Fly Fishing Trip Planner 2017-01-24T00:13:51+00:00

Fly Fishing Packages

Three Rivers Ranch offers three experiences for anglers wanting to fish Idaho and our amazing neighboring waters.  We can customize any trip whether it you, your friends, family, or corporate group.  Take a look at our three options:

Most guests who visit Three Rivers Ranch prefer to enjoy our customary 6 night lodging and meals/ 5 guided day package; with a Saturday arrival and a Friday departure. However, we do offer shorter custom packages beginning with a 2 night lodging and meals/ 1 guided day stay. Let us help you create your own unique fishing getaway, click here or call (208) 652-3750.
Just want to fish?  Book one of our veteran guides and turn a great vacation into a vacation of a lifetime!  You have a wide variety of rivers and lakes to fish and choose to leave from any of our 5 locations throughout Idaho.  Your guided day trip includes shuttle to and from the river, lunch, beverages, fly-fishing instruction, and your guide. You may either float or wade fish.
Three Rivers Ranch’s South Fork of the Snake River Overnight Camp will take you into the vast South Fork Canyon Wilderness on a Two-Day 27-mile float. Experince this angler’s paradise with over 5177 fish per mile!

The Trip Includes: 2-Days of Guided Fishing on a drift boat, Guide, A Deluxe Canvas Wall Tent, Meals, Drinks, & Transportation.

Available individually or as an ‘Add-On’ to your lodge package.

Lodge Package Info

Lodge Season

Fishing is awesome all year long!  However, the Lodge at Three Rivers Ranch is typically open from May 1 – November 1.

Included with your Lodge Package

  • Round-trip airport transfer
  • Accommodations based on double occupancy
  • Gourmet Meals & complimentary top-shelf cocktails & wine at dinner
  • Knowledgeable guide at your disposal for one or two anglers
  • Transportation to and from the ranch on daily basis.

Not Included – All scheduled commercial air transportation; fishing license; alcoholic beverages beyond dinner cocktails; gratuities;  Idaho sales tax on all tackle purchases and package costs; nominal Idaho convention tax; or items of personal nature.

Other Activites

Non fishing companions will be comfortable at Three Rivers Ranch, and the Ranch offers a number of activities for them at a nominal cost.

We can arrange for a member of our 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 Gibson and Senior Guide, Cliff Weisse 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.

Orvis Endorsement & Our Fly Shop

What is an Orvis Endorsed Lodge?

Three Rivers Ranch is an Orvis-endorsed lodge, meaning it meets stringent Orvis standards and the guides are certified with mandatory annual training reviews.

From Orvis.com

Definitions of Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Operations

Lodges: An Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge is researched, vetted, and selected by experts who bring their vast expertise in fly fishing and travel to choosing the finest lodges worldwide on your behalf; saving you the work, time, and energy you’d spend to find a lodge on your own.

In fact, Three Rivers Ranch was one of the founding fathers of the program, endorsed in 1974.  We have also won Orvis Lodge of the Year; Doug Gibson has won Orvis Guide of the Year & the Orvis Lifetime Achievement award; our owner, Lonnie Allen has been nominated for the Orvis Lifetime Achievement Award as well.

The Fly Shop at Three Rivers

Three Rivers maintains a well stocked Orvis shop where you can purchase essentials like flies, dressing, and equipment at competitive prices.  In fact, you could show up without anything and we would have all the gear & apparel you need to have a wonderful fly fishing experience.

We have over 26,000 flies in our Warm River Fly Shop, which is only for our guests at Three Rivers Ranch.  A majority of our flies are tied by our own guides. All of our fly patterns of various sizes have proven to be effective on local waters. With advance notice, they also tie custom freshwater & saltwater flies. The required fishing license is available at the shop, not included in rate.

What To Bring

Fly Rods:  A 9 foot/6 weight graphite rod will cover all of the angling conditions you might experience at Three Rivers. Some guests also like to bring a 4 or 5 weight for dry fly fishing and light nymph fishing on the small tributaries.

 Reels:  A single action fly reel capable of holding at least 75 yards of 20 pound test Dacron backing will work perfectly.

Fly Lines and Leaders:  For all fishing we recommend a double-taper floating fly line in an appropriate weight for the rod and reel. It will allow you to mend easier, for a more natural float. A weight forward line is recommended for lake fishing. Some guests like to bring an extra spool with sink tip line for streamer fishing.

The best all-round leader for western trout waters is a 9-footer with a 3x or 4x tippet.

