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Idaho Back Country Fishing

Idaho Back Country Fishing

Idaho Back Country Fishing

Idaho Back Country Fishing

Idaho Back Country Fishing

Idaho Back Country Fishing

Idaho Back Country Fishing

Idaho Back Country Fishing

Fun Facts

Family Rating: Some Fun Activities
Lodge Rating: Rustic but Nice Lodge, Tent
Age Appropriate: Likely 8 and up
Season: April through March
Lodge Capacity: 6 and up depending on lodging
Location: Kamiah, IS
Nearest Major Airport: Spokane or Lewiston, ID or private nearby
Holiday Options: Fall Break, Spring Break, Summer, Thanksgiving
Activities: Bird Watching, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Helicopter Tours, Hiking, Horseback riding, Jeep tours, Jet Boating, Kayaking, Massages, Sporting Clays, White Water Rafting
Species: cutthroats, Salmon, Smallmouth Bass, steelhead

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Our First-Hand Experience

Impressions from our visit and our clients numerous visits:

  • We met wholesome people that are excellent and experienced at what they do
  • Diverse experiences from Wingshooting to Big game to back country fishing
  • Honest, they always tell us the truth and they never ever oversell
  • The lodge was warm, friendly and inviting with a big fire always waiting
  • Everyone cared about our successful visit was enthusiastic to hear about our day
  • The immense property and joining lands are beautiful and diverse
  • We not only have respect for this outfitter but we have become dear friends over the years
  • They encourage older kids on property and they invest in them throughout the stay.  What better way to connect with your teenage kids than by spending time in the outdoors!
  • Our clients return year after year
  • We arrived as guests but you are friends for life

Idaho Back Country Fishing

Your back country fishing adventure begins at the main lodge sits on a 5,000 acre ranch.  This ranch is nestled in beautiful Lawyer’s Creek Canyon boasting an abundance of wildlife and majestic views of north central Idaho. This diverse and dramatic back country fishing landscape is unlike any other you have seen, an ideal place to make memories.  Guest spend the first night here and then head out for Idaho back country fishing on Osprey Creek.

These native cutthroat are pursued from our pristine back country camp, Osprey Creek. The fishing is all wet-wade and fish numbers are high.

These 4 day/ 5 night trips start at our luxurious lodge for your first night. The next day enjoy the mountain drive to the trailhead where the horses and mules will be waiting. The pack-in is a short 5 miles through huge old growth cedar trees and follows the creek the entire way to camp. The next 3 nights are at our comfortable back country camp. To finish the trip your pack-out day and last night brings you back to the lodge. Whether you are looking for a trip for family, friends, or business, Osprey will accommodate all.

This select lodge is perfect for the well rounded outdoorsman that wants it all in one location. The ranch lies just outside Kamiah, ID with exclusive outfitter rights to 740,000 acres of Special Permit Areas in the Nez Perce and Clearwater National Forests of North Central Idaho.

Every detail of your trip will be arranged for you from the moment your flight arrives until your trip draws to a close. We pride ourselves on offering inclusive adventures, always upfront on pricing, so that only good surprises await you from start to finish.

We are fortunate to offer trips for the cutthroat trout. It is in fact Idaho’s state fish!

Accommodations & Meals

Back Country fly fishing experience

Osprey Camp is outfitted with large wall tents with wood floors, running water at all tents, hot showers, comfortable sleeping, and quality cuisine. Past guests rave about the upscale accommodations in such a beautiful setting.

Osprey Creek, twenty-seven miles of unspoiled catch-and-release fishing water, is a favorite for the avid fly-fisherman. Guides are skillful instructors who will have you catching fish shortly after your arrival to camp. The beauty of Osprey Creek is truly something that has to be experienced firsthand.

You will find that not only is the fishing superb in Osprey Creek, so is the dining! Our lodge chef travel back into camp to prepare gourmet Dutch oven meals along with many fire barbeque favorites. There are limited trips throughout the months of July and August, so reserve your spot early!

Main Lodge:

Central to any outdoor adventure at this Ranch is the 14,000 sq. ft. lodge. The lodge boasts 14 rooms with the capacity to sleep 24. You will enjoy rustic luxury at its finest including a spacious private room each with private bath, TV, and telephone. Wireless internet is available throughout the lodge, as well as a desktop computer located in the entertainment room.

