SUN VALLEY, ID – Known for blending river rafting luxury with expert guided trout fishing, Far and Away Adventures http://www.far-away.com/ announces openings for late summer / fall 2011 three-to-six-day American Safari fly fishing trips on the most pristine, free-flowing river system in the Lower 48 – Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River.
Superb water conditions and strong runoff have allowed the company to extend its season.
Open dates for dry-fly fishing trips are Aug. 19-21, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, Sept. 5-8, Sept.9-12 and Sept. 15-20. Rates begin at $1,690 per person for a three day fully-outfitted trip.
Steve and Annie Lentz, founders and owners, have designed fly fishing safaris to appeal to anglers and to non-fishing companions. Off-river guided hikes and interpretive nature outings are popular options.
“Because the Middle Fork had a string of Westslope cutthroat trout indigenous to this region, the fish are carefully 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.
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-to’s. There’s a breakfast spread for early risers who may also eat a made-to-order breakfast later. River music embellishes daily yoga.
Moveable organic feasts with local microbrews and wines are the norm. Formally served appetizers surface around 7 p.m. followed by a four-course, linen-draped, candlelight dinner. Solar power lights the camp and heats the 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. 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