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Top 5 Reasons To Have A Fly-fishing Guide On The Upper Salmon

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

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Excerpt: In Sunset Magazine’s October, 2013 issue, author Laura Fraser, in “A River Runs Through Us,” wrote that fly-fishing is much more challenging than putting a worm on a hook and dropping it into a lake. She goes on to explain that it’s not the kind of thing you can learn on the fly, which is why having a guide is key. Since we couldn’t have said it better ourselves, here are her top four reasons why you should consider a guide when fly-fishing in a new area, along with one added by us. 1) Trout feed on thousands of different insects…

Before You Grow Up: Be A Raft Guide

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

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Excerpt: “There are only a few carefree summers in your life. Don’t waste them interning at law firms…” So begins a recent post on Outside Magazine’s website that recommends working as a river guide before you grow up. Among the various reasons cited for doing so, our faves include getting paid to float a river and vacation days that offer climbing, hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking. Additionally, it lists the romance potential as high. (Woooo, woooo!) We would also add to the list the great sense of camaraderie with your fellow guides. One of our guides, the fabulous Emily Wendler, just might…

Behind The Scenes: The Taking of the Annual Guide Photo

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

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Excerpt: Yes, at first glance we look entirely professional; completely capable of taking you down the river, what with our tanned skin, bulging muscles, swanky gear and all. But the truth is, underneath that cool veneer, we are all just a bunch of clowns having a good time. Nowhere is that more evident than at our annual guide photo shoot. Kudos to photographer Marjorie McBride for putting up with us every year. The Veneer—or what the guides call our “Bible Camp” photo. Angelic, don’t you think?  But here’s how it really goes down.   And then, what really goes down…   The good thing is, in this…

Starting 2013 Safe

Friday, May 31st, 2013

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Excerpt: We are up and running.  Opening Memorial day to cloudy skies and brave paddlers. 2013 is a go! Time slows after Memorial Day weekend and gives us the chance to focus on training and practicing the hidden skills that make our guides stand out. Every spring The River Company hosts a swiftwater rescue course to refresh and teach new skills. This year was no different and we had a great class once again. Our guides spend a lot of time in the water going over every possible scenario and on land practicing knots and land-based rescue techniques. Guests are typically not aware that there…

Trips begin Memorial Day weekend!

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

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Excerpt: We’ve started our weekend trips to Stanley to dust off the boats, organize the warehouse, clean the kitchen and set up shop. The first time we come to Stanley (from McCall) for the season generates a lot of excitement in our family. The kids get reacquainted with their room and the sandbox and memories of summers gone by come flooding back. Dave and I push up our shirt-sleeves and get to work putting things together, antsy for the season to get underway. This time around we discovered  more snow than usual on the mountain passes going to Stanley as well as…

Dogs of The River Company

Monday, April 5th, 2010

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Excerpt: It is true. At certain times of the year it seems that Stanley has more dogs than human inhabitants. And at The River Company we do love our dogs. On that note, we would like to welcome another addition to the family. Guide Mark Martin recently became the proud father of Rainy, the cutest (and from what we hear, the most well-behaved) puppy there ever was. Check out these pics of Rainy and the other River Co. dogs.

Rainy: "Best" puppy in the world

Mangee...so regal

Ochoco the wonder pup

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Idaho River Rafting Trips and Good Food

Monday, March 24th, 2008

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Excerpt: The River Company was proud to host the Stanley stop for Taste and Tour Idaho, a media tour of Idaho highlighting Idaho food and wine. After touring Idaho’s wine country and vineyards the team of writers and Idaho representatives was ready for a bit of Idaho whitewater adventure. Not to be outdone by the rest of the tour, we served Organic Lava Lake lamb, All-natural Snake River Farms beef, fresh Idaho grown potatoes, and locally grown greens. Although this menu is not our daily trip offering, if you are looking for a private group rafting trip we would love to…

Outdoor Education based River Trips

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

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Excerpt: The River Company is excited to announce the introduction of our educational youth trips for the 2008 summer rafting season. These trips are not only fun and exciting, but educational at the same time. We feel that learning through hands-on experience is an essential part of this whitewater rafting trip. Understanding their surroundings will help kids build a strong relationship with this area by fostering an awareness and appreciation of this unique ecosystem. Depending on whether you decide to do a half-day trip or full-day trip the following topics will be addressed: History of Stanley Basin: Native Americans, Trappers and Miners, Oh…

February River Co Updates

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

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Excerpt: Idaho snow pack continues to grow in the month of February. As of February 19th the Salmon River Basin is sitting at 120%. Great news for Boaters! The last week has seen welcome high pressure and sunny days giving us the opportunity to dig out. We are starting to hear from our staff as the river season approaches. Tom is enjoying graduate school at Vanderbilt and planning a mid summer trip to Africa. Sean and D’Layne are in Sun Valley ski patrolling and getting ready to dive back into nursing school. Sean plans on riding his bike to New York to…