Fishing on the Ranch
The fishing pond is stocked with smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, brook trout, and perch. You can try your luck with a fly rod or conventional fishing tackle provided for you at the pond. Kayaks and row boats are also available, but little ones under the age of 14 are required to be with either a guide or a parent. You can adventure to the pond in the early morning before breakfast, after dinner, or during the day with one of your guides. We recommend sunglasses and a hat, and if you have your own equipment, you are more than welcome to bring it along. Fishing at the pond is catch and release only, so make sure to take a camera to document your success. You do not need a fishing license. We offer a few different options for fishing, depending on your interests. Please note that all fishing, on the ranch, lake, or river, is “catch and release.”
All Day Guided Fly Fishing Trips ($EXTRA)
The St. Joe River flows from the Bitteroot Mountains on its 140 mile journey into Lake Coeur d’Alene and is classified under Idaho’s Protected Wild and Scenic Rivers. It is a classic pocket water freestone fishery that runs crystal clear and is home to a thriving population of wild west-slope cutthroat trout that can grow over 20 inches long. Throughout the summer, there are major hatches of mayflies, stone flies, and caddis flies that produce high fish counts and offer amazing action at times. Your guide will teach you different fishing techniques and how to imitate specific natural fly hatches. The St. Joe provides some of the most prolific bug hatches that create some of the most exciting dry fly fishing anywhere in the west. ROW Adventures will be your outfitter and Red Horse Mountain Ranch will make all the arrangements for a perfect day on the water. Float trips are guided from our comfortable boats specially designed for fly fishing that allow you to cover many miles of river in a single day. Our guides love to fish and know were the best opportunities will be, so rest assured you will be placed in the best position possible for a fantastic catch time after time. You will experience an adventure you are sure to remember forever! If you are interested in scheduling a float trip, you must sign up one day in advance. float fly fishing on the St Joe River is available from Memorial Weekend through the summer, depending on river flows and temperatures. Anglers should expect to leave just after breakfast and arrive just before dinner, but this is at the discretion of you and your guide. Float trips occur on the lower sections of the St Joe River, where it is more of a freestone bottom. The lower river is characterized by large riffles, big pools, and tremendous pocket water fishing as you are floating down the river.
Fly Fishing is offered for an additional fee. The morning chef will make you breakfast before you depart and your guide will have lunch packed. Dress in layers, as you will be on the water from morning through the afternoon. Due to the size of the boat, space is limited to two anglers. You will need to purchase an Idaho Fishing License from the Trading Post staff.
Fly Casting Lessons
Fly Casting Lessons are scheduled a few times throughout the week. Casting lessons can be fun and beneficial to anyone, whether you’ve never held a fly rod, you’re trying to improve your technique, or you’re getting ready for your guided fly fishing trip.