Snake River/Hells Canyon Cast & Blast Trips – Multi Day Options
Can’t decide what to do? Chukar hunt, or Fish? Fish, or Hunt? We have a solution!! Come to Idaho and the remote section of the Snake River in Hells Canyon for a Cast and Blast adventure more than worthy of a few good tales.
Idaho Chukar Hunting Season 2018 Opening Day–Saturday, September 15th (tentative)
Oregon Chukar Hunting Season 2018 Opening Day–October 13th (tentative)
These chukar season opening dates are PREDICTED based on current policy and past seasons. Idaho & Oregon Fish & Game Regulations are not finalized until the close of the current season.
North Star Cast and Blast Trips are all inclusive, first-class, 5 to 7 day guided trips featuring bass fishing, trout fishing, and steelhead fishing perfectly combined with chukar hunting, in a remote canyon setting. Stay out in the wilds each night, close to the fish and the birds, in a hunt camp set up by our crew. We float the Snake River down the canyon in boats, fish from the boats and hunt sections of the river bank as we move down river.
The trip starts on the Snake River at Hells Canyon Dam with 5 miles of spectacular fast water fishing from the boats while spotting and chukar coveys from the water. Each day we move down river canvassing new country, our gear boat crew moving our camp to a new spot each night. We stop and deep water fish for sturgeon along the way at our favorite holes. Farther down river we take spells between fishing to drop hunters river side to walk long sections of flat benches above the river. The habitat is perfect for chukar, cover provided by boulders along the river, knee high grass on the benches and a few Hackberry and Ponderosa Pine trees. Well behaved hunting dogs are a welcome addition to your party! There is a lot of country and a lot of birds. Dogs that will retreive for you are a definite advantage and will save you a lot time playing hide and seek for birds. If you are without a dog, our guides often times bring their dogs.
Some years we are able to fish the fall Chinook salmon runs or steelhead runs. This depends completely upon when local Fish and Game open seasons, and whether or not the returning fish are abundant. We are very flexible and will plan to fish what is in the river!
All fishing, camping, and boating equipment for these trips are provided along with our outstanding guide crew: owner Jacob Warren and his crew of seasoned Idaho hunters and fishermen. Jacob is an Idaho native and has been hunting and fishing this area for 20+ years. We can cater this trip to your specific passion. We pride ourselves on serving fabulous food focusing on fresh ingredients, Dutch oven baking, and charcoal grilled Idaho salmon or elk steak served at your riverside dining table.
Spin cast fishing gear is provided. We really have a passion for fly fishing encourage you to bring your preferred set of fly gear or other gear as well. We do bring some flies and lures, but will make recommendations for you to stock your personal fly box. You need to BYO shotgun and ammo–waterproof gun case is highly recommended (soft cases work great and are easy to store on the boats). When bringing dogs, plan to bring a life vest for your hunt dog as well as their own food, collars and whatever supplies needed to keep them happy! See our Fishing Logistics page for a complete list of everything included in this trip as well as links to recommended Gear Lists.
We recommend that you plan your trip earlier in the season than later. The weather tends to be more pleasant, the Indian Summers of the west are true to their description. We feel the hunting is better when the weather is nicer. Dates are limited as the season for best access to the Canyon is short!!! Book your party now!! 4 Person minimum unless you can join an existing trip.