Idaho Fly Fishing – Salmon River
Guided Fly Fishing on the Salmon River in Idaho – Summer Trips
Our Salmon River Fishing Guides will place you in front of unique granite walls, behind mid-river rocks and seam lines, and swarming back eddies. Between the changing Idaho Salmon River and the pristine tributaries that enlarge throughout your wilderness rafting adventure, you will fish the largest variety of stimulating fly water in one float than anywhere else in the West.
The Cutthroat was the first Salmonid chronicled by Lewis and Clark on their historic journey through this monumental region of the American Rockies; Salmon River fly fishing with Solitude entails reverting to a time when the Cutthroat was the dominant Trout species in the American West.
Our river trips are small and personable so they fill fast.
Duration and Pricing
6 Days, 5 Nights
$4,550 per person
All fees are included: 3% of adjusted revenue is for a commercial land use fee on National Forest Lands; and $4/person/day Recreation Enhancement Act Fee
The only things not included in the trip price are gratuities for our spectacular guide staff (typically 15% of the trip price), Trip Cancellation Insurance, and Airfare if water levels require a flight into our wilderness launch site.
Student Discount: $280.00 (Age 15 or younger).
We take bookings 2 years in advance, and often prime season trips fill 12 months in advance. It’s never too early to make a reservation.
- All fees are included: $4/day Recreation Enhancement Act Fee, and 3% of the company’s adjusted gross revenues are for a land use fee for operating commercially on National Forest Lands
- Round Trip transportation: Air and ground transportation provided from and to Stanley ID, except when low water requires a flight into the wilderness from Stanley
- Fresh and Gourmet Food: We fly fresh food into the wilderness so that we can have fresh produce, bread, and cookies until the last day of the trip
- Luxurious Camping Accommodations
- Professional Guiding and Full Service on and off the river
- All necessary gear, including: sleeping bag, deluxe wilderness mattress, life jacket, roomy four person tent for every two people, camp chairs, dining table, complimentary water resistant duffel for you personal gear (yours to keep), waterproof container for your day use items, eating utensils, drink cup, water bottle, plenty of ice, wine with dinner, and an ample supply of cold beverages.
- Premium Orvis fly fishing gear: rod, reel, and our go-to flies. If you have favorite rods and reels, please bring them along with hard cases. Read more.
- What Is Glamping?
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- Best time to fish?
- Eligibility Criteria
We are happy to furnish you with rods, reels, line, flies, and all other fishing gear. This is complimentary, and our gear is new, top-of-the-line Orvis equipment.
Our fishing season is at the end of June until October. There are a few things to consider when planning a fishing trip on the Middle Fork. During our July – August trips, you will
Flying In: When water levels reach a certain point, we will start our trips at our wilderness launch point. This means flying into the wilderness from Stanley. (Airfare not included in trip price, approximately $120.00/person). Typically we need to fly in on our August 2nd trip and onward, although this is completely water level dependent and is hard to predict until spring time. Flights are incredibly memorable and scenic.
Our Boats: We use both MacKenzie style drift boats and Custom Fishing Rafts. We use fishing rafts all season, and the best time to float the Middle Fork in a drift boat is July and early August.
The best time to float depends on what you are looking for in a wilderness fly fishing experience. Please contact us with any questions about planning the best trip for your party.
The following are physical and mental eligibility criteria for all participants on any Middle Fork
of the Salmon river trip. You must:
- Be at least twelve years of age to be on a river trip in June and eight years of age in July,
August and September.
- Have the ability to get on and off of the raft independently or with the assistance of a
designated companion. This may include maneuvering your body over and across tubes
and fixed objects.
- Have the ability to wear a Type V Coast Guard approved personal floatation device in
accordance with manufacturer recommendations.
- Have the ability to remain in a seated position for greater than one hour.
- Have the ability to hold on to taut lines or handles through rapids.
- Have the ability to assist in self-rescue in the event of an unexpected swim. This includes
the ability to hold your breath and control your breathing while being repeatedly
splashed with or submerged in water; the ability to orient yourself to new “in-river”
surroundings; the ability to get out from under an overturned boat; the ability to swim
into the current and float on your back; the ability to swim towards a boat or shoreline
which may be greater than 50 yards away; the ability to receive a rescue rope, throw
cushion, paddle, or human assistance, and possibly let go of the same.
- Have the ability to swim 50 yards in flat water.
- Have the ability to walk under low branches, around vegetation, and on uneven, slippery,
rocky, and sandy ground unaided or with the assistance of reasonable additional
equipment, or with the assistance of a designated companion. This includes the ability to
maintain your balance near precipitous ledges or cliffs.
- Have the ability to position yourself from standing, to sitting, to ground level and back to
standing independently or with the assistance of a designated companion.
- Have the ability to carry personal gear from shore to camp and back to the boats
independently or with the assistance of a designated companion.
- Have the ability to maintain your own safety in an environment where allergen exposure
and cross-contamination may occur.
- Have the ability to manage all personal care independently or with a designated
- Have the ability to participate in all activities of daily living such as eating, toileting, and
dressing independently or with the assistance of a designated companion.
- Have the ability to manage all personal medications, including dosing and
administration, independently or with the assistance of a designated companion.
- Have the ability to comprehend and follow all verbal and non-verbal instructions given
by crew in all situations, including during stressful or dangerous situations, and to
effectively communicate with crew.
- Have the ability to effectively communicate with other passengers.
- Have the ability to remain adequately fed, hydrated, and properly dressed so as to avoid
environmental injuries such as heat-related illness and sunburn.
- Have the ability to participate in a group setting, in a remote environment, without
negatively impacting or jeopardizing the health or safety of the other trip participants or