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TRIP REPORT - MIDDLE FORK OF THE SALMON RIVER

May 03, 23

TRIP REPORT MIDDLE FORK OF THE SALMON RIVER Frank Church Wilderness, Idaho

Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures’ Ian Davis hosted a trip to the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, check out the photos! It’s hard to beat a trip to one of the most secluded and rugged regions in the Lower 48.

Class III and IV rapids, abundant wildlife, and crystal-clear waters, fantastic fishing make this one of most treasured multi-night camping float trips available anywhere in the western U.S. On a typical Middle Fork trip you will float for roughly 100 miles through an ancient granite rock canyon utilizing classic McKenzie-style drift boats.

This fishery has been managed by the state of Idaho as a catch and release fishery since 1973, making it one of the best fisheries in the Northwest US for both numbers of fish and for consistently good action on a dry fly. If you are someone who loves to throw dry flies and seeks a fully-outfitted, wild, multi-day float trip, then this trip is a must! Our third generation outfitter has a long history of running the river.

They pioneered river running on the both the Rouge and Mackenzie Rivers, and was one of the first guides to float the Middle Fork in the 1940s, having first discovered the river while seeking a good summer trout fishing destination to complement his salmon and steelhead outfitting business.

Prince is enshrined in the Mckenzie River Drift Boat Museum and is largely credited with the modern dory design. Idaho’s Frank Church Wilderness should certainly be on your bucket list!

Ready to go to the Frank Church Wilderness?! We thoughts so! Give us a call here at the Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventure headquarters; we are ready to help book your next great adventure.

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