• Adventure of a Lifetime
    Adventure of a Lifetime
  • The Fly Fishing is Spectacular
    The Fly Fishing is Spectacular
  • Largest Wilderness Lower 48
    Largest Wilderness Lower 48


Because of our limited season and trip size, if you have to cancel, all fees are non-refundable. However, if we can refill your cancelled seats at full price, we will refund all fees received minus an administrative fee of $100.

If we are unable to run your trip due to natural causes (fires, high water, earthquake, etc.), you will have the opportunity to re-book your trip within the following 3 years.  We will not refund.

We strongly advise that you purchase travel insurance to protect your investment in this trip. Please contact CSA Travel Protection at 800-348-9505 or on-line at www.csatravelprotection.com.

wl drinkThe Middle Fork canyon is rich in history. From the original Native American inhabitants the Tukuduka, "Shoshone Mountain Sheepeater", to hearty prospectors and homesteaders, to the exploratory river runners, there are many chapters along its banks that tell incredible stories. If you would like to read about the Middle Fork and it history before the trip, there are a couple of great books available. The Middle Fork, A Guide; by Johnny Carrey and Cort Conley, published by Backeddy Books and Impassable Canyon- Journey Down the Middlefork ; by Matt Leidecker, published by Sun Valley Press. Both available from Amazon.com. As we travel the river each day we make a point of stopping at pictographs, old mining activity, and historical cabin sites to share these stories with our guests.


The Middle Fork is renowned for it's West Slope Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout fishing. Please bring rods in a hard case to prevent breakage while in the rafts. You will need to pick up an Idaho fishing license the evening before the trip in Stanley at Mcoys Tackle or the Mountain Village Mercantile . McCoys offers an excellent selection of flies and they put together a fly box made specifically for the Middle Fork. Fishing regulations are catch and release only with single barbless hooks.

Regular Season Fishing Boat Charter:  6 days/$2800 per person, 2 person minimum per charter.

Late Season Fishing Boat Charter:  5 days/$2500 per person, 2 person minimum per charter. 

Fly Sizes 6-14; Rod Wt. 4-5; Tippet Size; 3X

There is a Stone Fly hatch the first two weeks of July. Grasshoppers start coming out in early August. Generally, most attractor patterns work well throughout the summer. Here are some recommendations.

  • Caddis (brown & olive)
  • Golden Stone (orange)
  • Stimulator (orange & yellow)
  • Royal Wolfe
  • Humpies
  • Parachute Adams
  • Parachute Hopper
  • Madam X
  • Hoppers (yellow & green)
  • Chernobal Ant

Nymphs are not typically as productive as dry flies but a bead head pheasant tail or prince nymph can be tied onto a dry fly as a dropper and this combo works extremely well.

Although the Middle Fork is ideal for dry fly fishing, spin casting can be lots of fun. Typical trout lures work well such as; Mepps #2, Roostertails, @ Silver Spoons.

Weather conditions in the Middle Fork canyon can change rapidly. Being prepared will ensure your comfort no matter what the weather conditions (it has snowed on us in August!). We provide rain gear if you don't have your own and splash tops, but the proper layering of clothing under the rain gear is essential. Although cotton is great on a hot day, it is nonfunctional on a cold, wet day. When cotton clothing gets wet, it stays wet and will pull the warmth right out of you. Synthetic thermal long underwear and pile fleece garments are wonderful for the river - they wick moisture away from your skin, helping to keep you warm, even when wet, and the material dries very fast. We strongly recommend that you have at least one pair of mid-weight, synthetic, thermal underwear, top & bottoms, and either a wool sweater or pile fleece jacket for your trip. If you live in a warm climate and cannot find these items locally, you can go on-line to www.cascadeoutfitters.com and find clothing made for river adventures. For last minute items the Riverwear or River 1 stores located in Stanley have great selections and are well stocked for summer floaters. Visit them at www.riverwear.com or www.River1.com.  All are local Idaho shops, let's help support them.

Riverwear and River 1 in Stanley, Idaho can accommodate you with any necessary outdoor apparel the night before your river trip.