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Could you ask for a better back door fly-fishery? We don’t think so. The Big Wood is a classic western freestone river with a healthy population of wild trout. With waters originating in the Smokey, Boulder, and Pioneer Mountains, the Big Wood runs through Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue and into the Southern Idaho desert. Offering breathtaking views ‘The Wood’ has miles and miles of excellent riffles, pools, and pocket water with great fly-fishing access along the river’s entirety. A great place for anglers of all abilities, the Wood rewards the committed beginner yet challenges even the craftiest veterans.

The Fish: The Big Wood primarily holds rainbow and cut-bow trout as well as nice browns in the lower stretches of the river. Fish are generally caught in the 12-20 inch range and the catch rate can be very high if you find the right hatch. The Big Wood is not stocked so expect hard fighting wild trout.

Angling Tips: In the summer, teeming hatches of mayflies, stoneflies, and evening caddis are standard. The trout are frequently excited by big dry flies such as stoneflies, hoppers, and stimulators providing an exciting style of fishing. Other favorite dries of fly-fishermen include the Green Drake, Parachute Adams, Western Quill, and Royal Wolfs. Streamers and nymphs can also be very effective.

Winter Angling: The Big Wood is also a very productive winter fishery. In addition to nymph and streamer opportunities, Big Wood trout feed on dry flies throughout the winter months. For a truly unique experience, have a Sun Valley Mountain Guides guide show you the river during the winter months.

It is hard to beat a hot summer day fly-fishing and wading the Big Wood. Developing, honing, or mastering your skills with the eager trout of the Wood is truly a great experience. Throw in convenience, a beautiful mountain to desert setting and you will see why we love our back door fishery. Reserve a day (or evening) with Sun Valley Mountain Guides on the Big Wood and discover what an amazing river it is!

Big Wood Tributaries

Warm Springs Creek, the North Fork and East Fork of the Big Wood, and Trail Creek are all productive and fun freestone tributaries to the Big Wood. Each of these rivers offers great opportunities to ‘get away’ and find healthy populations of trout in scenic settings. Rainbows and brook trout can be found and are normally 8-15 inches. Don’t be surprised however if you happen to catch an 18 inch rainbow in a deep pool. These rivers are a great place for novices and kids. They also make for an ideal environment to learn the basics of fly-fishing with Sun Valley Mountain Guides.