Shepp Ranch: A Fantastic Idaho Fly Fishing Lodge

Fly Fishing:

In the summer, fly-fishing trips on the Salmon River and the streams leading into the river are one of our more popular guest ranch activities.  Guests can experience the best of Idaho’s fly fishing opportunities from the Ranch and catch plenty of trout in the main river.

For added adventure, horse pack, hiking, or jetboat excursions  open up  new opportunities in a variety of streams and lakes.

During the summer, we offer great small stream fly-fishing. Crooked Creek runs right through the ranch, offering miles of water to explore right from your cabin door. Most fish caught are small steelhead smolts (rainbows), along with some larger cutthroat trout. There are also several other streams to fish within a short jetboat ride from the ranch. These streams are very productive. And while the fish are not huge, the plentiful action makes for super fishing.

With the nearest road 15 miles away, Shepp Ranch is truly a remote wilderness lodge. Access is provided either by jetboat or by light aircraft. We have comfortable cabins on the banks of the Salmon River with accommodations for up to 16 guests. All meals are prepared fresh, and served family style in our dining room. After a day of fishing, you can relax in our lodge, or enjoy some peace and quiet soaking in the hot tub overlooking the river.


Steelhead Fishing:

Shepp Ranch is an ideal Idaho Fly Fishing Lodge.  Situated on the spectacular Salmon River in the a remote wilderness location, yet with all the comforts of home, the Ranch makes a perfect base station for Steelhead and trout fishing.

During spring and fall we have some of the best Steelhead fishing in all of Idaho.  Our experienced guides know the river’s nooks and crannies, and know when the fish are moving, and our jet boats allow us to cover a lot of the river every day from our base at the Ranch.

During early spring and late fall we fish for steelhead on the Salmon River using two jetboats. Depending on the time of year, we use spin or casting rods to drift bait or pull plugs. Fishing from the boats is productive, and provides a great opportunity to visit with friends, as you fish in a spectacular wilderness setting.  We also can accommodate fly fishing from either the boats or great locations in the canyon.

The Salmon River Canyon is the second deepest gorge in North America. The rugged, rocky canyon walls provide dramatic scenery as you spend your days on the river. During spring wildlife is abundant in the canyon. It is common to see elk, deer, bighorn sheep, and occasionally black bear offering great opportunity for wildlife and bird photography. Few places offer steelhead fishing in such a beautiful, remote setting.

There is nothing quite like hooking into a 30″ steelhead while fishing in the beautiful Salmon River Canyon. Many of our guests initially come to Shepp Ranch just to fish, but they come back year after year because of the unique experience of fishing in this area. For pictures of our recent Spring steelhead see our Photo Album!

2013 Rates

Steelhead Fishing
Guided, $350/person/day, 2 day minimum
February 25-March 31, October 1-November 22

Cast and Blast -Chukar/Steelhead Combo
October 1-31

Trout Fishing
Part of your Guest Ranch vacation