Cast & Blast | Fishing & Bird Hunting

Helfrich River Outfitter Inc


Duration: 5 Days, 4 Nights

River: Lower Section of the Main Salmon

Logistics: Trip starts and ends in Clarkston Washington

Boat options: Drift Boats

Drift Boat Cost: $3200/person

Trip Highlights

The ultimate sporting combination! Steelhead fishing and hunting for chucker partridge

Five-day, four-night deluxe wilderness trip.

Ride down the river in style and class in our classic McKenzie River style drift boats.

Beautiful desert canyons provide breathtaking scenery and great upland game bird habitat.

The Salmon River is the largest free-flowing river in the lower 48 states!

Our trip takes us through one of the deepest river gorges in North America and traverses 73 miles of river through three states; starting in Idaho, passing along the Oregon border, and ending in the state of Washington. We float 55 miles through the rugged Salmon River Gorge to join the Snake River in Hells Canyon. Our drift boat guides competently navigate “The Slide,” “Eye of the Needle” and “Bodacious Bounce” – whitewater rapids that characterize the wilder side of the Salmon Canyon. From the confluence of these two majestic rivers, the Salmon and the Snake, we float the last 18 miles of our journey to take-out. Our fall trips offer both fishing and bird hunting on the Main Salmon and Cast and Blast Main Salmon Idaho can definitely be described as action-packed. Our trips are customized for our guests and can be more focused on fishing, hunting, or both. We break camp and hit the river early each day to take advantage of consistently spectacular fishing for smallmouth bass, trout, and steelhead. With two fishermen in each drift boat, our guides travel through whitewater and find quality fishing spots. Each of our professional guides is an expert fisherman who provides equipment and helpful instruction with a personal touch to make each boat ride fun and unique. The camaraderie between our guests and the guides that develop over the five-day trips enhances the trip immeasurably. Upland game bird hunting on these trips brings an additional dimension to this fishing trip. The Main Salmon Canyon is known for the healthy populations of Chuckar and Hungarian Partridge. These fast-flying birds provide the ultimate challenge to upland bird hunters. Since the terrain can be rugged, drift boats provide ready access. Spend your day fishing until you spot or hear the birds, pull over for a hunt and go back to fishing. There is never a boring moment.

Watching and listening for Chuckars and Partridge as we float allows us to maximize the potential for a successful hunt. Hunting dogs assist in flushing and retrieving the birds as well and most of our guides have well-trained hunting dogs who accompany us on the trips. Often termed “cast and blast,” our combination fall fishing and bird hunting excursions provide not just variety, but an excellent opportunity to engage in two of your favorite pastimes during the same trip.

Aren’t you much of a hunter? No problem! All of our trips are customized for our guests and these trips can be all fishing-focused. The amazing scenery of this canyon provides an experience in itself. Add in the fun fishing, top-quality camps, and gourmet food, and you are guaranteed a wonderful river experience!

River Accommodations


Each day, our camp gear and luggage are taken ahead of where camps are completely set up before our guests arrive late in the day. Tents, cots, and sleeping pads are provided, as well as a portable toilet, hot shower, and washing facility.


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.


Dining tables and chairs are set up for meals and our guides double as chefs. They are as skillful using a Dutch Oven as they are in a drift boat. The meals are varied and delicious with a variety of meats, bread, and fresh fruits and vegetables each day.

Check out the River Cuisine page for information on the wonderful bbq and dutch oven meals served on these trips.

Beyond the Banks

Hunting out of camp is a popular activity on these cast & blast trips. Hiking from camp in the mornings and evenings can prove worth it with a shot at a Turkey, Chuckar, Quail or other small game species.

Dates & Prices


“Cast & Blast” Main Salmon Fall Fish & Bird Hunt – 5 Days, 4 Nights

Drift Boats:

Additional required 3% BLM use fee

Trip Dates:
September 29 – 3
October 5-9

Trips are available from the opening date of chuckar season through the middle of October. Price includes all necessary fishing equipment, meals, full camp set up, BLM use fees and professional guides. A minimum of 8 guests required per trip. Combined group trips are possible for smaller parties.

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