 Flies:  Many of the hatches you’ll encounter at Three Rivers can be imitated with general patterns that approximate the basic shape and size of aquatic insects endemic to the region’s waters. Three Rivers Ranch maintains a well-stocked selection of flies for purchase. If you would like to bring or tie your own selection of flies, please see the hatch chart on our website
Waders:  Floating from McKenzie and Skiff River boats, catarafts, and wading are featured at Three Rivers; therefore, a good pair of chest waders are essential to fully enjoy the fishing opportunities you’ll come across.
Clothing:  Dress at the Ranch is casual; however, it is suggested that you change from your fishing clothes into more suitable dinner attire. Idaho weather is variable throughout the season, particularly during the months of June, September and October, so we suggest layering clothing to accommodate sudden temperature shifts. Day temperatures may be quite cool in the morning, stay in the 50’s, and in the warm afternoon, perhaps reach up into the 80s. Nights are generally cool. We recommend checking current weather conditions before your arrival.
Clothing Recommendations:
  • Thermal underwear
  • Down or a NanoPuff vest or jacket
  • Long sleeve casting shirts
  • Lightweight pants
  • Warm sweater or polar fleece
  • Rain jacket
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable tech socks
  • Shorts and light weight shirts
  • Fishing sandals

The following add comfort and protection to any fishing trip:

  • Fly fisherman snips
  • Dry-fly floatant
  • Forceps
  • Wading staff – for safety, balance and comfort
  • Rain jacket – western weather is variable and sudden rain storms do occur
  • Sunscreen ‘
  • Fishing hat
  • Sunglasses – polarized glasses protect your eyes as well as cut the glare
  • Sun gloves & glove for cold weather
  • Sun Mask
  • Insect repellent

Guided Fly Fishing Day Trip Info

Guided Fishing Season

Fishing is awesome all year long!  So we offer guided fly fishing trips all year.  There is one key date:  Harriman Ranch closes on December 1 – June 14th.  Other than that, let’s fish!  Check the regs here.

Included with your Guided Day Trip

Your guided day trip includes shuttle to and from the river, lunch, beverages, fly-fishing instruction, and your guide.  You may either float or wade fish. Your package does not include fishing gear, fishing license, flies or gratuities.

TIME & PLACE:  You will conveniently meet your guide at one of our three fly shops in East Idaho typically between 8:15 a.m. & 8:30a.m, unless other arrangement have been made.

TRIP DURATION:  A full day (6-8 hours) of fishing begins upon arrival and meeting your guide (breakfast is on your own).  If you have opted for ½ day (4 hours), it does not include lunch; however, water and soft drinks will be provided.  You may fish as late as you wish, using your guide’s discretion.  Your guide will work around your schedule.  Who knows?  There may be an evening hatch; you would not want to miss it!

FISHING LICENSE:  You will need to have and carry a valid Idaho Fish & Game fishing license while fishing.  You will be able to buy a fishing license the day of your fishing trip at our fly shop.  To expedite your departure to the river you can visit https://id.outdoorcentral.us and purchase and print an Idaho fishing license online.  It’s very important to remember to carry it with you at all times while fishing.

FLIES & GEAR:  Three Rivers Ranch fly-fishing guides will select flies, leaders, and tippet that they think you may need for the day, these items will be added to your final bill.  Please feel free to choose or use your own tackle if you would prefer.

STREAMSIDE LUNCH:  Our homemade gourmet lunch includes a main course, fresh salad, soft drinks, chips, fresh fruit, and dessert.  We have a set lunch menu that varies, depending on the day.  If you would like to request a specific lunch due to medical or dietary needs, we would be happy to arrange that for you. Alcohol beverages are not included.

RENTAL & DEMO GEAR:  We have rental equipment and demo gear available.  A standard fly rod, reel, and line are available for $25.00 per day.  High-end demo fly rods and/or reel combos rent for $30.00 per day.  Waders and boots, $30.00 per day.  If you choose to keep & purchase the rental gear, we will discount the gear and take the rental fee off your purchase. Please let us know if you are interested. Your rental gear will be secured by credit card.

CANCELATION POLICY:  If you need to cancel your trip for any reason, you will receive 100% of your deposit as long as you give written notice at least 30 days before your trip.  If you need to cancel within 30-days of your trip, you will receive your deposit, less $100 processing fee, per boat.

RESCHEDULING:  If for any reason you cannot make it on the day you have chosen, a courtesy call and/or written notice must be received 48-hours before your scheduled trip.  We will reschedule your dates and roll over your deposit for the remaining season.  If you are unable to reschedule before December 31, your deposit will be distributed to your guide.

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Fly Fishing Trip Prices

All Inclusive Lodge Trip Prices

Most guests who visit Three Rivers Ranch prefer to enjoy our customary 6 night, 5 guided day package; with a Saturday arrival and a Friday departure.

