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Spey fishing on the Salmon River in the evening
3-Day Salmon River Canyons Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip
Excited on the Salmon River while Spey Fishing.
3-Day Salmon River Canyons Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip
3-Day Salmon River Canyons Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip
3-Day Salmon River Canyons Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip
3-Day Salmon River Canyons Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip
3-Day Salmon River Canyons Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip
3-Day Salmon River Canyons Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip
3-Day Salmon River Canyons Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip
3-Day Salmon River Canyons Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip
3-Day Salmon River Canyons Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip
3-Day Salmon River Canyons Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip
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3-Day Salmon River Canyons Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip

A Much Needed Vacation

Three-day trips are perfect for adventurers needing a break from the daily grind, an opportunity to unplug and recharge, looking for a day to unwind.  Afloat offering the solitude we all long for, recharges the soul.

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 Activity Type Max # Guests
October - March Whitewater
24

*Call us to customize your trip, minimum 4 guests

 

Targeting Steelhead with Spey

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We are the only outfitter that targets steelhead exclusively with spey rods on the Lower Salmon.   We believe the process of fishing a swung fly will have a deep impact on your life.  The process 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.

You can expect to fish 5 to 7 runs in a day or areas on the river that carry a swung fly across the current.  There is nothing like catching a steelhead on a swung fly, but the journey is a commitment. 

We refer to steelhead as “Unicorns” because of the scarcity within our ecosystems.  They are aggressive and large which makes the fight particularly memorable and rewarding. With steelhead fishing, success is not measured in high catch rates rather success is measured in the innate ability to stick with the process. 

Oftentimes, multiple days are required to hook a steelhead on a swung fly, but the rush and effort of battling a steelhead are worth the effort after dedicating hard-earned time to the grab.  Even when a fish is lost after a grab, that sensation will be engrained in your memory. 

As they say, it is better to have swung and lost than to have never swung at all. Swinging for steelhead is more about the journey, listening to and feeling the river, playing with physics in nature, observing wildlife, feeling alive with the cold air and warm sun, accepting whatever conditions are in the moment.   When preparation meets opportunity and the fish grabs the fly,  the experience will be unforgettable and euphoric (all that time you put in, finally paid off!)

 

Itinerary - 3-Day Salmon River Trip

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Provisions

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.

Itinerary

Each day on the river, plan to float 3-5 miles.

The 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 the Hotel Restaurant.
  • Our lead guide will meet you at the hotel at 6 am for the shuttle drive to Hammer Creek put-in. (Approximate driving time of 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 a lifejacket, and listen to safety talks.
  • The trip launches and we have lunch on the river.
  • Arrive at camp and enjoy a great dinner prepared by the crew.

Day 2

  • Warm breakfast in camp.
  • Pack-up personal gear.
  • A day of fun on the river (lunch on the river).
  • Arrive at camp, set up for the evening, more fun and great food.

Day 3

  • Warm breakfast in camp.
  • Pack-up personal gear.
  • A day of fun on the river  (lunch on the river).
  • Approximate 3-5 miles on the river.
  • Take out and jump in the van for a 2.5-3 hour shuttle ride back to the Monarch hotel with one of the guides. 
  • Book a trip for next month prior to leaving the river!!

The rest of the crew will be sticking around to de-rig and haul gear back to the boathouse.

 

Prepare for Your Trip - Salmon River Canyons

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RECOMMENDED CLOTHING (AVOID COTTON)

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. 

 

RIVER CLOTHES & GEAR CAMP CLOTHES & GEAR
ALL SEASONS MULTI-DAY TRIPS
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
Neck Gaiter OPTIONAL GEAR
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 3 weeks in advance. 

Available put-in dates are below:

 

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.

Booking Information

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  • After submitting a booking request, we will call you as soon as possible (usually within 24-48 hours) to collect information about clients, learn about trip intentions and goals, and answer any questions you may have.
  •  We will send an invoice with the total amount due for the trip. 
  • After a 50% deposit is paid for the trip, we will assign a guide and block off your requested trip date.
  • Our liability forms will be emailed to all guests on the trip.  These are required before any angler can float.  Sign these online, or print, sign, and email.
  • A week before your trip, the remaining amount on the invoice and liability forms are due.
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