Fishing

When Lewis and Clark passed through Idaho on their way to the Pacific in 1805, Idaho's rivers and streams supported about 4 million wild salmon and steelhead (ocean-going rainbow trout). Today Sun Valley, supports the kind of fishery you might imagined existed back then with free flowing rivers and pristine mountain lakes loaded with rainbow, brown, brook, cutthroat and even the occasional bull trout. The iconic gold medal waters of Silver Creek, The Big Wood, The Big Lost, Copper Basin and The Little Wood make the area a true nexus of freshwater fly fishing.

Just over Galena Pass to the north, a short hour or so drive away, is the headwaters of the Salmon River home to one of the most primal fishing experiences anywhere with native Chinook salmon and steelhead trout runs. Idaho's salmon and steelhead journey further inland than almost any other migratory fish. Born at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains the smolt are flushed nearly 1,000 river miles to the Pacific Ocean where they grow to upwards of 40 lbs and 4 feet long. After spending 1 to 3 years in the ocean, they use their acute sense of smell and the earth's magnetic fields to find the mouth of the Columbia River and make the heroic 1000-mile-long journey back to the place they were hatched.

Click here to find outfitters that have the equipment, expert information, and guide services to make your fishing experience awesome.

 

Things To Do

  • Guided Fly-Fishing Trips w/ Sturtevants' Sun Valley Mountain Guides (SVMG)

    Sun Valley Mountain Guides (SVMG) offers the area’s most personalized guided fly-fishing experience. By limiting the number of trips booked on any given day – and anglers per trip – we are able to...

  • Idaho River Journeys

    We've been outfitting deluxe rafting vacations on Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon River and Main Salmon River since 1978 and enjoy a reputation for running top-quality, fun rafting trips with an...

  • Lost River Outfitters

    The Fly fishing opportunities of the Sun Valley/Ketchum area are numerous and diverse. Our area includes world famous Silver Creek, Wood River and the Big Lost River just to name a few.

  • Middle Fork Salmon River at Whitie Cox Camp

    Middle Fork River Expeditions

    Middle Fork of the Salmon and Main Salmon Rivers ~ 4, 6 or 12 day whitewater rafting and fly-fishing adventures Unplug and reconnect in the largest roadless wilderness area in the U.S.  We offer...

  • Pioneer Outfitters

    In Idaho's pristine White Cloud Mountains, the serenity of the past lives on.  Escape the stress of everyday life in Central Idaho's magnificent wilderness. Go hiking, camping, fishing, riding or...

  • Sawtooth Adventure Company's Salmon River Anglers- Fly Fish From a Boat

    Salmon River Anglers offers guided Float Fly Fishings Trips & Fly Fishing School on the famous Salmon River of No Return.   A great  dry- fly fishing experience for all ages & experience...

  • Seeks Out Adventures/Horse Creek Outfitters

    Seeks Out Adventures and Horse Creek Outfitters bring you into the heart of Idaho's wild outdoors and plan a recreational experience that you won't forget.  Whether you are looking for a hunting or...

  • Silver Creek Outfitters Guided Fly Fishing

    Fly-fishing is a lifelong sport and one that can always be enhanced by the presence and support of a professional guide. Whether you are new to the endeavor, unfamiliar with the area, or simply want...

  • Horseback trail rides, wagon rides, dinner rides in Sun Valley!

    Sun Valley Outfitters

    WELCOME TO THE ROCKIES! Our western horseback adventures are second to none! Horseback Rides

  • Family Rafting Adventures

    The River Company - Family Rafting

    Why go rafting? The better question is, "Why wouldn't you?" For visitors to Sun Valley, Idaho rafting the Salmon River is an opportunity of a lifetime you'll regret passing up. Idaho is known as "The...

  • White Cloud Outfitters

    White Cloud Outfitters welcomes you to the Heart of Central Idaho and the famous Salmon River Country!  White Cloud Outfitters is based out of Challis Idaho, which is well known for its multitude of...

  • WINTER FISHING

    Winter Guided Fly-Fishing trips with Lost River

    LOST RIVER OUTFITTERS' WINTER GUIDE TRIPS ANY DAY OF THE WEEK BY APPOINTMENT   INCLUDES EQUIPMENT AND FLIES.  SKI IN THE MORNING AND FISH IN THE AFTERNOON! WE'LL COME AND GET YOU AT THE BOTTOM OF...

Lodging

  • Redfish Lake Lodge

    Redfish Lake Lodge is in one of the most spectacular settings in the West. It sits on the sandy north shore of a crystal-clear alpine lake beneath the snow-capped peaks of the Sawtooth Mountains....

Dining & Shopping

Services

  • Trout Unlimited

    At Trout Unlimited, we work to keep our country's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds safe from environmental threats for this and for future generations of anglers to enjoy.