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Meeting Point
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
7:30 a.m. PDT
Full Day
Lunch Included

St. Joe Full Day Float

The magnificent St. Joe is a traditional Westslope Cutthroat Trout fishery boasting an impressive population of the native cutthroat trout.

This scenic river beckons to beginners and seasoned anglers alike to enjoy bountiful catches of fish ranging anywhere from 8" to 22". The mesmerizing emerald waters of the St. Joe flow gracefully around pocket pools, dotted with rocky stepping-stones, and offers numerous riffles.

Our fly-fishing season on the St. Joe begins in early spring depending on runoff and guests continue to enjoy an abundant trout population through the late spring and summer and even through the fall. Several different hatches can be found along the St. Joe, including Stone Flies, May Flies, Caddis, and Terrestrials.


1 or 2 Angler

Float Trips - Available from March through October

*Includes all fishing equipment, and lunch on the river

*Maximum of two anglers per guide.  Does not include taxes, fees, and optional guide gratuity (20% is recommended for satisfied guests!).

*Price plus a 6% Land & Water Access and Use fee

*Boat capacity is 3 people (including guide) or 750lbs total, if you exceed 250lbs individually, please call the office to discuss trip options

Please note: You will need to provide your own Idaho Fishing License. They can be purchased online at the Idaho Fish and Game website.



Meet between 7-9 am, depending on river conditions, at the river at the Calder, Idaho boat ramp about 90 minutes from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Your guide will determine your exact meeting time. Our guides try to put you on the river at the most productive times of the day.

Trip Details

At ROW, we have been guiding trips on the St. Joe since 1986, longer than any other outfitter on the river. Our experienced fly fishing guides will prove to be indispensable as they aid you in selecting the perfect flies and position you along the river to enjoy a plentiful haul.

ROW Adventures provides all necessary gear for the trip. If you have your own gear and would like to bring it just let us know. Your guide will be waiting for you on the river!

Fishing licenses are not included and can be purchased online at the Idaho Fish and Game website.

All fishing is catch and release.

*Boat capacity is 3 people (including guide) or 750lbs total, if you exceed 250lbs individually, please call the office to discuss trip options

Gear List

Breathable waders are always a good idea, even if you just carry them along year round for poor weather.  If you do not have waders ROW will provide a pair for you. You should layer your clothing so you can add or remove layers as the weather changes. Depending on the time of year you join us, we recommend a windstopper or soft shell fleece and a good rain jacket. These items are particularly important for early and late season trips.    

By mid July you can usually wet wade in a pair of wading boots, sandals with a heel strap, or water shoes and some light, quick-dry shorts or pants. Short or long sleeved, light weight, quick-drying, non-cotton shirts are also suggested.  Once again, it is a good idea to bring along warmer clothes and rain gear.  We highly recommend that you bring along a quality pair of polarized sunglasses and a brimmed hat. These items will help you see things more clearly and protect you from any wildly cast flies that might come near your head. Sunscreen is a must, especially in July and August.  

The most common fly rod weights used are four, five and six in a nine foot length, paired with a quality, machined, disk drag reel. Your reel should be matched with the same weight line as your rod, with a weight forward or double tapered floating line. A 4X 9 foot tapered trout leader is ideal for Idaho rivers and fishing conditions. Tippet material in 3X-5X is perfect for varying situations. Floatant, nippers, accessory equipment and fly boxes are also highly recommended.
If you don’t have your own gear, ROW will provide the necessities for an enjoyable day on the water. If you have your own gear, though, here’s what we recommend bringing:

  • Breathable waders/boots
  • Sandals or water shoes with heel strap
  • Fleece jacket/pants
  • Rain jacket
  • Water Bottle
  • Light weight, quick-drying pants/shirt (preferably non-cotton material)
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Brimmed hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • All necessary medications (if you have bee allergies please bring your epi-pen)
  • 4, 5, or, 6 weight rod/reel with matching weight floating line
  • New 4X - 9 foot tapered trout leader
  • 3X-5X tippet material
  • Nippers/hemostats
  • Camera

These recommended items can make or break a day on the water. Your comfort and enjoyment are our primary concerns, so please pack for your trip accordingly.  If you have any questions or specific concerns please e-mail

Meeting Location

Our trips meet at the river - which is approximately an hour and a half east of downtown Coeur d'Alene at the Calder Boat Ramp. Your guide will contact you a few days prior to your trip to confirm the exact meeting place and time. 


Can a group of 3 or 4 go fly fishing?

 We can accommodate a group of 3 or 4 for float trips, groups of this size get split into 2 boats with one guide in each. Two boats and two guides equals the trip price times two.

Where does the trip start and end?

The trip meets at the river; about an hour/ hour and a half from Coeur d’Alene at the Calder Boat Ramp. Your guide will contact you a few days prior to your trip to confirm the exact meeting time and location. These can vary depending on water levels and where the fishing is best.

Do I need to set up a shuttle for my vehicle?

Nope! You will get a ride with your guide upriver to the put-in location and float back to your vehicle.

Can I keep the fish I catch?

All fishing is catch and release. We will help you get some great photos with your catches!

Do you provide lunch on the full-day float?

Yes, we do include lunch as well as snacks and beverages on the full-day float trips.

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Fred Emry
September 28, 2020 at 8:20 pm
Last Saturday my grandson and I spent the day fly fishing the St. Joe River with our guide, Bill Johnson. Among Bill's many gifts, he taught with such gentleness my grandson, Jackson, in becoming an excellent fly fisherman. Bill has my heart felt gratitude, plus we had a grand time. Thanks to all of you, especially Bill.
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