6-Day / 5-Night Chukar Opener

Chukar Season Opener 6-Day/5-Night Trip

  • When: September 16-21, 2017
  • Where: Outfitted for approximately 56 miles of Salmon River
  • Spin or Fly – Fishing Gear: All rods and fishing tackle provided by your guide, personal gear welcome
  • Trip Length: 56 miles over a 5 day period
  • Departure Time: 8:00 am shuttle down river to the wilderness launch site at Corn Creek
  • Ending Time: Morning backcountry flight from Mackay Bar Ranch back to Boise or Salmon.
  • Meals: Delicious riverside meals, snacks and beverages
  • Fish Processing: Idaho Adventures will provide fish cleaning, vacuum sealing, freezing of your fish so you have them neatly prepared for your trip home.
  • Age Restrictions: No restrictions
  • Cost: $2350 each (Maximum of 12 or a minimum of 8 per trip)

Salmon River “River of No Return” Cast ‘n Blast Trip

Your 6-Day / 5-Night Chukar Opener Trip Features:

Chukar Hunting
Plan 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.

Float / Fish / Hunt
We will float 56 miles over a 5 day period spotting chukar from the rafts while fishing for bass, sturgeon, 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 mid-September so they’re fat and sassy and are sure to give you a thrill!

  • Beginner fishermen/women are welcome and expected!
  • Fishing equipment and lessons are provided!
  • Shotguns are available upon request.
  • Dry Bags for guns available upon request.
  • Well behaved hunting dogs are welcome.
  • Flight: Mackay Bar Ranch back to Boise or Salmon, included in price.
  • Guides: 2:1 Ratio (Guest/Guide) per raft, plus gear boat(s).
  • Guests: Maximum of 12 or a minimum of 8 per trip.
  • Tents: Private tents available.

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 of a 5 to 20 pound steely and then watching it leap and fight your line.

Guides
All our guides are licensed and experienced and are there to make sure that your adventure is enjoyable and safe. Idaho Adventures has been showing guests the wonders of the Salmon River since 1973!

We will take you fishing on the 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.

Steelhead Acrobatics and Strength Abound

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 of a 5 to 20 pound steely and then watching it leap and fight your line.

Where We Fish

Location: We fish the 56 mile Salmon River Wilderness, “River of No Return”, section of river which begins at the end of the road at Corn Creek launch site to the Mackay Bar Ranch.

 

Itinerary – 6-Day / 5-Night Chukar Opener

Friday: Arrive in Salmon, Idaho and enjoy one of Salmon’s quaint hotels. At 6:00 PM, the group will meet for a trip orientation. Your host and guide, Mark Troy, will go over any last minute questions along with making sure you have the proper licenses and gear.

Day 1: Idaho Adventures will pick up the group at 8:00 AM and shuttle you down river to the wilderness launch site at Corn Creek, where the guides and equipment will be waiting. Over the next 5 days you’ll float, fish, relax in natural hot springs, and chukar hunt while enjoying the spectacular scenery of the river canyon (second deepest canyon in North America).

River Time – Day 1-5
Float/Fish/Hunt – We will float 56 miles over a 5 day period spotting chukar from the rafts while fishing for bass, sturgeon, 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 mid-September so they’re fat and sassy and are sure to give you a thrill!

Camps & Lodging – Day 1-5
Our gear boat will set up camp ahead of the fishing party each day conveniently allowing fishermen to maximize time spent on the river with their guide. Wall tents will be for our main dining and social area while guest will have their privacy in comfortable tents. “Catch of the day” and Dutch oven meals are among the highlights you will remember for years to come. On the last evening we will stay at the Mackay Bar Lodge, where a hot shower and bed awaits you! Great way to end a wonderful trip!

Day 6
Enjoy a beautiful morning backcountry flight back to Boise or Salmon.

 

 Planning Your Trip

Transportation:

Day 1: Idaho Adventures will pick up the group at 8:00 AM and shuttle you downriver to the wilderness launch site at Corn Creek, where the guides and equipment will be waiting and ready to go.
Final Day: Flight from Mackay Bar Ranch back to Salmon or Boise, depending on personal logistics. Flights usually depart Between 8:00 am and 9:00 am and flight time is about 50 minutes.

We provide….

  • Highly competent and darn friendly guides
  • One (1) waterproof river bag to store personal gear, plus two (2) small waterproof bags
  • Complimentary drinking mug
  • Fresh, healthy, delicious meals beginning with lunch the first day
  • Plenty of drinking water and ice, lemonade, coffee, tea hot chocolate, limited supply of complimentary soda, beer, juice and dinner wine
  • All camping equipment – tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, camp chairs

Personal Gear you should bring….

