Drift Boat Fly Fishing - Middle Fork Salmon
-- Dry fly fishing for westslope cutthroat and rainbow trout
-- "One of the most magical places on earth!" The breathtaking beauty of the Middle Fork is truly inspiring.
-- Ride down the river in style and class in our classic McKenzie River style drift boats.
-- 6-day 5-night legendary wilderness float trip
-- Deluxe camps complete with full size tents, cots, hot showers and family style dining.
The Middle Fork of the Salmon is renowned for its healthy fishery of native Rainbow and Westslope Cutthroat Trout. The first ever catch and release stream in the country, this highly protected river provides a sanctuary for an average of 2,400 fish per mile.The Middle Fork is 100 miles long, running through the largest protected wilderness in the contiguous 48 states. The crystal clear emerald waters of this amazing waterway add an extra twist to the fishing with the ability to see the fish, even deep in the river. The clarity of the water gives the illusion of fish suspended in the water at all levels of each pool. The Middle Fork is the pinnacle of dry-flyfishing rivers.
When guests arrive in camp they can pick a tent, grab a cold drink, munch on appetizers, relax and enjoy activities around camp. Each trip is focused on the customer’s interests and guides are available to lead activities by request. The afternoons and evenings provide plenty of time for additional fishing, swimming, hiking, artifact hunting, photography, playing games, soaking in hot springs, reading a good book with toes in the water or just relaxing and watching the river float by.
The gourmet food on the Middle Fork makes this trip even more inviting. All meals are prepared in Dutch ovens and on the barbeque over open coals. Fresh baked Dutch oven breads, made from scratch, are prepared each day along with top quality meats and fish. Each meal is sure to please and are all accompanied by plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Duel entree dinners and a wide variety of side dishes provide great options at each meal. If there is any room left in ones stomach after the evening’s premier event, a delightful dessert is sure to follow.
Riverside lunches of freshly made salads, fresh fruits and rich sandwich spreads are prepared each day on a shaded river bank. Lunch stops are a great time to relax in a lounge chair in the shade, go for a swim, lay out for a sun tan, read a good book or explore the surrounding area.
This Trip is All About You! Make Sure You Get to Experience it All!
Add a little extra fun and excitement to your trip by including a horseback ride along the river. On a chosen day of your float, a seasoned horse wrangler from the Loon Creek Ranch will meet our group along the riverbank with a string of saddled riding horses, ready to lead you on a beautiful ride down the river trail. Spend a few hours riding through the river corridor with the stunning views of the river and the surrounding canyon. Boats will follow along on the river and meet you at the end of your ride to continue your float. Guests can choose to to a morning ride out of camp or an afternoon ride into camp. Average cost is $100 per person.
Each day our guests have the chance to experience wonderful activities both on and off the river. Guests who would like to be more physically active will love the abundant hiking opportunities on trails both along the river and away from the river to visit unique sites. Hikes along the river will take you to stunning waterfalls, natural hot springs, native american historical sights and old homesteads.
Many of our guests choose to hike out of camp after breakfast each morning. These morning hikes are the perfect time to get out and experience the river canyon with it's gorgeous views of the river. While your guides pack up camp and finish dishes, you can hike down river on the established Middle Fork River Trail to a chosen location and your guide will float down and pick you up. Many morning hikes will take you to hot springs, historical sights, pictographs or just a nice hike in the canyon. Mornings are the best time to hike before the sun hits the water and air temperatures get too warm on the sunny slopes. The length of your hikes is up to you. Some guests prefer to only hike a mile or so while other guests choose to hike much more.
We also have short hiking opportunities available throughout the day where we can visit natural and historical sights such as stunning water falls, hot springs, tributary fishing, side canyons, native american camps, pictographs, old mines, caves and lots more. There is also an opportunity to visit an open working ranch called the Flying B. The Flying B offers a fun stop where you can sit and relax in the shade and shop at their little store for things like souvenirs, ice cream or even a cold beer. We try hard to accommodate each guests interests and are happy to make your trip everything you want it to be.
The Middle Fork is known for it's natural hot springs. These hot springs are places where hot water naturally bubbles up from the earth and provides warm pools abundant in minerals. From natural rock pools and hot waterfalls to a handmade wooden tub, each of the five best hot springs along the river is unique and offers a great chance to relax and soak in the hot mineral water. Be sure to experience some or all of these warm relaxing springs during your river trip.
Well before people began visiting the Middle Fork for recreation, it was home to the Sheepeater Indian tribe and later minors and homesteaders. The Middle Fork of the Salmon no longer has people living along it's banks however there are still many native american camps and homestead sights still noticeable. During your trip we would love to share these historical sights with you and tell the fun stories that go along with them.
Middle Fork Salmon River - 6 Day, 5 Night Trips
Middle Fork Salmon trips are 6 days and 5 nights and cover up to 100 miles of river. Prices are all-inclusive. Each boat is fully equipped with lifejackets and each fishing boat is equip with all necessary fishing rods, tackle and flies. Fishing license is not included in the trip cost. Enjoy the comfort and class of our custom drift boats, fishing rafts and whitewater rafts.
Drift boats and fishing rafts must be booked as double occupancy.
- Combination Fishing & Rafting trips available by request and for large groups. Trips are all customizable and groups can design their own trip by choosing the number of fishing and rafting spots on their trip.
- Raft trips with groups of 6 or more have the option of a paddle raft.
- Additional $4/day Recreation Enhancement Act Fee will be charged on all Middle Fork trips.
3% of the company’s adjusted gross revenues are for a land use fee for operating commercially on National Forest Lands.
Prices are subject to change annually.
June 7-11 (5 or 6 days) - Lodging Available
July 27-Aug 1
Aug 28- Sep 2
September 5-day trips also available
Lower water levels later in the season may require trip launch location to change. These trips require an additional flight in to a backcountry airstrip. Additional flight costs are not included in trip price. All booking and arrangement details for these flights will be handled for you; it is easy and affordable. Fishing rafts may be used in place of drift boats on any trips.