Middle Fork River Expeditions

Recommended Fishing Tackle for the Middle Fork os the Salmon River in Idaho

Recommended Tackle for Fly Fishing on the Middle Fork

McCoy’s Tackle Shop, Jane McCoy owner, Ace of Diamonds Street in Stanley has an excellent selection of Middle Fork flies & tackle. 208-774-3377.
• Fly rod (4 to 6 weight) (8-9 feet long) (2, 3, or 4 piece rod)
• Reel & line (4 to 6 weight, double taper floating line)(balanced to rod – size should match line & rod weight)
• Protective case for rod (rod/reel cases are ideal – the reel stays on the rod in the case)
• Vest or tackle box with flies, leaders, dry fly and line dressing (wax or silicon)
• Leaders (6 to 7 ½ foot tapered leaders size 3X or 4X) and tippet material 4X or 5X to add onto tapered leaders
• Clippers for trimming leaders
• Forceps, or other tools to grasp the hook shank for releasing fish
• Needle nose pliers, forceps, etc. to bend hook barbs flat
• Polarized glasses with croakies

Suggested Dry Flies. (generally sizes 8-14)
Humpy (yellow, orange, red) Royal Wolff
Goofus (Improved Humpy) (yellow, orange, red) Buck-tailed Caddis
Irresistible Elkhair Caddis
Stimulator (stonefly immitation) size 8 & 10 Royal Coachman
Sofa Pillow (stonefly immitation) size 8 & 10 Adams
Renegade Parachute Hopper
Dave’s Hopper Giant Stonefly
Suggested Wet Flies (Early morning or late evening in low light, use wet patterns with a long leader. Add extra tippet to achieve a longer leader.)
Marabou muddlers Wooly bugger
Wooly worm (black, olive) Muddler minnow
Brown & black leach
Nymph fishermen should have imitations for mayflies, stoneflies, and caddisflies.

Middle Fork River Expeditions Orientation in Stanley Example

Welcome group to Stanley, introduce yourself. And thank them for choosing MFRE!  Our hope for you this week is to:

1.  Have fun (after safety)

2.  Get unplugged from technology and connect with nature: to protect it.

3.  Feel refreshed, renewed and excited to come back again with friends/family.

4.  We encourage lots of fun during the trip, AND also moments of silence and solitude.

Group Introductions

Roundabout of names, hometowns, and what they want from this trip.

Group Dynamics

River trip is like a tribe of Sheepeater Shosone Indians, we travel as a group of 30 and  each person affects the others thru their actions.  Helping each other, learning from one another, compassion and making contributions (playing music, telling stories, just being happy) makes the trip better for all.  Workload is shared!  Kitchen, loading boats, etc.

Encourage questions during meeting.

This is your trip, please let guides know if you are needing more of something.

Talk about guides and explain types of boats.

Typical Day on River 6am to 10pm

Environmental Stewardship– Leave No Trace, Veggie Oil, MFRE Recycling Program, Carbon Offsets and IRU partnership.

Environment

Weather varies between hot and dry to cold and rainy. Upper section cooler than lower, esp. at night. It can be sunny and rainy in the same day. Water is from springs and clean!  One liter water bottle essential.  Skin should be protected from sun, lips with balm and eyes with sunglasses.  At  night, lots of lotion on hands!!

Fishing, Drinking, Extra stuff you want to bring.

Fishing lic. are required and can be purchased at Merc. We have two spinning rods and reels for all to use, buy lures at the Merc.  Mepps Killier kit is good, single barbless hooks are required.

We provide some wine on a couple of the nights, margaritas on Mex. Night. Beer/liquor is on our own and can be purchased at the Merc across the street.

Clothes, sunscreen, lip balm and utility items you’ve forgotten can be bought at the river store (carabiners are extremely useful for attaching things to the boats). Stores are open till 10pm and again at 7am. Store at Flying B has trinkets sodas t-shirts etc.

Clothing

What to wear will depend on weather. When it’s hot wear lightweight light colored clothes, cotton ok. When it’s cold wear synthetic clothes to stay warm while wet. Wear raingear  for rain/wind and for rapids when its’ not hot. You have raingear provided for you.  Wear sandals or sneakers in the boats and sneakers (light athletic shoes) for side hikes. Socks with sandals help prevent blisters/sunburn. Ball cap for those in paddle boat and IK’s so helmet can be worn over. Sunglass and hat straps are essentials! Light fleece jacket and a set of syn. long underwear will be usu. be enough insulation (except for spring/fall trips).

Packing- How many tents?

Demo Large/small Dry bags, Sleep kits, cup, carabiner, sleep kit and rain gear.

PLEASE USE THERMARESt on top or ridgerest!!!!!!!!!!

If arrived by car, leave city clothes in car. If airplane, bring city clothes etc. out to meeting place tomorrow morning and we will find safe place for it in Motel.

Day 6- 4-5pm back at MV, Optional farewell dinner at ~7pm

Fly in?- If YES:  Because of water conditions, we will be collecting $115/person by cash or check after the meeting to Sawtooth Air Services.

Tomorrow

Eat before departure. MV open at 6:30 am. MEET OUT FRONT of MV READY TO GO AT 7:15am. Cars– you can park cars across the street in the lot and lock your valuables in the trunk.  Fill out a slip at the front desk and put on front of dash.

Shuttle- If you need to shuttle your vehicle to Salmon, fill out cards at front desk, pay $95 by check to River Shuttles and have it shuttled to the Stagecoach Motel.  Put keys in envelope after you have driven across the street.

Wear clothes for river plus fleece if cool here. Usually warmer at put-in. Bring Liquor!!

Tonight- Get packed!  Soak in the hot spring out back!  If you need anything, call warehouse at 774-2004 we are right up the street or call 800-801-5146 if we don’t pick up.

THANKS FOR YOUR ATTENTON AND WELCOME ABOARD!  Let’s get packing!

Kid Activities on the Middle Fork and Main Salmon Rivers

1. Lizard catching on Main Salmon
2. Rock throw under legs
3. Stick stretch in sand game
4. Stick throw down on ground game
5. Hunker houser
6. Boatman Olympics
7. Shorty pants skit
8. Chubby Bunny
9. Gold panning
10. Koob
11. Camp resoration
12. Star gazing
13. “this is a this”
14. two truths and a lie
15. juggling
16. hacky sack
17. Shoshone words
18. Donkey balls
19. Pancake geology talk
20. Off the grid- Leave no Trace/recycling- what can we do?
21. Salmon skit
22. Songs
23. Nature mandala
24. Fishing
25. yoga
26. meditation

Why the Middle Fork of the Salmon is the best

• Largest Wilderness Area in the US
• Longest Free Flowing River in the US
• Deeper Canyon than the Grand Canyon
• Longest (900 miles) and highest elevation (7,000 ft.) Salmon Run in the US
• World Class Blue Ribbon Cutthroat Trout Fishing
• Gourmet Dutch Oven Cuisine
• Homestead Relics, Indian Ruins, Hot Spring Shower!
• 531 rapids in 100 Miles
• OAR, Paddle, IK, or ISUP
• Music- Virginia Reel
• Eco- truck, Pig farm, IRU, TWS
• Family- value, Olympics—cure Nature Deficit Disorder

MFRE Song Book

Four Strong Winds

G G Am
Four strong winds that blow lonely
D G
Seven seas that run high
G Am D D
All those things that don’t change come what may
G Am
For the good times are all gone
D G
And I’m bound for moving on
C Am D D
I’ll look for you if I’m ever back this way

