Middle Fork of the Salmon River - Fall Fly Fishing - 6 day all-inclusive, full service experience

$
3,390
/ Angler
Capacity:
1 angler
Days:
Daily
Duration:
6 days
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Willi C
September can be one of the most invigorating times to fish the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. As summer closes, the clear waters begin cooling down, the heat subsides, and the river is emptied of floating traffic. And as the temperature cools, the water gets lower and slower – ideal fishing conditions.
 
As the water cools, the wild cutthroat follow their native instincts to start packing on weight for the difficult winter looming ahead. September is their last chance to gorge themselves on large terrestrials and tasty surface hatches before the winter doldrums of midge subsistence sets in.
 
Our September fishing trips are smaller and more personable than our Summer trips.  As the days start to get shorter and we have the whole Wilderness nearly to ourselves, these trips take on a nostolgic and sportsman/sportswoman's vibe.
 
This is a special time for both guides and guests on the Middle Fork; our guides are excited to row you through the best Cutthroat fly fishing waters in the West. You will find them to be both knowledgeable leaders and wonderful companions, whether they’re sharing an exotic presentation technique, helping to improve an angler’s casting skills, cooking up one of our favorite dishes, or telling lively stories around the campfire.
 
Highlights
  • 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.
What is Included:
Lodging
Breakfast
Dinner
Lunch
Drinks & Snacks
Flies
Tackle
Rod & Reel
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Angler
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 angler
Daily6 days
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Fishing Waters
The Middle Fork is the largest tributary of the Main Salmon River, which is the largest tributary of the Snake, which is the largest tributary of the Columbia, which is the largest ... moreNorth American tributary of the largest Ocean (the Pacific) in the world!

The Middle Fork is over 116 miles long (no dams) and descends over 4,000ft in elevation. As it grows from a tumbling creek to a mighty river, the Middle Fork is fed by runoff from spectacular mountain ranges such as The Sawtooths, Pistol Ridge, The Bighorn Crags, The Tango Peaks, and the Yellow Jacket Mountains.

A spectacular part of the Middle Fork is how much the geology, wildlife, vegetation, and size of the river changes as you descend from the top of the canyon all the way to the confluence with the Main Salmon. This biological diversity makes Middle Fork of the Salmon one of the most unique river experiences in the world.
Destination
Stanley is a town of 62 residents and is the population center of the state of Idaho. Regardless of its size, Stanley comes to life in the summer and has a good selection of lodging ... moreand dining. It is nestled between the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and the Frank Church Wilderness. Your orientation meeting will be at 6:00 PM at the Sawtooth Spirit. I recommend staying in Stanley on the night before your trip as well as the night of the last day of your trip, but if you do need to hit the road after your trip you will be able to get down to Boise that evening. (You will return to Stanley around 5:30 PM.) Our trip will start and end at the Mountain Village Lodge, which holds rooms for our guests. So for hassle, free lodging arrangements call them up and let them know you are floating the Middle Fork with Solitude. In case you want to browse some other Stanley lodging options, here are our recommendations. More information at www.rivertrips.com
The Middle Fork is one of the healthiest trout fisheries in the world. In addition to offering world-class Salmon River fly fishing and Idaho whitewater rafting, an entire biodiversity ... morecascades from this healthy ecological environment. The Middle Fork Canyon is one of the most important remaining environments for many species, including Wolf, Cougar, Lynx, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goats, Bobcat, Badger, River Otter, Elk, and Mule Deer. Birds such as Bald and Golden Eagles, Ouzel, Grouse, Chukar, Great Horned Owls, Red Tail Hawk, Osprey, Swallows, and countless cute songbirds that will wake you if you are late for breakfast.

Idaho has many flattering nomenclatures, such as ‘The White Water State’ and ‘The Wilderness State;’ Idaho’s first geological surveyors claimed that if you flattened out all of the terrain features in Idaho, it would be bigger than Texas. “The Frank,” as this Wilderness area is endearingly called, lives up to all of these reputations, and the Middle Fork provides a spectacular profile of its wonders. Floating along with the flow is the most comfortable way to experience this incredible river canyon.

Willi Cannell, the owner of Solitude River Trips, is an ardent self-educator of history, concepts, and issues surrounding Wilderness policy and protection. Please contact him in person if you would like more information pertaining to Wilderness in Idaho.
Like many western towns, Hailey came into being during the gold rush of the mid 1860’s, attracting speculators, adventurers and roust-a-bouts. While much of the city’s past is kept ... morealive by its Historic Preservation Commission, as indicated by its substantial list of National Registry Homes, the town is now a small gem with a sophisticated palate and yen for the visual and performing arts. Located east of the Smoky Mountains, often referred to as Idaho’s “forgotten mountain range,” the town is also known for its scenic beauty and year round, outdoor activities.

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Friedman Airport is the airport of choice for both public and private flyers coming to Sun Valley to ski, fish or just have fun. Festivals and events take place throughout the summer and winter months, including an Arbor Day celebration, fiddler competitions, world-class skateboarding contests, antique fairs, and the Rough and Tumble, July 4th Rodeo. Its most unusual claim to fame may be the Sun Valley Bike Festival where cyclists race as they drag burning logs behind their bikes.

