Fly Fishing Trips ($)

An Amazing Off-Ranch Adventure

  • To an experienced fly caster, the St. Joe River is the epitome of a western slope trout stream. Its clear cold waters flow over shallow cobblestone flats into rock-studded pocket pools, and there are riffles around every bend. Numerous native trout are willing to take a dry fly, and with perfect conditions, you may be rewarded with an epoch evening hatch. But you don’t have to be a well-seasoned angler to enjoy the St. Joe River. Your guide will teach you different fishing techniques and how to imitate specific natural fly hatches. Float trips are guided from comfortable boats specially designed for fly fishing and allow you to cover many miles of river in a single day. The scenery on “the Joe” is breathtaking. You will experience an adventure you are sure to remember forever!

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Wild & Scenic Designation

Flowing from the west slope of the Bitterroot Mountains on its 140 mile journey to Lake Coeur d’Alene, the legendary St. Joe River is classified as a National Wild and Scenic River. Its emerald-tinted waters are so clear you’ll see the river bottom over 20 feet below the surface. This classic fishery is home to a tremendous population of native Westslope cutthroat trout that can grow over 20 inches long. This classic Idaho river offers a variety of different hatches, including stoneflies, mayflies, caddisflies, and terrestrials, producing high fish counts and offering amazing action at times.

Booking your Trip

Float boat fly fishing on the St Joe River is available from Memorial Weekend through the summer, depending on river flows and water temperatures. We recommend pre-booking your fishing trips before you arrive to ensure availability. Fishing trips are usually full day adventures departing from the ranch before breakfast and returning at the discretion of the angler and guide. You might be late for dinner if the bite is on! But don’t worry, we won’t let you go hungry.

White Pine Outfitters or ROW Adventures will be your outfitters for this trip, and Red Horse Mountain Ranch will make all the arrangements for a perfect day on the water. The guides love to fish and know where the best opportunities will be, so rest assured you will be placed in the best position possible. Fly casting lessons are available at the ranch prior to your trip, and all the necessary gear is provided. Don’t hesitate to bring your own though, if you prefer.