G Am
I think I’ll go out to Alberta
D G
Weather’s good there in the fall
G Am D D
I’ve got some friends that I can go working for
G Am
Still I wish you’d change your mind
D G
If I ask you one more time
C Am D D
But we’ve been through that a hundred times before

G G Am
Four strong winds that blow lonely
D G
Seven seas that run high
G Am D D
All those things that don’t chnage come what may
G Am
For the good times are all gone
D G
And I’m bound for moving on
C Am D D
I’ll look for you if I’m ever back this way

G Am D G
If I get there before the snow flies, And if things are looking good
G Am D D
You could meet me if I sent you down the fare
G Am
But by then it would be winter
D G
Not too much for you to do
C Am D D
And those winds sure can blow cold way out there
G G Am
Four strong winds that blow lonely
D G
Seven seas that run high
G Am D D
All those things that don’t chnage come what may
G Am
For the good times are all gone
D G
And I’m bound for moving on
C Am D D
I’ll look for you if I’m ever back this way

Carolina in my Mind
Written & Performed by James Taylor

Chorus
D G G/F# A
In my mind I’ve gone to Carolina
G A Em7 A
Can’t you see the sunshine cant you just feel the moon shining?
D A/C# Bm A G D/F# E7
Ain’t it just like a friend of mine to hit me from behind
G/A D Bm7 Em7 G/A D
Yes I’m going to Carol ina in my mind

Verse 1
D C G
Karen, she’s a silver sun, you’d best walk away and watch it shining
Bm G A
Watch her watch the morning come
G D/F# Bm7 Em7 Asus4 A7
A silver tear appearing now I’m cry ing ain’t I?
D Bm7 Em7 G/A D
I’ve gone to Carol ina in my mind

Verse 2
There ain’t no doubt in no-ones mind that loves the finest thing around
Whisper something soft and kind
And hey baby, the sky’s on fire, I’m dying, ain’t I
I’ve gone to Carolina in my mind

Chorus

Verse 3
Dark and silent late last night I think I might have heard the highway calling
Geese in flight and dogs that bite
The signs that it might be omens say I’m going, going
I’ve gone to Carolina in my mind

Bridge
D G A Bm
With a holy host of others standing around me
F#m7 Em7 G
Still I’m on the dark side of the moon
A C G D
And it seems like this goes on like this forever you must forgive me
G/A D Bm7 Em7 G/A D
If I’m up and gone to Carolina in my mind

Chorus

Drunken Sailor
Em
What shall we do with the drunken sailor?
D
What shall we do with the drunken sailor?
Em
What shall we do with the drunken sailor?

chorus:
Em D Em
Ear-ly in the morning
Em
Hooray, and up she rises
D
Hooray, and up she rises
Em
Hooray, and up she rises
Em D Em
Ear-ly in the morning

*****each line is sung 3 times then has the chorus sung after****
2. Put him in the long boat ’til he’s sober
3. Pull out the plug and wet him all over
4. Put him in the bilge and make him drink it
5. Put him in a leaky boat and make him bale her
6. Tie him to the scuppers with the hose pipe on him
7. Shave his belly with a rusty razor
8. Tie him to the topmast while she’s yardarm under
9. Heave him by the leg in a runnin’ bowline
10. Keel haul him ’til he’s sober
11. That’s what we do with the drunken sailor!

Amazing Grace
D G D
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
A7
That saved a wretch like me.
D G D
I once was lost, but now im found,
A7 D
Was blind, but now I see.

D G D
Twas grace that thought my heart to fear,
A7 D
and grace my fears released. How precious
G D A7 D
did that grace appear, the hour I first believed.

D G D
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
D A7
bright shining as the sun,
D G D
we’ve no less days to sing god’s praise
D A7 D
than when did when we first begun.

D G D
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
A7
That saved a wretch like me.
D G D
I once was lost, but now im found,
A7 D
Was blind, but now I see.

Last Thing on My Mind
by Tom Paxton

4/4 time

Verse 1:
|D |G |D |D
It’s a lesson too late for the learning,
|A |A |D |D
made of sand, made of sand.
|D |G |D |D
In the wink of an eye my soul is turning
|A |A |D |D
In your hand, in your hand.

Refrain:
|A |A |G |G
Are you going away with no word of farewell,
|D |D |A |A
Will there be not a trace left behind?
|D |G |A |F#m
I could have loved you better, I didn’t mean to be unkind
|G |G |D
That was the last thing on my mind.

Verse 2:
You’ve got reasons aplenty for going.
This I know, this I know.
For the weeds have been steadily growing.
Please don’t go, please don’t go.

Repeat Refrain

Verse 3:
As I lie here in bed in the morning
without you, without you.
Every song in my breast dies a borning
without you, without you.

Repeat Refrain twice

Don’t think twice it’s allright
Artist: Bob Dylan
G D Em
It ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
C G D
It don’t matter, anyhow
G D Em
An’ it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
C D
If you don’t know by now
G
When your rooster crows at the break of dawn
C A
Look out your window and I’ll be gone
G D Em
You’re the reason I’m trav’lin’ on
C D G
But don’t think twice, it’s all right

G D Em
It ain’t no use in turnin’ on your light, babe
C G D
That light I never knowed
G D Em
An’ it ain’t no use in turnin’ on your light, babe
C D
I’m on the dark side of the road
G
Still I wish there was somethin’ you would do or say
C A
To try and make me change my mind and stay
G D Em
We never did too much talkin’ anyway
C D G
So don’t think twice, it’s all right

G D Em
It ain’t no use in callin’ out my name, gal
C G D
Like you never did before
G D Em
It ain’t no use in callin’ out my name, gal
C D
I can’t hear you any more
G
I’m a-thinkin’ and a-wond’rin’ all the way down the road
C A
I once loved a woman, a child I’m told
G D Em
I give her my heart but she wanted my soul
C D G
But don’t think twice, it’s all right

G D Em
I’m walkin’ down that long, lonesome road, babe
C G D
Where I’m bound, I can’t tell
G D Em
But goodbye’s too good a word, gal
C D
So I’ll just say fare thee well
G
I ain’t sayin’ you treated me unkind
C A
You could have done better but I don’t mind
G D Em
You just kinda wasted my precious time
C D G
But don’t think twice, it’s all right
ANGEL FROM MONTGOMERY – Bonnie Raitt version

E A E A
I am an old woman named after my mother.
E A D E
My old man is another child that’s grown old.
A E A
If dreams were thunder and lightning was desire
E A D E
this old house would’ve burnt down a long time ago.

CHORUS

D A E
Make me an angel that flies from Montgomery.
D A E
Make me a poster of an old rodeo.
D A E
Just give me one thing that I can hold on to.
D A E A E A
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go.

When I was a young girl I had me a cowboy,

wa’n’t much to look at, just a free ramblin’ man.

But that was a long time, and no matter how I try,

the years just flow by like a broken-down dam.

(repeat chorus)

There’s flies in the kitchen, I can hear all their buzzin’

but I ain’t done nothin’ since I woke up today.

I am kind of person goes to work in the morning

come home in the evenin’ and have nothin’ to say.

(repeat chorus)
D A E
To believe in this living is just a hard way to go.