Enjoy top shelf liquor in the comfortable lounge equipped with full-size pool table and big screen TV. For those of you who enjoy a little competition among your hunting party, they offer a laser shot shooting game on a large projection screen.

After dinner, take a dip in the soothing Jacuzzi or relax in the sauna. Guests at this Ranch will enjoy very good meals and good conversation in the dining room. Local and fine wines are featured at dinner; guests are welcome to bring their favorite spirits with them. As always, the kitchen is pleased to arrange meals for those with special requirements.

The executive chef has a unique flare for wild game.

Should you choose back country adventures, your accommodations will be very comfortable outfitter camps with great back country cooking.

 

Fishing

Back Country Fly Fishing – Cutthroat Trout Fishing Experience: July 5 – Aug 15

An Orvis Endorsed fishing destination, the rustic accommodations, is home to some of the best fishing water.  The fishing guides have years of wisdom on the water utilizing both fly-fishing and spin-tackle equipment as your tools. The team will cater to your skill level and give you an experience that will make you realize fishing is not just a hobby; it’s a passion!

The scenery of Osprey Creek country is a delight all its own. After a short horseback ride into our deluxe backcountry campsite, you’ll cast your fly into native Westslope Cutthroat and Rainbow trout in one of the most productive streams in the West.

Osprey Camp is outfitted with large wall tents with wood floors, running water at all tents, hot showers, comfortable sleeping, and quality cuisine. Past guests rave about the upscale accommodations in such a beautiful setting.

Osprey Creek, twenty-seven miles of unspoiled catch-and-release fishing water, is a favorite for the avid fly-fisherman. Guides are skillful instructors who will have you catching fish shortly after your arrival to camp. The beauty of Osprey Creek is truly something that has to be experienced firsthand.

You will find that not only is the fishing superb in Osprey Creek, so is the dining!  Our lodge chef travel back into camp to prepare gourmet dutch oven meals along with many fire barbeque favorites.  There are limited trips throughout the months of July and August, so reserve your spot early!

Steelhead fishing is conducted from October through Early March. Depending on the time of your fishing excursion; they have spin tackle, traditional fly rod and spey rod equipment to hook onto that big one.  Drift boats and Jet boats have allowed them to reach more fishable river water and enhanced opportunity. They have made sure that regardless of what mother nature dishes out, they will give you the best opportunites to hook into that world renowned Clearwater River Steelhead.  With fish weighing over 20lbs, you will find this to be a rewarding sport to land such an aggressive and large fish. River fishing does not get any better than this!

lodge is home to some of the best fishing water in North America; paired with rustic elegant lodging. The fishing guides have years of wisdom on the water utilizing both fly-fishing and spin-tackle equipment as your tools. The team will cater to your skill level and give you an experience that will make you realize fishing is not just a hobby; it’s a passion!

Or other Lodge based fishing:

Steelhead (Rainbow trout that goes to the ocean) Aug 15 – April 15

They offer Steelhead and Salmon fishing adventures from our Orvis Endorsed fishing lodge from October 1st through March 15th. Fishing the Clearwater River located only 10 minutes from the lodge, a nationally recognized fishery, and we have access to over seventy miles of this pristine water.

A typical day starts out with a hearty breakfast at the lodge followed by just a short drive to one of many boat launches. Once on the water, guides will drift or power you into the best fishing holes the Clearwater River has to offer. Once a fish is hooked, the adrenalin starts pumping!

Salmon – Chinook  May 1 – July 15

They offer spring Salmon fishing adventures from the Orvis Endorsed fishing lodge during the months of May and June. Fishing is at its best during the morning hours, so this trip is very popular to do in conjunction with a bear or turkey hunt from our lodge. For a diversified sporting trip, enjoy fishing in the morning and afternoon hunting for black bear.

Salmon can range from 15-30 lbs with varied bag limits depending on the predicted fish run. These amazing fish travel over 500 river miles to spawn and are a delicacy to put on the dinner table!

At your option, the culinary experts will take your catch and prepare it for you at dinner.

