Idaho Fly Fishing Trips: Salmon River Mountains

Idaho Fly Fishing Guide TripLoding at Wapiti Meadow cabins offers guests opportunities to fly fish over 50 miles of freestone streams perfectly suited for fly fishing. The lodge is located adjacent to the largest Wilderness area in the Lower 48. This location offers both beginning and experienced fly fishing enthusiasts access to some of the best water  in the headwaters of the legendary Salmon River system, including the blue-ribbon cutthroat waters of the mighty Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

Nine lakes accessed by foot or 4x4 trails provide opportunities to enjoy the alpine reaches of the spectacular Salmon River Mountains, as well as its stream valleys. Secluded, unspoiled, and people-free, the pure waters of this most remote area in the Rocky Mountain West offers the best in wild trout fishing.

Many streams and numerous high mountain lakes ensure an ample amount of variety in a full week of fly fishing adventure.


We are thoroughly knowledgeable about every inch of our fine waters after more than 20 years of outfitting and guiding in the area, from the South Fork of the Salmon River on the West to the Middle Fork of the Salmon River on the East. All our streams can be accessed by day-trips, with the Middle Fork, Indian Creek, and Lower Pistol Creek being in quick reach via air from the neighboring Johnson Creek Airstrip.


Take a hike to "No-Name" Lake, where the absence of any trail testifies to the few people who ever enjoy its deep green waters and bountiful supply of native Cutthroat. On your way, the trail takes you past Middle Lake and just over the ridge from Fish Lake, which  both offer excellent fishing and the opportunity to be in as remote a spot as is possible in the Lower 48. These and most other lakes are day-trips from the ranch. There are some options deep in the River of No Return Wilderness on the headwaters of the Salmon River.


The ranch pond can supply Brook Trout and Rainbow Trout. It is perfect for practicing fly fishing techniques, learning fly fishing skills, and supplying wonderful breakfast side-dishes and delicious Trout appetizers or dinners.

You must practice catch and release on all streams, we have to keep limits on our high mountain lakes, but our pond is there for the angler who loves to taste as well as catch.


We can supply tip-end supplies and are an Orvis dealer who can help you select and order fine rods and reels and other fly fishing equipment. We also have some rods, reels and waders for rent.

Fishing Regulations

Fishing on all streams and lakes is open from late May through October. Fly fishing is best on our streams after July 1st, when Spring run-off has abated and the waters have cleared. A fishing license is not needed on the private ranch pond, but all other fishing requires a license for persons 14 and over. These are available locally.

Non-Guided Fly Fishing

No guide is necessary for excellent fly fishing with access to all our local and wilderness streams and lakes. This option is perfect for the experienced fly fisherman who arrives at the ranch with his own transportation to access the full array of our local waters. Our good Orvis equipment(rods, reels, waders) is available for rent to our resident guests.


We are happy to take novice fly fishermen under our wing and give them instruction in casting the finer points of fly fishing techniques on our vast lawns and private trout pong