Fishing

The Middle Fork is renowned for it's West Slope Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout fishing. Please bring rods in a hard case to prevent breakage while in the rafts. You will need to pick up an Idaho fishing license the evening before the trip in Stanley at Mcoys Tackle or the Mountain Village Mercantile . McCoys offers an excellent selection of flies and they put together a fly box made specifically for the Middle Fork. Fishing regulations are catch and release only with single barbless hooks.

Regular Season Fishing Boat Charter:  6 days/$2800 per person, 2 person minimum per charter.

Late Season Fishing Boat Charter:  5 days/$2500 per person, 2 person minimum per charter. 

Fly Sizes 6-14; Rod Wt. 4-5; Tippet Size; 3X

There is a Stone Fly hatch the first two weeks of July. Grasshoppers start coming out in early August. Generally, most attractor patterns work well throughout the summer. Here are some recommendations.

  • Caddis (brown & olive)
  • Golden Stone (orange)
  • Stimulator (orange & yellow)
  • Royal Wolfe
  • Humpies
  • Parachute Adams
  • Parachute Hopper
  • Madam X
  • Hoppers (yellow & green)
  • Chernobal Ant

Nymphs are not typically as productive as dry flies but a bead head pheasant tail or prince nymph can be tied onto a dry fly as a dropper and this combo works extremely well.

Although the Middle Fork is ideal for dry fly fishing, spin casting can be lots of fun. Typical trout lures work well such as; Mepps #2, Roostertails, @ Silver Spoons.

Fly Fishing

Thanks for the Memories

Another Great Experience! Second time downriver with Clint and Molly Frank; this one even better than two years ago. Came in early June this time (vice mid-August), were able to float the top 25 miles of the river. More whitewater, more fun, same standard of excellence for service, food and drink--"glamping" as it is meant to be. The crew is experienced and personable, and the Franks are great organizers and perfect hosts.
Shirley,Tampa Bay
October 2016

From Travel Writer Rob McFarland

A cool little video created by Travel Writer Rob McFarland of the Sydney Herald.

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