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Idaho Fishing Lodge

Idaho Fishing Lodge

Idaho Fishing Lodge

Idaho Fishing Lodge

Idaho Fishing Lodge

Idaho Fishing Lodge

Idaho Fishing Lodge

Idaho Fishing Lodge

Idaho Fishing Lodge

Idaho Fishing Lodge

Fun Facts

Family Rating: Some Fun Activities, Great Couples Trip
Lodge Rating: Rustic but Nice Lodge
Lodge Capacity: 22
Season: June to October
Age Appropriate: Likely 8 years and older
Location: Southeastern Idaho
Nearest Airport: Jackson Hole, Idaho Falls, or private nearby
Holiday Options: Fall Break, Summer
Activities: Hiking, Horseback riding, Mountain Biking, Yellowstone Park
Species: Brook Trout, Brown Trout, cutthroats, Grayling, Rainbow Trout

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Our First-Hand Experience

We would have to say that this has been one of our favorite locations in out west for incredible and diverse fishing.  One day Lonnie, the lodge owner asked us if we wanted to go on an adventure!  Yes, of course!  Our veteran guide trailered a cataraft and we were off.  After about a 30 minute scenic drive, we pulled up to the top of a mountain and backed the trailer to the edge.  Our guide jumped out and pushed the cataraft off the trailer onto a very steep incline where there was a well used crevice.  Next thing we know, he is pushing the raft down the mountain probably a drop of 300 yards to the river below!  We had the most incredible day of fishing…I think we caught 100 fish that day or more!

Idaho Fishing Lodge

This Idaho fishing lodge is family owned and operated since the 1920’s with the owner now since 1987. So if you’re seeking warm hospitality, impeccable meals, masterful guides and some of the best world renowned rivers in the great northwest like Snake River fishing, you’ve come to the right place!    For more than 90 years years this ranch has been providing outstanding service to fly fishermen from all over the world with a staggering 90% return rate.  We believe it to be some of, if not the finest fishing in the lower 48.

“Every guide is a veteran angler and is part of the family. They know the waters from top to bottom and precisely how to fish them, regardless of the time of year. Whether you are fishing as a single angler, among a large group, or have special needs our guides work together to make your fishing experience more pleasurable.”

Located in Southeastern Idaho neighboring Targhee National Forest, the ranch is licensed on an honor roll of rivers in Idaho, Montana, and Yellowstone National Park including the Madison, Yellowstone, Henry’s Fork and South Fork of the Snake River.  It is truly a fly fisherman’s dream come true.  The home rivers are within 15-45 minutes of the lodge! This lodge is extraordinary in that fishing days are arranged to satisfy the desire of each angler. Should you want to float every day, you float. If you want to spend a week stalking selective or large trout, then stalk you will. Most guests split their time between wading and floating, thus enjoying the best of both worlds.Idaho Fishing Lodge

If adventure fishing appeals to you, they offer long hikes to great mountain lakes or boat “ramps” that drop the boat by ropes hundreds of feet down into a canyon.  Overnight at the deluxe tent camp on the South Fork! Options are nearly limitless. The blue-ribbon rivers and streams running through ranch property or located just a stone’s throw from the main gate are among America’s best.

For a family of anglers, this is mecca!  Every day is a new experience and the fishing is so productive that entertainment in any other form is unnecessary.  The overnight on the South Fork, should not be missed.

Accommodations & Meals

The lodge’s bar of polished logs and weathered wood is a natural setting for making new friends and for catching up with old ones. Wide board floors and Oriental rugs, leather furniture, all tied together by an immense coffee table, create the perfect atmosphere for swapping stories while you sip an after dinner brandy.

Guests stay in one of seven beautiful cabins along Robinson Creek. Each cabin is within short walking distance from the lodge dining room and the well outfitted fly shop. Everything you need to relax and unwind after an exciting day of fishing is waiting for you!

All cabins have private porches with Adirondack chairs for lounging, reading or reminiscing about your exciting day on the river. They are each furnished with western antiques, comfy overstuffed comforters and pillows as well as electric heat. Each cabin has a private bath with shower, in room hairdryer and coffee maker.

