Sun Valley is known for its world class skiing, but the fly fishing is outstanding throughout the area and easily accessible. After catching the first ski lift in the morning and skiing hard until 12:30, I was in the Wood River fly fishing at 1:15pm. The Wood River runs directly through the town of Ketchum and past the base of Sun Valley. However, the Wood River runs strong for 50 miles and has lots of easy public access all along the way. Idaho is outstanding in their efforts to protect public access to their rivers. The nice thing about the Sun Valley area is that you can fish the majority of the year, and even in the winter. I personally enjoy the fishing in March, and during the summer months and Fall. If you are looking for more fishing, do not stop at the Wood River, the greater Sun Valley area is rich with great fishing for beautiful trout. Look south to the world class Silver Creek or up on the high plateau at the Lost and Big Lost Rivers. You cannot go wrong, and you will have plenty of river to work with by yourself.
My first stop when I arrive to Ketchum is to stop at Silver Creek Outfitters to pick up my license and to find out the current fishing situation. Silver Creek is tremendously helpful with their local advice and has a group of top level guides that know the fishing in the area intimately. In addition, Silver Creek has a wide selection of the best fly fishing gear you can find, as well beautiful women’s clothing and accessories. If bird hunting is your passion, head downstairs to their outstanding gun selection.
After heading out on the river, I will typically swing by for a cold beer at Grumpy’s or Lefty’s, both popular watering holes for the resident fishermen, ski bums, or local flavor. If you are looking for something a bit more upscale, we will typically grab a dinner at the Ketchum Grill or Il Nazo. Both have outstanding cuisine and excellent wine lists.
Enjoy the fly fishing in the “other” Sun Valley
Best fish tacos in Ketchum are at KB’s on Main Street in Ketchum