Written and filmed by: Dan Atkinson
The St. Joe River–located in the Idaho Panhandle’s St. Joe National Forest–is a 140-mile-long protected river system and according to the U.S. Forest Service, it’s one of the highest navigable rivers in the world, with a mouth elevation of just over 2,000 feet. The upper reaches are loaded with native westslope cutthroat trout and is catch-and-release-only. I taught my stepson Koby how to fly fish as a teen, and now that he’s in his twenties, we fish together regularly and make the trip to the Saint Joe River every year. I am thrilled to see how he has grown in the sport, especially when he makes the perfect cast to a rising fish. I tried to capture this special place in this short fly fishing film, and the exhilaration of what it is like to see him hook up with one of these special residents.
Check out Dan’s Youtube channel, FlyFishDan.