Once you arrive, whatever lodging you decide upon, and there is a plethora of choices, you will not be far from great fly fishing. The Big Wood River and Silver Creek are a stone’s throw away. In addition to myriad streams, there is Little Wood, Trail Creek, the Big Lost, Magic Reservoir, Mackay Reservoir, the Salmon River and the South Fork Boise to explore. For those who prefer cold mountain lakes, the list to pick from is long and inviting. For the truly dedicated and hardy, some of Wood River’s best fishing takes place in the winter months. What’s your reward for withstanding the cold? Hopefully, plump 14 to 18 inch rainbow trout.
Outfitter
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Solitude River Trips offers the most comfortable, convenient, and unforgettable wilderness Fly Fishing experiences in North America. Our 6 day trips are designed to provide families, ... morefriends, lovers, or solo travelers with the most unforgettable and high-quality adventure vacation of their lives.

Our guides are knowledgeable companions, excellent fishermen, experienced boatmen/women, and well-compensated service professionals. With an excellent crew of guides, all else follows: premier fly fishing, glamorous accommodations, incredible wilderness gourmet, and a full service experience in the middle of the wilderness.

Our Guides and Service
The most important part of any wilderness vacation is the guides, and the hiring and employing of our guides may be the most important thing we do to ensure a quality and meaningful experience. Solitude’s guides are experienced, happy, clean, and well-compensated service professionals. With an excellent staff of guides, all else follows: luxurious accommodations in the middle of the wilderness, prompt and enthusiastic service, spectacular food, and overall comfort.

Our Food
We fly fresh food into riverside airstrips in the middle of the wilderness! This detail is crucial to maintaining freshness and wonderment in our unforgettable wilderness gourmet. Having fresh produce, cookies, bread, cheese, and ice until the very last meal (which is eggs benedict on the last morning) of a 6 day river trip is a luxury that is often overlooked in the wilderness.

Endorsed
Solitude River Trips is the only Orvis Endorsed expedition on the Salmon River. Orvis’ endorsed operations are researched, vetted, and selected by experts who bring their vast expertise to choosing the finest operations worldwide on your behalf. We are proud to sport this reputation.

Personable and Quality
The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is the best river trip in the world, which is why Solitude only outfits this one extraordinary river. The owner, Willi Cannell, is on nearly every trip and is highly involved in making sure that the expectations of each of his guests - from youngest to oldest - is exceeded. Solitude’s trips are personable and comfortable, and many of our guests return again relying on Solitude’s quality and service.

Because:
Because we truly believe that the more people to experience wilderness, the better this world becomes. We are serious about making your precious time on the river as meaningful and long-lasting as possible.

Because we love dry fly fishing for wild westslope cutthroat trout all day for 6 days straight.

Because life is most tolerable when the natural beauty of our world lives in your subconscious, and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River is one of the most special and spectacular places in the world.
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Best trip ever!
Our trip down the middle fork was amazing. Obviously incredible scenery, but the Solitude river guides made it one of the best trips I have experienced. They are professional, patient and overall wonderfully fun people. The food was fantastic! The accommodations on cots and tents was very comfortable. Fishing was successful with knowledgeable guides. An awesome week and I didn't want to leave!!!
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Super fishing, scenery, food and comfort
The saddest part of this trip was at the end of the final day when our boats came around a bend and we saw the yellow bus that would take us away from this awesome adventure. Solitude River Trips has created a unique fishing experience through thoughtful attention to, event scheduling during the trip, and guide selection and training. Oh, and catching lots of small trout on dry flies was a hoot !
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One-of-a-kind trip!
The Middle Fork is truely a hidden gem that still manages to be protected against any substantial human impact. Fishing dries for eagar native cutthroat in beautiful crystal blue water still fills my memory, and makes me yearn to return. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and is only suited to experience it with Willi and his top-notch guides. They are deeply passionate about the wilderness as they ... more are the clients. I will find it hard to have another experience that will even come close to my time on the MF with Solitutde River Trips. 100% recommendation!
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Forever trying to book my next trip!
Absolutely my favorite place to be! Willi and Kat are phenomenal humans and guides! Truly a top notch river experience!
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Total Quality from Start to Finish
Willi and Kat were the perfect hosts, and the guides, food, scenery, other guests and fishing were even better than I expected. This was the trip of a lifetime!
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Doug Fairfull
The trip on the Middle Fork was a delight, great crew, great food, and fishing guides knew the Rainbows by name I think. Certainly knew where they hung out and what fly to tempt them with. I would unreservebly recommend Solitude River Trips to anyone who enjoys fly fishing, beautiful scenery, or simply just wants to have a relaxing catered drift down a beautiful river. Super crew. This would be a ... more great Father/son or Mother/daughter trip to celebrate a major event, or just to enjoy each others company.
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Dan
Excellent adventure-some of the best scenery you will ever see. A great family trip-I took my 9 year old grandson and his father-they both had a great time from the moment the trip started to the vey end.
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Fabulous Vacation
Best family vacation we have every had. Still talk about it today. Simply a first class outfit. I have recommended to multiple friends and all have had the same wonderful experience.
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