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Middle Fork Salmon River Fly Fishing in Idaho

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is world-renowned for spectacular dry fly fishing, and Solitude River Trips provides the most professional and high-quality 6-day fly fishing experience.

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″-15″ 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 to August, and our Fall Fishing Season will often run from September into October. Summer Fly Fishing on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River is unforgettable – you will fish the largest variety of stimulating fly water in one float than anywhere else in the West. Fall Fly Fishing on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River involves some ideal fishing conditions. The temperature cools, the water gets lower and slower, and we have the whole Wilderness nearly to ourselves. 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

  • Highly recommend this company Just finished a Middle Fork trip with Solitude. The guides were amazing, the food was spectacular and the Middle Fork is unforgettable. Absolutely impressed with every aspect of the trip and the guides' preparation, expertise, and professionalism. I highly recommend this company.

  • 5 star rating

    Everyone Needs Solitude River Time The absolutely best combination of guides, scenery, whitewater, and of course flyfishing. From novice to advanced the middle fork offers great flyfishing, particularly with Solitude River Trips. I can't say enough positive superlatives about Willi and his Solitude crew. I will be returning again next year for the 4th time.

  • Solitude made it a fantastic trip for our teens and adults! A Bucket List Trip that Exceeded Expectations for our Entire Family - We'll Be Back! We had an amazing 5 nights/6 days on the Middle Fork. The wilderness is pristine and the river is beautiful. We traveled with our two families and Solitude made it a fantastic trip for... read more

  • Very safe outfit Solitude is awesome. The guides were great. Super friendly. The food was really good. They were accommodating about dietary needs. They were a very safe outfit which made my wife happy. My daughter and I had a blast river kayaking as well. ... read more

  • 5 star rating

    Perfect Pandemic Getaway! It is difficult to find sufficient superlatives to describe spending a week on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in the care of the Solitude Team. The river is wild and diverse offering something new every day. The guide team is experienced in safety on the river and comfort... read more


Orvis Endorsed since 2003

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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