1-Day Salmon River Canyon Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip
1-Day Salmon River Canyon Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip
1-Day Salmon River Canyon Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip
1-Day Salmon River Canyon Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip
1-Day Salmon River Canyon Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip
1-Day Salmon River Canyon Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip
1-Day Salmon River Canyon Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip
1-Day Salmon River Canyon Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip
1-Day Salmon River Canyon Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip
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1-Day Salmon River Canyon Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip

Day trips are perfect for anglers who have limited time, just need to get out of the concrete jungle for a quick fix on the river.   

Season Fishing Type Max # Guests
October - March Spey 6

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!)

 

All About Spey (and Swinging Flies)

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White Pine targets steelhead using a swung fly with spey rods.  Spey rods are two handed rods and very in length, the rods we use vary from 12.6’-16’.  Many lines  are used for the modern spey rod set up, the types depend on the season, angler skill set, and water conditions.  We primarily use three set ups:

  • Skagit (heads are short) they carry large weighted flies with a verity of sink tips, requiring stripping more running lines between casts. 
  • Scandi lines are slightly longer heads that carry light poly tips and medium/small flies well, require less stripping running lines between casts.
  • Mid belly lines carry poly leaders and a variety of tips with small/medium sized flies well while requiring minimal stripping between casts.

The mechanics of the cast involve roughly 80% power coming from the lower hand pulling and 20% power coming from the upper hand pushing to throw line almost perpendicular to main river current. 

The current then pulls the fly line down river in a sweeping motion (the swing) until the fly line is parallel with the bank.   At the end of the "swing", the angler strips in the running line while taking a couple steps down river and repeats the process.

With this method the fly is presented to the fish in a broadside fashion.  We are searching for a fish willing to move and grab a swung fly. 

The formula is simple: 

  • Cast
  • Swing 
  • Step 
  • Repeat

Until .... Grab... and Grin!

When a steelhead grabs a swung fly all things in life come together and seem to make more sense.  Don’t overthink it, put in the time, smile often and love the process.  Yes, it takes grit and focus to hook a steelhead but most things in life worth getting hooked on demand the desire to stick with it mentality.

 

Provisions and Itinerary - 1-Day Salmon River Fishing Trip

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Provisions

White Pine Outfitters provides each of our guests with:

  • Coast Guard Approved/Type V Lifejacket
  • Eating utensils (including plates, bowls, and flatware)
  • Chairs 
  • Shuttle transportation
  • Gourmet meals prepared by the crew each day
  • All fishing gear (flies, rods, reels, and other consumables (tippet, leader, tips etc.) 

Itinerary

  • Meet your guide in Cottonwood at Cottonwood Foods at 7 am for a quick meet in greet.
  • After a quick introduction, you will park your rig on a public street and jump in the guide's rig for a 30-45 minute drive to the boat launch (a good time to quiz your guide and catch up). 
  • A shuttle company will park the guide rig at the take out.  Expect to be on the water for 7-9 hours with a 1-hour gourmet lunch stop on a white sandy beach. 
  • Expect to float 5-11 miles river miles in a day. 
  • At the take out, guides will de-rig the and load the boat and load the boat.
  • Expect a 20-30 minute car drive back to your rig.

Prepare and Pack for Your Trip - Salmon River Canyons

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Trip Provisions

ALL TRIP PROVISIONS

For all trips, White Pine provides the following to each guest:

  • Coast Guard Approved/Type V Lifejacket
  • Eating utensils (including plates, bowls, and flatware)
  • Chairs 
  • Shuttle transportation
  • Gourmet meals prepared by the crew each day
  • (only Lunches are provided for day trips)


ADDITIONAL MULTIDAY TRIP PROVISIONS

On multiday trips, White Pine provides the following to each guest:

    • One large bag for clothing and gear
    • One small waterproof bag for personal items
    • Tupperware for small breakable items
    • Sleep Kit
      *If you prefer your own gear, please let us know and we can bring an extra dry bag
      • Sleeping bag
      • Sleeping pad
      • Pillow
      • Sheets
      • In Fall/Winter:
        • A wall tent with a wood burning stove for kitchen and dining.
        • 4-season 10X10 cabin tent (sleeps 2) 
        • Cots
      • In Summer:
        • A 3-season tent shared (sleeps 2)


      ADDITIONAL FISHING TRIP PROVISIONS

      On fishing specific trips trips, White Pine provides the following:

      • Flies
      • Fly rods
      • Reels
      • Nippers/other tools
      • All consumables (tippet, leader, tippet, etc)


      Preparing for your Trip

      LIABILITY WAIVER 

      Due to the potential risks of the outdoors, everyone is required to sign a standard liability release form sent in a confirmation at least two weeks before the start of your trip, acknowledging awareness of and acceptance of the risks associated with the trip you have selected. The guides and White Pine Outfitters will attempt to meet all schedules, but assume no responsibility for inconvenience or expense due to delays or changes.

      HEALTH AND AGE  You should be reasonably healthy because river trips require a certain amount of physical exertion. We suggest a minimum age appropriate for each of our specific trips. There is no upper age limit. Pregnant women and individuals with heart trouble should get physician approval before embarking on any river trip.  Persons with handicaps and challenges are welcome on our trips, we will need to talk with you to be sure we can meet your special requirements and needs for safety.

