Winter is a unique time to experience fishing in the Wood River Valley. We can pretty much guarantee solitude, and the scenery on the river at this time of year is simply stunning. As much of the wildlife gathers in the river corridor during the winter months the opportunity to see a variety of birds and animals is ever present. Trout typically pod up in slower water at this time of year so they are easy to find, with not a lot of food present they are  eager to come to your fly. Many local fishermen consider the winter months to be the absolute best time to fish,  another great option for a winter outdoor adventure.

Carve & Cast

Sun Valley, Idaho is recognized as one of the world’s premiere ski and sport destinations, and one of our best-kept secrets is the outstanding winter fishing on the beautiful Big Wood River and surrounding waters. Imagine carving up freshly groomed snow on Baldy by morning, then casting flies to hungry trout in the warmth of a late winter afternoon.

Our spring sea-run steelhead season spans mid-March through April on the famed Salmon River…a truly spectacular drive only 90 minutes north of Sun Valley.

Guided Trips

Our trips are ideal for one or two anglers (a third may be added for a modest surcharge) and include an experienced SVMG guide, all necessary flies, and transportation… everything except sales tax, license, equipment rental, and gratuities. Our angling is all walk and wade, and/or float-tube fishing. Guests meet their guide at Sturtevants on Main Street in Ketchum.


What’s Included: Your guided trip includes transportation, your knowledgable guide, water and/or other beverages. Lunch is complementary for full day trips and can be added to shorter trips for a nominal charge.  You are always welcome to bring a snack.

Equipment Rental: Premium waders and boots, and top of the line fly-rods and reels are always available for rent through Sturtevants of Sun Valley.  Fishing trip guests receive a 30% discount on rentals.

Idaho fishing licenses: Idaho non-resident adult fishing license: $12.75 for the first day, and $6 for each consecutive day, or $98.25/season. Idaho resident fishing licenses are $25.75 per year. Licenses are available at our Ketchum and Hailey stores or online at Idaho Fish and Game

Licensed, Bonded and Insured

Sun Valley Mountain Guides (SVMG) operates under special use permits from the following agencies; the United States Bureau of Land Management, Sawtooth National Forest, Salmon-Challis National Forest, and the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing Board.