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Simple chords and a timelessly good song

Chorus: (All the chorus’ are the same except with different words)

G C
Hey, where did we go
G D
Days when the rain came
G C
Down in the hollow
G D
Playin’ a new game
G C
Laughin’ and a runnin’, hey hey
G D
Skippin’ and a jumpin’
G C
In the misty mornin’ fog
G D
With our hearts a thumpin’
C D
And you
G Em
My brown eyed girl
C D
And you, my
G
Brown eyed girl

Bridge:

D7
Do you remember when we used to sing
G C G D7
Sha la la la la la la la te da just like that
G C G D7 G
Sha la la la la la la la te da la te da

AND IT STONED ME by Van Morrison
G D C G
Half a mile from the county fair, and the rain came pouring down
G D C G
Me and Billy standing there with a silver half a crown
G D C G
Hands full of fishing gear, and the tackle on our backs
G D C G
We just stood there getting wet, with our backs against the fence

CHORUS
Am D Am D Am D
Oh, the water, Oh, the water, Oh, the water
D
Let it run all over me
G C G
And it stoned me to my soul
G D
Stoned me just like jelly roll
Em G
And it stoned me
G C G
And it stoned me to my soul
G D
Stoned me just going home
Em G
And it stoned me

And the rain let up, and the sun came out, we were getting dry
Almost glad a pickup truck nearly passed us by
So we jumped right in and the driver grinned and he dropped us up the road
We looked at the swim, and we jumped right in not to mention fishing poles
CHORUS

On the way back home we sang a song, but our throats were getting dry
Then we saw the man from across the road with the sunshine in his eyes
Well he lived all alone in his own little home with a great big
gallon jar
There were bottles too, one for me and you, and he said “Hey there you are”
CHORUS

G D C G
When I woke up this morning, things were lookin’ bad
C G D G
seems like total silence is the only friend I have
D C G C G
a bowl of oatmeal tried to stare me down… and won
D C G C G
and it was twelve o’clock before I realized that I was havin’ no fun
{chorus}
D G C D G
but fortunately I have the key to escape reality
step up to) C G
and you may see me tonight with an illegal smile
D G
it don’t cost very much, but it lasts a long while
(step up to) C G
won’t you please tell the man I didn’t kill anyone
D C G
no I was just tryin’ to have me some fun

G D C G
last time I checked my bankroll, well it was gettin’ thin
C G D G
sometimes it seems like the bottom is the only place I’ve been
D C G C G
chased a rainbow down a one-way street… dead end
D C G C G
and all my friends turned out to be insurance salesmen
Chorus
G D C G
I sat down in my closet with all my overalls
C G D G
just tryin’ to get away from all the years inside these walls
D C G C G
dreamed the police heard everything I thought… what then?
D C G C G
well I went to court and the judge’s name was Hoffman
Chorus

MARGARITAVILLE
(Jimmy Buffet)

C
Nibblin’ on sponge cake, watchin’ the sun bake
G
All of those tourist covered with oil

Strummin’ my six string, on my front porch swing
C
Smell those shrimp they’re beginnin’ to boil

F G C G
CHORUS: Wastin’ away again in Margarita-ville
F G C G
Searchin’ for my lost shaker of salt
F G C G F
Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame
G C
But I know it’s nobody’s fault

C
I don’t know the reason, I stayed here all season
G
Nothin’ to show but this brand new tatoo

But it’s a real beautie, a Mexican cutie
C
But how it got here I haven’t a clue

CHORUS

C
I blew out my flip-flop, stepped on a pop-top
G
Cut my heel had to cruise on back home

But there’s booze in the blender, and soon it will render
C
That frozen concotion that helps me hang on

CHORUS

F G C G F
Some people say that there’s a woman to blame
G C
But I know it’s my own damn fault

Muhlenberg County- by John Prine

C F C
When I was a child my family would travel
C G C
Down to Western Kentucky where my parents were born
C F C
And there’s a backwards old town that’s often remembered
C G C
So many times that my memories are worn.

C F C
And daddy won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County
C G C
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
C F C
Well, I’m sorry my son, but you’re too late in asking
C G C
Mister Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away

Well sometimes we’d travel right down the Green River
To the abandoned old prison down by Adrie Hill
Where the air smelled like snakes and we’d shoot with our pistols
But empty pop bottles was all we would kill.

And daddy won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
Well, I’m sorry my son, but you’re too late in asking
Mister Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away

Then the coal company came with the world’s largest shovel
And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land
Well, they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken
Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man.

And daddy won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
Well, I’m sorry my son, but you’re too late in asking
Mister Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away

When I die let my ashes float down the Green River
Let my soul roll on up to the Rochester dam
I’ll be halfway to Heaven with Paradise waiting
Just five miles away from wherever I am.

And daddy won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
Well, I’m sorry my son, but you’re too late in asking
Mister Peabody’s coal train has hauled it away

Blackbird- Beatles
G Am G
Blackbird singing in the dead of night

C D Em
Take these broken wings and learn to fly

D C
All your life

G A D G
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

Link 1; C G A D G

G Am G
Blackbird singing in the dead of night

C D Em
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see

D C
All your life

G A D G
You were only waiting for this moment to be free

F Dm C
Black-bird, Fly

F Dm C A
Black-bird, Fly

D G
Into the light of the dark black night

Link 2; G Am G G G C D Em D C C C G A D G

F Dm C
Black-bird Fly

F Dm C A
Black-bird Fly

D G
Into the light of a dark black night

Link 3; G Am G G G C D Em D C C C G A D G

G Am G
Blackbird singing in the dead of night

C D Em
Take these broken wings and learn to fly

D C
All your life

G A D G
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

C G A D G
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

C G A D G
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

Dear Prudence- The Beatles

D D/C D/B D/A#
Dear Prudence won’t you come out
D D/C D/B D/A#
to play Dear
D D/C D/B D/A#
Prudence greet the brand
D D/C D/B D/A#
new day The

D D/C D/B D/A#
sun is up, the sky is blue it’s beautiful, and so are you Dear
D D/C C G
Prudence won’t you come out to
D D/C D/B D/A#
play

Dear Prudence open up your eyes
Dear Prudence see the sunny skies
The wind is low, the birds will sing
That you are part of everything
Dear Prudence won’t you open up you eyes

D G/D A/D G/D
Look around round
Look around round round
D F G# G D
Look around_____________

Dear Prudence let me see you smile
Dear Prudence like a little child
The clouds will be a daisy chain
So let me see you smile again
Dear Prudence won’t you let me see you smile

Can’t Find My Way Home – Eric Clapton
D/C D/B
1. Come down off your throne
D/Bb D/A
And leave your body alone
F G D
Somebody must change
D/C D/B D/Bb
You are the reason I’ve been waiting
D/A
All so long
F G D
Somebody holds the key

G
Chorus. In the end when I
A D
Just ain’t got the time
Em
O-oh, well I’m wasted and I
G D/F# Em D
Can’t find my way home
D/C D/B D/Bb D/A F G D (Dsus2 D)

2. Come down on your own
And leave your body home
Somebody must change
You are the reason I’ve been waiting
All these years
Somebody holds the key

Chorus.

Carolina in my Mind by James Taylor

Intro
D G G/F Em7 G/A

Chorus
D G G/F# A
In my mind I’ve gone to Carolina
G A Em7
Can’t you see the sunshine cant you just feel the moon shining?
D A/C# Bm A G D/F#
Ain’t it just like a friend of mine to hit me from behind
G/A D Bm7 Em7 G/A D
Yes I’m going to Carol ina in my mind

Verse 1
D C G A
Karen, she’s a silver sun, you’d best walk away and watch it shining
Bm G A
Watch her watch the morning come
G D/F# Bm7
A silver tear appearing now I’m cry ing ain’t I?
D Bm7 Em7 G/A D
I’ve gone to Carol ina in my mind

Verse 2
There ain’t no doubt in no-ones mind that loves the finest thing around
Whisper something soft and kind
And hey baby, the sky’s on fire, I’m dying, ain’t I
I’ve gone to Carolina in my mind

Chorus

Verse 3
Dark and silent late last night I think I might have heard the highway calling
Geese in flight and dogs that bite
The signs that it might be omens say I’m going, going
I’ve gone to Carolina in my mind

Bridge
D G A Bm
With a holy host of others standing around me
F#m7 Em7 G
Still I’m on the dark side of the moon
A C G D C G/B Em7
And it seems like this goes on like this forever you must forgive me
G/A D Bm7 Em7 G/A D
If I’m up and gone to Carol ina in my mind

Chorus
D G G/F Em7 G/A D(Repeat sequence to fade)
I’m gone say nice things about me cause I’m gone

Repeat and fade

Peggy-O — Trad, sung Joan Baez, Simon and Garfunkel, Grateful Dead et al.

