The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is among forty nine other venues around the world that you must “fly fish before you die” – at least according to author Chris Santella, which features the river in his book, Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die:
“The Middle Fork of the Salmon – framed by the Sawtooth and Salmon River Mountains in the heart of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho – remains a stronghold for native west slope cutthroat. And anglers could hardly hope for a prettier place to pursue this most becoming salmonid.”
Through in-depth interviews with many of fly fishing’s acknowledged gurus, the book beyond standard guides to convey the very essence of the recommended locations. Readers can vicariously cast mouse patterns to fifty-pound taimen in the wilds of Mongolia, wrangle with wily permit off the Florida Keys, and match the hatch on Montana’s Armstrong’s Spring Creek….and watch brightly colored Middle Fork cutts rocket up through the river’s clear waters to take a well-presented caddis imitation. The essays include a cultural/natural history of each destination, along with colorful anecdotes based and authorities’ experiences. Full of engaging fish tales, the book also provides adventurous anglers with enough travel-and-tackle information so that they, too, can start planning excursions to go fish around the globe.
For both armchair travelers and avid outdoorsmen who may have already started a checklist of their own, Fifty Places To Fly Fish Before You Die maps out the Meccas of the fly-fishing world. It’s been one of the best-selling fly fishing books since A River Runs Through It was released in 1976.