In 1968 Congress passed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act that protected several rivers around the country that had outstanding wilderness and/or water quality values. Included in this original elite group was the Middle Fork of the Clearwater and the two rivers who join to create her, the Lochsa and Selway. ROW is proud to offer fly fishing trips on both the Selway and Clearwater and rafting or floating on all three of these National Treasures.
Lower Selway River
Flowing through the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area, the Selway River is one the most protected and sought after river destinations in Idaho. ROW Fishing Adventures has access to the lower 18 miles of the river, where it then joins with the Lochsa River. The Selway receives little fishing pressure throughout the year, and the wild cutthroat and rainbow trout give our guests quite a thrill. Floating a river like the Selway allows fishermen to truly appreciate what fishing may have been like when the West was first settled. Fishing on the Selway is the best pre-runoff and from early September through mid to late October.
Running from the Selway/Lochsa confluence down to the town of Kooskia, ROW is able to offer fishing on one of the finest stretches of water on the famous Clearwater River. Like the Selway, these trips are primarily operated out of our River Dance Lodge. You can expect lots of dry fly action on this river. The best times to fish the Clearwater are pre-runoff and before the water heats up too much in July and August causing the fish to head up the Selway and Lochsa rivers. Trout fishing then picks back up in early to mid-September and stays productive through the middle to end of October.
Guided Fly Fishing Options
We offer guided fly-fishing instructional adventures at the Lodge. These trips are designed for the novice who wants to learn the basics of casting, reading water, and flies or the experienced angler that needs a refresher. All trips are operated with a maximum of two anglers per boat. Only float trips are available. Give us a call to add this option to your stay at River Dance Lodge.
For those anglers looking for a full-day of fly-fishing with an experienced, dedicated fly-fishing guide, there are several options in the area for you to choose from. We are happy to point you in the right direction.
Self-Guided Fly Fishing
Anglers who prefer to fish on their own will find plenty of great fly fishing waters nearby the lodge. We are happy to be your home base for the evening and give you a place to rest and perhaps soak in your own private hot tub after a long day on the river! Of course, we've compiled a list of our favorite spots and will point you in the right direction.
Recommended Flies and Lures
Our guides have plenty of experience on the water and have put together a list of recommended flies and lures for you. If you are taking a guided trip, all flies and lures are included. Fishing on your own? Feel free to take a look at our recommendations.