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 policy 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!
During each day, while you are messing about in our fishing boats, our “Sweep Crew” (the guys who take down our enormous gear boat, or Sweep Boat, who make all of these niceties possible) is busy setting up camp.
When you arrive, the tents, dining table, kitchen, shower, powder room, and fire pan will all be set up. Your cots, mattresses, sleeping bags, pillows, and duffel bag will be waiting patiently by the tents. Beverages will be waiting on ice and hors d’oeuvres are just moments away.
It is important to us that each of our guests is as comfortable as possible in a place where we can have no generators, electricity, (or cell service!). Even without these conveniences, we can be happy glampers on a six-day adventure that feels like we are entering a different time.
Late June-early October
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.
Primarily we are targeting wild cutthroat trout on the surface. The Middle Fork is a freestone river and a wild trout fishery. The native species include cutthroat trout, bull trout, and rainbows. There are also wild steelhead and salmon that return to the Middle Fork to spawn (a 900 mile journey from the ocean), although there is no fishing season for these anadromous species.
The Middle Fork of the Salmon River flows through the heart of the River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho. The Middle Fork drops over 3000 feet in the 100-mile float. It is one of the most ruggedly beautiful and remote wilderness river corridors in North America.
Hot days and cool nights. Water and air temperature vary greatly depending on the time of the year as well as your elevation on the river. The average daytime temperatures range from 70 degrees to the lower 90s F, and nighttime temperature range from 45 to 70 degrees. September brings cooler daytime temps.
Rates start from: $3,690.00/seat
You can find all pricing information at: www.rivertrips.com
Our trips are full-service and all- inclusive. The only things not included in the trip price are gratuity for the guides (typically 15% of trip price) and airfare into our wilderness launch point (typically $125/person). Comfortable glamping accommodations, wilderness gourmet meals, and all fly-fishing gear is complimentary. All you needs is your personal clothes, fishing license, and any liquor, if so inclined.
4-5 wt. rods, light reels, and floating line. Waders are not recommended.
All you will need to bring is your fishing license, toothbrush, and a smile.