Snow pack in Salmon River basin above average at Christmas

Snow fell all day on Christmas Eve.  On Christmas morning, there was 4-5 inches of fresh snow at our house–a welcome Christmas bonus.  Basin-wide per cent of average for the date is about 120%.  The north side of the basin apparently has more snow than the south side.  The upper Middle Fork drainage seems to […]

Wesley silly face

Another Day on the Middle Fork

I hope this picture tells you a thousand words: My son is quite a character. He’s a VERY BUSY three-year-old, and great user of his mom’s extra time. If I am sporadic in posting here, you now know why. But anyway, let’s get back to the Middle Fork. I believe we were just finishing lunch […]

salmon river whitewater Velvet Falls Middle Fork

Middle Fork Dreaming in December

It’s December. I’m sitting at my desk, looking out my office window which overlooks the Salmon River. It’s snowing. I keep telling myself that this is a good thing: all those flakes are adding up to a few more drops of water for next summer’s river season. This time of year, when all this snowing […]

Dates and rates for 2015

Dates and rates for 2015 are updated on the web site.  Dates on the Middle Fork and Main Salmon are the same, except in September, because dates are assigned to us by the Forest Service.  On the Lower Salmon, we can control our dates, and I align them with days of the week.  Some rates […]

Snowpack in Salmon River country

This morning the snow pack report for the Salmon River drainage shows 120% of average for the date.  The fall was warm and dry  until mid-November, then winter arrived with an abrupt cold snap.  Temperature in the morning was O for several days, and ice began to flow down the river and jam. Temperature moderated, […]

September Middle Fork of the Salmon rafting trip

Dates for whitewater rafting trips on the Middle Fork of the Salmon during the summer are fixed, but post-season dates, after 3 September, change each year.  In 2015, we have a launch date on 17 September.  By that time, passengers will fly in to begin the trip, at Indian Creek, or another air strip along […]

Kids on the Salmon River

I recently took my two-and-a-half year old on a six-day river trip. Two trips, actually. Since I was also in full-time guide mode, I had to bring help. The first trip was a total trial, but worked out far better than I could have imagined. My amazing friend, Lexi, came along with her almost-four-year-old, who […]

steelhead fishing in Salmon area

Steelhead fishing in the Salmon area continues, with water temperatures still in the mid-40s–warm for this time of year.  Clarity is good.  Success varies from day to day–hot one day, not so hot the next.  Today, my boat landed four, lost another.  The water temperature favors more fish moving into the area.  Leaves are mostly […]

steelhead fishing in Salmon area

Steelhead fishing in the Salmon area was slow in the last half of last week, probably because of wet weather coming in.  The river was a little off-color, but not enough to restrict fishing.  River temperature was 52 degrees the end of Friday afternoon, 50 on Saturday.  Level is slightly above average.  We are in […]

Steelhead fishing in Salmon area

Today (Sunday 26th) was a good day to catch up on desk work–rainy, windy, generally unpleasant, new snow on the ridgetops. We have had unsettled weather the last few days, and fishing has been slower than expected for this time. The river was 50 degrees yesterday at end of afternoon, 52 the day before. It […]

Aggipah’s Spey-Only Steelhead Guide

We are proud to have Todd Lansing with us this fall. Todd is a Spey-only steelhead fishing guide. If you are looking for that coveted chance to swing for steelhead with the best in the field, come spend a day on the Salmon River with Todd. Todd spent the summer working with us on the […]

Smallmouth bass on the Lower Salmon

In the second week of September we had a five-day trip on the Lower Salmon with smallmouth bass fishing the focus. Most fishermen come to this area for trout or steelhead, but these Ohioans were serious smallmouth fishermen. They caught fish up into the 16 inch range, reporting 25-40 fish per day per two-person boat. […]

Aggipah River Trips’ Namesake

Aggipah Mountain is the second highest peak in Idaho’s Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness at just under 10,000 feet. It’s a mass of boulders and its summit rests above treeline. The mountain is one of two parts that figured into the naming of Aggipah River Trips in 1977. The name literally translates into […]

Spring Salmon River

Early summer, and the river is up!

It’s late spring/early summer, and the river is muddy and rising. We’ve taken several jaunts down the river road toward Corn Creek and are getting EXCITED to get on the river soon! We took our 2 1/2 year old son down to watch some boats and kayaks navigate the Pine Creek Section of the Salmon […]

fly-tying on the Middle Fork River

From the Sandhills to the Salmon

A few weeks ago, Laura Zuckerman wrote a nice little piece in the Idaho Falls Post Register entitled, A River Runs Through Him. The article gave a synopsis of Bill Bernt, owner of Aggipah River Trips. Ilona McCarty, a local photographer, captured some great images of Bill. She also wrote a little about her afternoon with Bill. Zuckerman’s subtitle […]

Springtime on the Salmon River

I was going through my photos the other day and happened upon this one: I instantly caught Spring Fever. I was ready to pack my river bag for the upcoming season. Spring river trips can be some of the very best for many reasons. A highlight of these trips is the chance to view wildlife that […]

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