Anglers have been captivated by this river's stunning beauty and world class cutthroat fishing for decades. Its rugged beauty not only captures the soul, but fishing the St. Joe River will leave you dreaming of returning year after year. The "Joe" cascades through the Idaho Panhandle for over 80 miles offering anglers plenty of fishable water from either foot or boat. The St. Joe is a true Westslope Cutthroat stream with fish that range 12-16" on average and plenty of cutthroat that will go bigger. So whether your guided trip on the Joe is a float trip or walk-and-wade you will certainly fall in love with this amazing river and it's fish.
Like many of the West's rivers, the St. Joe has spectacular dry fly fishing through most of the season. Similar to the hatches of other Idaho rivers, the St. Joe sees prolific PMD, Green Drake, Golden Stone, Yellow Sally, and Caddis hatches all summer. Summer time heat brings out the grasshoppers and ants making this a fun "hopper/dropper" fishery. Great fishing continues into mid October with excellent hatches of Mahogany Dun, BWO, and October Caddis.
The St. Joe River is a larger drainage to lake Coeur d'Alene making it floatable all summer long. Depending on runoff we can begin floating the river late May when the PMD hatches are most intense. Floating pressure is light on this river so we prefer to guide our clients via drift boat, however if walk-and-wade is your preference there is plenty of road access.Book your guided trip now 509-924-9998