Meeting PointCoeur d'Alene, Idaho
7:30 a.m. PDT
St. Joe Full Day Walk & Wade
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.
*Includes all fishing equipment, boots & waders, and lunch on the river
*Based on three anglers. 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
Please note: You will need to provide your own Idaho Fishing License. They can be purchased online at the Idaho Fish and Game website.
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.
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
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Do I need a Fishing license?
You will need to provide your own Idaho Fishing License. They can be purchased online at the Idaho Fish and Game website.
Can a group of 3 go fly fishing?
We can accommodate a group of 3 or 4 for walk and wade trips. For groups of 4, you will have two guides.
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 be brought back to your vehicle.
What kind of fish are found in the St. Joe River?
There is a variety of trout, bass, mountain whitefish, and more!
Can I keep the fish I catch?
All fishing is catch and release. We will help you get some great photos with your catches!