Idaho's Middle Fork has been called the greatest Westslope Cutthroat fishery in the United Sates. Originating 20 miles northwest of Stanley, Idaho, the Middle Fork of the Salmon River flows 106 miles through one of America's premier Blue Ribbon fisheries before flowing into the Main Salmon River. This is one of the finest wilderness fly fishing trips in the country, and ROW's experienced guides will help you catch your fill of wild Idaho trout. Fish generally range from 10" to 22". The uniquely remote nature of a trip such as this ensures that you have the chance to throw your fly at fish that have never seen an artificial presentation.
The Middle Fork of the Salmon River fast tumbling water winds through spectacular scenery and towering cliffs as it flows through the heart of the Frank Church "River of No Return" Wilderness Area. With its 2.3 million protected acres, the Frank Church is the largest wilderness area in the lower 48 states. ROW's fly fishing trips on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River provide you with a dedicated guide with years of Idaho fly fishing experience. Our professional fly fishing guides will help you select your flies and pick your holes to maximize your fun and fishing productivity on the Middle Fork.
Trips typically begin toward the end of July, depending on water levels, and end in late September. All of our fly fishing is done from either aluminum drift boats or whitewater rafts that have been specially equipped with fly fishing frames. The Middle Fork of the Salmon is a "Wild and Scenic" river and protected by the U.S. Congress, which means the entire river is catch-and-release. Fly fishing this river with dry flies produces outstanding top-water action and high fish counts.
There's more to the Middle Fork of the Salmon River than just fishing. As we float the river, we'll rest at beautiful, isolated camping spots. There are plenty of hiking trails, natural hot springs and cultural sites along this stretch of river. We can hike from camp and fish, visit a Native American pictograph site or pioneer homestead, or we can just relax and rest up for the following day of fly fishing. A 5-6 day Middle Fork wilderness fishing adventure is unlike any other in the West.
Join ROW Adventures on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River for a classic alpine fishing trip that floats you through one of the world's most spectacular Rocky Mountain wilderness settings.
Be sure to ask about our fly fishing package options for Idaho, Montana and Oregon.
Permits & Licenses:
ROW Inc., doing business as ROW Adventures, is proud to be an Equal Opportunity recreation service provider and employer under permit from Salmon, Payette, Boise, and Challis National Forests. All our operation and facilities are operated on a non-discriminatory basis. ROW Inc. is bonded and licensed by the State of Idaho Outfitters & Guides Licensing Board.