Solitude River Trips, ID

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Expedition in Salmon, Idaho.

Solitude River Trips, ID


Solitude has been operating on Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon River for over 30 years. For anglers, we use McKenzie-style drift boats and specially designed fishing rafts. Our guides range in age from 25 to 65. Average age is approximately 40 years old. All of our guides have, on average, 20 years of experience as fishing guides. Our guides are clean-cut, friendly, great cooks and companions, and truly enjoy sharing the river with people. Solitude was chosen as the 2006 Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Expedition of the year and a finalist in 2011.

Although just floating the river is an exhilarating and enlightening experience, fisherman, particularly fly fisherman, will find the Middle Fork a Heaven on Earth! Since 1973, a strict catch-and-release police has been in effect. The cutthroat trout, which is the predominant species, has thrived and, along with a few native rainbow and Dolly Varden, provides some of the finest dry-fly fishing in the country. The trout average 12 to 15 inches, with the occasional one reaching 18 to 20 inches. The Middle Fork is a great place to learn, or to simply improve one's skills.

Without roads, and with limited trail access, the Middle Fork canyon is best seen, explored, and fished by floating the river itself.

The Middle Fork is spectacular beyond imagination. It carves and churns through 106 miles of the most rugged, inaccessible, and primitive country in the United States—a country still relatively untouched by man. There are no roads. It's wild and untamed. Come join us and share the spirit of adventure!

Date Range

June, July, August, and September

Depending on snow pack and runoff, June is normally whitewater rafting time only. July brings warmer water and air temperatures and the beginning of prime dry-fly fishing, which continues through August and September.

What is Provided to Customer

All fly-fishing gear is included in our price. Rods, reels, leader, tippets, etc; we do NOT charge for of flies used no matter how many we go through during the course of a trip. All one needs is one's personal clothes, fishing license, and any liquor, if so inclined.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Solitude only operates on one river: Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon. The Middle Fork flows through the heart of the River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho. The Middle Fork drops 3,000 feet in the 100-mile float, starting at 5,800 feet and ending at 2,800 feet in elevation. The Middle Fork is a boat fishing river and not conducive to walk and wade, due to the steep gradient and also the structure of the river bottom and river bank. Access is very limited. There are a few dirt airstrips that allow access to the river and Solitude uses these when portions of the upper river become too low to float. Solitude provides round-trip ground transportation to and from the river.

Typical Weather by Season

Water and air temperature vary greatly depending on the time of the year one desires to float. The average daytime temperatures range from 70 degrees to the lower 90s, and nighttime temperature range from 45 to 70 degrees. Rainfall average per year is approximately 10 inches and most of that comes in the form of Rocky Mountain thunder storms.

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Sample of Typical Itinerary

Solitude offers 6 days and 5 nights of wilderness tent camping, roomy tents with a large self-inflating mattress pillow, and oversized sleeping bag. When rain appears we have large rain flies we erect to cover the entire dining area and another fly that is used for the cooking area.


Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

Tent camping: two people to a tent unless one prefers a tent to themselves. Five-star meals include 2-inch thick pork chops, New York steaks, grilled chinook salmon, Dutch-oven desserts, fruit, salads etc. Solitude is known for its outstanding meals.

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Species You Fish for by Season

The Middle Fork is 98% cutthroat trout dry-fly fishing. An occasional Dolly Varden or rainbow can be hooked.

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What Should Customers Bring?

  • Two-piece rain gear with hood
  • Light coat or sweater (for camp)
  • Walking shoes or lightweight hiking boots (for camp)
  • Boat shoes: sandals with heel straps such as Tevas or Chacos
  • Nylon shorts, 2 pair
  • Casual Pants (for camp, 1 pair)
  • Swim suit or swim trunks
  • Three shirts (long- and short-sleeved)
  • Cap/hat for sun protection
  • Poly-propylene or wool socks (for June and early July trips)
  • Poly-propylene underwear (for June and early July trips)
  • Light windbreaker
  • Insect repellent
  • Bath towel and wash cloth
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Small flashlight (check batteries)
  • Sun tan lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses, polarized for anglers
  • Camera (check batteries)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Personal toiletry articles
  • Plastic sack for soiled clothes
  • Fishing gear if one chooses to bring their own (artificial lure and fly only, single barbless hook)
  • NO backpacks. A small fanny pack or chest pack is acceptable
  • Liquor (optional)
  • Snacks (no chocolate, as it melts)
  • Fishing license
  • Gratuity for guides; Please bring a check or cash


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where is the closest airport?
A. The closest airport is in Boise Idaho. However, in June, July, and August, we meet in Stanley, Idaho. In September, guests fly into the river from Salmon, Idaho or Boise, Idaho. The flights are not included in the cost of the trip.


Solitude River Trips
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Expedition
Willi Cannell
Nov-April: PO Box 6614, Ketchum, ID 83340
May-Oct: PO Box 696, Salmon, ID 83467

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