We went on the Middle Fork of the Salmon with IRJ last September and didn't know what to expect. From the minute we arrived at the Stagecoach Inn and met Mary and Bob, we knew it would be a special trip. My husband and I have floated down the Smith River a few times and loved it, so when our friends invited us to go with them down the Middle Fork, we jumped on the opportunity. We flew into the Frank Church wilderness and landed just adjacent to the river, met our guides and boarded our rafts - and had the most incredible fishing and camping for the next 5 days! The weather, the scenery, the fishing - and of course, our amazing guides, made the trip that much more amazing. What we found surprising, is how educated and interesting our guides were for our trip. We had Skip and Will (Bob and Mary's boys), Brian, Nate and Seda! All so personable and extremely helpful.....The food was fantastic - OUR GUIDES HAD A BIRTHDAY CAKE FOR MYSELF AND MY FRIEND- ON THE RIVER!!! I've never experienced that before. We felt sooo special!
What can I say? We loved our trip so much that we HAD to go again! We just got back from our second trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon with Idaho River Journeys - and had an even better time this year! I know that's hard to believe. It was just like "coming home". We got off the plane this year and had hugs all around because for the most part - we had the same amazing guides this year! This trip we added Bob and Mary's second born son - Matthew - to our guide list and also a family friend - Jim Lino! It's a family trip, a couples trip, a friend's trip - you could make it a business trip - and I would recommend going it alone, too! This year the float was equally amazing and completely different. Same stretch of river, but different conditions. We had the opportunity to fish the side creeks that feed the Middle Fork this year. What beautiful country, and what beautiful fish! Seda gave me and my friend Teresa private lessons, basically, and I am now HOOKED (no pun intended) on flyfishing.
Thank you so much Idaho River Journeys! Thank you Bob and Mary, and thank you Brian Chaffin, Seda Witton, Nate Moody, Will, Matt, and Skip Volpert and Jim Lino for the best trip ever! I think we might be back again next year....
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