[This is closest to the Baez version.]

C Am Em F C
As we marched down to Fennario
C G C G C G
As we marched down to Fennario
Am G C G F C
Our captain fell in love with a lady like a dove
C Am Em F C
And the name she was called was pretty Peggy-O

Won’t you come and go with me, pretty Peggy-O? (x2)
In coaches you shall ride with your true love by your side
Just as grand as any lady in the are-o

What would your mother think, pretty Peggy-O? (x2)
What would your mother think for to hear the guineas clink
And the soldiers all marching before you?

You’re the man that I adore, sweet William-O (x2)
You’re the man that I adore, but your fortune is too low
I’m afraid that my mother would be angry-o

Come tripping down the stairs, pretty Peggy-O (x2)
Come tripping down the stairs and tie up your yellow hair
Bid a last farewell to sweet William-O

If ever I return, pretty Peggy-O (x2)
If ever I return then the city I shall burn
And destroy all the ladies in the are-o

Our captain he is dead, pretty Peggy-O (x2)
Our captain he is dead, and he died for a maid
And he’s buried in Louisiana county-o.

Four Strong Winds- Neil Young

Verse 1

C Dm
I think I’ll go out to Alberta
G C
Weather’s good there in the fall
C Dm G
I’ve got some friends that I can go working for
C Dm
Still I wish you’d change your mind
G C
If I ask you one more time
Dm C G G
But we’ve been through that a hundred times before

Chorus

C Dm
Four strong winds that blow lonely
G C
Seven seas that run high
C Dm G
All those things that don’t change come what may
C Dm
For the good times are all gone
G C
And I’m bound for moving on
Dm C G
I’ll look for you if I’m ever back this way

Verse 2

C Dm G
If I get there before the snow flies, And if things are looking good
C Dm G
You could meet me if I sent you down the fare
C Dm
But by then it would be winter
G C
Not too much for you to do
Dm C G
And those winds sure can blow cold way out there

Repeat chorus

Hills of Idaho- by Gordon Bok, changed to Salmon format
A
Away and to the Westward
G D
Is a Place a man should go
A
Where the fishin’s always easy
G A D
They aint got no ice or snow

Chorus
G D
But I’ll Float down the river
G D
Where the Forks run Together
G D
Bide away the days
G A D
On the hills of Idaho

Now the Salmon girls are fine
They put their hearts in your hand
And the Stanley boys are able
First class boatmen, every man

Now the trouble with old salmon
You don’t try her in a wood boat
For the canyon is really rocky
They roll your head right off your shoulder.

Away and to the Westward
Is a Place a man should go
Where the fishin’s always easy
They aint got no ice or snow

The girls of Stanley
They are strong across the shoulder
They don’t give a man advice
They don’t want to cook his supper

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

D Bm
I know an old lady who swallowed a fly.
Em A
I dunno why she swallowed that fly,
D A7
Perhaps she’ll die.

D Bm
I know an old lady who swallowed a spider,
Em A
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
D D
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
Em A
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly –
D A7
Perhaps she’ll die.

D Bm
I know an old lady who swallowed a bird;
Em A
How absurd, to swallow a bird!
D D
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
Em A
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
D D
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
Em A
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly –
D A7
Perhaps she’ll die.

D Bm
I know an old lady who swallowed a cat.
Em A
Imagine that, she swallowed a cat.
D D
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird …
D D
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
Em A
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
D D
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
Em A
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly –
D A7
Perhaps she’ll die.

D Bm
I know an old lady who swallowed a dog.
Em A
What a hog! To swallow a dog!
D D
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat…
D D
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird …
D D
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
Em A
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
D D
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
Em A
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly –
D A7
Perhaps she’ll die.

D Bm
I know an old lady who swallowed a goat.
Em A
Just opened her throat and swallowed a goat!
D D
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog …
D D
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat…
D D
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird …
D D
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
Em A
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
D D
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
Em A
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly –
D A7
Perhaps she’ll die.

D Bm
I know an old lady who swallowed a cow.
Em A
I don’t know how she swallowed a cow!
D D
She swallowed the cow to catch the goat…
D D
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog …
D D
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat…
D D
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird …
D D
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
Em A
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her.
D D
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
Em A
But I dunno why she swallowed that fly –
D A7
Perhaps she’ll die.

D Bm
I know an old lady who swallowed a horse –

She’s dead, of course.

Last Thing on my mind by Tom Paxton

v1: G C G
theres a lesson to late for the learning
G D G
made of sand, made of sand
G C G
in the wink of an eye my soul is turning
C G D G
in your hand, in your hand

Chorus
D C G
are you going away with no word of farewell?
e D
will there be not a trace left behind?
G C G
well i could have loved you better, didnt mean to be unkind
D G
you know that was the last thing on my mind

v2: youve got reasons a plenty for going
this i know, this i know
for the weeds have been steadily growing
please dont go, please dont go

v3: as i lie [here] in my bed in the morning
without you, without you
every song in my breast dies a borning
without you, without you

repeat refrain

MICHAEL ROWED THE BOAT ASHORE: The Highwaymen.
#1 in ’61.

#1.
C F C
Michael rowed the boat ashore, halle..lu..jah,
Em Dm C G C
Michael rowed the boat ashore, halle..lu..lu..jah.

#2

Sister helped to trim the sails, hallelujah,

Sister helped to trim the sails, hallelujah.

CHORUS:

Michael rowed the boat ashore, hallelujah,

Michael rowed the boat ashore, hallelujah.

#3.

The river Jordan is chilly and cold, hallelujah,

Chills the body but not the soul, hallelujah.

CHORUS:

#4.

The river is deep and the river is wide, hallelujah,

Milk and honey on the other side, hallelujah.

