New club started for Kootenay fishers

James Archibald, doing a little ice fishing. - Photo submitted
James Archibald, doing a little ice fishing.
— image credit: Photo submitted

There is a new club for fishers in the area.

The Kootenay Fishing Club, the brainchild of James (Archie) Archibald and Steve Booth, was a natural progression for Archibald. He moved to Kimberley in 2007 and since that time has fallen in love with the rivers, lakes and of course, fish in the region.

“Think of it like a social club and we are getting into the retail side,” said Archibald.

And since its recent launch, there have been numerous messages sent to the Facebook site while the website, is starting to look like a resource for local fishers.

Archibald said that the club is for people to talk about lures and flies, great places to go (although you won’t find exact locations on the site) and as a way for club members to get together for fishing parties. This means that for some members, they won’t have to go fishing alone any more.

“One of the reasons that we started this club is for the guy that has to go fishing alone,” said Archibald. “What do you do if you are 50 to 60 kilometres out in the backcountry and your car breaks down?”

The pair are also experimenting with offering flies and other gear on their website. Archibald said that if there is a local maker of flies, they are welcome to put their goods up for sale on the site on a commission basis.

“Don’t get us wrong, though,” said Archibald. “We are not guides and we’re not trying to undercut anyone. Love to put up links to guides on our site.”

Check out the new club on or visit Kootenay Fishing Club on Facebook.

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