Trip Summary

Sun Valley Outfitters guided fly-fishing trips

At Sun Valley Outfitters we consider ourselves lucky to call this beautiful valley home with its abundant outdoor activities just minutes from our doorsteps.  We also feel fortunate that when it comes to guided fly-fishing, we have waters suitable for everyone and for a variety of fly-fishing experiences.  Sun Valley Outfitters guests can choose between a 1/2 day, 3/4 day, or full day and within those options a variety of waterways. 

For the less experienced angler, our days begin with a lesson (or refresher) on basic fly-fishing gear and casting techniques to ensure that our guests are set for success.  This is part of the experience and novice anglers can rest assured that their guide enjoys the “teaching” part as much as any other, remember, your guide was once a novice too!  For those with more experience, you and your guide will head straight out where your guide will help you find the best water for the time of year.  In short, our guides are trained and ready to help the long-time angler looking to experience our variety of waterways or the first timer looking to try something new.  

As a new addition to the Sun Valley Outfitters guided experience, we introduce our Rascal Wranglers.  This trip add-on is for families with younger children who want them to have a chance to experience the thrill of fly-fishing with their parents and older siblings.  Rascal Wranglers are guides who are specifically added to a trip to care for those future anglers.  They will bring simple Tenkara rods which allow smaller children to simplify the casting and catching experience. Our wrangler will also have nutritious snacks to keep kids fueled and energized as well as a singular focus on helping your child(ren) fish (and play!) so you can focus on fishing with your guide knowing they are nearby and supervised. Wranglers are families or groups with 2 or fewer kids under age 8 and booking this saves the price of a full  additional guide.

Recognizing that fly-fishing may not have been part of your original vacation plans, we provide three trip length options to help fit your schedule.  Depending on trip length, our start times are flexible throughout the day and you can select your start time or work directly with your scheduled guide to determine the best time based on optimal fishing hours. We highly suggest that, when possible, guests work with their guide to determine the waterway that best matches the experience they seek for the trip as each waterway we guide on is unique and provides an experience unlike any other.

  • 1/2 Day - 4 hours, great for anyone who only has a half-day or just wants to give this whole thing a try.  These trips are almost exclusively on the Big Wood which allows us to maximize time on the water and minimize time spent driving. 
  • 3/4 Day - 6 hours and includes a picnic lunch provided by Perry’s Restaurant.  The extra two hours in this trip provides for additional waterway options for you to fly-fish.  Not only can trips be taken on the Big Wood River, but possibly on the Little Wood River, Upper Lost River and even Silver Creek depending on the season.
  • Full Day - 8 hours.  If you want the complete fly-fishing experience this is the trip to choose.  With a full day the options are wide open to go wherever the fishing is best.  SVO guides full day trips on the Big Lost, Silver Creek, and the Big and Little Wood Rivers depending on the time of year and water conditions of each.  On the full day trip a lunch from Perry’s Restaurant is included.


Daily trips are limited and fill quickly, so don’t miss your chance for an incredible day on the water with a guided fly-fishing trip with Sun Valley Outfitters!

Gear rentals are not included in the guided trip price.  We have unique equipment pricing based on the length of your trip and what gear you need.


Trip at a glance

Price Range
$375 to $575 per group of 2
Duration
1-3/4 Day
Start/End
Sun Valley, ID
Closest Airport
Hailey, ID.
Who is this trip for?

First-time to advanced anglers. Basically anyone interested in fly-fishing.

Dates / Rates

1/2 day trip

$375 for up to 2 people

$125 for 3rd person.

1/2 Day gear rental - Full Package - $40

Includes all the gear. Waders, boots, rod, reel.

3/4 day trip

$475 for up to 2 people

$150 for 3rd person.

3/4 day gear rental - Full Package - $50

Includes all the gear. Waders, boots, rod, reel.

Full Day trip

$575 for up to 2 people

$175 for 3rd person.

Full Day gear rental - Full Package - $60

Includes all the gear. Waders, boots, rod, reel.

Itinerary

Guided Fly-fishing itinerary

All trips meet at a time agreed upon between the guide and the guest.  When booking your trip you can let us know when might work best for you but your guide will connect with you directly to talk times and how they might impact your fishing experience. 

Most trips will meet at our store in Ketchum at 415 Sun Valley Rd East, Ketchum, ID 83340.

Night Before - We encourage you to purchase your Idaho fishing license online prior to arrival.  If you have questions or want to wait for assistance from us that is fine but doing it ahead of time can speed things up.  You can purchase online at: https://license.gooutdoorsidaho.com/Licensing/CustomerLookup.aspx

Let the folks in the store know you are there for a trip.  Your guide should be in the store waiting for you. If you have filled in your paperwork online and e-signed the release paperwork this will go really quick.  If you need any rental gear this is also when your guide will help get you all set up. Also remember we are a full fly-shop so if you need any last minute gear we likely have it.

After meeting your guide, if you need rental gear they will help get you set-up and then it is out to the river.

1/2 day trip - 4 hours - Optional lunch is available.

3/4 day trip - 6 hours - Includes a lunch to be enjoyed while out by the river.

