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.
We offer guided fly-fishing instruction at the Lodge. These full day trips include lunch, and are designed for the novice who wants to learn the basics of casting, reading water, and flies or the semi-experienced angler that needs a refresher. The best experience is provided when we take no more than two anglers in a raft with our specialized fishing frame. This frame is set up with a seat in the front and a seat in the back, from which anglers cast. However, if you are three or four people and want to ride in the same raft, we can use a non-fishing frame in the raft and two people can ride along while two others fish. The price for this is $380 total for one or two people; $440 total for three or four people. Give us a call to add this option to your stay at River Dance Lodge.
These instructional trips are not led by professional fly fishing guides, and again, what we offer is basic instruction. If you want a half-day or full-day of fly-fishing with an experienced, dedicated fly-fishing guide, we do offer those near our Coeur d'Alene base on the St. Joe and Coeur d'Alene rivers. By special arrangement and with advance notice we might be able to provide a professional fly-fishing guide for a full day of fly fishing at River Dance Lodge. The price is $580 for a boat for one or two people.
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.
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.
All-inclusive packages are available on limited dates in 2021 and for groups of 10 or more whenever we have availability. Please visit our dining page to read more about our meal service and what's included in our all-inclusive packages.