Expert fly fishers consider the Middle Fork of the Salmon to be one of the best Wild Westslope Cutthroat Trout fisheries in the world. Designated a “catch and release” river more than 40 years ago has protected this clear stream and its wild cutthroat population. There has never been a hatchery or nonnative fish introduced into this “Blue Ribbon” fishery. The wild nature of the cutthroat in this river is rare and found in only a few places in the world. The abundant cutthroat population insures success for even novice fishermen. On all sportsman adventures we have a two to one guest to guide ratio, with separate gear and kitchen boat. Start fishing early and go as late as you want each day. When you get to camp, your tent will be waiting along with all other camping amenities, insuring a comfortable rest before the next days sporting adventure!
Middle Fork of the Salmon Flyfishing
Fishing the Middle Fork of the Salmon through the heart of Idaho’s River of No Return Wilderness is truly a world-class experience.
Mackay’s trips book a year in advance, so if you do not find the date you like please call us – 800-635-5336.
A Mackay professional fly fishing guide selects the day’s best flies. Stimulators, Chernobal Ants?
The Upper Canyon of the Middle Fork offers a chance at some beautiful Cutthroats and big smiles.
More incredible fishing.
Mackay’s fishing guides are great chefs! Each enjoys providing incredible meals in an incredible environment.
There is absolutely no better place to learn.
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6 Day 5 Night
$3,600.00 per person
4 Day 3 Night
$2,400.00 per person
Flights from Stanley, ID into the Middle Fork run $155.00 per person. Round Trip Flights from Stanley run $320.00 per person. Ground shuttle from the river take-out to Stanley is at no charge.
Fishing flies and rods
Each fisherman is expected to bring his own rods and reels. If necessary, Mackay can arrange a rental set-up through a local fishing store in Stanley. Each fisherman will receive in his guest package 12 flies.
Fishing License Non-Resident
Mackay will assist in arranging your non-resident daily license.
Air transportation from locations outside of Stanley, ID
- Vehicle shuttles before or after your trip
- Motel rooms before or after your trip
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Fishing the Middle Fork of the Salmon River through the heart of Idaho’s River of No Return Wilderness is truly a world-class experience. Expert fly fishers consider the Middle Fork of the Salmon to be one of the best wild cutthroat trout fisheries in the world.
Designated a “catch and release” river more than 50 years ago has protected this clear stream and the wild cutthroat trout population. There has never been any hatchery or nonnative fish introduced into this “Blue Ribbon” fishery. The wild nature of the Westslope Cutthroat in this river is rare and found in only a few places in the world. The abundant cutthroat population insures success for even the novice fisherman.
Suggested Fishing Equipment
Fly Rods: A six or seven weight rod, 8 to 9 feet in length is ideal. Some fishers like a second rod for days when casts are short and there is little or no wind. A 3 or 4 weight rod is a good second choice for those days.
Spin Caster: A short lightweight-spinning rod with 6 lb. test line works well.
Rod And Reel Cases: It is very important that all rods and reels be kept in hard cases when not in use.
Fly Line: A good weight forward or double tapered floating line, such as Cortland 444 SL or Scientific Anglers
Ultra 2 is recommended. Make sure your fly line matches your rod and reel.
Leaders: Tapered leaders approximately 9 feet long are best. We recommend 3X or 5X sizes.
Tippet Material: You should have a variety of tippet strengths. 4, 5, and 6 pound tippet material should suffice.
Flies: You should have a good selection of single barbless flies on hand. The following are some suggested
Patterns to consider:
* Elk Hair Caddis, Light and Dark. Sizes 10-14
* Elk Hair Hopper. Sizes 6-10
* Royal Wulff. Sizes 6-12
* Humpy, Red and Yellow. Sizes 6-8
* Joe’s Hopper. Sizes 6-12
* Stimulator, Orange, Yellow and Green. Sizes 6-12
* Chernobal Ants. Sizes 6-8
Lures: We recommend Panther Martins and Mepps. The guides will be happy to cut the barbs off your lures.
Miscellaneous Items: You will also need a hook file, nail clippers, fly floatant, and a pair of forceps or pliers.
Mackay guarantees 100% coverage for your rafting adventure. That is 100% of your deposit and final payment. We offer this guarantee so our guests feel comfortable booking their trips with Mackay in advance to get the adventure date they prefer.
Things can come up that make it impossible to get to your trip, illness, work, a new virus and many other “reasons”. You need to have the comfort of knowing your vacation payments to Mackay are 100% safe.
How it works
Once Mackay receives your deposit, we purchase your Trip Cancellation Policy including “Cancel for Any Reason” coverage. This policy is included in your trip price.
If you need to cancel your Mackay trip your Trip Cancellation Policy will be your primary coverage. Depending on your cancellation reason 50% to 100% of your trip will be covered by your Travel Guard policy. Mackay Wilderness River Trips, Inc. will cover any amount of your deposit or final payment not recovered through your travel insurance policy claim.
That’s it. 100% guaranteed coverage. So, book your rafting adventure and sit back and relax until the trip arrives and you take in Idaho’s incredible rivers.
1. Guests can opt out of the coverage but will be held responsible for any loses they incur due to cancellation. There is no trip discount associated with opting out of coverage.
2. Guests who cancel their trip for a 100% covered “reason”, such as illness or work, will be expected to provide Travel Guard all the required documentation to support the claim. Failure to provide all required documents will void this policy guarantee.
3. Guests wishing to cancel under “Cancel for Any Reason” will need to cancel their trip 48 hours ahead of the departure date to receive coverage.
4. Your Travel Guard policy DOES NOT cover any other expenses other than deposits and final payments to Mackay Wilderness River Trips, Inc. Please purchase your airline coverages separately.