5-Day Salmon River Canyons Guided Small Mouth Bass Fishing Trip

5-Day Salmon River Canyons Guided Small Mouth Bass Fishing Trip

Extra Wonder in Search of aggressive Smallies

Five-day trips are perfect for anglers needing a retreat, an opportunity to unplug and recharge.  We will be coving more water and floating through 3 states.  This trip involves more white water than our shorter trips and the opportunity to view pictographs, more wildlife, and three breathtaking gorges.  5 days will maximize your time on the water!

We specialize in fly fishing trips in the inland northwest. If you have not fished for smallies on the fly this is sure to be a memorable trip. The Canyons stretch of the Salmon River offers anglers ample opportunity to catch bass on poppers and streamers.    We believe the process of fly fishing will have a deep impact on your life.  The journey allows all of us the ability to build a deeper connection with the places we guide.  We look forward to sharing these experiences with you.

Season Fishing Type Max # Guests
April, July-October
fly fishing  6

*Call us to customize your trip, minimum 4 guests 


The Salmon River Canyons

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Solitude at it's Finest

The Salmon River is a wealth of history, myth, and environmental significance.


The Salmon river is the one of the longest untamed rivers in America at 425 miles. The Salmon river lays claim to the second deepest canyon in North America essentially splitting Idaho in half. The river covers a large portion of Idaho.  

Floating the Salmon River Canyons section is unique as if flows through 3 states: starting in Idaho, floating into Oregon, and taking out in Washington. 


One of the more significant events that unfolded (Chief Joseph lead tribes across the Salmon river to outrun the calvary). Chief Joseph was not a war chief, he was a diplomat and worked to wager peace.

Biology / Ecology

The Salmon River houses smallmouth bass, steelhead, and an abundance of ungulates and predators you are sure to see on your float.


The Lower Salmon river Gorges is a gem with large sandy beaches and amazing geology. On multi-day trips, you will travel through Green Canyon, Cougar Canyon, Snowhole Canyon and Blue Canyon before we reach the mouth of the river where the Salmon joins the Snake river.


The Salmon is a wonderful river with water temps hitting the high 60’s during the heat of the summer. Making the Salmon the perfect river for multi-day White Water rafting trips. 

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Provisions & Itinerary - 5-Day Salmon River Trip

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Each guest will be provided with:

  • Coast Guard Approved/Type V Lifejacket
  • Eating utensils (including plates, bowls, and flatware)
  • A wall tent with a wood burning stove provided to dry out gear and for sleeping, cots and sleeping bags (Multiday trips only)
  • Chairs 
  • Shuttle transportation
  • One large and one small waterproof bag
  • Tupperware for small breakable items
  • Gourmet meals prepared by the crew each day
  • Flies, rods, reels, and other consumables (tippet, leader, tips etc.) required for fishing.


Each day on the river, plan to float 5-20 miles.

Evening before your trip

  • Meet the lead guide at The Monarch in downtown Moscow, ID for a pre-trip meeting (7 pm).
  • Dry bags will be distributed and last-minute questions you may have will be answered.
  • Pack your bags for the morning, learn about what to bring, learn about what to pack.

Day 1

  • Eat breakfast at Hotel Restaurant
  • Leave the Hotel at 8:15am for the shuttle drive to Hammer Creek put-in.

  (Approximate driving time 2.5 - 3 hours)

  • Stop in Cottonwood or Grangeville, Idaho on the way for last minute purchases
  • Arrive at put-in, meet the crew, get fitted with lifejacket, and listen to safety talks
  • Trip launches and we have lunch on the river

  Approximate miles on the river: 2-8 on Day One

  • Arrive at our first nights camp and enjoy a great dinner prepared by the crew

Days 2 through 4

  • Warm breakfast in camp
  • Pack-up camp
  • A day of fun on the river (lunch on the river)
  • Approximate miles on the river: 12-16 each day
  • Arrive at camp, set up for the evening, more fun and great food…

Day 5

  • Breakfast in Camp
  • Early Start in Blue Canyon
  • Lunch on the Snake River
  • Approximate miles on the river: 16-19 on day five
  • Arrive at Heller Bar take-out 3:00 - 4:00pm
  • Return by shuttle van to Hotel (Approx. 1.5  hour drive)


Itineraries will vary somewhat with each trip, however the sample provided will give you an idea of what you might expect on your trip.

