These specialty rafting trips in Idaho and Oregon are a Hughes tradition, they highlight special events, special trip focus, or simply an activity that we “outfit & guide” rarely. If you have an idea for a cool trip let us know. We’ll work with you to make it a reality!
Middle Fork of the Salmon Jazz Trip
Our trio plays before dinner daily. Dave Mendenhall (trumpet & bass), Chuck Smith (keyboard), and Scott Reusser (percussion) have performed on these trips for several years. The music is superb.
Dave Mendenhall has spent the last 30 years as a music educator in Apple Valley, MN, and as a freelance musician in the Minneapolis music scene. As a bass player, Dave has played in the corporate and jazz scene playing with national and local musicians. Dave earned a Master Degree in jazz trumpet from University of Minnesota.
Chuck Smith is active throughout the Northwest as both a jazz pianist and music educator. He has performed with numerous distinguished artists, including Ben Arden, Johnny Mathis, The Mills Brothers, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Bernadette Peters, Loretta Lynn, Rich Little and Bob Hope. Smith toured as pianist and musical director for Paul Anka for eight years. He conducted for Anka at many notable functions, including appearances at the Reagan White House and for the Atlanta Symphony.
Scott Reusser is a professional freelance musician for 30 years and has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Rob McConnell, Ritchie Cole, Carl Fontana, Don Shelton, The Airmen of Note, Mark Levine, Phil Mattson,and the PM singers. He has performed at the Gene Harris Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Quebeck City Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, and the Montreaux Jazz Festival.
2018 Trip Dates
- September 2-7, 2018
- 6 Days/5 Nights
- $2460/adult; $2350/youth
Price doesn’t include $4/person/day US Forest Recreation Enhancement Act Fee or $125/person flight, Stanley to the river put-in, payable directly to the pilots at the time of your flight.
Middle Fork Salmon Late Summer Blue Ribbon Fly Fishing Trips!
Enjoy the wild & scenic Middle Fork during Idaho’s Indian Summer. Fly fish for wild, westslope cutthroat trout in gin clear water. For full details check our our Middle Fork of the Salmon page.
2018 Trip Dates
- September 11-16 (6 days)
- September 20-25 (6 days)
- September 29-October 4 (6 Days)
2018 Trip Rates
- 6 Day Trips —– $2460/Adult & $2350/Youth
- Additional $960/person to upgrade to a 6 Day fishing raft
- based on 2 fishermen/boat
Price doesn’t include $4/person/day US Forest Recreation Enhancement Act Fee or $125/person flight, Stanley to the river put-in, payable directly to the pilots at the time of your flight. Indian Creek Airfield to begin the trip.