The 2017 – 6 night, 5 day costs $5,408.000 per person (double occupancy, shared guided & cabin) or $7168.00 (Single Occupancy). We do offer shorter custom packages like a 3 night, 2 guided day for $2556.50 Double Occupancy, shared guide & cabin) or $3289.00 (Single Occupancy).

What’s included: Round trip transportation from either Idaho Falls, Idaho or Jackson Hole, Wyoming; accommodations based on double occupancy; three meals per day; knowledgeable guide for two fisherman, with full fishing services including – transportation to and from the ranch on a daily basis; complimentary dinner cocktails and wine.


Full Guided Day Trip: $590.00

Spend your day on any Eastern Idaho, Montana, or Yellowstone Park River.  Henry’s Fork, Teton River, South Fork of the Snake River, Madison, and many more.

Your guided day trip includes shuttle to and from the river, lunch, beverages, fly-fishing instruction, and your guide.  You may either float or wade fish. Your package does not include fishing gear, fishing license, flies or gratuities.

  • Mesa Falls Slide on the Henry’s Fork – Additional $50.00/day.
  • Bitch Creek Slide on the Teton River – Additional $100.00/day.

1/2 Guided Day Trip:  $490.00

Can’t spend the entire day on the river?  We offer a 1/2 guided day trip for you.  You can fish any river within 30 miles from one of our Eastern Idaho Fly Shops.  Typically, it would be the Teton River or the Henry’s Fork.  Contact us for any questions.

A half guided day trip is roughly 4 hours.  It does not include lunch; however, water and soft drinks will be provided.


Snake River Overnight Camp

$2150.00 for a party of two & $1750.00 single occupancy.

Three Rivers Ranch’s South Fork of the Snake River Overnight Camp will take you into the vast South Fork Canyon Wilderness on a Two-Day 27-mile float.  Experince this angler’s paradise with over 5177 fish per mile!

The Trip Includes: 2-Days of Guided Fishing on a drift boat, Guide, A Deluxe Canvas Wall Tent, Meals, Drinks, & Transportation.


Owyhee River Guided Fly Fishing Trips

1-2 People – Full Day – $445.00

3 People – Full Day – $670.00

This is a walk & wade fly fishing trip. Your guided day trip includes a ride to the river (if you choose), lunch, fly-fishing instruction, & your guide. Your package does not include fishing gear, fishing license, flies or gratuities.

“All or part of this operation is conducted on public lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.”


Boise River – In Town Guide Trips

1-2 People: Full Day $400.00 | Half Day $275.00

3 People: Full Day $500.00 |  Half Day $350.00

This is a walk & wade fly fishing trip.  Your guided day trip includes a ride to the river (if you choose), lunch (on full day trips), fly-fishing instruction, & your guide. Your package does not include fishing gear, fishing license, flies or gratuities.

Seasons & Weather

Winter: November – March

Our water year greatly depends on the snowfall in the high country. In 2010 Warm River & Island Park had roughly 17.85 ft or 214″ of snowfall & in Ashton there was 6.75 feet of snowfall.

 


 

Spring: April – June

Snow will slowly start melting in the lower valleys in March and April, but snow regularly falls in the high country. Fishing can be incredible before the major runoff; this is typically is in April and May. By late May in a typical snow year, the majority of the snow has melted and the rivers are full. By June, the weather is perfect, the rivers are fishing, and life is beautiful.

 


 

Summer: July – August

Summers can be relatively short, but very beautiful and mild. Temperatures can reach 100 degrees; however, the average temperature is in the high 80’s. Fishing is typically great in every river, lake, and spring creek around the area. Those of you that enjoy hiking, camping, and fishing in Yellowstone National Park, Teton National Park, and in the high backcountry will enjoy the weather and the lack of snow above 9000 feet.

 


 

Fall: September – October

Autumn in Idaho is breathtaking. The trees are colorful, the water is low, and the fishing is excellent. Fall brings the time of year we like to call “Indian summer”. The nights are cold and you can have some mornings with frost and the days are warm bringing temperatures above 70 degrees. In any Rocky Mountain fall weather, the need to dress in layers is very important and makes life a little more comfortable.

Fly Fishing Season

Early Season – (Memorial Day Through June)
The season here at Three Rivers opens the last week in May when the Henry’s Fork is typically in the midst of the Salmonfly hatch. Some very large fish can be tempted to the surface with imitations of this huge stonefly. As water temperatures moderate mayfly and caddis hatches begin in earnest, including Pale Morning Duns and the well known Green Drake hatch. The famous Railroad Ranch opens on the 15th of June and you can experience some of the finest dry fly fishing the Henry’s Fork has to offer at this time. The Firehole River also has excellent hatches during this period. By the end of June runoff is receding and some of the smaller rivers are starting to turn on.