CHORUS:

MOUNTAIN DEW
G
DOWN THE ROAD HERE FROM ME THERE’S AN OLD HOLLOW TREE
C G
WHERE YOU LAY DOWN A DOLLAR OR TWO

IF YOU HUSH UP YOUR MUG THEY WILL FILL UP YOUR JUG
D7 G
WITH THAT GOOD OLD MOUNTAIN DEW

CHORUS
G
THEY CALL IT THAT GOOD OLD MOUNTAIN DEW
C G
AND THEM THAT REFUSE IT ARE FEW

YOU MAY GO ROUND THE BEND
D7 G
BUT YOU’LL COME BACK AGAIN FOR THE GOOD OLD MOUNTAIN DEW

G
WAY UP ON THE HILL THERE’S AN OLD WHISKEY STILL
C G
THAT IS RUN BY A HARD WORKING CREW

YOU CAN TELL IF YOU SNIFF AND YOU GET A GOOD WHIFF
D7 G
THAT THEY’RE MAKING THAT OLD MOUNTAIN DEW

– – CHORUS – –

G
THE PREACHER CAME BY WITH A TEAR IN HIS EYE
C G
HE SAID THAT HIS WIFE HAD THE FLU

WE TOLD HIM HE OUGHT TO GIVE HER A QUART
D7 G
OF THAT GOOD OLD MOUNTAIN DEW

– – CHORUS – –

G
MY BROTHER MORT IS SAWED OFF AND SHORT
C G
HE MEASURES JUST FOUR FOOT TWO

BUT HE THINKS HE’S A GIANT WHEN THEY GIVE HIM A PINT
D7 G
OF THAT GOOD OLD MOUNTAIN DEW

– – CHORUS – –

G
MY UNCLE BILL HAS A STILL ON THE HILL
C G
WHERE HE RUNS OFF A GALLON OR TWO

THE BIRDS IN THE SKY GET SO HIGH THEY CAN’T FLY
D7 G
ON THAT GOOD OLD MOUNTAIN DEW

– – CHORUS – –

G
MY AUNT JANE HAS A BRAND NEW PERFUME
C G
IT HAS SUCH A SWEET SMELLING P U

IMAGINE HER SURPRISE WHEN SHE HAD IT ANALYZED
D7 G
IT WAS GOOD OLD MOUNTAIN DEW

– – CHORUS – –

Shell be Coming Round the Mountain 


G
She’ll be coming ’round the mountain, When she comes, toot, toot
G D
She’ll be coming ’round the mountain, When she comes, toot toot
G
She’ll be coming ’round the mountain,
C
She’ll be coming ’round the mountain,
G D G
She’ll be coming ’round the mountain, When she comes, toot toot

G
She’ll be driving six white horses, When she comes, whoa back!
(Continue as in first stanza, ending with Whoa back! toot, toot.

G
Oh, we’ll all come out to meet her, When she comes, HI BABE!

Etc, Hi babe, Whoa Back, Toot toot.

G
Who we’ll kill the old red rooster, When she comes, Hack Hack!
Hack hack, Hi Babe, Whoa Back, toot toot

We’ll all have chicken n’ dumplin’s, When she comes, Yum Yum!
Yum Yum, hack hack, hi babe, whoa back, toot toot.

She’ll be wearing silk pajamas when she comes, (whistle)…
Whistle, Yum Yum, Hack hack, hi babe, Whoa back, Toot toot

Oh she’ll have to sleep with grandma when she comes, Oh NO!
Oh No, whistle, Yum yum, hack hack, hi babe, whoa back, toot toot

She’ll be singing “hallelujuah” when she comes, A-men!

Amen, Oh No, Whistle, Yum Yum, hack hack, hi babe, whoa back, toot toot!

Repeat first stanza

Stewball by Peter, Paul and Mary

[D] [G] [A] Old Stewball was a [D]racehorse,
And I wish he were [Em]mine.
He never drank [A]water,
He only drank [D]wine.[G] [A]

His bridle was [D]silver,
And his mane it was gold,
And the worth of his saddle
Has never been told.

Oh the fairgrounds were crowded,
And Stewball was there,
But the betting was heavy
On the bay and the mare.

As they were approaching,
About half way around,
The gray mare she stumbled
and fell to the ground.

And away out yonder,
Ahead of them all,
Came A-prancing and A-dancing,
My noble Stewball.

I bet on the gray mare
And I bet on the bay.
If I’d bet on old Stewball
I’d be a free man today.

Oh the hoot owl she hollers,
And the turtle dove moans.
I’m a poor boy in trouble.
I’m a long way from home.

Old Stewball was a racehorse,
And I wish he were mine.
He never drank water,
He only drank wine.

Take me home, Country Roads- John Denver
G Em D C G
verse 1: Almost Heaven, West Virginia, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River.
G Em D C
Life is old here, older than the trees, younger than the mountains, blowin
G
like a breeze.
G D Em C
chorus: Country Roads, take me home, to a place, where I belong, West
G D C G
Virginia, mountain mama, take me home, country roads.

G Em D C
verse 2: All my memories gather round her, miner’s lady, stranger to blue
G
water. Chorus
G Em D C
Dark and dusty, painted on the sky, misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my
G
eye. Chorus
G Em D
verse 3: I hear her voice in the morning hour she calls me, the radio reminds
C G
me of my home far away.
G Em D
And driving down the road I get a feeling that I should have been home
C G
yesterday, yesterday.

Tennessee Stud by Johnny Cash

A
Back about eighteen and twenty-five
G
I left Tennessee very much alive
A
I never would’ve made it through the Arkansas mud
E A
If I hadn’t been riding on the Tennessee Stud

A
Had some trouble with my sweetheart’s Pa
G
One of her brothers was a bad outlaw
A
I wrote a letter to my Uncle Fudd
E A
And I rode away on the Tennessee Stud

| A G A
|The Tennessee Stud was long and lean
| D C E
|The color of the sun and his eyes were green
|A
|He had the nerve and he had the blood
| E A
|There never was a horse like Tennessee Stud

Drifted on down into no man’s land
Across the river called the Rio Grande
Raced my horse with the Spaniard’s foe
Til I got me a skin full of silver and gold

Me and the gambler, we couldn’t agree
We got in a fight over Tennessee
Pulled our guns and he fell with a thud
And I rode away on a Tennessee Stud

{chorus}

I rode right back across Arkansas
I whupped her brother and I whupped her Pa
I found that girl with the golden hair
She was riding on a Tennessee Mare

Pretty little baby on the cabin floor
Little horse colt playing round the door
I loved the girl with the golden hair
And the Tennessee Stud loves the Tennessee Mare

{chorus}

This Land is Your Land- Woody Guthrie

C G
As I went walking, that ribbon of highway,
D G
I saw above me that endless skyway,
C G
I saw below me that golden valley.
D G
This land was made for you and me.

This land is your land, this land is my land,
From California to the New York Island,
From the redwood forest to the Gulf stream waters,
This land was made for you and me.

I’ve roamed and rambled, and I’ve followed my footsteps
To the sunny bright sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me a voice came a-singing
Singing, “This land was made for you and me”

This land is your land, this land is my land,
From California to the New York Island,
From the redwood forest to the Gulf stream waters,
This land was made for you and me.

It was early one morning, and I was a-strolling
With the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
As the fog was lifting, a voice comes chanting
. . .
This land is your land, this land is my land,
From California to the New York Island,
From the redwood forest to the Gulf stream waters,
This land was made for you and me.

Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway
Nobody living can make me turn back
This land was made for you and me

This land is your land, this land is my land,
From California to the New York Island,
From the redwood forest to the Gulf stream waters,
This land was made for you and me.

THOSE WERE THE DAYS by Gene Raskin

Am
Once upon a time there was a tavern,
Dm
where we used to raise a glass or two.
Am
Remember how we laughed away the hours,
H7 E
and dreamed of all the great things we would do.

REF:
Am
Those were the days, my friend,
Dm
we thought they’d never end,
G G7 C
we’d sing and dance for ever and a day;
Dm
We’d live the life we choose,
Am
we,d fight and never lose,
E Am
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days.

Then the busy years went rushing by us.
We lost our starry notions on the way.
If by chance I’d see you in the tavern,
we’d smiled at one another, and we’d say:

REF.

Just tonight I stood before the tavern.
Nothing seemed the way it used to be.
In the glass I saw a strange reflection,
was that lonely person really me?

REF.

Through the door there came familiar laughter.
I saw your face and heard you call my name.
Oh, my friend, we’re older, but no wiser.
For in our hearts the dream are still the same.

REF.