Prepare for Your Trip - Salmon River Canyons

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Cool weather can occur on any trip regardless of the time of year, it can be quite chilly when it's overcast, breezy, or raining, even in August.  The right clothing can make your river trip comfortable even in unfavorable weather.  Clothing on a river trip must have the ability to keep you warm even if it gets wet.  Synthetic fabrics such as polypropylene, capilene, Synchilla, and polyester pile will keep you warm when wet and will dry quickly.  Wool will keep you warm when wet, but takes longer to dry.  Cotton does not keep you warm when it is wet, but it can keep you cool when it’s hot.  Warm and sunny weather is more likely to occur on a summer trip down the Salmon River, cold and rainy weather will be more likely in the fall and winter. 


Sunglasses with retainer Pillow case / pillow
Wool and synthetic layers. (Sweaters and or jackets) Toiletries, including small towel, feminine hygiene, handiwipes, extra hand sanitizer etc.
Rain / Waterproof coat and pants (tested and proven) Ear plugs
Walking shoes, or light boots Toothbrush/paste
Tennis shoes or "all terrain" sandals, secured to feet Small flashlight and/or headlamp
Sunhat, visor or cap Extra batteries
Wool or synthetic socks Spare glasses/contacts
Personal water bottle or canteen (1 quart minimum) Extra change of synthetic clothes
Waterproof sunscreen, lip balm Camp shoes
Medication* Camera
Wool / Synthetic Stocking Cap Binoculars
long pants and long sleeved shirt
Pen & Notebook
SUMMER Reading material
Sun shirt and pants (light cotton or nylon fabric) FISHING GEAR
Shorts ( quick drying ) and/or river skirt DESIGNATED TRIPS
Swimsuit Waders
WINTER Wading boots
Wool and synthetic base layers / long johns Fishing license
Wool / synthetic gloves Steelhead permit
Down puffy coat Thick wool / synthetic sweatpants for wading
Think clothes that will keep you warm in 20-30 deg temps Extra warm clothes in case you fall in the river while wading


Rates and Schedule - Salmon River Multi-Day Trips

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The price shown is per angler for the full advertised number of days, however, does not include the Hotel stay in Moscow. 

Price does not include guide gratuity (15-20% is customary) or fishing licenses. Trips must be booked at least 45 days in advance. 

Available launch dates are below:


Summer - Rafting and bass fishing

July 12th, July 19th, July 26th, July 19th, July 26th, Aug 2nd, Aug 9th, Aug 16th, Aug 23th Aug 30th, Sept 6th, Sept 13th

Winter/Fall - Steelhead trips, Cast and blast and Scenic trips
Oct 4th, Oct 11th, Oct 18th, Oct 25th, Nov 2nd, Nov, 8, Nov 15th, Nov, 29th, Dec. 6th, Dec 13th, Jan, 3rd Jan 10th, Jan 24th

Cancellation Policy

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Day Trip Cancellations

Cancellations within 30 days will forfeit all deposit monies.

Deposits for canceled guide trips will be refunded in full with a 30 day or more notice. If we are able to re-book the guide, we will refund the deposit or apply it to a trip at a later date if it is available. If a trip is cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, the full price of the guide trip will be charged.

Our guide trips go out in all safe weather and water conditions, therefore inclement weather, water levels or undesirable fishing conditions are NOT acceptable reasons to cancel or receive a refund. Trips cancelled by the guide or mutual guide/client decision due to unsafe weather or water conditions, state or federal closures, or other uncontrollable circumstances will have the entire deposit refunded. 

We strongly suggest travel insurance.

Multi-Day Trip Cancellations

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip please notify us as soon as possible. All deposits are non-refundable. If you cancel your trip more than 120 days prior to your departure date we will retain your deposit and credit it toward a future trip with White Pine Outfitters. If you cancel 120 day or less but more than 30 days prior to your launch date you must pay 50% of the trip price. If you cancel within 30 days of your trip departure, you must pay the full trip price. This cancellation policy applies per person. We regret we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies. Because of this, we strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation and travel insurance (see Travel Insurance).

Travel Insurance

Your pre-trip package will provide more information on the rigors of the trip you have chosen. Even though we make every effort to insure a safe trip for everyone, we strongly recommend that you protect yourself, your belongings, and your vacation by purchasing a traveler’s insurance policy. Should you have to cancel your trip at the last minute due to illness or injury, a trip cancellation policy will cover your non-refundable payments in most cases. If you become ill or injured while on a river trip, evacuation may be prolonged, difficult and expensive. Many trip insurance policies cover such events. If you choose not to purchase travel insurance you will be asked to sign a waiver. Baggage and cameras are carried entirely at the owner’s risk, and White Pine Outfitters Inc. accepts no responsibility for lost, damaged, or delayed property. For an online quote by TRAVELEX visit http://travelex-insurance.com/index.asp?LOCATION=12-6041.

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