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About Us

History of The Bent Rod Outdoors
The Bent Rod Outdoors initially opened in 1995 as a small fly shop.  Over the years, we have grown and expanded in order to meet the needs of our diverse customer base.  Today we offer fishing, hunting, trail running, hiking, and camping products, along with unprecedented expertise and customer service.  We are located in Challis, Idaho, which is considered the "Gateway to the Wilderness" and serves as the base of operations for numerous hunting & fishing outfitters who operate in the Frank Church (
the largest unbroken wilderness area in the lower 48 states)  and the Boulder/White Cloud Wilderness Areas. We are also only 60 Miles away from the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA)  All of theses public lands offers endless outdoor opportunities from hunting, fishing, rafting, camping, hiking, trail running, and hundreds of miles of ATV trails.

Our Expert Staff
Greg & Cheri Webster are the lucky owners of The Bent Rod Outdoors.  Greg has been tying flies for over 30 years and is well-known for his woven patterns.  He is considered the foremost authority on tying the Mackay Special, which a favorite fly on the Big Lost River south of Challis.  Greg has spent many years fishing the waters of Idaho, as well as several years guiding in the Mackay and Challis area.  When he is not working in the store, he can be found running the local trails, bird-hunting, tying flies, and fishing the local waters.

Cheri started running 30 years ago and has developed a love for trail running since moving to Challis.  She has logged countless miles on the roads and trails around Challis, and her favorite runs are wooded trails to any of the mountain lakes.  During her off-time, she can be found running and hiking the mountains with Greg and their 2 boys.

Dustin is our Assistant Manager, as well as an expert on firearms, hunting and bows.  He spends all his spare time in the outdoors.  He loves to fish small streams and lakes, and he loves hunting with his rifle or bow even more.  Dustin has an extensive knowledge of the local area, and is very passionate and knowledgeable about firearms.

Gretchen rounds out our expert staff.  She has lived in the area for over 20 years.  During that time, she has hiked, fished, hunted and photographed most of the area.  She is an avid angler and can direct you to anywhere you might want to go in our vast wilderness.  You will see some of Gretchen's beautiful photographs on our website and blogs.

As you can see, we not only sell outdoor gear, but we test it ans use it as well.  This allows us to offer only the best to you.  We are committed to providing you with the highest level of customer service, outstanding products, and competitive prices.  We look forward to outfitting you for your next adventure!

Thanks for shopping with us!
Greg, Cheri, Dustin & Gretchen

Contact Us
The Bent Rod Outdoors
PO Box 756, 811 S. Hwy 93, Challis ID 83226
888-BENTROD toll free
208-879-2500 phone
208-879-2185 fax