Whiskey in the Jar
Irish folk song played by The Dubliners

Capo 2nd fret

C a
As I was going over the Cork and Kerry Mountains,
F C a
I met with Captain Farrel, and his money he was countin’,
C a
I first produced my pistol, and I than produced my rapier,
F C a
Sayin’: “Stand and deliver for you are a bold deceiver”.

Chorus:
G
Musha ring dum a doo dum a da,
C
Whack for the daddy ol’,
F
Whack for the daddy ol’,
C G C
There’s whiskey in the jar.

I counted out his money and it made a pretty penny,
I put it in my pocket, and I took it home to Jenny,
She sighed, and she swore that she never would deceive me,
But the devil take the women for they never can be easy.

Chorus

I went into my chamber all for to take a slumber,
I dreamt of gold and jewels and for sure it was no wonder,
But Jenny drew my charges and she filled them out with water,
Then sent for Captain Farrel, to be ready for the slaughter.

Chorus

‘Twas early in the morning just before I rose to travel,
Up comes a band of footmen and likewise, Captain Farrel,
I first produced my pistol for she stole away my rapier,
But I couldn’t shoot the water, so a prisoner I was taken.

Chorus

Now there’s some take delight in the carriages a rolling
and others take delight in the hurling and the bowling
but I take delight in the juice of the barley
and courting pretty fair maids in the morning bright and early

Chorus

If anyone can aid me ’tis my brother in the army,
If I can find his station, in Cork or in Killarney,
And if he’ll go with me we’ll go roving in Kilkenny,
And I’m sure he’ll treat me better than my old a-sporting Jenny.

Chorus
We Love to Sing on the Salmon River. Here are a few of our favorite songs that we love to play guitar to around the campfire.

Please contact us if you have any songs you would like to add to our list.

You ain’t going nowhere
Bob Dylan

G Am
Clouds so swift, the rain won’t lift
C G
The gates won’t close, the railings froze
Am
Get your mind off wintertime
C G
You ain’t going nowhere

Ooo-wee, ride me high
Tomorrow’s the day my bride’s gonna come
Ooh, ooh, are we gonna fly
Down in the easy chair

I don’t care how many letters they sent
The morning came and the morning went
Pick up your money, pack up your tent,
You ain’t going nowhere

Ooo-wee…

Buy me a flute and a gun that shoots
Tailgates and substitutes
Strap yourself to the tree with roots
You ain’t going nowhere

Ooo-wee…

Gengis Khan he could not keep
All his kings supplied with sleep
We’ll climb that hill no matter how steep
When we get up to it

Ooo-wee…

OLD MAN- Neil Young

Old man look at my life, I’m a lot like you were x2

D F C G D F C F

DWB: (try a quick F-G at the end of the phrase on the way back to D)

D F
Old man look at my life

C G
Twenty four and there’s so much more

D F
Live alone in a paradise

C F
That makes me think of two

DWB: (try a quick F-G at the end of the verse on the way back to D)

D F
Love lost, such a cost,

C G
Give me things that don’t get lost.

D C
Like a coin that won’t get tossed

F G
Rollin’ home to you.

D Am7 Em7 G D/F#

DWB: (Between to D and Am7, try Dsus4->D->D9->D, pulling-off the high E from the
3rd fret to 2nd fret to open E, then a quick punch on the 2nd fret again)

D Am7 Em7 G
Old man take a look at my life I’m a lot like you

D Am7 Em7 G
I need someone to love me the whole day through

D Am7 Em7
Oh, one look in my eyes and you can tell that’s true.

D F C G D F C F

(DWB: play a quick F-G at the end of the phrase on the way back to D)

Lullabies, look in your eyes,
Run around the same old town.
Doesn’t mean that much to me
To mean that much to you
I’ve been first and last
Look at how the time goes past.
But I’m all alone at last.
Rolling home to you.

Old man look at my life, I’m a lot like you were x2 (intro chords)

MFRE Inflatable Kayak (IK) and Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Safety Talk

MFRE Inflatable Kayak (IK) and Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Safety Talk that MFRE Expedition Leaders present to paddlers on the river before any participant paddles.

Inflatable Kayaking (IK)  and SUP are not for everyone because the risk of tipping over is much greater than riding in the rafts or paddle boat.  Do not ask to use the IK’s unless you are confident with your physical abilities, swimming strength, and your ability to handle an emergency situation. The following are general guidelines:

  1. All IK’s and SUP users should wear wetsuits.  This is for protection against rocks (wetsuits are 1/4 inch thick) or the cold water should you swim.
  2. All kayakers and SUP must wear a helmet.
  3. All kayakers and SUP must always follow behind the paddle boat and not get behind the raft behind the paddle boat.
  4. All kayakers and SUP must approach rafts from the upstream side, and only on the bow or stern (so the guide can use the oars to maneuver should they need to).
  5. All kayakers and SUP must listen to the kayak handling instructions below.

IK Safety talk- to cover on land

  1. Explain the difference between the different Inflatable Kayaks and SUP we have.
  2. Explain how the self-bailing kayak works (water drains to lowest point, holes in side or at ends.
  3. Show where to sit or Stand.  The proper position in rapids in on the floor to maintain a low center of gravity. Sit on thwart only in calm water as it is less stable position thatn the floor.  Keep weight forward in the IK, especially those who weigh less than 120 pds.
  4. Show how to hold the paddle and the strokes to be used- overhand, sweep, and reverse sweep or rudder for IK and SUP.  Stress that when in doubt, paddle hard as you have more control when moving fast (like riding a bike).  When in doubt, paddle it out and square it out!  Always keep boat pointed downstream, as boat is 10 feet long and 3 feet wide and can tip very easily when sideways to current.
  5. What to do if you flip.
  • Float on back with feet downstream, hold onto your paddle;
  • Try to get back into the IK or SUP (demonstrate);
  • If you can get back into the IK or SUP, hold onto it.
  • To be rescued by paddle raft (main rescue boat), rescue boat holds kayak or SUP steady while swimmer climbs back in kayak, or rescue boat pulls in swimmer by the life jacket into the rescue raft, and pulls in the IK later.
  • If separated from your IK or SUP, do not get caught in front of your IK or another raft, or between a rock and your IK or raft.  Swim to the side!
  1. What to do if you get stuck on a rock while in your IK?  Rock forward and backward and nudge your IK off of it.  This works 90% of the time.  Also can lean downstream to expose the bottom of the IK to water, not a tube which will allow water to fill the IK with water and flip you.

IK Safety talk- to cover in the water by a guide.

  1. Explain river dynamics such as eddys, what makes a rapid, pillows, tongues, how to tell where a rock is.
  2. Demonstrate strokes in the water.
  3. Tech the upstream ferry. This allows movement of the IK across current or stopping almost anytime on the river.
  4. In the rapids space the kayaks and SUP 2-3 IK lengths apart to minimize collisions and tips over in case the paddle boat gets stuck.
  5. Kayakers should always stay in sight of all members of their group.
  6. IK’ers should always be watching 25-30 yards ahead for rocks or obstacles to initiate avoiding.
  7. When in doubt, paddle in the middle of the river to give you the option to go left or right to avoid an obstacle.
  8. When going around a corner it is always best to go to the inside of the curve, the current will drive you to the outside wall if you go with the flow.
  9. If you cannot Self Rescue from IK or SUP you have to stop!

