There are many species of fish that can be caught on the Snake River through Hells Canyon (steelhead, salmon, trout, sturgeon, smallmouth bass), but the Snake River is hands down a blue-ribbon smallmouth bass fishery.  Learning to fly fish for trout and steelhead, bass never got much of my attention until I started fishing poppers on the surface through Hells Canyon.  When large bass began exploding several feet out of the water with my popper in their mouth, they literally got my attention!  We all love strategically placing dry flies on the surface to a rising trout and the great surge of energy that comes from a steelhead nailing a swung fly, but nothing compares to the savagery a smallmouth bass exacts on a popper gurgled across the calm water's edge in Hells Canyon!  Yes, I have been hooked and I think you will be too once you join us on a guided bass fly fishing trip on the Snake River through Hells Canyon!

Any trip through Hells Canyon by its very nature is also an outdoor classroom about its awe inspiring geology, a visual history book of ancient Nez Perce pictographs and homesteader cabins, and a real world field guide to the plants and animals of the canyon.  Evidence of human occupation of Hell's Canyon dates back well over 10,000 years and the canyon walls became works of art.  Chinese laborors came to the canyon in the mid 1800's searching for gold and homesteaders began arriving in the mid to late 1800's.  Their are good trails on both sides of the river most of the way allowing hikes to historical cabins, pictographs, rock foundations from the Chinese miners, and great views of the Wild and Scenic Snake River through Hells Canyon.    

Guided fly fishing trips in Hells Canyon can be booked on any of our normal launch dates, or private chartered groups can book a customized date with a minimum of 6 people.  Our guided trips in Hells Canyon will include our great camps you have come to love and expect with roomy tents, cots, pads and all camping gear provided.

Also a bird hunter? Check out our guided chukar hunting page and start planning your trip of a life time today!


Deposit & Cancellation Policy:

50% down payment is required to book a trip with final payment due 30 days prior to launch. Deposits and final payments are non-refundable.  You are welcome to find a replacement for your spot.  We highly recommend purchasing trip insurance through a company like AIG Travel Guard or Travelex.  Please understand that when you book a spot, we lose the right to sell your spot to other individuals.  Our number of trips and clients per trip are limited by river management plans. We cannot make exceptions due to medical or family emergencies or weather conditions and strongly advise purchasing insurance to protect your investment.  Cancellation and interruption insurance can include full refund of your deposit and final payment should you cancel. If you cannot afford to forfeit your reservation dollars, you should purchase trip cancellation insurance.

Spring Trout: Golden Stonefly Launch Dates 2020

June 17-20 FULL

June 23-26 FULL

June 29-July 2 FULL

Fall Trout & Steelhead Launch Dates 2020

September 14-17 FULL

September 25-28 FULL

October 2-5

October 8-11

October 20-24

October 27-31

The Snake River through Hells Canyon: Wine & Food on the River 2021 launch dates

Hells Canyon Launch Dates

Primary Season:

May 25   

June 2, 10, 18, & 26   

July 4, 12, 20, 28

August 5, 13, 21, 29

September 6

You can book a chartered guided trip any date outside of the primary season with a minimum of 6 clients.

Fly Fishing Rates

Half day Wallowa $250/1-2 anglers

Full day Wallowa $495/1-2 anglers

Full day Grande Ronde Troy section $595/1-2 anglers

Multi-day camp trip $495/day/person (all inclusive)

Fishing Trip Packing List