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Lured by the Southfork in Swan Valley, Idaho

With fly-fishing access on the Southfork of the Snake River and three pristine Wyoming Rivers, The GreysGreen, and The Salt, this off-the-beaten-path fishing destination is calling. 

Swan Valley is known for serenity and solitude, or what may be referred to as “fishing without the crowds” for brown, rainbow, brookies, and the largest river population of iconic Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Set your hook from the banks or adrift on a boat, guided by locals who are intimately connected to the bite and the art of day on the water. Natural landscapes untouched by large developments create a true outdoor experience on the other side of the Tetons from Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Dark skies and bright big stars beg for fish stories around an outdoor fire at night, while the comforts of down-home hospitality at River Retreat Lodge will make you want to stay forever in one of the best-kept secrets in the West. 

Anglers love the Southfork for its dependable and stellar dry-fly fishing, so it is no wonder Hyde Drift Boats and Clackacraft are both headquartered minutes from here. The Southfork tailwaters are sourced from the bottom of Palisades Reservoir, which straddles the Idaho-Wyoming border, and the area offers four-season fly-fishing. Yes, snowshoeing into the backcountry to catch and release among snow-covered banks is some of the most satisfying angling ever experienced. 

Swan Valley’s playground welcomes all experience levels of casting and setting the hook. Its scenic landscape and trophy trout will make you want to keep its secret, too. 

How to Get Here:

Catch a non-stop flight from Denver International Airport to Salt Lake City International Airport, and take a 3.5 hour road trip to Swan Valley for as low as $48 round trip via Frontier Airlines! Or, fly direct from Denver to Jackson Hole, and rent a car for an easy 60-minute ride into Swan Valley. If you are feeling an adventurous roadtrip, drive about 8 hours through beautiful scenery to reach Swan Valley within a day.

Where to Stay:

Discover River Retreat Lodge, welcoming guests year-round with complimentary breakfast and access to the region’s top guides and fly-fishing packages. Unwind in spacious suites, perfect for relaxing after a day on the water or traveling with fellow anglers. Enjoy the ambiance of a large great room featuring a fireplace and pool table, with beer and wine available for purchase. Indulge in culinary delights at Swan Valley View Restaurant conveniently located onsite.

2024 Fly Fishing Events

May 23-27, 2024: Angling for the Perfect Cast Retreat.

September 19-23, 2024: Angling for the Perfect Cast Retreat.

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