MFRE partner Tarkio Kayak Adventures June 11-16, 2011 Trip

Our vision is simple. Bring expert kayak instructors together to teach small groups of students on the best rivers in the world.
Tarkio Kayak Adventures and MFRE offers a multitude of lessons, trips, and clinics geared towards our clients’ personal needs and skill levels. We specialize in multi-day instructional clinics that lead to increased skill-development. Tarkio’s kayak clinics and trips capture why we love to paddle: good times, beautiful rivers, and fun people.
The Tarkio Team includes some of the best known paddlers and instructors in the whitewater world. Not only that, they are just one heck of a high-quality, fun-loving group of people. Our veteran instructors include Land Hefin, Willie Kern, Dunbar Hardy, Shawn Robertson, Whitney Londale, Jed Weingarten, Johnnie Kern, Polly Green and Tracy Bowerman.

Tarkio Kayak Adventures is proud to offer amazing global whitewater adventures, as well as Idaho and Montana-based clinics and trips during our summer season. Whether it is private instruction or an adventurous international Tarkio trip, we’ve got you covered!

MIDDLE FORK RIVER EXPEDITIONS MENU

Middle Fork River Expeditions Menu




Breakfast Lunch Appetizer Dinner Dessert
Day 1 None Smorgesborg Caprese Pork Ternderloin & Tri-Tip

Black Bean Burger option

Smores
Fruit Popcorn Potato Au Graten (save extra for day 4)
cookies White and Red Wine Organic Spring mix/walnut/gorgonzola/pear salad
balsamic/olive oil dressing
Day 2 Sourdough Pancakes Deli Truff Popcorn Wild Alaskan Salmon on Cedar Planks Apple Crisp
Bacon & Eggs your way BLT’s, pork or steak- leftover Artichokes Quinoa fresh whip cream
granola & yogurt Fruit White and Red Wine Spring Mix/cabbage/tomato/cucumber
Fresh Fruit cookies Olive/gar/rice wine vin/soy sauce dressing
Recharge Sourdough
Day 3 Fritatta Taco Salad Edamame Curry- Flank and Pork Brownies
Sausage tortillas Party Mix Brown Rice  fresh whip cream
Fresh Fruit Fruit White and Red Wine Kale, cabbage or iceberg Salad
granola & yogurt cookies
Day 4 Omelette Deli Guacamole Chicken Fajita Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Hash Browns Fruit Chips & Salsa Black Beans fresh whip cream
granola & yogurt cookies Margaritas Onion and Peppers
Fresh Fruit  Sour Cream, Lettuce and Salsa
Day 5 Sourdough Biscuits Tuna Salad Wrap Baked brie Filet Mignon or Portabello mushrooms Chocolate Cake
Sausage Gravy Crackers Red Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes w/but/brown fresh whip cream
Scrambled Eggs Fruit White and Red Wine Romaine salad w/ shaved parmessan
Fresh Fruit cookies Champagne Olive oil/lemon/gar dresing
granola & yogurt
Day 6 Bagels, lox, cucumber Taco bar at North Fork notes:
Cream Cheese & Capers
granola & yogurt
Fresh Fruit
Middle Fork River Expeditions Menu

 

 

 

 

 

COSTA RICA ADVENTURE with MFRE Guides

Loved the Middle Fork of the Salmon River last summer and coming again on the Main Salmon this year?  But just have to get away for the spring break before your Idaho trip?  Come join MFRE in Costa Rica!  Looking for the most active and adventurous trip Costa Rica has to offer?  Look no further! Experience Costa Rica’s National Parks and Reserves by sea kayak, river raft, and on foot with certified naturalist guides that lead you to hidden gems within this ecological wonderland. Our small group size allows us to travel easily and intimately through a country that has made farsighted decisions to protect their ecosystem and rain forests in a world where they are rapidly vanishing.

You’ll start off at Tortuguero National Park on the Caribbean coast, the largest seasonal spawning ground for many varieties of sea turtles including Leatherbacks, Hawksbills, and Green Turtles. The best way to discover the rainforest is by sea kayak as you can get really close to the animals. You will see howler and white-faced monkeys, jesus christ lizards, morpho butterflies, and many species of tropical birds. After early morning sea turtle hatchings (July & August) we visit the nearby “Sea Turtle Survival League” an NGO dedicated to researching and saving the sea turtles of Costa Rica.

Then it’s off to the Pacuare River, where you will hike into a jungle lodge that is situated right on the river.   You will hike to hidden waterfalls and have the option to do a “zip line” to fulfill all of your Tarzan fantasies of swinging from limb to limb.

You’ll then cap your trip with sea kayaking, mountain biking, sea kayaking and hiking fun in the wilderness surrounding Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano. You will mtn. bike or hike to the La Fortuna waterfall, sea kayak on Arenal Lake, and go for a full day mtn. bike in the foothills of the Volcano.  You will soak in some hot springs watching the red hot lava pour off the volcano, and be hosted by a local family for dinner in their home.  This Eco Family Adventures vacation has it all.

ITINERARY

F This trip begins with a rendezvous at the airport in San Jose, Costa Rica, on Day 1.

Day 1 ~ Arrive in San José

Your trip leader (or a representative) will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport. He or she will answer questions, brief you on the immediate arrangements, and escort you to your hotel.

Hotel Alta (or similar)

Day 2 ~ Tortuguero National Park: Sea Kayaking

Drive two hours to the Río Suerte for a three hour paddle by sea kayak to Tortuguero National Park and our accommodations at Mawamba Lodge.  Mawamba is a wonderful lodge located on the beach in Tortuguero National Park. Its pretty pool, a walk on the beach or on nature trails, and cocktails on the sunset deck await us.

B,L,D…Mawamba Lodge

Day 3 ~ Tortuguero National Park: Sea Kayaking

Optional early morning search for sea turtles with the guide (best viewing is during the July and August trips). After breakfast we take a motorboat loaded with our kayaks and head to Laguna Nueve near the Río Samai. We board the kayaks and paddle through a narrow waterway into the lagoon, which is accessibly only by sea kayaks. This is an ideal place for close encounters with hundreds of monkeys and birds of all colors. We head back to Mawamba for lunch. In the afternoon we have many choices.  We can paddle to some more areas only accessible by kayak, simply relax at the pool, or take a walk to the Sea Turtle Survival League, an NGO run by the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, providing education and a safe haven for these amazing creatures.

B,L,D…Mawamba Lodge

DAY 4 ~ Pacuare River Forest Reserve: Rafting

Early morning sea turtle viewing. After breakfast we take a boat to Matina (11⁄2-hour ride), then drive about two hours to the put-in point on the beautiful Rio Pacuare (class III/IV), a protected tropical wilderness river and one of the most exciting to raft in all of Costa Rica!  Once at the river we paddle downstream about eight miles to our riverside jungle lodge, which has rooms with attached baths. Along the river we may see many animals, including sloths, river otters, and anteaters, and an incredible variety of birds—toucans, toucanitos, egrets, herons, kingfishers, and trogons. A picnic lunch is served on the riverbank; dinner is in a thatched-roof open air dining area overlooking the river.

B,L,D…Pacuare Jungle Lodge

DAY 5 ~ Nature Hike, Zip Line, Bird Watching

Early morning bird-watching with your guides to see toucans and many other species by hiking on a trail high above the rainforest canopy for sweeping views of the river corridor. We’ll spend the rest of the day exploring in the tropical rainforest by hiking to hidden waterfalls where we will have the opportunity to swim in the refreshing pools. We can also be tarzan for the day and take a “zip line” from tree platform to tree platform (5 in total!) with a cable tied between them.  Return to camp for dinner and overnight.