The cabins are meticulously maintained by daily maid service as well as nightly bed turndown. There is ample storage for clothing and gear, as well as personal rod racks outside the cabin. The staff and guides earnestly strive to enhance the enjoyment of your stay by catering to your every need, resulting in a special blend of genuine hospitality and meticulous attention to detail. Located across Robinson Creek is a separate guest facility, Robinson Lodge. It is equipped with four private guest rooms, two with balconies overlooking Robinson Creek with spectacular views. Complete with full kitchen, large gathering room with western antiques, pool table and large front porch, it is suitable for groups of 6-8. All meals are still served in the main lodge, however upon special request, we can arrange for your group to enjoy private dining.

If you would like to do an overnight float trip, the outpost camp is available on the South Fork of the Snake.  This camp accommodates a fishing party of up to eight (min. 4).  The camp staff prepares hearty campfire dishes.  A great experience!

Fishing

The fishing offered at the Ranch is on the best rivers in the American West if not the world, with plenty of fish on which to test your skills. Large trout lurk in every river and stream you will fish though, except on rare occasions, to hook a trout of more than 18 inches requires that you forsake some action in favor of trophy hunting.

Tackle requirements will vary somewhat from angler to angler, depending on the time of year and the style of fishing you favor. Clients will be briefed in detail regarding their tackle needs and options in plenty of time to prepare for the trip. Fly fishing is emphasized, with on-stream instruction offered at no extra charge. Guests need not even concern themselves with having the right flies for prevailing conditions. The fly shop carries an ample supply for all contingencies. You pay only for those you use.

This outiffer is extraordinary in that fishing days are arranged to satisfy the desire of each angler. Should you want to float every day, you float. If you want to spend a week stalking selective or large trout, then stalk you will. Most guests split their time between wading and floating, thus enjoying the best of both worlds. Options are nearly limitless. The blue-ribbon rivers and streams running through ranch property or located just a stone’s throw from the main gate are among America’s best.

Every guide is a veteran angler and is part of the family. They know the waters from top to bottom and precisely how to fish them, regardless of the time of year. Whether you are fishing as a single angler, among a large group, or have special needs these guides work together to make your fishing experience more pleasurable.

Fishing Information:  You could probably fish here for an entire season and never overlap your fishing areas!

All told, the lodge is licensed to guide fly fishing guests on more than 16 legendary trout streams including the Railroad Ranch on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake, South Fork of the Snake, Gallatin, Yellowstone (in the park), and Firehole. Fifteen different floats are available. The guides coordinate the weekly schedule so guests can cover the most productive stretches where prolific hatches tease trout to the surface and conditions are best.

Drives to the fishing range in length from 10 minutes up to an hour and a half.  The longer drives are mostly to Yellowstone Rivers.  If you do not want to drive a long distance, there is plenty of fishing within a half hours drive.

Each morning, you will ride with your guide in his vehicle with your boat in tow to drive to the fishing.  Float rafts and drift boats are used unless you are wade fishing.

You will be floating from McKenzie and skiff River boats, catarafts, or wading.

The Waters: Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, Fall River, South Fork of the Snake River, Teton River, Warm River, Robinson Creek, Hebgen Lake.  Madison, Gallatin, Yellowstone and Firehole Rivers also licensed by the lodge.

Overnight on the Snake River:

The canyon section of the South Fork is one of the last great overnight scenic trips in the west. Your award winning guides and staff will provide an overnight camping experience that can only compare to a night at the Ritz. The camp sits in the deep canyon surrounded by towering cottonwoods. An abundant variety of wildlife inhabits the canyon, Bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and plenty of moose to name a few.

Your day starts with your departure from the Ranch around 8:00 a.m. You will be required to pack an overnight bag with necessities of a personal nature. Your staff will take care of getting your bag to and from the camp.

The South Fork has a population of well over 7000 fish per mile, with wild cutthroats averaging 14 to 16 inches, as well as rainbows and hybrids. You will also find brown trout that can grow much larger, with a fish or two more than 10 pounds. The South Fork was the home to the Idaho State record brown trout weighing in at 26 lbs. Although the South Fork is best known for its dry-fly fishing, streamer fishing, casting big flies undercut banks or dead drifting a bead head nymph, along the numerous gravel bars can be very effective. Whether you choose only to drift or to stop along the numerous gravel bars to wade some of the smaller channels, your day on the South Fork will be truly memorable.

Activities

Horseback riding, trips to Mesa Falls, Nature tours, Trail bike riding, Mountain bike riding, and Yellowstone tours are all available through the lodge at an additional fee.  A masseuse is on staff for your pleasure for an added fee.