  • Good quality rain gear (jacket & pants) – Note: Rentals available from Idaho Adventures with advance notice.
  • Polypro or fleece jacket (and pants)
  • Sunglasses (polarized) with strap
  • Warm hat/gloves
  • 1 Pair of shorts, 2 Pair of pants
  • 2 short sleeve shirts, 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 1 Pair comfortable hiking boots, (rough, rocky terrain)
  • Socks, underwear
  • Personal toiletries including biodegradable soap
  • Small washcloth and towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Quart water bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Camera, film
  • Prescription Drugs

Fishing Gear….

  • Idaho Fishing and/or hunting License
  • 8 or 9 weight spin and/or fly rod and rod case(s)
  • Extra rod/reel
  • Idaho Adventures does supply rods and reels for spin fishing for steelhead and salmon
  • Idaho Adventures may also supply fly fishing gear upon request (most fly fishing guests have their own fly fishing gear, but not likely with spin fishing).
  • Chest waders, wading belt & wading shoes
  • Lures, flies, etc.
  • Guides have a large supply of gear – (don’t forget to consider this item when you generously tip your guides!)
  • Pliers, hook sharpener, etc. (guides will also have this equipment, but bring your own if you have it)

Fishing License…

Idaho Fishing and Hunting Licenses: Once you leave Salmon there will be no access for hunting and fishing licenses. For advanced purchase and/or for additional information on fishing and hunting in Idaho contact: Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game – 800-554-8685 or 208-334-3700.

Hunters….

  • Extremely well behaved hunting dogs are welcome, but please notify us prior to the trip. Keep in mind that flights to/from Salmon and on rafts have very limited space (no room for kennels). You will also be responsible for dog dishes/food, canine PFD and cleaning up after your dog.
  • Shot gun & shells, usually 12-20-gauge guns with 5 or 6 shot loads, 1¼ oz, (100+/-rounds). Plugs not required, but bring gun oil and cloth to wipe your guns down in the evenings.
  • Waterproof gun case (Idaho Adventures may have “loaners”)
  • Hunting vest, orange hat, scarf etc…good idea.
  • Water bottle(s)

Optional items to bring….

  • Hard liquor, wine, additional beer and soda
  • Small fanny pack or fishing vest
  • Binoculars
  • Personal compact sleeping bag (please notify us if you are bringing your own)
  • Small pillow

Reminder…

  • Please keep your personal gear to less than 40 lbs.
  • It helps if you bring your gear in multiple small, soft duffle bags and leave suitcases behind. If necessary, the company we charter our flights with into the backcountry will hold your empty suitcases until you’re off the river.

Weather

May to late September
The Salmon River Canyon is normally arid and warm from late May to late September with average daytime temperatures ranging from the 70’s to 90’s. Nighttime temperatures are cooler but comfortable, from the low 50’s to high 60’s. Summer water temperatures range from the 60’s to 70’s, perfect for rafting and swimming. May or early June is when river levels generally peak, but the Salmon is fed by enough tributaries to maintain a robust flow of water all summer long – even in low water years.

Spring and Fall
The weather in our area can be unpredictable. Warm days are just as frequent as chilly, wet ones and you may experience several types of weather in a single day. Temperatures will vary throughout the day – typically from the low 30’s into the 70’s. Some general rules of thumb apply: 1) Dress and pack with “layers” in mind – bring clothes that you can easily take on and off and “layer” throughout the day as conditions change. 2) Polypropylene and wool are always warmer (and lighter) than cotton. And, 3) It is always easier to stay dry than it is to get dry. So, plan to bring a good set of breathable, waterproof raingear.

Other Questions…

Please let us know if you have any questions or need further information – We are always happy to assist in your pre-trip planning. E-mail: info@idahoadventures.com or call Idaho Adventures at 208-756-2986 or 1-800-789-9283

 

 

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6-Day / 5-Night Chukar Opener

September 16-21, 2017

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

PRICES INCLUDES:

Chuckar Hunting & Fishing
Competent, friendly guides
Complimentary drinking mug
Fresh, healthy, delicious meals
Snacks and beverages
5 nights camping
All camping gear
Flight Mackay Bar Ranch back to Boise or Salmon
Free use of fishing gear

Steelhead Fishing, Live the Journey!