Prime Availability - Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho
Riley Nelson
January 6, 2021
The most prolific and unspoiled west slope cutthroat trout fishery in the world, the Middle Fork of Idaho’s Salmon River offers what many consider the finest multi-day wilderness float trip in America.
The best fishing on the river is late June and most of July and again from mid-August through September.  The June-August trips are run in mostly wooden drift boats while the September trips are run in specialized fishing rafts.  In the fall the outfitter has upper river 4-day 1-guest-per-boat trips with a max of 7 guests per trip.  They also have 5 & 6 day canyon section trips with a max of 14 guests per trip.

The middle part of the season from late July though mid August the fishing in the river does slow a little however the tributary fishing is prime during that time of the season.

They also offer whitewater rafting or combination fishing and rafting on all of the June-August trips.  Combination trips allow guests to fish half of each day and raft half of each day.  This works best for groups of 4 or more however there are two combination spots open on the August 13-18 trip this season.

Helfrich River Outfitters is owner-operated and boasts a superb staff, incredible Dutch oven cuisine, deluxe camps that are fully set up upon arrival including hot showers, and a safety and service record that is unequaled in the field. For group members interested in more than fishing, hiking and paddling inflatable kayaks are daily options. Add to that the natural hot springs, native pictographs, and abundant wildlife of the area, and you will quickly see why we consider this trip through the lower 48’s largest contiguous wilderness area a never to be forgotten experience for family groups and nature-loving anglers alike.

Available Dates:
July 27 - August 1, 2021:
Full trip open (mixed fishing and rafting)
August 20 - 25, 2021: 9 spots open (mixed fishing and rafting)
August 28- September 2, 2021: 10 spots open (mixed fishing and rafting)
September 5-8, 2021: 1 spot available (fishing only)
September 17-20, 2021: 3 spots available (fishing only)
September 21-25, 2021: 12 spots available (fishing only)

Included: All meals while on the river, including lunch the last day, ground transportation from the take-out to Salmon at the end of the trip, deluxe soft pad, life jacket, one tent for every two people, camp chairs, dining table, waterproof container for your camping items, eating utensils, drink cup, plenty of ice, and an ample supply of cold beverages, and fishing gear. If you have a favorite rod and reel, please feel free to bring it along.
Not Included: Transportation to/from Boise or Salmon, Idaho, meals and accommodations other than on the river, personal items, alcohol and additional wine or beer, sleeping bag, gratuities, licenses, air taxi from either Boise or Salmon.

Destination Manager

Riley Nelson


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