Photos & Words: Ray J. Gadd
Spring in Wood River Valley brings about juxtaposed weather patterns mixing courteous doses of sunshine and thaw inducing temperatures with winter flurries inflated by frigid arctic winds. This intertwined combination of spring & winter can lead to a potentially chaotic outbreak of Spring Activity Anxiety. Symptoms most commonly associated with S.A.A. include: severe indecisiveness, confusion, and obsessive over packing of vehicles with sporting equipment. Patients are urged to remain calm, analyze possible activities, and cram as many said activities as possible in to one day to quell bouts of insanity.
The best part about being in Sun Valley in the Spring is that you can fit a whole smattering of activities in any given day of the week. Take your pick from skiing/snowboarding smile inducing corn snow, chasing sea-run steelhead, lapping 17+ miles of cleared bike paths, sessioning … Read More »
Words: Brett Wilson // Photos: Ray J. Gadd
ASK A TRAVELING FLY FISHER their favorite North American trout destination and they’ll likely spill about drift boating the majesty of Montana’s Big Sky country, wading the tumbling pools of Colorado’s steep freestones, or spey casting the sweeps of Oregon’s coastal rivers. Ask that traveling fly fisher where they can find all these opportunities in one location, and they may struggle to answer. That is — of course — if they’ve never been to Sun Valley.
The Sun Valley area offers an incredible diversity of fly fishing opportunities for everyone from the casual novice to the ambitious expert. Time to buy a stack of postcards for Mom, because you’ll have plenty of fish stories to tell after wading our local waters.
WHERE TO GET AFTER IT: 5 CHOICE SPOTS
Big Wood River: The local freestone
The fabled Big Wood … Read More »
Words & photos by: Ray J. Gadd
Idaho is a landlocked state but what few realize is that it’s connected via one of the longest river systems in the US to the Pacific Ocean. For millennia, a certain species of traveler, the steelhead trout, has migrated through this river corridor, the Salmon, from the mountains of central Idaho to the ocean and back again. And a mere hour drive from Sun Valley lies the headwaters of the Salmon River, the origin of the steelhead run. Set amidst the awe-inspiring Sawtooth Mountains, these freestone waters play host to spawning spring steelhead.
Steelhead are rainbow trout that are not content with living their lives sitting in one place. These fish make a monumental journey from the Stanley Basin to the Pacific Ocean where they spend roughly 1-3 years growing … Read More »
In the town that Hemingway made famous for his purely manly pursuits, some of it has apparently worn off on those that appreciate his connection to nature but don’t necessarily need to smell like the animals he stalked. After all, a true western woman can shoot a duck, clean a trout, rip a powder lap and beat you in a game of five card stud in a single day.
It’s no secret that the chicks in this town will step up to any number of outdoor challenges day after day. They live here for the same reasons as the dudes. In fact you might be surprised to know that Sun Valley is blessed with a better dude to chic ratio than most mountain towns (just don’t tell anyone). What might be more unusual is how many of them can string … Read More »