Fishing

FISHING OPPORTUNITIES
Excellent fishing opportunities are available on full-day or overnight rides, with more than forty lakes to choose from. Sport fishing for extremists is offered, with hiking to rarely accessed lakes. Fish for rainbow, brook, California golden and cutthroat trout. For trip details and pricing, see the Pack Trips and Trail Rides pages.

FLY FISHING ON THE HIGH MOUNTAIN LAKES
In the high mountain lakes you will find cutthroat, brown, rainbow, brook, golden. and bull trout. High mountain fishing tends to decrease the production of insects. Below is a list of flies that should be successful while you try to hook into a big one on your trip:

CADDIS (EVENINGS) #l2-18

  • Elk hair Caddis(dark and light)
  • Henryville Caddis
  • Goddard Caddis

ADAMS #14.20

  • Any type: parachute, traditional, and Adams Irresistible

MIDGES #12-20

  • Mosquito pattern
TERRESTRIALS

  • Hoppers S 10-20
  • Chernobyl's #6-12 (these fish haven't seen much of this style of fly. so they will be curious)
  • Ants #12-18

STREAMERS

  • Wooly Buggers (black, brown, and olive)
  • Clouser Minnows Double Bunnies Anything that will catch the attention of a fish.
  • Stick to traditional colors, black, brown, and olive.

NYMPHS

  • Bead head pheasant tail #14-18
  • Prince Nymphs #12-20
  • Midge pupas #16-20

Don't forget to pack your float tube and waders!!!! Also, bring a sinking tip line for those streamers.

SPIN FISHING ON THE HIGH MOUNTAIN LAKES
You will want to bring a variety of colors of the following type spinners. Remember reds, blues, silvers, and greens are great choices:

  • Blue Fox
  • Rooster Tails
  • Spoons
  • Kastmasters
  • Mepps Spinners

You will need a fishing license, which you can buy at any Idaho sporting goods store. If you have any questions you can contact McCoy's Fish and Tackle in Stanley, Idaho (208-774-3377). They will also let you know of the recent hatches.

*All trips are subject to Idaho sales tax and 3% Forest Service use fee, Gratuity not included.