Middle Fork Salmon River Fishing
Fishing The Middle Fork Of The Salmon River
Fly fishing the Salmon River in Idaho is a world class experience! The cutthroat are surface oriented, so this is dry fly fishing at its best, with flies (Stimulators, Caddis, Hoppers, Parachute Adams and others) supplied by IRA. Fly fishing from IRA’s rafts allows casts to hard to reach granite walls, mid-stream rocks and back eddies that would otherwise be un-fishable. The fishing gets good in July and only improves as the season continues, with some amazing fishing in the late summer and fall. Our riverside chefs will dazzle you with gourmet, made-from-scratch meals prepared over an open fire and in Dutch ovens each night. There is no better place to experience a world-class fly fishing experience than the Middle Fork and no better outfitter than Idaho River Adventures.
Our Salmon River fly fishing trips include all the flies you’ll need, as well as camp gear, from sleeping bags, deluxe sleeping pads, and tents to tables and chairs. Learn more here.
Reviews from our guests
Idaho River Adventures fulfilled our expectations and then some. We traveled with a small group in September and had the time of our lives. The fishing is outstanding, our guide Tom had been working the river since 1981 and was able to keep us in fish the entire time, and the food and accommodations were top notch. We will be back for more!
Bob and Dee S., Boston, MA
ANSWERS TO ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS
DO YOU PROVIDE ANY GEAR?
Yes, we are happy to provide all you need including a rod and reel, line and tippet, and all of the flies you might need.
I WILL BRING MY OWN GEAR, WHAT IS BEST FOR THE MIDDLE FORK?
We like a 5wt, 4 piece rod in a hard tube though 3 piece rods are fine as well. Some folks find a bit lighter rod, a 4wt or even 3wt to be enjoyable as well.
I AM NOT A FLY FISHER, CAN I FISH WITH SPINNING GEAR?
Absolutely! We are happy to have any and all along on our trip. We do not provide any tackle so you will need to plan to provide your own.
CAN WE EAT THE FISH WE CATCH?
No. The Middle Fork has been managed as a Blue Ribbon trout fishery since the early 1970‘s which means it is catch and release only using single barbless hooks.
SHOULD I BRING WADERS?
Waders are not needed as most of the fishing is done during the day from our fishing rafts. The times we stop and fish out of the boats are typically in one of the side streams that tend to be shin deep at most.
I WANT TO FISH BUT MY PARTNER IS NOT INTERESTED, CAN THEY STILL JOIN THE TRIP?
Yes! We are happy to add non-fishers to any of our fishing trips and will work with you to make that happen in the best way possible.
I WOULD LIKE TO DO SOME HIKING AND SEE SOME OF THE SITES ALONG THE WAY, IS THERE TIME FOR THIS?
Absolutely. The Middle Fork features a plethora of interesting activities other than fishing and we are always happy to spend time helping you experience this side of the trip.
DO YOU OFFER FLY FISHING INSTRUCTION?
Yes to an extent. We are happy to help those first getting started to learn to cast from our fishing rafts and from the bank. But we are not licensed to offer full instruction that would end in a certification trips. Please ask me more about this through email or phone if you want more info.