Guided and unguided Fly Fishing for cutthroat trout on the St. Joe River in Idaho. Great lodging and meals on one of the Northwest's most famous catch and release streams.
We also offer scenic guided six day pack trips to the back country and
high Bitteroot Mountains lakes. Super outdoor adventure at a quality lodge.         

St. Joe Outfitter and Guides logo means great Rocky Mountain trout fishing

P.O. Box 11
Tensed, Idaho 83870
Tel. (208) 274 2222


Gear placed on "manties" for horseback trip to lodge
Packing Up

Booking a Trip

We are located in Idaho in the St. Joe National Forest on a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service.  Vehicles are left at our base camp, approximately 3 1/2 hours by car from Spokane, Washington or 2 1/2 hours from Missoula, Montana.  The last ten miles are a little "slow going," but any standard automobile can make the trip quite safely.  If you are flying, both Spokane and Missoula have good airline schedules, and rental cars are available in either city.  We can aid you in lodging and transportation planning, just let us know at the time of booking.  Trips begin at our base camp at 10 A.M. on the first day.  We pack out after lunch on the last day of the trip.


Prices below are for unguided fly fishing and Lodge stay.

Guided fly fishing trips - add $100.00 per person per day - minimum of two people.

This cost includes all meals, lodging, saddle and packhorse transportation, via experienced mountain horses, to and from the trailhead. You will be led from the trailhead to the lodge by professional trail guides.

Idaho sales tax will be added to the cost of all trips.

Length of Trip

Price Per Person

4 days, 3 nights


5 days, 4 nights


6 days, 5 nights


7 days, 6 nights


8 days, 7 nights

Arranging Your Trip

Please be certain that each member of your party has read and understands all of the information provided.  When all of your questions have been answered concerning a proposed trip, then we will need a little additional information and a deposit for each member of your party.  Your deposit will hold your time slot.

  1. We need to confirm that the time slot you want is available.
  2. We require a 50% nonrefundable deposit within 15 days to confirm your booking (unless other arrangements have been made).  The balance is due on or before your arrival at the lodge.
  3. Our insurance company requires a risk acknowledgment form.  We will provide one for each member of your party to be signed and returned to us at the time of booking.
  4. If we are going to obtain your fishing licenses for  you, we will need the necessary fees and more detailed information for the applicable
    non-resident Idaho Fishing License Fees - $11.50 for the first day and  $5.00 for each additional day.
  5. Please inform us at this time of any special dietary requirements, allergies, or medical conditions that we should be aware of.
  6. No pets please.

What to Bring

Clothing: Weather in the mountains can vary greatly at any time of the year.  It can be short sleeve weather during the day and downright chilly at night.  Along with your other personal gear, we recommend that you bring a good warm jacket and rain gear, just in case.  Leather boots are the best footwear for riding and hiking.  Also, fisherman bring your waders and felt soled wading boots.

It's a big help to have your gear in canvas duffel bags or soft-sided luggage.  We suggest that you do not bring suitcases to be packed in.

Fishing gear and license. Hard tubes to protect your fishing rods are highly recommended .

Although the cabins contain beds with mattresses, each person will need to bring a sleeping bag.

We will send you a complete list of recommended fly fishing equipment and flies at the time of booking.

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