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

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Plunging 107 miles through the largest, most remote primitive area in the continental United States, Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon is the nation's premier wilderness river. Offering a spectacular journey of both adventure and solitude, the Middle Fork is a crystal clear, pristine mountain river that tumbles through the heart of Idaho's 2.3 million-acre River of No Return Wilderness Area. A rugged country of such awesome beauty, it captivated President Teddy Roosevelt, who established the first federal protection of this area in 1905. Today, its untamed beauty remains for us to experience, having changed little since the Tukedeka Shoshone Indians roamed the river canyon over a century ago.

A dynamic river dropping over 2700 feet in elevation, the Middle Fork begins high in the Sawtooth Mountains. Starting small and feisty, it winds through a heavily forested alpine canyon, thick with fir, pine and spruce. Surging rapids are interspersed with pools and riffles full of wild trout. As the Middle Fork drops in elevation, the terrain then becomes more arid to expose rugged canyons dotted with mountain mahogany, pockets of aspen, and towering ponderosa pines.mf river

Along with sheer beauty, the Middle Fork canyon has many special features that create an amazing journey. Floating the river offers a chance to see a variety of wildlife in their natural habitat. There are a number of hot springs bubbling up along the way to provide a refreshing soak. Native-American pictographs and pit-house depressions from traditional river camps are still visible for us to marvel. A short hike might reveal an old log cabin tucked away in the forest thicket, abandoned long ago but still standing to remind us of the few hearty folks who braved this rugged country. We will also see inspiring geological features, waterfalls, slick-rock granite cathedrals, and panoramic vistas that instill in us the incredible beauty of mother nature.

As the premiere alpine river in the country, the Middle Fork of the Salmon drops 2700 ft in it's 100 mile course providing heart pounding whitewater excitement with crystal clear waters. It is a wonderfully diverse river with whitewater ranging from long technical rapids that require precise maneuvering, to exhilarating drops at Velvet and Tappan Falls.The big waves of Impassable Canyon offer a fantastic finish to this exciting whitewater trip. There are over 80 rapids in all with the largest being class IV. Our guide staff are excellent high and low water boatmen and look forward to the challenges of the Middle Fork each summer.

We offer state-of-the-art equipment to challenge the rapids of the Middle Fork. All of our rafts are self-bailing Maravia's and are made specifically for the demands of whitewater. We want all of our guests to experience the Middle Fork of the Salmon River at their own comfort level so three types of rafts are provided for your enjoyment. On any one of our trips you can choose between an oar boat where you sit back and relax while the guide maneuvers the boat, grab a paddle and enjoy the teamwork of a paddle boat with crew and captain, or test your own skills in one of our inflatable kayaks. For fishing enthusiasts, we also provide drift boats and custom fishing rafts upon request.

 

Flying B Ranch Stays

Flying B Ranch

The Flying B Ranch is located at mile 67 on the Middle Fork and has long been an ice cream and lunch stop for our guests.  Ask us about staying here and enjoy their cabins, hot showers with full bathrooms, and home cooked meals. We are excited about this new offering that will compliment your vacation.

The standard of excellence extended by Middle Fork River Tours continues off of the water with our comfortably detailed camp. Rest assured that we take care of all camp chores while you swim, fish, hike, relax in a hot spring, or just enjoy this beautiful river setting. When your raft hits the beach after a day of fun on the river, you will find your tent already set up, drinks and hors d'oeuvres waiting, with gourmet dutch oven cuisine soon to follow.

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We use dutch ovens exclusively in our camp cooking. Their versatility allows us to present not only sophisticated entrees, but also fresh-baked desserts, breads, and breakfast items every day.We take great pride and work hard to create a delicious and innovative menu. Our kitchen with dining tables and chairs is literally a traveling bistro and all recipes are freshly prepared on the river. Meals are completely balanced and meticulously planned for a variety of tastes and dietary considerations. Although we prepare for the hearty eater, there are always many choices so that vegetarian and low fat diets are pleased with satisfying and tasty meals. A light cocktail bar and hors D'oeuvres are offered every evening and a selection of fun and upscale wines accompany each dinner. ENJOY! To savor 5-star dining in a wilderness setting is a big part of the Middle Fork River Tour experience!

fly fishingThe Middle Fork of the Salmon River is one of the premier trout streams in the West,  a true "blue ribbon"  fishery that offers an almost endless stretch of pools and riffles to cast your fly. The Middle Fork has aggressive cutthroat and rainbow trout that are eager to take dry flies.  "50 fish days" for a boat are common with the average size fish between 12-15 inches. Beginning in late June the river really begins to take shape and the fishing truly gets unreal, becoming a dry fly fisherman's dream. During the summer months the Middle Fork runs as a crystal clear free stone river providing a succession of perfect spots for fly fisherman to try for native Rainbows and West Slope Cutthroats, known locally as “red-sides.” A fishing boat can be charted on any of our launches and we guarantee you a first class angling experience. 

The Middle Fork is the Best Fly Fishing Trips in the West !!!

For the ultimate in wilderness angling, join one of our custom September fishing trips. Custom fishing tours use oar framed boats that are specifically designed to fish two at a time with casting platforms in the bow and stern.To guarantee personal service, we limit trips to 12 people. So come enjoy a private, blue-ribbon wilderness fishing experience on the spectacular Middle Fork of the Salmon River, its a trip you will never forget. 

 

A private fishing boat can be chartered on any of our trips.

 Fishing Licenses can be purchased at McCoy's Tackle in Stanley, ID 

All fishing is catch and release with barbless hooks.