Fishing Charter on Salmon River

22 Guests

About This Boat

Idaho’s Frank Church Wilderness is certainly one of the most secluded and rugged regions in the Lower 48. Carving its way directly through the center of this wilderness area is the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The Class III and IV rapids, abundant wildlife, and typically crystal-clear waters 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!

Jeff Helfrich is the owner and outfitter of Tightlines Fishing and will be joining you on each trip. Jeff is a third generation outfitter, and currently runs the finest camp and fishing operation on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. Jeff's grandfather, Prince Helfrich, 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.

LOCATION: Central Idaho

SEASON: Mid-June through mid-August

CAPACITY: Group sizes on the Middle Fork can vary, and the maximum number in a group is 22


TARGET SPECIES: Westslope cutthroat trout

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Idaho fishing license and valid I.D.


Drift Boat-Only Trips = $3,100.00

Drift Boat - Raft Combo Trips = $2,695.00

Raft-Only Trips = $2,200.00 


  • Type: Tours
  • Capacity: 22 People
  • Rental Minimum: 1 hour
  • Cancellation: Full Refund 5 Days Prior

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