Horseback riding, trips to Mesa Falls, Nature tours, Trail bike riding, Mountain bike riding, and Yellowstone tours are all available through the lodge at an additional fee.  A masseuse is on staff for your pleasure for an added fee.

We can arrange for a member of the staff to take non anglers on a sight-seeing tour to various scenic destinations not far from the ranch. This may include;

  1. Harriman State Park for hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding
  2. Yellowstone National Park
  3. Upper and Lower Mesa Falls, Cave Falls (Yellowstone’s Cascade Corner video)or Warm River Springs
  4. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  5. Teton National Park

We also offer a new educational program lead by Head Guide, Doug  and Senior Guide, Cliff called: An Invitation to Nature for Beginning Birders and Others. This program will allow you to visit the National Wildlife Refuge at Red Rock Lakes, Montana where 232 different species of birds have been recorded; Harriman State Park, Idaho with over 60 species of birds, over 50 mammals and 62 species of flowering plants. The program will also allow you to visit Yellowstone National Park and Targhee National Forest.

Changing Generations

This lodge supports so many conservation organizations!

They support organizations that work toward long term solutions. Organizations that make it their mission to conserve, restore, protect, nurture and give back to others so that our environment and fisheries will not only benefit our world today, but will be treasured by future generations.

Through financial support and gifts of time,  contributes to these great organizations:

The Old Teton Restoration Project
Three Rivers Ranch restored a two mile section of the Teton River. When the Teton Dam broke in 1976, the flooding washed away the “old” Teton River’s natural flow and habitat. Three Rivers Ranch worked to restore this beautiful Blue Ribbon trout stream to its original state.

Friends of the Teton River

  • http://www.tetonwater.org/
  • To work with our community for clean water, healthy streams and abundant fisheries in the upper Teton watershed.

Trout Unlimited

  • http://www.tu.org/
  • To conserve, protect and restore North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

  • http://www.tarbone.org/
  • To support research to help understand, nurture, and enhance healthy bonefish, tarpon, and permit populations.

Henry’s Fork Foundation

  • http://www.henrysfork.org/
  • To conserve, restore, and protect the unique fishery, wildlife, and aesthetic resources of watershed in the Upper Snake River watershed.

Casting for Recovery

  • www.castingforrecovery.org
  • To provide fly-fishing retreats specifically tailored for women who have or have had breast cancer. They seek to enhance the lives of breast cancer survivors by providing retreats designed to promote and support mental and physical healing.

Reel Recovery

  • www.reelrecovery.org
  • The mission of reel recovery is to help men in the cancer recovery process by introducing them to the healing powers of the sport of fly-fishing, while providing a safe, supportive invironment to explore their personal experience of cancer with others who share their stories.

Nature Conservancy

  • www.nature.org
  • To preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

Teton Land Trust

  • www.tetonlandtrust.org
  • To conserve agricultural and natural lands and to encourage land stewardship in the Upper Snake River Watershed for the benefit of today’s communities and as a legacy for future generations.

Ducks Unlimited

  • www.ducks.org
  • To conserve, restore, and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

Teton Valley Search and Rescue

  • www.tetonwyo.org
  • To provide vital emergency search and rescue services for Teton County and surrounding areas to those in need.

Little River Buddies – Henry’s Fork Foundation Program

  • LRB is all about taking kids fly-fishing (who lack the opportunity) on the Henry’s Fork with local area guides. Not only do the youth have the opportunity to spend the day on the river, they leave with all the tools to continue the sport at home.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR FAMILY OR COUPLE ON THIS TRIP:  IT’S SIMPLE

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could add more meaning and improve your relationships on every vacation with your family or spouse? Below are two easy steps to becoming intentional as you travel:

TWO EASY STEPS:
1.  Watch this video:

Make a difference video     

2.  Click on the link below for step by step ideas of how to add more meaning to your family/couple travel:

HOW TO: “MAKE A DIFFERENCE”

Rates

2019 Prices: Call for Updated Pricing
7 nights/6 guided day – $6,463 per person Double Occupancy 2×1 guide

6 nights/5 guided day – $5,498 per person Double Occupancy 2×1 guide

5 nights/4 guided day – $4,532 per person Double Occupancy 2×1 guide

4 nights/3 guided day – $3,566 per person Double Occupancy 2×1 guide

3 nights/2 guided day – $2,601 per person Double Occupancy 2×1 guide

Observer rate is the same as the angler rate. If the observer would like to tour the area, a driver will be provided

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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