During the summer months we combine floating down one of the world’s premier Wilderness Rivers with world-class Cutthroat trout fishing. The side creeks of the Salmon offer amazing wading and bank fly fishing options for both beginners and experienced anglers. Many of these creeks are rarely fished and most are only accessible by rafts and have drainages that are entirely in a wilderness area. They are stunningly beautiful.
Cutthroat trout were once the dominant trout species of the western United States and were the first salmonid chronicled by Lewis & Clark on their historic journey west. Through the years the Salmon River and its tributaries have remained one of the great strongholds for this fish and a trip down the River of No Return provides a spectacular setting to pursue them. The setting, along with the fish’s natural beauty and its willingness to take a dry fly, have made it a favorite river system for many western anglers.
We offer two fishing options on the Salmon and both options are great for experienced anglers who want to vacation with family or friends that are either beginners or who simply do not love fishing. Between the side hikes, the whitewater, and the camps it is easy to mix activities and have times when the groups are together and split.
For beginners there are few better places to be introduced to fly fishing than the Salmon. There is plenty of time and space at camp to work on casting and once at the creeks the fish are plentiful and very quick to rise. It is an amazing thing to watch a loved one make a cast, set the hook, and land their first fish.
Salmon River Fishing Options:
Fishing As Part Of The Group:
The vast majority of the fishing on the Idaho Salmon is where the small steep side creeks enter the river and then up the creeks as far as you are willing to hike. On normal group trips anglers will have the opportunity to float the river with the group and stop at the numerous side creeks on the way down the river. This fishing will be lightly guided by the accompanying river guide so anglers should be prepared with all necessary tackle and flies.
Because the creeks can only be accessed by raft, there are days that offer abundant fishing opportunities and days that depend on the water and weather of that specific trip. There are great fly fishing options during all times of the summer , but on a normal snow-pack year the season with the widest option of fishable creeks is early July through mid-August. On these trips anglers can expect to have one to three hours of creek fishing on days two through five with an evening option on day one (there is always time to fish the main river).
* This option is an activity available on all trips and is the price is the same as a normal trip.
Fully Guided Fishing:
We offer fully guided fishing trips on the dates when fishing on the creeks will be at its best. On these trips a professional fishing guide will take two anglers down the river and stop and fish the creek mouths and hike up many of the spectacular creeks. Fishing boats will often depart camp in the early morning hours prior to the rest of the group, have lunch on their own, and then meet up with the group just in time for dinner. On these trips anglers can expect to have three to six hours of fishing each day.
As mentioned above the vast majority of the fishing on the Salmon is where the small steep side creeks enter the river and then up the creeks as far as you are willing to hike so much of the fishing requires hiking and creek crossing.
*The fully guided fishing trip option is available for a maximum of 4 anglers on trips departing on July 14, 22, or 30th.
The price is $3150 per angler.
(Please choose the ‘Guided Fishing’ pricing option when booking online)