Within 10 minutes of their luxurious lodge you can be in a drift boat on the Clearwater River, casting colorful flies at steelhead hungry from their long journey from the Pacific Ocean. Also from the lodge, you can fish for smallmouth bass and chinook salmon also on the Clearwater River.
The backcountry west slope cutthroat trout camp is an adventure with comfort and luxury. Expect to hook ample fish during the day, as you wet-wade along the wide creek from one hole to the next. Return to a full-time chef in camp who has prepared appetizers and a Dutch oven prime rib, and retire to your private hard-floored wall tent.
This bonded team of experienced outdoors professionals has been referred to by guests as a well-oiled machine that closely mimics the dynamics of a complete family. All share a unifying passion for connecting their guests with the spectacular outdoors that surrounds them, yet each does so in their own way, with a diverse and genuine array of personalities.
Flying B Ranch has been introducing anglers to the dynamic fisheries surrounding them since 1985, when the Korean War veteran owner and his family opened it to the public. Their decades of success are punctuated by their devotion to improvement, and the management team's commitment to reading every guest survey.
The lodge atmosphere can best be described as upscale but not uptight. The lodge feels like a big home, always warm and welcoming, filled with laughter, good conversation, and a singing chef. You can return from the field to the great room fireplace, have a drink at the blue pine live-edge bar and catch your favorite game, or soak in hot tub looking across the meadow at the grand bluffs towering over Lawyer Creek. Every square foot feels like the wild of Idaho with the comfort of home.
Backcountry trout anglers can expect a camp in the most pristine of settings, with the steady sound of rushing water, hard floored private wall tents, a cook tent for indoor meals, covered outdoor sitting area, fire pit, solar shower tent, horseshoes and camp activities all with a full time private chef. Camp is an easy five-mile walk or horseback ride along the creek where guests can expect to see an array of wildlife including deer, elk, wolves, bear, and moose.
The lodge’s two full-time private chefs specialize in western gourmet featuring classics like ribeye steaks, prime rib, and salmon. In addition, specialty courses such as bison, antelope, elk, wild boar, and halibut are also served. Chef Ryan and Chef Todd feature upland game birds and wild game in many of the evening appetizers, such as bourbon buffalo pheasant and bacon-wrapped maple-glazed chukar. But be sure to save room for the huckleberry creme brûlée! Both the breakfast nook and formal dining rooms were renovated with the interior of the lodge in 2018 and feature custom Amish wood tables which make for a customizable dining space.
Both chefs love the time they cook in our backcountry fly-fishing camp, relishing the opportunity to create backcountry gourmet over open fire and slow-cooking in dutch ovens. As part of an inclusive experience, all wine, top-shelf spirits, and beers are included in your stay whether at the lodge or backcountry. Our backcountry cutthroat fishermen are all asked to submit food and beverage requests prior to arrival and by the time you arrive to camp, your cold Peroni or bottle of cabernet have been packed in on horseback and are waiting for you.
Steelhead season runs roughly from October 1st through the end of February. Chinook salmon season is often open in the months of May and June. Smallmouth bass fishing is primarily done in the months of August and September. Westslope cutthroat trout is during July and early August.
Steelhead (both A-run and B-run)
Native Westslope cutthroat trout, Smallmouth bass
One of the only Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodges in Idaho, the ranch is a short 80-minute drive from the nearest commercial airport and only 45 minutes from the nearest 5,000 ft private runway. The Flying B Ranch consists of 5,000 private acres, located just a 10-minute drive to the Clearwater River which is a large river in Idaho that joins with the Lower Salmon River in Lewiston to form the Snake, which dumps into the Columbia and out to the Pacific. This major river system is what affords the Flying B Ranch the opportunity to fish for the rare anadromous steelhead fish species with both A-run and B-run. In early summer, the Flying B travels that same stretch of Clearwater River via jet sled for Chinook salmon. The Flying B's summer backcountry cutthroat camp is the most comfortable backcountry camp experience one could imagine with spectacular wet-wade trout fishing just a few yards away. The creek fished is wide and shallow and meanders through a valley with one hold after the next brimming with healthy numbers of cutthroat, ideal for dry flies and nymphing alike. Family groups love the August and September smallmouth bass fishing because the days are warm. In addition to the high number of fish (common to have 50-100 fish per boat), the float is scenic and there are numerous sandy beaches along the way, ideal for pulling over for a nice swim or a riverside lunch.
Weather is very mild because the Flying B Ranch is in a river valley at only 1300 ft in elevation. The fall season begins very warm tapers off to good, mild temps with cool mornings and warm afternoons. During winter, they will see mild snowfall in the canyon but it is often very little and melts off by the afternoon. Spring steelhead offers great weather for fishing all the way through March. Chinook salmon and smallmouth bass fishing days can be warm on the water, ranging from 75 in May to 95 in August. Anglers in the backcountry camp can expect milder summer temps due to the higher approximate 3,000 ft elevation of camp which typically means warm days with cool nights.
Rates start from: $475 youth to $2,825 adult
You can find all pricing information at: www.flyingbranch.com/sites/default/files/imce/ts/2019FlyingBRanch_wingshooting_fishing_packages.pdf
With the inclusive wingshooting packages at the Flying B Ranch, it is easier to say what is not included. Not included are:
Fishing packages include:
Personal fly rods are always welcome, but they gladly provide it all for you. Flying B Ranch requests shoe sizes for wading boots with advance notice so they may have correct items on hand for your arrival. Standard fly-fishing field clothing is suggested with special emphasis on quick-drying and comfortable synthetic UPF layers. Full gear lists are provided to guests upon booking and there is a fully-stocked pro shop on site for any additional gear needs.
Can the operation cater to people with limited mobility?
Yes, the Flying B Ranch has accommodated steelhead and chinook salmon anglers with limited mobility.
Is there an opportunity to bring home fish/game?
Guests are able to bring home salmon and steelhead if they like, although catch-and-release is encouraged. Trout fishing is catch-and-release only.
Is there an airport shuttle?
Regional commercial air and private airport shuttles are provided for guests at no charge.
Is wireless internet available in the rooms?
Yes it is at the lodge.
Is there a minimum number of anglers required?
No, they will accept solo anglers.
Do they welcome first time and novice fly-fishermen?
Absolutely! The Flying B Ranch's experienced guides love the opportunity to teach new fly fishermen for all activities. The backcountry trout camp in particular is excellent for novice anglers as well as experienced anglers because of the wide river for easy casting and the plentiful fishing for ample opportunities to practice presentation, landing, and release.
The Flying B Ranch is open year-round and offers a wide variety of free range big game hunting opportunities as well as wingshooting opportunities both from the lodge and backcountry. Many activities can be combined with fly fishing, and activities include wingshooting for six different upland game species, archery elk and deer hunting, rifle elk hunting, whitetail and mule deer hunting, mountain lion hunting, Merriam turkey hunting, and bear hunting.