Full day trip - 8 Hours - Includes a lunch to be enjoyed while out by the river.

After the trip we will return to our store to return rental gear, do any last minute shopping.

After your trip we highly encourage you to check out one of the local watering holes for drinks and food - Look in the Travel Info section for recommended food stops.


Travel Info

Where to meet us

Please plan on meeting us at our store at 415 Sun Valley Rd East, Ketchum, ID 83340.  On occassion your guide will work with you on an alternate meeting location but most trips meet here. Your exact meeting time will be coordinated with your guide.

Accommodations

The Ketchum area is full of world-class lodging options including the renowned Sun Valley Resort and Limelight Hotel. 


Après Fish? (Food & Drink)

Nothing can build a hunger or thirst like a day spend in the great outdoors.  Sun Valley is known for its lively après-ski tradition during the winter.  This got us to wondering why we shouldn’t keep it alive in the summer. Here is our Apre’s Fish list, where you can find links and deals for some of the guides favorite establishments for afternoon snacks and refreshments. We will continue to update and grow this section as more establishments join the après-fish tradition!

The Cellar Pub – located directly across from Sun Valley Outfitters fly shop, it’s a go-to stop for SVO guides looking for a cold beverage or quick snack after an amazing day on the water. Serving traditional pub fare such as buffalo burgers or fish & chips to original dishes such as flank steak salad, they couple that with a full-bar, and outstanding staff to make the perfect ending to your fishing day.  Kick back in the relaxed environment as you relive the glory moments from the day, swap a fish tale or two over a pint, either way you’re bound to have a great time with Kitten and her staff.

https://www.thecellarpub.com

Whiskey Jacques – Located on Main Street in Ketchum, whiskey’s (as is affectionately referred to by the locals) is the live music venue and sports bar in Ketchum. Featuring 8 HD big screen TVs and one projector screen, there is no better place than Whiskey’s to root for your favorite team, kick back and have a drink with friends, or enjoy one of their rooftop decks. Their kitchen is famous for their brick oven pizza, awesome wings, refreshing salads, and tasty grinders. Sam and his staff have helped many a heart-broken fan or woebegone angler with their friendly banter, good food, and stiff drinks. You’ll want to find time to visit Whiskey’s during your visit!

Enjoy Happy Hour every day from 5-7p.m. on food & drinks and remember to show them your guided trip receipt for friends & family discount on drinks all day.

http://whiskeyjacques.com/food-menu/




Packing List

Summer trips:

  • Water Bottle - We are working to reduce our use of single use plastics so please bring a re-usable water bottle or purchase one of our great SVO bottles at the store prior to your trip.
  • Warm wool socks
  • Layers to wear under waders
  • Non-cotton sun shirt
  • Light jacket or shirt for Idaho’s changing weather
  • Beanie or hat - REQUIRED
  • Sunglasses - Preferably polarized - SOME TYPE OF GLASSES ARE REQUIRED. 
  • Sunscreen.  It may not seem sunny or warm enough to get burned, but glare from the water and the thin high altitude air makes it easy to burn while not feeling the heat on your skin!
  • Gratuity is always appreciated by the guides if you are so inclined.  If you plan on tipping your guide, please consider planning ahead and having cash to give to the guide and wranglers directly.
  • Your personal fishing gear if you are using that instead of renting
  • Valid Idaho fishing license.  You can purchase online at: https://license.gooutdoorsidaho.com/Licensing/CustomerLookup.aspx


Winter Trips:

  • Water Bottle - We are working to reduce our use of single use plastics so please bring a re-usable water bottle or purchase one of our great SVO bottles at the store prior to your trip.
  • Warm wool socks
  • Warm bottom layers - Fleece is great
  • Warm thermal top(s)—(layers are the best way to prepare for the variable Idaho weather!)
  • Warm/water-resistant winter outer jacket 
  • Beanie or warm cap. REQUIRED
  • Sunglasses - Preferably polarized - SOME TYPE OF GLASSES ARE REQUIRED. 
  • Sunscreen.  It may not seem sunny or warm enough to get burned, but glare from the water and the thin high altitude air makes it easy to burn while not feeling the heat on your skin!
  • Gratuity is always appreciated by the guides if you are so inclined.  If you plan on tipping your guide, please consider planning ahead and having cash to give to the guide directly.
  • Your personal fishing gear if you are using that instead of renting
  • Valid Idaho fishing license.  You can purchase online at: https://license.gooutdoorsidaho.com/Licensing/CustomerLookup.aspx

FAQs

No previous fishing experience is required.  Our guides are great at taking first time anglers out and showing them the techniques needed to be successful.

This can be a great family activity.  If you are going out we recommend adding our Rascal Wrangler to work specifically with your younger kids (under 8) so they can have an experience perfect for them while you also have an experience great for you.

Trips include a Sandwich lunch pack put together by Perry’s restaurant.  Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

The rascal wrangler is our jr. guide who will come along to work specifically with your younger kids.  They can be added to any trip to work with kids 7 and younger.  Parents must be on a guided trip and we do not take kids out alone.

Yes you can.  We offer a full set of rental equipment to anyone who needs it but if you you have your own gear you are welcome to use it.