Canyon Section Fall Fly Fishing

Helfrich River Outfitters Inc

Canyon Section Fall Fly Fishing

Helfrich River Outfitters Inc

Canyon Section Fall Fly Fishing

Helfrich River Outfitters Inc

Canyon Section Fall Fly Fishing

Helfrich River Outfitters Inc

Trip Details

Duration: 5 Day, 4 Night Fall Dry Fly Fishing Trips

River: Middle Fork of the Salmon River Canyon Section (last 50 miles)

Boat Options: Specialized Fishing Rafts

Fishing rafts must be booked as double occupancy.

Trip Highlights

Amazing time of year to experience the Middle Fork

4-day, 3-night legendary wilderness float

Unsurpassed dry fly fishing for westslope cutthroat and rainbow trout

Enjoy a more solitary experience with fewer people on the water

Vibrant fall foliage and breathtaking views make this an unforgettable experience

Deluxe camps complete with large tents, cots, hot showers, and family style dining


Let Helfrich River Outfitters guide you on a World Class Fall Fly Fishing Adventure!


Experience the majestic beauty and great fishing of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River while also enjoying the solidarity of these later season trips.

One of the well-kept secrets of the Middle Fork is the wonderful fly fishing the river offers in late August and September!  Come enjoy some of the best dry fly fishing the Middle Fork offers and it’s during a quieter time on the river. September is known for the beautiful fall colors and few river floaters. As summer turns to fall in the Idaho wilderness, water temperatures start to drop and the fish get more active. We are so excited to begin offering these new trips next summer!

Just as early July is known as the best time to fish the Middle Fork, September is very comparable. The water is beginning to cool down and the fish get more active. Come enjoy the world-class dry fly fishing of the Middle Fork while surrounded by beautiful fall colors. September is also loved by many as the best time of year on the river because of the lack of visitors to the river this time of year.

These trips are five-day fly fishing trips with the option for the September 21st trip being a “Cast & Blast”, trout fishing, and chucker hunting trip.

Helfrich River Outfitters, Inc. is operated under a special use permit with the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Helfrich River Outfitters, Inc. is an equal opportunity provider.

River Accommodations


Camping with Helfrich Outfitters on the Middle Fork is better labeled as ‘Glamping’, or glamorous camping, because of the deluxe accommodations that are provided at every campsite. Upon arriving in camp each afternoon, guests can expect everything to be set up and ready for them to enjoy. Each of our spacious tents accommodates 2 guests with comfortable cots and air pads for sleeping. The site is equipped with dining tables, lounge chairs, a hot shower, warm water wash station, hand washing facilities, a privacy toilet, ice and cocktail table, and a complete kitchen.


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.

Beyond the Banks

Hot Springs

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.


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.

Historical Sights

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.

Dates & Prices

Middle Fork Salmon River – 5 Day, 4 Night Fall Dry Fly Fishing Trips

Canyon Section Trip – 2 Guests Per Boat: Contact us for Pricing!

Trip Dates:

Annual dates may slightly vary

Canyon Section Trip – 2 Guests Per Boat:
August 28-September 2 (6-day)
September 11-15
September 21-25

Upper River – 1 Guest Per Boat:
September 7-10 (4 Day)
September 17-20 (4 Day)

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