5-6 Day Remote Backpack & Float Combination Trip

An unusual population of large and healthy native cutthroat trout can be found on Big Creek, a major tributary to the Middle Fork of the Salmon. The Big Creek watershed is part of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, a vast 2.3 million acres of untamed land.

We have fished very successfully using dry flies such as varied stimulators, elk hair and goddard caddis, royal wulff, trudes, parachute adams and the ever popular turks tarantula. All fishing is catch and release. Wildlife sightings are also an exciting feature of this adventure. On this trip we regularly see moose, bear, elk, big horn sheep, chukar, blue grouse & bald eagles.

We arrive in the Big Creek Drainage by airplane at the Cabin Creek airfield located 14 miles above its confluence with the Middle Fork. There are numerous riffles and deep pools along this section of Big Creek that hold fish in the 15 – 22″ range. The hiking trail is in excellent condition and facilitates access to the water. At the confluence of Big Creek and The Middle Fork, additional guides and rafts pick us up. We spend the last day floating and fishing through the Middle Fork’s Impassable Canyon.


We recommend fly rods in the 2 – 5 weight range, with reels, lines, flies, leaders, flotant & a fishing vest or bag.


Every effort should be made for a pack weight near 40 pounds. Extra clothing can easily be transported for you by raft and will be waiting for you at the Big Creek – Middle Fork Confluence. In addition, each hiker will need to carry a small share of the camp gear (approximately 10 pounds). We suggest the following personal items:

  • Hiking Pants
  • Hiking Boots
  • Socks, 2 pair
  • Toiletry Items (toothbrush, toothpaste, insect repellant, sunscreen, etc.)
  • Cap or Visor
  • Underwear (both the long and short varieties)
  • T-Shirts X 2
  • Polarized Sunglasses
  • Jacket
  • Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Headlamp
  • Rain Jacket & Rain Pants
  • Lightweight Camera
  • Prescription Medications (our guides comprehensive first aid kits)
  • Water Bottle
  • Idaho Fishing License ( an be purchased in Stanley prior to launch)

Our Big Creek Trips take 4 fisherman and 3 guides. Boundary Expeditions will furnish:

  • Backpacks
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Pillows
  • Sleeping Pads
  • Lightweight Backpacking Tents

Every effort will be made to pack lightly and efficiently. Your guides will help facilitate this effort by helping you fin and pack your backpack prior to departure for your Big Creek Experience.


6-Day Trip $3,395 per person
Includes US Forest Service Access fees and transportation to and from the river