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Middle Fork Salmon River Fly Fishing in Idaho

Fly Fishing the Middle Fork of the Salmon River
Is Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Experienced…Seriously.

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River, located in Idaho’s Frank Church Wilderness, remains one of the greatest fly fishing strongholds of the West Slope Cutthroat. Since the 1973 catch-and-release, single barbless hook policy native trout populations have thrived to unrefined abundance on this world famous watershed.

The Cutthroat of the Middle Fork are very surface oriented; we regularly fish dry flies only for 6 days! The cool, crystalline waters of the Middle fork often allow you to follow the action from the moment a trout first stirs for your fly until they aggressively take and dive.

The hundred-mile stretch of fishable water known as the Middle Fork of the Salmon River currently holds one of the healthiest all-wild (non-stocked/native) trout populations in the west. The average caught is 10″-13″ inches, with some trophies up to 17″ or larger.

You will catch fish on the Middle Fork. Our professional Salmon River fly fishing guides are excited to share the diverse seams, pools, runs, and micro-eddies with the world’s most experienced fishermen; likewise, they helped countless beginners cast and catch their first trout.

Our Summer Fishing Season is from July – August, and our Fall Fishing Season will often from September into October as well. We offer Drift Boats or custom fishing rafts during our summer season, and Fishing Rafts only during our smaller September trips.

We are the only Orvis Endorsed Expedition on the Salmon River and are proud of our dedicated effort to provide the most comfortable and professional wilderness fly fishing in Idaho.

“The better the seam, the better the fish” -Shane Moser, Guide

Salmon River Fly Fishing Trip Reviews

Orvis Endorsed since 2003

Fly Fishing The Salmon River Overall rating: 5 out of 5 based on 7 reviews.

Great family trip

5 5 1
Our family clan of 17, aged 82-12, simply fabulous. Rafting, kayaking, fly fishing, hiking, swimming, rapids. Perfect for all ages. Great to have Idaho river legends, Jon Barker and Shane Moser, as guides for one of America's wilderness rivers, to just sit back and absorb the beauty. Adam Grogan led a fabulous team of guides and expertly advised on fishing the cutthroat trout. So fortunate to meet Shoshone elder and her family that brought the history of the Middle Fork to life. Life's short ... these are the times together you will cherish forever. Book it.

Solitude Fishing

5 5 1
Solitude provides an amazing fishing experience on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Anyone who would like to experience great fishing in a wilderness setting should do this trip. The guides are superb boatmen and fishing guides. The equipment they provide is top notch. This is some of the best fly fishing I’ve ever experienced. The food was wonderful and the camping luxurious. Making new friends was an unexpected bonus.

Unforgettable Experience

5 5 1
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.
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“The 6 days that I spent with you all was like nothing I have ever experienced. The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is like no other place I have ever been. You and your crew made our time there so effortless and calm. I cannot thank you enough for that”

Mark H.


Contact Details

Solitude River Trips

P.O. Box 6614 |  Ketchum, ID 83340
+1 (208) 806-1218

Fly Fishing Middle Fork Salmon River, Salmon River Fly Fishing Trips

Orvis Endorsed since 2003