Mid Season- (July/August)
Taking a break on the Teton RiverJuly is usually highlighted by the Salmonfly hatch on the South Fork of the Snake, which typically begins around July 4th, followed by other stoneflies and heavy mayfly hatches. There’s excellent fishing to be had withlarge dries as well as match the hatch fishing during the Mayfly hatches. Smaller rivers like the Teton, Fall River, and Warm River come on and fish well throughout the summer,offering a great diversity of fishing Teton River Cutthroatopportunities for both wading and floating. July 15th marks the opener for the Yellowstone River, in Yellowstone National Park, and there are numerousoptions available elsewhere in the Park all summer long. Hebgen Lake is yet another option with large fish feeding on hatching Mayflies.

Late Season – (September/October)
Brown Trout on the South ForkAs summer turns to fall, days shorten and cooler water temperatures trigger the emergence of late season mayflies like Blue-winged Olives and Mahogany Duns. Water levels are perfect for wading and the South Fork and Henry’s Fork offer excellent and consistent opportunities for fishing dry flies to rising fish. Hatches can also be Autumn day on the South Forkvery good on the Firehole at this time of year. Streamer fishing can produce some of the best fishing of the year for trophy Brown Trout during this period. The smaller rivers remain a good option for those who enjoy wading with warm days producing excellent hopper fishing.

What To Bring

We sell everything you need to make your fly fishing trip successfull.  We feature & reccomend Orvis at the lodge, but we sell every top fly fishing brand in the industry.

Fly Rods:
A mid-flex or medium action 9 foot, 5 weight fly rod will cover most of the angling conditions you might experience at Three Rivers Ranch. Some guests also like to bring a 4 or 6 weight fly rod for larger dry fly fishing, light nymph fishing, or streamer fishing.

Reels:
A single action fly reel capable of holding at least 75 yards of 20 pound test Dacron backing will work perfectly.

Fly Lines, Leaders & Tippet:
For all fishing we recommend a weight forward floating fly line in an appropriate weight for the rod and reel. It will allow you to mend easier, for a more natural float.  Some guests like to bring an extra spool or another reel with sink tip line for streamer fishing.

The best all-round leader for western trout waters is a 9-footer with a 3x or 4x tippet.

Flies:
Many of the hatches you’ll encounter at Three Rivers Ranch can be imitated with general patterns that approximate the basic shape and size of aquatic insects endemic to the region’s waters. Three Rivers Ranch maintains a fully-stocked selection of flies for purchase. If you would like to bring or tie your own selection of flies you’re more than welcome to.  Give us a call at (208) 652-3750 for in-depth info on patterns.

Waders:
Floating from McKenzie and Skiff River boats, catarafts, and wading are featured at Three Rivers Ranch; therefore, a good pair of chest waders are essential to fully enjoy the fishing opportunities you’ll come across.

Clothing:
Dress at the Ranch is casual; however, it is suggested that you change from your fishing clothes into more suitable dinner attire. Idaho weather is variable throughout the season, particularly during the months of June, September, and October, so we suggest layering clothing to accommodate sudden temperature shifts. Day temperatures may be quite cool in the morning, stay in the 50’s, and in the warm afternoon, perhaps reach up into the 80s. Nights are generally cool. We recommend checking current weather conditions before your arrival.

Some clothing recommendations are:

  • Thermal underwear
  • Down or Primaloft vest or jacket
  • Two long sleeve casting shirts – (Yes, we offer laundry services.)
  • Lightweight pants
  • Warm sweater or polar fleece
  • Rain jacket
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable tech socks
  • Shorts
  • Light weight shirts

Other Useful Items:

  • Fishing sandals
  • Fly fisherman snips
  • Dry-fly floatant
  • Forceps
  • Wading staff – for safety, balance, and comfort
  • Rain jacket – western weather is variable and sudden rain storms do occur
  • Sunscreen
  • Fishing hat sunglasses – polarized glasses protect your eyes as well as cut the glare
  • Sun gloves
  • Insect repellent

Trip Insurance

Travel Insurance

In today’s changing travel environment, it’s important to protect your trip investment so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Unforeseen events such as flight delays, baggage loss or even an unexpected sickness or injury could impact your travel plans. Three Rivers Ranch recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan that helps provide coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. Travel Protection plans also include 24-Hour Travel Assistance & Concierges Services.*
For more information on recommended Trip Insurance Plans or to enroll click here, or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-235-7178 and reference location number 12-0031.

*Travel Assistance & Concierge Services are provided by the designated provider listed in the Description of Coverage. This is a brief description of benefits. For a summary of plan details on benefits, coverages, limitations and exclusions, please refer to the applicable Description of Coverage. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Transamerica Casualty Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio; NAIC #10952. 1308309