The Trip:

Fly fish the Wild and Scenic St. Joe River with Nick Brown, Fly fishing guide with 30 years experience fishing the St. Joe. This river has been described as having the best trout fishing in Idaho, a Trout fishing paradise with many species including: native cutthroat trout, non-native rainbow trout, brook trout, Chinook salmon, Kokanee salmon, sculpins, mountain whitefish and more. A short and scenic 2-hour drive from Coeur D'Alene, fishing the St. Joe River is a perfect day trip of fishing and adventure. Or - if you are looking for a multi-day fishing experience, a discount is available - please give a ring for booking a multi-day trip.

This is a full-day, private guided fly fishing trip on the St. Joe River, where we walk and wade the banks of the river fishing our favorite holes while sharing our knowledge of "The Joe." We have many areas we like to fish, and we are dedicated to getting you on fish and educating about this river and our experience on fishing it; we are not "Clock Watchers," happy to put in the long day if necessary. Fly fishing season runs year round, but has optimum seasons. In the Spring, pre-runoff can be rewarding; however, the best fishing starts as soon as the runoff is over in June, and runs through October. Depending on the time of year and our observation of the fish behavior, we will fish various sections of the river between Avery and Red Ives. This gives us over 36 miles of river to work with!

We can provide any and all fishing gear, if needed, at no additional cost. This includes, waders, wading boots, wading staffs, wading belts, and optimum fly rods rigged for the St. Joe. Our goal is to get you on the water fishing, and not be an equipment rental company. Of course leaders, tippets, and flies are provided at no extra charge. Please call ahead of time so we can confirm wader and boot sizes.

The River:

The St. Joe, a tributary of Coeur d’Alene Lake, is a scenic freestone river that tumbles out of St. Joe Lake, near the the Idaho/Montana divide. "The Joe" is 120 miles long and includes some of the most coveted dry fly water in the Northwest and harbors Cutts that occasionally stretch the tape to 20 inches. The stretch of river we fish runs from Avery to Red Ives; our guiding permit also includes the North Fork of the St. Joe. Nationally classified as a wild and scenic river, the Joe is a stronghold for pure strain Westslope Cutthroat Trout; these fish occupy less than 2% of our western rivers. No Cuttbows here!

A bit about the hatch... the St. Joe is rich in aquatic insects; prolific hatches support high native Westslope Cutthroat counts per river mile. For instance, the river is host to a large body of mayflies including Pale Morning Duns, Mahogonies, Red Quills, Blue-Wing Olives, Green and Gray Drakes, and Tricos. Caddisfly varieties include October Caddis, Little Black Caddis, Spotted Sedges, Green Sedges, Short-horned Sedges, and more. This fertile freestone stream also supports good hatches of Golden Stone, Yellow Sally, and Winter Stoneflies. Salmonflies are also on the menu. In the heat of summer, terrestrial insects like ants, beetles, and hoppers keep things jumping—creating a lively hopper/dropper fishery.

Half Day trips are available depending on season, please call for pricing.

  • Fishing, Guided Trip
  • Fly Fishing, On foot, Walk & Wade
  • Bull Trout, Cutthroat Trout
  • Drive in, Public Land, Public River, Walk-in
  • St. Joe River
  • Creek, Fresh Water, River


We are able to accommodate all types of fisherman, regardless of skill, age, and fitness levels; however this is a walk-and-wade trip where we will be fishing on our feet most of the day. Please prepare accordingly to give yourself the best experience fishing the river!