Experience fun, fishing action in a pristine and uncrowded environment. Our guides are experienced and ready to take you where the action is – whether you are an experienced angler or new to the sport.

Salmon River Fishing Trips

Whether you enjoy fly or spin fishing techniques, you’ll enjoy the excitement of fishing along the Salmon River. Our experienced guides offer local insight and knowledge for catching our native fish. They’ll drive you from our office into some of the best fishing in the Northwest.
  • Friendly professional fishing guides
  • Homemade lunch with beverages
  • Quality fishing equipment provided
  • Shuttle to and from the river
  • Beginners welcome! Fishing lessons available!

Salmon River Steelhead Fishing Trips

Steelhead are an ocean-run rainbow trout with a reputation as a world-class freshwater sport fish. These fish are elusive and the most dedicated anglers spend countless hours trying to catch them. Our seasoned guides have set the standard for local knowledge and experience and feed their passion for fishing both on and off the clock. For our guests and guides, the true allure of Steelheading is the journey. Yet, nothing quite matches the thrill of a Steelheads hard tug then watching it leap and fight your line.

1-Day Steelhead Fishing on the Salmon River

Steelhead Fishing TripsStay in Salmon, Idaho, and enjoy one of our local hotels, guest ranches or B & B’s. We pick you up each morning and take you for a full day of fishing. We will take you fishing on the Salmon river section giving you the best opportunity to land steelhead! Our guiding staff pays close attention to steelhead habits so your limited time on the water has the best chance to pay off with fantastic steelhead pictures and wonderful tasting fillets to share with your friends. Read More

DAILY – March, early April, October and November
Price: $430 per boat for 2 people ($400 for 1 person)

  • Lunch, snacks and beverages included
  • Beginners are very welcome and do quite well!
  • Equipment and lessons are provided!
  • We can pick you up at your hotel or meet you down river or in Challis!
1/2-Day Steelhead Fishing on the Salmon River

Half Day Steelhead FishingWe will take you fishing on the Salmon river section that you have the best opportunity to land steelhead! Our guiding staff pays close attention to steelhead habits so your limited time on the water has the best chance to pay off with fantastic steelhead pictures and wonderful tasting fillets to share with your friends. Read More

DAILY – March, early April, October and November
Price: $390 per boat for 2 people ($375 for one person)

  • Beginners are very welcome and do quite well!
  • Equipment and Lessons are provided!
  • We can pick you up at your hotel or meet you down river or in Challis!
  • Snacks and beverages included
Wilderness Steelhead Fishing Trip: 4-Day / 3-Night Trip

Wilderness Steelhead Fishing TripWe will float 23 miles over a 5 day period fishing for bass, resident rainbows along with 5 to 20 pound early run steelhead. These magnificent fish, fresh from the Pacific, begin arriving into the Salmon River in September so they’re fat and sassy and are sure to give you a thrill!

You may choose to also hunt for Chukar on this steelhead fishing trip. Chukar populations have been strong with limits of 8 birds per day. For the first couple weeks during the season (beginning mid-September) Chukar generally hang near the river, but move higher as the season progresses. Well behaved hunting dogs are welcome. Read More

Trip Dates – October 29 to November 1, 2017 (Available Seats)
Trip Dates – October 27 – 30, 2018 (Available Seats)
*Custom packages and dates available upon request for months early March, October and November
Price: $1650 Each (Maximum of 12, minimum of 8 per trip)

Wilderness Steelhead Fishing Trip: 6-Day / 5-Night Trip

Wilderness Steelhead Fishing TripSteelhead fish the world-famous Salmon River as it winds through the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. from Corn Creek to Mackay Bar. We will float and fish 56 miles of pure wilderness over 5 days casting for 5 to 20 pound steelhead. These magnificent fish, fresh from the Pacific, begin arriving into the Salmon River in mid-September so they’re fat and sassy and are sure to give you a thrill!

While you are fishing with your guides your camps will be moved down river each day in our gear boats to set up comfortable camps for your evening arrival. Enjoy the evenings with great food and boast fish tales around the fire with friends and guides. On the morning of the 6th day you will fly from Mackay Bar back to Salmon or Boise. Read More

Trip Dates: October 24-29, 2017 (Seats Available)
Trip Dates: October 22-27, 2018 (Seats Available)

*Custom packages and dates available upon request for months early March, October and November

Price: $2350 each (Maximum of 12 or a minimum of 8 per trip)

“The entire crew did an amazing job. Not only was the food excellent, scenery unbelievable, fishing great and guides friendly, but the vast amount of knowledge of the history in the area that was passed on to our group really contributed to a great experience.”
~Kevin Lincoln, Sun Valley, Idaho

Lodge to Lodge Wilderness Steelhead Trip: 4 to 6-Days & Nights

Lodge to Lodge Fishing TripsRaft; Steelhead Fish the Main Salmon River Wilderness. Enjoy fishing the Salmon River steelhead with the luxury of staying in a different lodge each evening. Depending on availability, you will be staying at historic wilderness lodges such as the Whitewater Ranch, China Bar, Mackay Bar and Shepp Ranch. Experience the rich ranch history of the Salmon River while fishing for what may be considered the world’s strongest strain of steelhead.

This is a custom trip that we are happy to arrange for you and your group. Contact us for more information.

“Rafting the famous Salmon River was a trip that my husband and I planned for years. Idaho Adventures took such good care of all the details and & it seemed like our guide had as much fun as we did! The fishing was fantastic! We will definately recommend this trip and Idaho Adventures to our friends.”
~Connie Johnson, Boise, Idaho

Cast ‘n Blast

Cast ‘n Blast trips allow you to escape to the Idaho backcountry to experience the famous Salmon River as it winds its way through the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Fishing and hunting opportunities abound, and this trip is designed especially for the person who wants to tangle with Idaho’s feisty fish. Early run steelhead, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, bull trout and even sturgeon are all options. As we float and fish, we’ll keep a keen eye open for chukars. Hunting from the river offers a less arduous retrieval, but you are welcome to bring your favorite hunting canine companion.

