TROUT FISHING the MIDDLE FORK SALMON RIVER

Fishing on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River is simply superb as it offers crystal clear water on one of the best catch and release fly fisheries in the nation. All of our amazing trips, with the exception of early season runoff, include the opportunity to fish this iconic river and our experienced guides can lead both beginners and experienced fisherman to discover deep pools and eddies where you can fish for trout. In order to protect this priceless wilderness resource, the Idaho Fish & Game requires that all fishing on the Middle Fork be catch and release, using only single barbless hooks and no live bait.

Each day our guests will be able to fish from oar rafts and from shore during stops, or they may choose to wander the shoreline from camp to fish during the mornings and evenings. Many of our guests bring their own fishing equipment, however, we also carry complimentary rods and flies for those who simply wish to show up and enjoy. Fishing licenses are required and can be obtained online at Idaho Fish & Game or when you arrive in Stanley prior to the trip.

For those guests who want to fish all day, we also offer the option of a dedicated fishing boat and guide. While this costs a little more, it is well worth it as these boats are specifically designed for fishing, with mounted fishing frames/seats and your guide will be able to linger on a fishing wall or run ahead of the group to find the best fishing spots.

For the REAL sports enthusiasts, we offer Fall Cast & Blast adventures in September. These trips are limited to 10 guests and are tailored to each group’s desires, trout fishing, Chukar hunting or both! These trips are frequently booked by groups of friends and offer ample opportunity for both fun and sport. Check out our launch dates and pricing.

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WHAT IS PAMPERED CAMPING?

Our amazing trips feature gourmet food and a hot shower along with our “You Don’t Lift a Finger Service” ! At the end of each day, you’ll find a welcoming camp to greet you after a fun day on the river. The camp will be ready with tents, chairs, fire circle, toilet facility, hot shower and wash stations. Land on the beach, select your tent and a guide will deliver your bag so you can lay out your warm sleeping bag, change your clothing and settle in for the night. When you’re ready, join the group for appetizers, cold drinks and a warm fire … or if you prefer, relax in your tent, read a book or explore the area. After a delicious guide-prepared meal, most guests linger around the campfire sharing stories, stargazing, playing games and soaking up the magnificent scenery.

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PLANNING INFO & REFERENCE MATERIALS

The information and materials provided below will assist you in planning your amazing Idaho wilderness vacation.


ASV LAUNCH DATES

All trips are 6 days / 5 nights, full service and include Free Boise Airport Shuttle service before and after your trip. We are the only outfitter to provide this service!

SEASON 1 – Maximum Whitewater

$1,850 / person
• May 30
• June 8

SEASON 2 – Peak Season

$2,350 / person
• June 17, 26
• July 4, 12, 20, 28
• August 5, 13

SEASON 3 – Late Summer Value

$1,850 / person
• August 21, 29

OPTIONAL – Dedicated Fishing Boat

$900 / person (requires two people)
• Available June thru August

SEASON 4 – Fall Cast & Blast Adventures

$3,250 / person
• Begins September
• Limited to 10 guests (with everyone in a dedicated fishing boat unless otherwise arranged)
• Fly Fishing & Chukar Hunting (tailored to your group)

NOTE: Dates are the same EVERY year except trips in September

Pricing Notes

  1. All trips include free shuttle service to / from Boise Airport before and after the trip in our private, air-conditioned motor coach. We are the only outfitter to provide this service!
  2. Prices vary due to seasonal demands and boat options only, not in service or quality of adventure. Boat options can change the guide-to-guest ratios and restrict the numbers of guests on any launch.
  3. Seasons 1, 2 and 3 assume shared use of paddle boats, oar rafts and optional inflatable kayaks. If you want to use just one type of boat, let us know and we will make arrangements, if possible.
  4. Fishing Boat Upgrade Option in Seasons 2 and 3. Guests may choose a Guaranteed Fishing Boat with a professional Fly Fishing Guide for an additional charge of $900 per person (double occupancy required). While we have a dedicated Fall Fishing Season (Season 4), fly fishing is usually fabulous during all seasons except Season 1 (high water runoff). You can fish on all our trips, but if you‘re a serious fisherman, consider upgrading to a dedicated fishing boat.
  5. Season 4 guests get a Guaranteed Fishing Boat and professional Fly Fishing Guide.
  6. Guests are welcome to kayak or row their own boats on any trips. Please call to discuss details. We are happy to provide shuttle services!
  7. Prices do not include a $4/person/day Federal Recreation Enhancement fee.
  8. Conditions may require a possible flight into launch site on the river (approximately $150 payable directly to the air charter company) from late July through end of the season (and earlier during low-water years).

Guest Cancellation Policy: Because of the limited number of seats we are permitted to sell due to river management regulations, we cannot offer to take the financial loss associated with guest cancellations, even for emergencies. For this reason, in the case of a guest cancellation, deposits and payments are not refundable for any reason. We strongly suggest purchasing trip insurance. We are happy to transfer your seat to an alternate guest at no charge.

OUR BOATS

All trips include shared use of our oar rafts, paddle boats and inflatable kayaks, unless otherwise arranged.

Oar Raft – Let the guide row and enjoy the ride
Paddle Boat – Paddle a boat while a guide steers
Inflatable Kayak – Be the captain of your own boat

Guaranteed Fishing Boat

If you want to fish all day, every day, this is the choice for you. This boat is specifically designed for fishing and you will have a dedicated fishing guide to provide you with a world-class fishing adventure. Guaranteed fishing boats require advance notice.

Fishing Boat – This option allows maximum flexibility enabling you to leave camp early and arrive at camp late.

Advantages Of A Dedicated Fishing Boat

  • Is a lighter 14’ AIRE maneuverable rubber boat, enabling you to go places you never considered, scraping over ledges and rocks
  • Rubber is extremely quiet, an advantage to fishermen and wilderness lovers
  • Is customized with two mounted seats and a hard floor
  • Has a clean frame, to help keep lines untangled
  • Is operated by a dedicated fishing guide
  • Carries no gear, so you can leave camp earlier, arrive later, and linger at good fishing holes

Unlike a drift boat, two fishermen can comfortably fish at the same time in our AIRE fishing boats. They are more comfortable than any other fishing boat on the river, seats have high back support, there is a hard surface suspended floor to stand on and leg rests to lean against while casting. While all our guides are excellent, only the very best operate our dedicated fishing boats. This boat MUST be booked in advance of your trip.

Note: These boats cannot always be used on Cast & Blast trips because of the gear needed (guns, dogs, etc.), we will be happy to discuss any of your questions.


Our Trip Reference Materials Can Assist You In Planning Your PERFECT Middle Fork Adventure!