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

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Willi Cannell

Solitude River Trips

Phone icon208-806-1218 Email iconsolitude@rivertrips.com Link iconrivertrips.com
PO Box 6614
Ketchum, ID 83340
PO Box 696
Salmon, ID 83467

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The Story

Our Salmon River guides are knowledgeable companions, excellent fishermen, experienced boatmen/women, and well-compensated service professionals. With an excellent crew of guides, all else follows: premier dry-fly fishing, glamorous riverside accommodations, incredible wilderness gourmet meals, and a full-service experience in the middle of the Frank Church Wilderness.

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!


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.

Typical Weather:

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

What is Provided:

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.

Gear Recommendations:

4-5 wt. rods, light reels, and floating line. Waders are not recommended.

What to Bring:

All you will need to bring is your fishing license, toothbrush, and a smile.

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.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Middle fork river time Absolutely unbeatable for the time of your life. You will never regret a trip with this outfitter.
Date published: 2019-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Off-the Grid Adventure We had an amazing six days on the scenic Middle Fork of the Salmon River with Solitude River Trips. This trip was on the bucket list, and we wanted it to be very special. Solitude provided the perfect experience. Prior to the trip, Willi was prompt and thorough responding to any questions. Our guides were professional, smart, personable, and so attentive. I cannot imagine a more qualified group of guides. The guides are passionate about the river, and it's obvious they love what they do. The fishing was exhilarating, with guide instruction and support tailored to each person's ability. This was a "glamorous camping" experience in that the guides planned our day, packed the supplies, prepared every meal, set up our tents (with cots and air mattresses), etc. They took us to see Native American pictographs, waterfalls, hot springs & former mining camps along the way. Beautiful hikes were optional. The food was delicious and ample. The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is one of the most beautiful places on earth. We didn't want the trip to end. We highly recommend Solitude.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Middle Fork This was our third trip with Solitude and our first with current owner, Willi Cannell. Each trip has been better than the previous! Willi and his crew see to everything, and our comfort and safety are their first priority. The food was delicious, our sleeping arrangements were comfy, and the scenery . . . well, it's simply amazing. The kids were never bored - and that's without their electronics! The crew's knowledge of the river was impressive, and we enjoyed hearing all the stories about those who came long before we did. Whether you're a seasoned river rafter or just mildly interested, we recommend the Middle Fork and Solitude. You'll be forever grateful that you made the trip to this special place!
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Trip! The Solitude team made this wilderness experience very memorable. Always attentive, incredible food, great fishing, fun times!
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great flyfishing, great service! This is my second trip with Solitude. Happy to say that the experience is even better than 12 years ago! The guides remained upbeat and professional, despite suboptimal weather. Great customer service, and the food is unparalleled! Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great River Trip! The Middle Fork Salmon River is an exquisitely beautiful place. The folks at Solitude River Trips made exploring the river a most memorable adventure. Excellent customer service from start to finish, thoughtful, knowledgable, experienced guides and staff, great attention to detail. Whatever your reasons for coming, Solitude River Trips will see to it that you have a great time.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable Experience A trip of a lifetime. Scenery, food, fishing, and company were all fantastic. Willi and his crew are second to none. Words and pictures do not do this trip justice, you owe it to yourself to experience the Middle Fork with Solitude.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best crew. Best fishing. Best scenery. Best food. It would impossible to deliver a better experience.
Date published: 2017-08-25
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