B,L,D…Pacuare Jungle Lodge

DAY 6 ~ Pacuare River Forest Reserve: Rafting

Today we enter the deep and lush gorge of the Pacuare. As we float through the dense jungle we watch the riverbank for signs of wildlife and look for the waterfall that literally drenches you as you float by! After enjoying another exhilarating day on the river, we take-out in the afternoon and drive 2 ½ hours to La Fortuna, the gateway to the Arenal Volcano wilderness areas. Dinner on your own in San José.

B,L,D…Lomas del Volcan (or similar)

Day 7 ~ Arenal Volcano: Mtn. Biking, Hiking, Evening Float Trip

Morning optional mountain bike ride or hike to La Fortuna Waterfall, over 200 ft. tall. After breakfast, you will get ready for a biking adventure. This is an optional activity and for those who wish to hike can start hiking to the waterfall while the bike riders get ready.  Safety instructions will be given and the guide will help you getting familiar with the bikes and the equipment. Once everybody is ready, the adventure begins thru trails and wonderful views of the area and the Arenal Volcano, which will end with a quick hike down a slope to the La Fortuna Waterfall. At the waterfall you can swim, take photos or just relax and have some snacks that the guide provides.

In the evening, you will take a twilight raft float on the Peñas Blancas River (no rapids), where you will discover the behavior of animals and plants during transition from day to night and your naturalist guide will handle your boat while you relax and pay attention to the different sounds of nature.  Dinner tonight is hosted by the Hidalgo family, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a typical Costa Rica (Tico) meal, which they are famous for.

B,L,D… Lomas del Volcan (or similar)

Day 8 ~ Arenal Lake and Volcano: Sea Kayaking and Relaxing in Hot Springs

In the morning, you will embark in sea kayaks paddling in the calm waters of the Arenal Lake, where the beautiful views of Arenal Volcano will provide lasting memories for a lifetime. In the afternoon, you will have time to relax at the Baldi Hot Springs.  The hot springs are surrounded by tropical gardens and have ten various pools of various temperatures, so you can choose which one is perfect from your sore muscles from sea kayaking this morning. If there are no clouds tonight near Arenal Volcano, we might see some red hot lava pouring off the mountain. Often times you can even feel the earth rumbling from the volcano, but not to worry it is very safe! We then drive two hours back to San José with dinner either along the way or back in San Jose.

B,L,D…Hotel Alta (or similar)

Day 9 ~ Fly home

We drive you to the airport and you depart for home.

B…

LAND COST

$2190 per person

Rates quoted are per person, based on sharing double accommodations.

Single Supplement—$400 for “requested” singles; $200 for “forced” singles.

If you prefer single accommodations, you must pay the Single Supplement Fee. If you’re traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we’ll try our best to find you a roommate. If that’s not possible, we will only charge you half of the single supplement.

What’s Included

♦ expert leadership

♦ accommodations

♦ field arrangements, sea kayaking gear and equipment

♦ meals as noted (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

♦ airport transfers

♦ sightseeing as noted in the itinerary

♦ ground transportation

♦ additional guides where necessary

♦ entrance fees and permits

What’s Not

International airfare to San José and return; meals as noted; insurance (we strongly recommend you purchase trip insurance offered by Eco Family Adventures, which includes trip cancellation insurance); optional tipping to leader, guides and local staff; excess baggage charges; airport taxes; cost of medical immunizations; items of a personal nature (sodas, alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Air Travel

Airfare is not included in the land cost of our trips. Use the internet to find a flight. But please check with us before purchasing or obtaining your tickets. We need to verify your arrival and departure schedule and ensure we have confirmation that all services are booked.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Expert Leaders

Expert leadership is the key to every successful trip. Eco Family Adventures attracts gifted leaders for whom leading trips is their passion. They show you many natural wonders that you’d never find on your own and make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. Eco Family Adventures guides positively elevate your experience by being educators, companions, and the best of friends. Although guide assignments can change, the following leaders regularly guide this trip.

Alonso Lezama has been an adventure guide for more than seven years. A certified naturalist, he is currently studying biology in college in Costa Rica after finishing his high school studies in the US at Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania. Alonso comes from a long tradition of tourism in the Turrialba area of Costa Rica; his family owns a hotel and a very well-known restaurant in the area called the Turrialtico Lodge.

Jorge Calderón is a whitewater rafting guide in his mid thirties who has led trips in Costa Rica for the past seven years. He was part of the Costa Rica whitewater rafting team that won the fourth place in the World Championships in Brazil in 1997, and also competes in long distance sea kayaking competitions. Jorge loves the outdoors and is eager to share with you the natural beauty of his country.

Activity Level

This trip is easy to moderate in nature, and is recommended for people in average to good physical condition. Some of the activities are optional, as we often have a support boat or vehicle along if you choose not to participate.  We don’t recommend this trip for people who cannot swim, as the activities all take place on or around water.  Previous sea kayaking and rafting experience is not needed. The trip is not recommended for children under the age of 12.

Camping & Lodging

In Tortuguero, we stay at Mawamba Lodge, a comfortable facility that features basic rooms with hot showers, swimming pool, volleyball court, and a game room. We’ll stay two nights at a simple yet clean jungle lodge in the Pacuare River Forest Reserve. The rooms have attached baths, sinks, and solar-heated showers. In the La Fortuna area we stay at the Lomas del Volcan, which offers bungalows with attached bath and two queen beds with air conditioning.  Lodging in San José is in a very nice hotel with private baths.  Please “google” the hotels to have a good idea of the quality of the hotels chosen for this adventure.

Note on Itinerary

Although we will do our very best to adhere to the itinerary schedule as listed, it is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Note on Services

We often use local suppliers who provide services that may include transportation, equipment, logistic support, and other services (hotels, restaurants, etc.). We do not own or operate these independent suppliers. We work with service providers who share our commitment to safety and quality, and work closely with them to develop itineraries unique to Eco Family Adventures or Middle Fork River Expeditions.


Middle Fork Salmon River Fy Fishing Tackle List

Recommended Tackle for Fly Fishing on the Middle Fork

McCoy’s Tackle Shop, Jane McCoy owner, Ace of Diamonds Street in Stanley has an excellent selection of Middle Fork flies & tackle. 208-774-3377.
• Fly rod (4 to 6 weight) (8-9 feet long) (2, 3, or 4 piece rod)
• Reel & line (4 to 6 weight, double taper floating line)(balanced to rod – size should match line & rod weight)
• Protective case for rod (rod/reel cases are ideal – the reel stays on the rod in the case)
• Vest or tackle box with flies, leaders, dry fly and line dressing (wax or silicon)
• Leaders (6 to 7 ½ foot tapered leaders size 3X or 4X) and tippet material 4X or 5X to add onto tapered leaders
• Clippers for trimming leaders
• Forceps, or other tools to grasp the hook shank for releasing fish
• Needle nose pliers, forceps, etc. to bend hook barbs flat
• Polarized glasses with croakies

Suggested Dry Flies. (generally sizes 8-14)
Humpy (yellow, orange, red) Royal Wolff
Goofus (Improved Humpy) (yellow, orange, red) Buck-tailed Caddis
Irresistible Elkhair Caddis
Stimulator (stonefly immitation) size 8 & 10 Royal Coachman
Sofa Pillow (stonefly immitation) size 8 & 10 Adams
Renegade Parachute Hopper
Dave’s Hopper Giant Stonefly
Suggested Wet Flies (Early morning or late evening in low light, use wet patterns with a long leader. Add extra tippet to achieve a longer leader.)
Marabou muddlers Wooly bugger
Wooly worm (black, olive) Muddler minnow
Brown & black leach
Nymph fishermen should have imitations for mayflies, stoneflies, and caddisflies.

 
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