Idaho Adventures offers you this great fall fishing and Chukar hunting vacation packages. How much you fish/hunt is entirely up to you, Mark and the guides are ready to help you with your needs. These trips are limited to twelve guests per trip and with two guests per guide/boat.

4-Day / 3-Night Chukar Opener - September

Chukar Hunting OpenerPlan for the opener of chukar season! Chukar populations have been strong with limits of 8 birds per day. For the first couple weeks during the season Chukar generally hang near the river, but move higher as the season progresses. Well behaved hunting dogs are welcome. We will float 23 miles over a 4 day period spotting chukar from the rafts while fishing for bass, resident rainbows along with 5 to 20 pound early run steelhead. These magnificent fish, fresh from the Pacific, begin arriving into the Salmon River in September so they’re fat and sassy and are sure to give you a thrill!

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Price: $1650 Each (Maximum of 12, minimum of 8 per trip)

  • Trip Dates:  Sept 21-24, 2017 (Available Seats)
  • Trip Dates: Sept 26 -30, 2018 (Available Seats)

“I can’t believe how great the fishing is and I didn’t expect to see this many chukars! You and the rest of the guides are great!”
~Bill Lowslein, Reno, Nevada

6-Day / 5-Night Chukar Opener - September

Chukar Hunting & Steelhead Fishing TripPlan for the opener of chukar season! Chukar populations have been strong with limits of 8 birds per day. For the first couple weeks during the season Chukar generally hang near the river, but move higher as the season progresses. Well behaved hunting dogs are welcome. We will float 56 miles over a 5 day period spotting chukar from the rafts while fishing for bass, resident rainbows along with 5 to 20 pound early run steelhead. These magnificent fish, fresh from the Pacific, begin arriving into the Salmon River in September so they’re fat and sassy and are sure to give you a thrill!

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Price: $2350 Each (Maximum of 12, minimum of 8 per trip)

  • Trip Dates: Sept 16 – 21, 2017 (Available Seats)
  • Trip Dates: Sept 26 – 30, 2018 (Available Seats)

Trout Fishing

1-Day Trout Fishing on the Salmon River

Salmon River Trout FishingWe fish upstream of Challis to 70 miles downstream of Salmon so we can follow the fish as they are moving. We can meet at our headquarters in the morning to begin your day of fishing or we can pick you up at your place of stay. Read More

*Catch and release with the exception of whitefish.

Season – June through September

Price: $430 per boat for 2 people ($400 for 1 person)

 

1-Day Lemhi River Walk and Wade Trout Fishing

Trout Fishing TripWhether you enjoy fly or spin fishing techniques, you’ll enjoy the quiet solitude of fishing along the Lemhi River. We have access to over 7000 acres of private stream fishing on the Lemhi River, a major tributary of the Salmon River. Our experienced guides offer local insight and knowledge for catching our native trout on dry fly patterns, droppers or streamers. They’ll drive you from our office into some of the best trout fishing in the Northwest. READ MORE

DAILY – June through September
Price: $385 for two people or $320 for one person

 

No fisherman reveals all, but I will tell you this, Idaho Adventures put me on a stream near Salmon, Idaho where I could fish with a #14 Hopper and catch 16″-18″ rainbows all that late September afternoon. Wow!
~Charles W. Mertel, Seattle, Washington

1/2-Day Lemhi River Walk and Wade Trout Fishing

Lemhi River Trout FishingYou and your guide will spend the day exploring the many pools and cut banks for west slope cutthroat, bull trout, and various other fish that are native to the Lemhi River. The river is too small for drift boats, and is easy to access by wading. In most areas the river is small enough to easily wade across. Read More

DAILY – June through September
Price: $325 for one or two people

Chinook Salmon Fishing

Chinook salmon (Onchorhynchus tshawytscha) have made a comeback in the Salmon River in recent years. In 2008, salmon anglers cast their lines for chinook for the first time in 30 years. 2015 promises to be one of the best chinook fishing years yet! Chinook salmon are anadromous fish, meaning they migrate to the ocean as smolts and return to fresh water to spawn and then die. This native fish is one of the most fascinating fishes found in Idaho; its body is silver to olive-colored, and the inside of its mouth is black. They range from 18-40 inches and can attain a weight of 45 pounds.

1 Day Chinook Salmon Fishing - June & July

Chinook Salmon FishingSalmon River – We will take you fishing on the river section that you have the best opportunity to land salmon! Our guiding staff pays close attention to the salmon run, We want your limited time on the water to end with fantastic salmon pictures and wonderful tasting fillets to share with your friends. The Chinook salmon have a reputation of being some of the best eating salmon you will ever find! READ MORE

Daily – June & July

Price: $510 per boat for 2 people ($450 for 1 person)

 

  • Beginners are very welcome and do quite well!
  • Quality fishing equipment and lessons are provided!
  • Homemade lunch with beverage
  • Shuttle to/from river (We can pick you up at your hotel or meet you down river or in Challis!)

General Information:

Idaho Fish & Game Weekly Steelhead Report


Advance reservations are highly recommended.


We suggest that children be at least 4 yrs old on single-day trips, & 6 yrs old on multiday trips.


Departure times may vary from those listed depending on river conditions and/or other scheduled activities.


Water shoes/sandals & quick drying shorts/shirts are recommended.


Gratuities are at the discretion of the guest. Tips should be given directly to the guide and a general rule of thumb is 15%.