Solitude River Trips - Fly Fishing the Middle Fork of the Salmon

This 99.7-mile drift of the Middle Fork has 32 named rapids, with several class III and IV whitewater rapids. Spectacular and rugged country. Solitude's season runs early June through mid-September. Book early.


Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Alaska rainbow fishing

Dry fly fish for native cutthroat along with a few native rainbow and bull trout. Cutthroat average 10 to 15” in length with some in the 20” range. Catch-and-release only. Thanks to the cutthroat’s cooperative nature, there are few better places to introduce newcomers to fly fishing than the Middle Fork. Two anglers per drift boat and guide. Licensed and experienced guides offer patient fly-casting instruction for the novice and helpful tips for the more experienced angler. There are many feeder creeks that offer excellent pocket water for fishing for cutts and native redside rainbows. They often camp at these creeks so anglers can get in more fishing before and after dinner and breakfast. They host approximately twenty guests per trip, and a maximum of eight to ten anglers. In September, when the water’s lower, the drift is shortened to 65 miles and accommodates eight to ten guests. Delicious meals and helpful staff. The sweep boat moves ahead of you each day, so when you arrive each evening, the camp is already set up.

Orvis-Endorsed Expedition

Orvis-endorsed lodge

Orvis Expedition of the Year Award and 2011 Orvis Finalist. What this means: great service, great fishing, and an experienced, professional staff. Orvis-endorsed operations cater to every ability level from beginner to expert. Solitude was also chosen as one of the "Best Outfitters on Earth" by National Geographic Society's Adventure Magazine in 2006. Fishing packages include the use of all fishing gear; Orvis fly rods and reels and all flies. Two guests per boat, with a guide. If you have a favorite rod and reel, please feel free to bring it along. If you are a serious fisherman, or just want to improve your fishing skills, then nothing compares with fishing from a drift boat. In July, rafts cannot get stopped, or are unable to fish the small pockets that a drift boat can.
Orvis-Endorsed operations cater to every ability from beginner to expert; and, meet high standards of great service, great fishing, and an experienced, professional staff.

Solitude River Camp

Solitude river rates

Tents are set up daily before your arrival at that evening’s campsite. There is a cooking area, a dining area with folding chairs set up around long tables, and a three-sided, port-a-potty set up within a comfortable walking distance from camp. A hot shower is available in the evenings. Biodegradable soap is preferred, and no soap may be used directly in the natural hot springs or the river. There are self-inflating air mattresses, and the sleeping bags are washed weekly after each trip. Meals: Hot breakfasts range from pancakes and bacon to Eggs Benedict. The group will pull over from fishing/rafting for lunch, and the guides will do their magic—usually fresh fruit and a deli-sandwich buffet with all the trimmings. Appetizers are ready as soon as the mid-day munchies set in, and a backcountry-gourmet masterpiece is served around a welcoming campfire as the sun sets over the canyon. Dinners range from two-inch-thick pork chops, amazing salmon to New York steak and are paired with wine. The nightly dessert is a delicious Dutch oven creation.
Communications and Electricity: A satellite phone is available for emergencies only. Surrounded by 2.3 million acres of wilderness, no cell service is available, and there are no generators in camp.

Getting Here:

Following the evening orientation in Stanley, most guests will stay at the Motor Inn for approx. $100.00 double occupancy and not included in the package. The next morning, Solitude provides transportation aboard a school bus from Stanley to the put-in. At the end of your trip - from the take-out, you'll take a school bus ride back to Stanley. Time of arrival varies from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Car shuttles can be arranged, if desired.


2018 Rates: (Fly Fishing only)

5-nights and 6-days guided fly fishing
Guided Summer boat-based fishing:
limited to 20-guests
$3,390.00 p.p.
Call 1-800-205-3474 for availability.
July 1-6  Sunday – Friday
July 9-14  Monday - Saturday
July 17-22  Tuesday - Sunday
July 25-30  Wednesday - Monday
August 2-7  Thursday - Tuesday
August 10-15  Friday - Wednesday
August 18-23  Saturday - Thursday
Guided Fall raft-based fishing:
limited to 10-guests
$3,590.00 p.p.
September 4-9  Tuesday - Sunday
September 13-18  Thursday - Tuesday
September 22-27  Sat. - Thursday
Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking:
(does not include fishing)
4 to 5-people per raft
4-nights and 5-days $2,095.00 p.p.
Dates available:
June 5-9 and June 14-18, 2018
5-nights and 6-days $2,360.00 p.p. Dates available:
From June 23, July and August

Drift boat and raft-based guided fishing trips include:

All meals while on the river, including lunch the last day; round trip ground transportation from Stanley to the river and return to Stanley at the end of the trip; sleeping bag, deluxe soft pad, life jacket; roomy, four-person tent for every two people; camp chairs, dining table, a complimentary water-resistant duffle for your personal gear (size: 12” x 24”), use of a waterproof container for your day-use items; eating utensils, drinking cup, water bottle, plenty of ice, wine with dinner, a few beers per guest per day, and an ample supply of juice and lemonade. All of the above, with the addition of use of all fishing gear; Orvis fly rods and reels and all flies. Two guests per boat, with a guide. Price also includes $4.00/day Recreation Enhancement Act Fee, and 3% of the company’s adjusted gross revenues are for a land use fee for operating commercially on National Forest Lands.

Whitewater Rafting Trips include:

All meals while on the river, including lunch the last day; ground transportation from Stanley to the river and back; sleeping bag, deluxe soft pad, small pillow with case, life jacket; four-person tent for every two people; camp chairs, dining table, a complimentary water resistant gear duffle (size: 12” x 24”), use of waterproof container for your day-use items; eating utensils, drinking cup, water bottle, ice and wine with dinner, a few beers per guest per day and an ample supply of juice and lemonade. Paddle rafts accommodate 4 to 5 people. Price also includes a $4.00/day Recreation Enhancement Act Fee, and 3% of the company’s adjusted gross revenues are for a land use fee for operating commercially on National Forest Lands.

Packages do not include:

Transportation to/from Stanley, first and last night stay in Stanley, fishing license, items of a personal nature, fishing tackle and gear for those who are rafting, and alcohol, except for wine with dinner and a limited number of beers per guest.and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

Solitude River Trips info packet  

Solitude River Trips photos:


Cutthroat trout fishing

Cutthroat Trout

Rafting the River of No Return

River of No Return

The crystal-clear waters of the Middle Fork

cutthroat fishing

32 named rapids - 99.7-mile drift

99.7 mile drift

The beautiful Middle Fork of the Salmon

Middle Fork of the Salmon

Wine is served with dinner

Middle Fork of the Salmon

Delicious meals on the river

Middle Fork of the Salmon

Tents are set up for you each evening

Solitude Tent Camping