The first thing is to find a nice forestry camp site and set up and then invite some friends over for a beer.
There was no hesitation to attack the fly. On more than one occasion I could see the trout shoot up from the bottom, turn in the current and launch into the air after it had grabbed my fly. Looking like a mini great white shark inhaling a seal, they race up to grab their quarry and then the fight would be on.
The other thing about the Kootenay region is that elk, deer, moose and grouse hunting opens while the trout fishing is still great. So if you are not successful in your morning hunt, you can head back to camp for a good solid breakfast and coffee and when the sun has warmed up the river, you can head down with your bow or rifle strapped across your back (there are copious bears, both black and grizzly in the area) and your rod in hand with a pocket full of flies. Then, since some rivers allow up to two cutties per day, which, when dropped into a hot frying pan with some butter and potatoes go along very well with a cold apple cider!