Backcountry River Guides

Idaho wilderness camp on the famed Salmon River

Forgive our Idaho bias, but frankly, we think Backcountry River Guides offers one of the coolest steelhead trips in North America. It’s like a wilderness elk hunt, but with steelhead replacing elk as your quarry. You’re fishing on the Salmon River in the heart of the Frank Church/River of No Return Wilderness, which is the largest wilderness in the Lower 48.

More Steelhead.

You’ll take a thrilling jet boat ride upstream through Class III and IV whitewater (which means hold onto your ass), fish pristine steelhead runs, camp in heated canvas wall tents on broad, sandy beaches and eat hardy meals prepared by your guides.

The steelhead fishing is among the best in the Northwest, and it will amaze you how these sea-run fish can migrate hundreds of miles from the Pacific into Idaho’s mountains and still fight like a welter-weight title contender.

If that’s not enough, you’re in spectacular canyon country where bighorn sheep, deer, elk, black bears and wolves roam free and wild.

Even More Steelhead

Yeah, we may be biased, but with all that at an affordable price, it’s easy to understand why.

"Fancy, sounds expensive"
- You, probably.


4 anglers, 4 days. Full service !

only $1000!

(per person)

Idaho Steelhead aren't just playing hockey

Backcountry River Guides' trips are part of our "Full Service" lineup and we highly recommend them to any steelheaders chasing a world-class trip on a budget.

BRG - Brent Sawyer - The Boat

We are confident this is the best steelhead expedition at this price in the lower 48.