Our guides skillfully maneuver from hole to hole, working eddy lines as we descend the river. Throughout our journey, we enter three distinct gorges featuring towering canyon walls and glistening river pools. Our guides share local river tales and allow several stops to visit ancient Native American pictograph sites and historic homesteads.
We spend our evenings in a luxurious river camp enjoying delicious meals in the wilderness. Each day camp is moved downstream by our crew and set up prior to your arrival, so your evenings are free to relax and enjoy the scenery. We share fishing stories from the day and fall asleep below Idaho's spectacular night sky.
Our steelhead fishing adventure offers a wonderful mix of world-class fishing, amazing scenery, remote wilderness and luxurious camping along the Salmon River. We invite you to join us, and encourage early reservations as space is very limited on this journey.
- Day Before Launch: The evening before our trip, we host a pre-trip orientation at our Little Salmon Lodge. The guides discuss packing your dry bags and answer any last minute questions about the trip. Most people choose to stay with us the night before at the Lodge.
- Day 1
We depart for the Hammer Creek launch site on the Salmon River. After a thorough safety orientation, we begin our 5-day, 4-night steelhead fishing trip.
We may stop at places of historical and cultural importance along the way, such as ancient Indian pictograph sites and abandoned homesteads from the pioneer days. The guides have colorful stories of local legend (some mostly fact, some mostly river tale) to share at each of these sites and along the river while we fish. If the steelhead fishing is not great, we also have options for bass fishing and sturgeon fishing (about a 6 footer shown above).
We usually arrive at camp just before dark. When guests arrive, camp has been completely set up by our crew. Personal tents are standing and dinner is already in the making. Camp includes a large walled tent to keep in the heat and protect us from any weather.
Hors d’oeuvres and dinner are served in the evening. Our meals are delicious and plentiful and take away the chill of the autumn evening. Following dinner, we spend time with each other around a campfire, telling stories, enjoying a beverage, and beginning to enter into the flow of our trip—something we call “river time.” Dessert is always baked fresh on the river, and the night ends with warm companionship and a sky full of brilliant stars.
- Days 2-4
These days follow the same general flow as Day 2. Breakfast is served early in the morning and we are usually fishing soon after first light. Each day includes a pre-packed lunch and warm beverages. Our drift boats have heaters to ward off any chills while we are fishing. Throughout the trip, we navigate through four distinct sub-canyons highlighted by tight canyon walls and amazing scenery. The peaceful serenity of our surroundings slowly oozes into our bodies as the trip progresses.
- Day 5
This morning we reach the confluence of the Snake and Salmon Rivers. Our downstream journey typically ends at noon when a motorized jet boat picks us up and carries us up the Snake River through Hells Canyon for 30 miles before we arrive at Pittsburg Landing. From here we drive out of Hells Canyon and back to the Little Salmon Lodge (1.5 hours).
Most people choose to stay with us one last night at the lodge. We typically have a celebration dinner and we enjoy the rest of the evening relaxing in the lodge enjoying the bar, the hot tub, and the peaceful setting.
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