Fly Fishing Middle Fork Salmon River

Your Middle Fork Rafting Trip


Because of the popularity of Middle Fork trips and the limits imposed on the outfitters, EARLY RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST! Contact Grant Porter at Middle Fork Rapid Transit - (208) 371-1712 or via email at

We will "tentatively" hold a reservation for 10 days following your notification to us requesting space on a particular launch date. Your booking will be guaranteed immediately upon receipt of your $600 per person deposit. Deposits can be placed with VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover or by check.

Final payment is due no less than 90 days prior to departure. Reservations made less than 90 days prior to departure require full payment. Group and charter reservations require final payment no less than 120 days prior to departure.

Meeting your group

Your adventure begins in the rustic Central Idaho town of Stanley. We recommend you arrive in time to make our 6:30 p.m. orientation, held on the eve of the trip at the Mountain Village Resort (1-800-843-5475). We have rooms blocked in our company name, but you will need to call and reserve your room. Please call and make your room reservations at least two weeks prior to your trip.

At 8 a.m. the first morning, we will board a bus for the trip to the Middle Fork launch site. On the final day of the trip, most of our guests stay in Stanley as we usually arrive back in town between 4:00 and 6:00 PM. Arrangements can be made to fly back to Boise, Sun Valley or McCall, ID from the Salmon, ID airport or you can arrange to have a car shuttled to the end of the river if you don’t plan to return to Stanley with us.


Take the scenic route through Idaho City.
Get there quicker with a drive though Garden Valley.


All of our campsites are assigned to us by the Forest Service on the day of our launch. Each site is our home for the evening, one that we don't share with other parties, except in emergency. We practice low impact camping techniques to help limit our footprint on the Frank Church Wilderness, and campsites are kept remarkably clean and litter-free. Forest Service portable toilets are available in all river camps. Drinking water is available throughout the trip, and hand-washing systems are provided for meals and in camp. All fires are contained in a fire pan with the ashes carried out to the river's end to avoid fire scares.

Fishing on the Salmon River

The crystal clear waters of the Middle Fork offer spectacular spin and fly fishing for cutthroat trout, rainbow trout and Dolly Varden. An Idaho fishing license may be purchased in Stanley before departing or online. Single barbless hooks and catch and release regulations apply on the Middle Fork. Waders are not necessary. Fall fishing trips are also available from Middle Fork Rapid Transit.

Contact and price information for purchasing your fishing license.


If reservation is cancelled more than 90 days prior to launch date, the entire deposit, less a $150/person service charge will be refunded (120 days for group/charter trips.) No refund will be made if guest cancels reservation less than 90 days prior to launch date. To protect your investment, trip cancellation and interruption insurance is HIGHLY recommended through Travelex or through your local travel agent.

Middle Fork Rapid Transit (MFRT) reserves the right to alter a trip at any time. The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is located in the wilderness area and prone to natural occurrences that may change the expected logistics of your trip (i.e. flying in or out of river may become necessary at an additional cost). In the very unlikely event that MFRT is forced to actually cancel a trip, refunds will be issued.

Trip Insurance

To protect your investment, trip cancellation and interruption insurance is highly recommended. Please contact your travel agent to find a plan that suits your risk tolerance, health concerns, age etc. If you do not have a travel agent, we recommend contacting Diana Rolig at Global Travel in Boise at 208-387-1000 for suggestions. Another option is Travelex, a highly reputable on-line travel insurance provider who is also partnered with the local Idaho travel experts at Global Travel. You can purchase insurance directly at the following LINK. Travelex agents can be reached at 1-800-504-7883 with any specific questions you may have regarding coverage.

We want you to have the time of your life! Therefore, please keep in mind when booking your adventure on the Middle Fork:

The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is located in the heart of the Frank Church Wilderness which is 2.3 million acres of federally protected wilderness. The Middle Fork is stream-fed and un-dammed; therefore river levels are directly impacted by snowfall and other natural occurrences. Early season trips (June) experience more water hazards due to higher levels and cooler temperatures. Forest fires can and do occur naturally and without interference. The Middle Fork is not accessible by roads and therefore procuring medical attention can be very challenging and expensive. For this reason, evacuation insurance should be considered.



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