Shepp Ranch is a premier Idaho Fly Fishing Lodge and offers a variety of fishing opportunities. During spring and fall we fish for steelhead. In the summer, small stream trout fishing is one of our more popular guest ranch activities.
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 enjoyable fishing. The children enjoy casting a line off the back of the jetboat and reeling in fish that really give them a fight! Since the river is catch and release for trout we encourage the keeping of other fish that impact the trout populations and the cats really appreciate a fish brought home and served to them by a grinning fisherman.
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. 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 steelhead season wildlife is abundant in the canyon. It is common to see elk, deer, bighorn sheep, and occasionally black bear. 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.