      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. 

      FISHING LICENSES & GEAR

      If you plan on fishing for smallmouth bass and trout you will need to purchase an IDAHO fishing license.  Purchase them online at the Idaho Fish and Game website and printing a copy or you can get one at Tri-State Distributor's in Moscow before your trip.  Both 3 day and 10 licenses are available. 

      BEVERAGES

      Dehydration is always a concern on a river trip, thus we encourage you to drink lots of water and we ask that you bring two unbreakable water bottles that hold a minimum of one quart each.  Juice and coffee will always be available at breakfast and tea (black & herbal), and hot chocolate will be available at camp in the mornings and evenings. Gatorade mix and water will be available at all meals (including lunch) and whenever we are at camp.  White Pine Outfitters provides limited amounts of beer and soda (approximately 2 cans per person per day).  You may bring as much additional beer and soda as you want, but we do request that you buy these in aluminum cans.  White Pine Outfitters also provides a modest amount of wine to have with dinners.  If you wish to bring your own favorite wines or if you want to bring hard liquor you are welcome to do so.  We will provide a safe place to store these glass containers.  A liquor store is located in Moscow close to the hotel and is open Monday - Saturday (Closed Sundays). Wine and beer can be purchased in any grocery store (Winco is located next to the hotel and is open 24 hours a day).

      PACK LIST

      RIVER CLOTHES & GEAR

       CAMP CLOTHES & GEAR

      • ALL SEASONS

      • ☐ Quart unbreakable water bottle (2)
      • ☐ Unbreakable coffee cup
      • ☐ Wool and synthetic layers. (Sweaters and or jackets)
      • ☐ Rain / Waterproof coat and pants (tested and proven)
      • ☐ Walking shoes, or light boots
      • ☐ Tennis shoes or "all terrain" sandals, secured to feet
      • ☐ Sunhat, visor or cap
      • ☐ Wool or synthetic socks
      • ☐ Waterproof sunscreen & lip balm
      • ☐ Neck Gaiter
      • ☐ Long pants and long ☐ Sleeved shirt
      • ☐ Wool / Synthetic
      • ☐ Stocking Cap

      SUMMER

      • ☐ Sun shirt and pants (light cotton or nylon fabric)
      • ☐ Shorts ( quick drying ) and/or river skirt
      • ☐ Swimsuit

      WINTER

      • ☐ Think clothes that will keep you warm in 20-30 deg temps
      • ☐ Down puffy coat
      • ☐ Wool / synthetic gloves
      • ☐ Wool and synthetic base layers / long johns

      MULTI-DAY TRIPS

      • ☐ Camp shoes
      • ☐ Pillow case / pillow
      • ☐ Toiletries (e.g small towel, feminine hygiene, handiwipes, extra hand sanitizer etc.)
      • ☐ Ear plugs
      • ☐ Toothbrush/paste
      • ☐ Small flashlight and/or headlamp
      • ☐ Spare glasses/contacts
      • ☐ Extra change of synthetic clothes
      • ☐ Medication*

      OPTIONAL GEAR

      • ☐ Camera
      • ☐ Binoculars
      • ☐ Medication*
      • ☐ Pen & Notebook
      • ☐ Reading material

      FISHING GEAR
      (Fishing specific trips)

      • ☐ Waders
      • ☐ Fishing license
      • ☐ Wading boots
      • ☐ Steelhead permit
      • ☐ Thick wool / synthetic sweatpants for wading
      • ☐ Extra warm clothes in case you fall in the river while wading
      • ☐ Wading Staff


      *We recommend that you separate any important medication into 2 containers and allow us to carry 1 container in our well-protected First Aid Kit.  We will need to know of any health concerns you have prior to the beginning of your trip, so we can be prepared.

      GRATUITY 

      Our guides work very hard to provide a great trip for you.  At your discretion, a tip (20%) may be left with your trip leader and will be appreciated by all of your crew.

      RESPONSIBILITY 

      White Pine Outfitters acts only in the capacity of agents for the participants in all matters relating to transportation/accommodation/and other related travel services, and assume no responsibility however caused for injury, delay, loss, or damage to person or property in connection with any service, including but not limited to that resulting directly or indirectly from acts of God, detention, annoyance, delays and expenses arising from quarantine, strikes, theft, pilferage, force majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, government restriction or regulations, and discrepancies or changes in transit over which they have no control.  Prices and dates subject to change without notice.  If, as occasionally happens, we must cancel a trip because there are too few participants, we will attempt to notify you as soon as possible and suggest that you transfer to another trip.  Reasonable changes in itinerary may be made where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being of participants, including cancellations due to water fluctuations, insufficient bookings, and other factors.

       

      Rates and Schedule - Fly Fishing Day Trip

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      Trips are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Trips must be booked at least 72 hours in advance.  Cost of the trip shown covers one boat which are designed to fish two adults comfortably and does not include guide gratuity (15-20% is customary) or fishing licenses. 

      The St. Joe River offers an option for a 3rd angler as a youth, but they must be under 100 lbs.

      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. 

      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. We recommend TRAVELEX.

      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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