Middle Fork Salmon Fly-Fishing Trips
The Middle Fork of the Salmon is a celebrated “blue ribbon” trout stream that is home to a hearty population of Westslope Cutthroat Trout. Fly-fishing the Middle Fork of the Salmon River is excellent throughout the season. Conditions are best once high water has subsided. Below you can read about our September fly-fishing trips. For questions about gear, flies, and other useful information visit our Middle Fork Salmon River Fly-Fishing Guide.
September Fishing Trips
Towards the latter part of the summer rafting season, water temperatures typically cool and fishing gets even better than earlier in the season. To make the most of these prime conditions, our September trip dates are exclusively for fly fishing. The trip size is limited to 12 participants. Parties of 10 – 12 may charter a fishing date. These small party fishing trips book well in advance so early reservations are essential.
Fishing trips depart from Salmon, Idaho. We meet the night before departure and use an air charter service to get to the river the next morning. That flight is included in your trip fare. Charter groups can arrange for their entire group to meet us in Boise, Ketchum, Salmon or Stanley. Charter groups flying to the river from a location other than Salmon are subject to a supplemental air-charter fee.
On day one of the trip, we arrive at a landing strip adjacent to the river around 9:30 am. After a brief orientation, we set off downstream. Our fly-fishing boats are comfortable, spacious, and light. They’re 14ft in length and accommodate two fishermen and a guide per boat. The fishing frame has a comfortable seat in front and a swivel seat in the back. Each fisherman has plenty of space in their compartment to store gear. On the last day of the trip, we arrive at take-out around noon and then return to Salmon by bus or van. Guests are responsible for post-trip arrangements from Salmon.
September Fly-Fishing Waitlist
Dates and Rates
Due to the popularity and limited availability, our fly-fishing spots often book up a year in advance. If you’re interested in this experience, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll gladly add you to our waitlist and keep you updated on availability.
*Our mid-September 2025 departure dates will be confirmed on October 1, 2024.
Middle Fork Salmon River Fishing Guide
If you are bringing your own gear, make sure you check out our packing list and fishing guide. You’ll see our recommended gear and flies, as well as current river flows.
“A good rule of thumb for selecting flies is to remember that summer gives you big and bright days that are longer and hotter. Fish tend to like flies similar to the seasons. I choose big colorful flies with white and bright legs, spring green bodies, vibrant oranges, and reds.” – Hannah Fast, Idaho River Journeys Guide”