Steelhead – October – March

Steelhead fishing is conducted from drift boats from October through the end of March. Season dates vary depending on IDF&G regulations. Depending on the time of your fishing

excursion; they have spin tackle, traditional fly rod and spey rod equipment to hook onto that big one. They have made sure that regardless of what mother nature dishes out, they will give you the best opportunities to hook into that world renowned Clearwater River Steelhead. With fish weighing over 20lbs, you will find this to be a rewarding sport to land such an aggressive and large fish. River fishing does not get any better than this!

Smallmouth Bass –  July 1 – October

Smallmouth Bass is another fun option during the summer from August to September. The Clearwater River offers some of the best smallmouth bass fishing in Idaho. Guides target the bass by fishing from drift boats with either spinning equipment or pulling poppers on the surface with a fly rod.

The Dworshak Resevoir sits behind the 3rd highest dam in the United States, and is where the Idaho state record small mouth bass was caught, weighing in at 9.7 lbs. Enjoy the comfort of our jet sled as you visit different sections of the lake in search of trophy size small mouth bass.

 

Activities

There are some costs associated with activities. Children are 1/2 price with adult.

  •   Jeep Tour–this can year round but not when bird hunters are out.
  •   Bird Watching–this can be year round/
  •   River Floats–summer July – August
  •   Fly Fishing Instruction on the Pond–year round
  •   Archery Instruction–year round
  •   Dutch Oven Cooking Class–its outside so weather pending
  •   Horseback Riding–based on weather and back country camps
  •   Tour of the Monastery–year round
  •   Hiking–weather pending and hunter activity pending
  •   Fly Fishing on the River–seasonal
  •   Sporting Clays–year round { unless fire hazard!}
  •   Massages–year round
  •   Helicopter Tours–weather pending
  •   Kayaking–end of May to Aug
  •   White Water Rafting–End of May to Aug
  •   Jet Boat Tours–year round
  •   Sturgeon Fishing–seasonal and this is awesome!!!
  •   Hike to Archaeological Cave–year round
  •   Pond Fishing–year round as long as it doesn’t ice over.
  •   Visit the Nez Perce Museum–year round/closed weekends
  •   Paint Classes–year round-needs scheduled in advance
  •   Facial & Pedicures if notified in advance

Lodge Amenities

After your busy day, relax at the lodge. Our lodge’s lounge comes equipped with:

  3 big-screen TV’s, to cover everyone’s favorite team

  fully stocked and tended bar with top-shelf liquor, import & domestic beers, wine, and a complimentary selection of fine cigars

The lodge also has a Jacuzzi overlooking the canyon, in-house massage therapists, a sauna, and a large patio with firepit to socialize around in the evening.

 

Length of Stay / Itinerary

Most anglers enjoy a 3 – 7 night adventure!

Travel Details & Location

How to get there: LEWISTON, ID

Most guests fly commercially into Lewiston, ID where the lodge provides a free shuttle service for the 1:15 minute drive to the lodge. Spokane, WA is another option and there is a $500 fee for the lodge shuttle service to this airport which is a 4 hour drive.

Runway access for private planes:

The Idaho County Airport in Grangeville, ID is only 30 minutes from the lodge and the shuttle will pick you up from here. There is a 5,100’ asphalt runway and has fuel. FAA identifier is GIC.

Internet & Communications

The main lodge, where you will spend your first night, has wireless internet is available throughout as well as a desktop computer located in the entertainment room.

Rates

Call for updated pricing

2825 and up

Trip Insurance & Cancellation Info

Trip insurance is highly recommended to protect your investment on this trip. We will assist you with trip insurance upon booking. See links at the bottom of this page for the two providers we suggest for our clients.

Family Expeditions, LLC confirmation and refund policy:

If your trip is more than 90 days out from date of departure, a 50% non-refundable deposit confirms your reservation and must be received within 10 days of booking to confirm your dates. All trips must be paid in full at least 90 days prior to the departure date. If your trip date is within 90 days, FULL payment for the trip is required. All payments to Family Expeditions are non-refundable. Should you need to reschedule or cancel your trip, we will do everything in our power to assist you in finding a suitable substitute or transferring your dates per the lodge/providers/government requirements. Trip insurance protects your investment!

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