SUN VALLEY, ID,– The allure of a wilderness vacation heats up when a visitor is actually engaged in the landscape luring trout from the Middle Fork of Idaho’s Salmon River.
Far and Away Adventures http://www.far-away.com announces there are still open dates for three to six-day American Safari fly fishing trips this season on the most pristine, free-flowing river system in the Lower 48.
Open dates for American Safari dry-fly fishing trips of varying lengths are June 24-29, July 2-7, July 10-15, Aug. 19-21, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, Sept. 5-8, Sept.9-12 and Sept. 15-20. Rates are from $1,690 per person double for three days. http://www.far-away.com/flyfish.html
Steve and Annie Lentz, founders and owners, have designed fishing safaris for anglers to appeal as well to non-fishing companions with guided hikes and nature tours available.
“So many fly fishing destinations cater just to the fisherman and not to the interests of the other members of the family or party,” says Steve Lentz. “While the Middle Fork is absolutely a blue ribbon dry fly fishery, there’s much more adventure here than meets the eye.”
Guests fish from the shore or from boats appointed with fishing frames dedicated to fore and aft positions with swivel seats and brace to accommodate anglers. Mahogany McKenzie drift boats are also available for charter.
“Because the Middle Fork had a string of Westslope Cutthroat Trout indigenous to this region, the fish are protected to preserve their heritage. The populations have a healthy existence and an experienced angler can bring 100 fish a day to the boat.
This also allows a beginner to have an incredible experience,” says Lentz. He added that this river is also home to Rainbow and Dolly Varden, plus it holds some of the last Wild Salmon in the Columbia Basin.
“We are very sensitive to the handling of the wild trout and will be more than happy to release all trout brought to the boat in a manner that does not touch the fish, leaving them unharmed. The fish populations on the Middle Fork Salmon were in decline prior to the institution of catch and release in 1974. The river has made a phenomenal come back,” says Lentz.
While guests are casting and hiking, adventure / fishing guides set up and break down five-star camps and serve locally sourced, organically raised Kobe Wagyu Beef on pre-heated stoneware while pouring into crystal stemware wines selected from organic and small-source wineries.
Instead of tracks, a “leave no trace behind” mantra prevails thanks to discreetly positioned workhorse oar boats that supply this seamless theater.
How else does Far and Away Adventures help guests relax in wilderness? First, the pace of the day revolves around a guest and isn’t driven by any have-tos.
River music embellishes daily yoga.
Moveable organic feasts with local microbrews and wines determine who will nap, hike or fish after lunch.
Formally served appetizers surface around 7 p.m. followed by a four-course, linen-draped, candlelight dinner.
Solar-lit lanterns provide light at night, and solar also generates hot water for showers. State-of-art tents with elevated beds, flannel linens, carpets and nightstands ensure sweet dreams.
And for guests who might worry that their presence in this pristine environment may not be “PC,” Lentz assures that “from footprints to food” Far and Away Adventures embrace the best practices of sustainable living, including supporting Idaho’s Bounty and Slow Food.
Seafood purchases support the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation Seafood Watch Program.
These wilderness river trips support Sustainable Travel International. Guests also can engage in a voluntourism component by assisting the US Forest Service in eliminating invasive plants. Staff and guests embrace Leave No Trace behavior.
Far and Away Adventures has been sharing the excitement of paddling with adventuresome guests since 1980. Simply, the wonders of nature and those created by Far and Away Adventures for guests plying these and other privileged waters create a new category for those who seek experiences above and beyond the ordinary. Far and Away Adventures’ guests are moved beyond world-class into a universe where luxury and wilderness blend marvelously together.
For a detailed itinerary on this and other programs on equally privileged waters, please contact Far and Away Adventures; toll free 800-232-8588 or visit the web site http://www.far-away.com