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
1-Day Salmon River Canyon Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip
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Regular price $725.00 Per Boat

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Season Oct - Nov
Activity Spey Fishing
Target Steelhead
Access Float
Price / Day $725.00
# Guests 2 - 4

Nestled in the heart of Idaho's scenic Salmon River, this guided trip offers the perfect opportunity to experience the excitement of steelhead fishing without the need for a long-term commitment. With our expert guides and top-notch equipment, we take care of all the details so you can focus on reeling in the catch of a lifetime.

Using two-handed spey rods and boats to navigate the river, we target steelhead, a prized game fish that is known for its strength and tenacity. Our knowledgeable guides will be with you every step of the way, providing tips and tricks to help you hone your skills and increase your chances of landing a trophy-sized fish.

And don't worry if you're new to steelhead fishing – our guides are experienced professionals who are passionate about helping beginners learn the ropes. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a first-timer, we'll work with you to customize your trip and make sure you get the most out of your time on the river.

So if you're looking for an unforgettable fishing experience but only have a day to spare, join us for our One Day Guided Steelhead Fishing Trip on the Salmon River. Book now and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime!

*Price listed is Per Boat in group, call us to customize your trip.
Listed price does not include a customary 15-20% tip.

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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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.) 


  • 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.

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 at $150 for a 3rd angler as a youth, but they must be under 100 lbs.  

Prepare and Pack for Your Trip - Salmon River Canyons

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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)


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)
      • Cast and Blast Trips
        • Hunting dog
        • Hunting dog gear


      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


      Due to the potential risks of the outdoors, everyone is required to sign a standard liability release form sent in a confirmation at least thirty days 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.


      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. 


      If you plan on fishing you will need to purchase an IDAHO fishing license.  

      If fishing for steelhead, purchase an additional IDAHO steelhead/salmon permit. 

      If trip is a Cast and Blast, purchase an additional IDAHO hunting license and upland game bird permit.

      Purchase these licenses 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 and include license numbers in the liability form.  


      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).

      DOGS (Cast and Blast Trips)
      On cast and blast trips, White Pine will provide at least one dog per guide.  You can bring your own own dog(s) if prior arrangements are made, we request it is not aggressive toward other dogs and are up to date on their shots. 





      • ☐ Sunglasses+Croakies
      • ☐ 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


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


      • ☐ 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

      (Cast and blast specific trips)

      • ☐ Dog Food
      • ☐ Dog First Aid Kit
      • ☐ Dog Medication
      • ☐ Dog Kennel / Crate
      • ☐ Garmin E-Collar w/ Remote
      • ☐ Dog Booties
      • ☐ Dog Leash/Collar
      • ☐ Water/Food Bowl


      • ☐ 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*


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

      (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

      (Cast and blast specific trips)

      ☐ Shooting gloves
      ☐ Ammo (50 rounds per day) 2-3/4" or 3" #5 shot

      • ☐ Shooting Gloves
      • ☐ Ammo (50 rounds per day) 2-3/4" or 3" #5 shot
      • ☐ Choke tube set
      • ☐ Shotgun
      • ☐ Gun Oil
      • ☐ Gun Case 
      • ☐ Sun/Shooting Glasses
      • ☐ Hunting vest
      • ☐ Ear plugs
      • ☐ Leather Gloves
      • ☐ Gaitors
      • ☐ Hiking Boots
      • ☐ Upland bird hiking pants
      • ☐ Personal multitool/hunting knife/pocket knife

      *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.


      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.


      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.


      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 you and your group, learn about trip intentions and goals, and answer any questions you may have.
      • We will send an email with:
        • An invoice with the total amount due for the trip. 
        • Liability forms that need to be forwarded to guests on the trip.  These are required before any client can participate in a trip.  Sign these online.
        • All licenses should be purchased and information included in the liability forms.
        • Trip specific information, including location, meet time, maps, etc.
      • After a 50% deposit is paid for the trip, or the full amount for trips less than 30 days out, we will assign a guide and block off your requested trip date.
      • After 30 days, the remaining amount on the invoice and liability forms are due.

      Cancellation Policy

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      Day Trip Cancellations

      Final payment is due 30 days before the date or your trip.

      Reservations made 30 days or less before selected date required the full payment at time of booking to confirm your date.

      All deposits are non-refundable.  

      If the trip is cancelled within 30 days of your date, you must pay for your trip. 

      Day Trip Reschedule

      If you need to reschedule your trip, please contact White Pine Outfitters by phone (208-883-3900) or email (info@whitepine-outfitters.com) as soon as possible to ensure a date is available.

      White Pine Outfitters may assess a $150 fee for rescheduling.

      Any cancellations made less than 30 days of your scheduled arrival, or you do not show on the day of your trip will result in forfeiture of the full payment.


      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 60 days prior to your launch date you must pay 50% of the trip price. If you cancel within 60 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 / Life Flight 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.

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