The Diversity of Fly Fishing Opportunities in Sun Valley
The Ketchum and Sun Valley, ID region is a fly fishing paradise. From immediate local access to miles of riffle-run-pool trout fishing in the Big Wood River, to the "crown jewel" of spring creeks in the Rockies, Silver Creek, anglers feel at home on the rivers with constant surprises waiting to be found just around the next bend in the river. Unlike many other regions in the United States, the levels of river access in the Sun Valley area are unreal. Idaho state law designates the land withing a navigable river's high-water marks as public trespass right-of-way. This means that once you enter at an appropriate river access point, the world is your oyster, and you can wade as far up or downstream as your heart desires. Did we mention that Sun Valley also averages 300 days of sunshine per year? So what are you waiting for? Grab your waders and rod and head to Ketchum for the fly fishing adventure of your dreams!
Where To Go:
- The Big Wood River
The Big Wood River is an ideal spot for novices and experts alike. With bountiful rainbow trout and massive brown trout, this river is a great option for fly fishing any month of the year.
- Warm Springs Creek
This tributary meets up with the Big Wood River right here in Ketchum. But don't worry about crowds, just head upstream a few miles for more remote scenery. The rainbow trout and wild rainbows in this creek often exceed expectations!
- The Lost River System
Approximately 40 minutes over the Trail Creek Pass, the Lost River drainage is breathtaking with it's emerald tributaries and scenic views of the Pioneer Mountains. It's not uncommon to find fish exceeding 20 inches in this area.
- Silver Creek
40 miles to the south lies this "crown jewel" in the Rockies. The Nature Conservancy welcomes the public to this gem in the mountains to test their skill at reeling in massive brown trout and rainbows. The preserve is also a great place to view other wildlife, often frequented by elk, moose, deer, waterfowl, raptors and more.
- The Salmon River
The proximity to The Salmon River from Ketchum and Sun Valley is a great asset! Grab a drift boat and explore the boulder-strewn river full of large bull trout. In the spring steelheads can often be found here as well as chinook salmon in the summer months.
No matter the season, fly fisherman can find solitude on the rivers here in Sun Valley. The Tamarack Lodge's convenient location in the heart of downtown Ketchum is the perfect home-base for your next fishing trip. Don't find yourself trapped in the middle of nowhere, stay in the heart of it all with easy access to the area's rivers, shopping, dining, nightlife and more! Take a look at our current lodging specials to get the best rates for your next adventure.