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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 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 - 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. 

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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