A 9 foot/6 weight graphite rod will cover all of the angling conditions you might experience at Three Rivers. Some guests also like to bring a 4 or 5 weight for dry fly fishing and light nymph fishing on the small tributaries.
A single action fly reel capable of holding at least 75 yards of 20 pound test Dacron backing will work perfectly.
For all fishing we recommend a double-taper floating fly line in an appropriate weight for the rod and reel. It will allow you to mend easier, for a more natural float. A weight forward line is recommended for lake fishing. Some guests like to bring an extra spool with sink tip line for streamer fishing.
The best all-round leader for western trout waters is a 9-footer with a 3x or 4x tippet.
Many of the hatches you’ll encounter at Three Rivers can be imitated with general patterns that approximate the basic shape and size of aquatic insects endemic to the region’s waters. Three Rivers Ranch maintains a well-stocked selection of flies for purchase. If you would like to bring or tie your own selection of flies, please see the hatch chart on our website
Floating from McKenzie and Skiff River boats, catarafts, and wading are featured at Three Rivers; therefore, a good pair of chest waders are essential to fully enjoy the fishing opportunities you’ll come across.
Dress at the Ranch is casual; however, it is suggested that you change from your fishing clothes into more suitable dinner attire. Idaho weather is variable throughout the season, particularly during the months of June, September and October, so we suggest layering clothing to accommodate sudden temperature shifts. Day temperatures may be quite cool in the morning, stay in the 50’s, and in the warm afternoon, perhaps reach up into the 80s. Nights are generally cool. We recommend checking current weather conditions before your arrival. Some clothing recommendations are: