Picabo Angler fishes all season. Trout Season: 12 months, Steelhead Season: All of April
Guided Outings Include: Flies, Leaders, Tippets, Transportation, Cooler with cold or hot drinks. Lunch is provided on Full Days. Anglers can request lunch on shorter days for a small surcharge. Rental Packages are available for guests needing gear. All guests are required to have a valid fishing license from the state of Idaho. Licenses cost $12.75 per day and $6.00 for subsequent days. Licenses are available at the Picabo Angler Fly Shop or online at https://id.outdoorcentral.us/
Picabo Angler fishes the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in South Central Idaho. This fertile transition zone from mountain to desert grows large, wild fish and offers anglers the opportunity to match big hatches all year long. Anglers could find themselves fishing alpine rivers and lakes, walk and wading in cotton wood forests or floating through desert canyons with rich riparian zones. We have a large variety of water types to fish, including tailwaters, freestone streams and spring creeks. It would take a lifetime to cover the vast amount of waters we are licensed to outfit on.
Spring (March. April, May)
Spring weather is mild. Temperatures vary from lows around the freezing mark to daytime highs in the 50s and 60's. Trout and Steelhead anglers generally find brisk sunny days, with a few overcast days here and there. Truly spring time in the Rockies the weather can go from snow showers one day, followed by warm blue skies the next.
Summer (June, July, August, September)
Summer weather is normally warm and dry. Lows at night reach into the 50s and Daytime highs hover in the 80s and 90s. Blue skies dominate with infrequent thunderstorms appearing on some afternoons, but like we always say They don't call it Sun Valley for nothing. Normally the weather is postcard perfect. Nighttime temps allow for comfortable fishing at night as well, for those looking to cast mouse patterns and chase the valley's biggest fish!
Fall (October, November)
Fall weather is wonderful with very little precipitation. Lows get to freezing at night and highs hover in the 60s and 70s, with a few cooler days mixed in. It is the perfect conditions for fishing big fall hatches. The season's first snows generally show around Halloween, but storms are infrequent and strong hatches last until Thanksgiving.
Winter (December, January, February)
Winter weather is cold and clear. Snow storms come and go, but the sun keeps shining most days. Temperatures at night drop toward zero, with daytime highs hovering in the freezing mark. Cold, but not cold enough to freeze the rivers. Perfect temperatures for enormous Midge hatches that go all winter long.
A typical summer or fall time trip from Picabo Angler starts early in the morning in order to catch the day’s first hatches on one of many rivers. River choice is made by guest and guide after a review of skill set, expectations and time considerations. Fish are all wild and we try to fish dry flies at every opportunity possible. Normally, anglers take a break from fishing for a hardy riverside lunch, or lunch at the Picabo Angler when fishing Silver Creek. Then, it’s off for afternoon fishing with Callibaetis, Hoppers or other terrestrial patterns. Our guides will fish destinations as far as 1.5 hours away or 5 minutes from the store depending on where the hottest fishing is.
Winter trips are normally half days and start a bit later. Many guests will ski a half day on the slopes of Sun Valley, then fish a half day with us for the “Swish and Fish” day. We fish dry flies over prolific Midge hatches most of the winter and also nymph or streamer fish some.
Spring trips consist of late morning starts for trout and are normally ½ or ¾ day trips. The exception is our Steelhead trips that start early and go late. Many anglers fishing Steelhead will fish multiple days with our guides and stay in the Stanley area for the duration of the trip.
Summer, Fall and Winter: Picabo Angler fishes for Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, West Slope Cutthroat Trout, Snake River Fine Spotted Cutthroat Trout, Brook Trout, and Cutt-bows.
Spring: Picabo Angler fishes for Steelhead and all local trout species.
Anglers should bring a valid Idaho Fishing License, (Picabo Angler is a state license vendor.) Rod, Reel, Waders and Boots (Rentals available.) Layer system for clothing: Guests should be ready to wet wade in shorts or bundle up in rain gear and warm clothes. The Rocky Mountains dictate their own weather and guests should prepare for all conditions. Hat, Sun Screen and Polarized Glasses are a must. More is better in the Mountains.
Picabo Angler is a full service, year around fly shop specializing in Sun Valley area waters. The shop is in the historic “Picabo Store” where past and present intertwine every day as a host of colorful locals stop for coffee and conversation. The shop stocks flies for all rivers and species found throughout the west including an enormous variety of Spring Creek patterns specifically for Silver Creek.
We also sell flies for most Saltwater destinations and Patagonia. We offer a full lineup of Orvis gear, including waders, rods, reels, leaders and tippets. Our typical store hours are from 6:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. We have a full service restaurant, hotel room, rental department, R.V. hook ups, and access to private waters.
We also guide hunts for released Pheasants and carry gear for upland hunters and their dogs. Our shop staff lives and breathes fly fishing and have an intimate knowledge of local rivers like Silver Creek.
Store manager John Huber can also set you up for most international destinations as well, offering everything from fly selection to bookings at the world’s best lodges.
Q. How do we book a guide trip?
A. The easiest thing to do is call Picabo Angler at 208.788.3536. We will help you decide where and when to fish and learn enough about you and yours to get you hooked up with the right guide!
Q. Where do we meet our guide?
A. Our guides generally meet guests here in Picabo at the shop. A lot of our guest will arrive early enough to relax with breakfast or a latte before the day gets started. Many of our guest also stay in Sun Valley. If any guests need transportation, or we are fishing north of Silver Creek, we will happily pick our guests up at their doorstep or hotel with no extra charges.
Q. Should we bring gear?
A. Guests are welcome to bring their own gear. We fish mainly 4 and 5 weight rods. No need to bring bigger rods unless you are fishing Steelhead with us. If you don’t want to hassle with gear, just come on in and we’ll set you up with rental packages consisting of 100% Orvis rods and waders.
Q. Are there additional costs?
A. We pride ourselves in having no hidden costs. When you settle up with us at the end of the day you can expect to pay for your guide trip. The ONLY other costs are Tax on the trip, your license should you need one, and rental gear. (You will never be charged for flies, transportation, or beverages.)
Q. What do we tip our guide?
A. We get asked this question a lot. Of course the answer is always dependent on how much you liked your guide and the services they provided. A good starting point is 20% of the cost of the trip. BUT, you are not required to tip and the amount is completely up to the angler.
Q. What are your cancellation policies?
A. Cancellations made 48 hours prior to the trip will be charged a $50 fee. Cancellations made within the 48 hour window will be charged the full price of the trip. This policy is to protect our guide staff from losing potential trips they otherwise would have had, as our season is short and our guides depend on this income for their families.
Q. Where should we stay?
A. We are located close enough to the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho that many guests will stay in this area for its plethora of hotels and amenities. In Picabo we offer a hotel room at our Fly Shop. (Call for rates.) We also have an 18 slot R.V. Hook-Up, with power, water and fire pits. Camping is also available very close by.
Q. What weight rod do I need?
A. When trout fishing we use 4 and 5 weight rods in 8 ½ or 9 foot lengths. Many guest bring 6 weights, but we find that slightly too large for gentle presentations on our streams. Steelhead anglers generally fish 7 and 8 weight rods. We use floating fly lines 99% of the time.