment, alcohol, fishing licenses, gratuities

Eastslope Adventures, Alberta

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