If you read travel and fishing magazines, you know about the world-famous Idaho fishing on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River (see Summer Rafting page for Sports Afield fly-fishing quote). Ego boosting to say the least: whether you're an expert or you need a little instruction from the fishing guides, and whether you do it fly-fishing or otherwise, you will quickly realize how the Middle Fork earned such a wonderful reputation! After summer's whitewater, the Middle Fork gets lower and slower in the fall.
Crystal clear, spring-fed waters, combined with an extraordinarily plentiful and aggressive population of native cutthroat trout, make the Middle Fork of the Salmon River one of the most perfect dry fly-fishing waters in the world. It is simply exhilarating to watch these fish emerge from the depths to take a fly and then run with it. In addition to the many cutthroat, we also see some Rainbow trout and an occasional Dolly Varden; once again, all are natives.
Most of the day we'll be fishing from the moving rafts, drifting along, casting into deep pools, along eddies, or up against rock walls. You may also fish anytime we're on shore--from camp in the mornings and evenings, or in a hole or side tributary when we pull over for lunch.
In order to protect this priceless wilderness resource, the Idaho Fish & Game requires that all fishing on the Middle Fork be catch and release, using only single, barbless hooks and no live bait (suggested fly-fishing or spin casting equipment and tackle will be sent upon booking a trip, or upon request). Fishing and Chukar hunting licenses can be obtained online at Idaho Fish and Game, or at sporting goods outfitters or tackle shops in Idaho.
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