Greg at Canyons ( Les Bechdel sold it two years ago) is awesome and I would rec him as well. There are lots of great outfitters on the MF. The less than great get weeded out pretty quickly.
Others that will give you a great trip - and I have personal experience with the guides or owners of all of these outfitters. Not that the ones that aren't mentioned wouldn't be good, I just haven't dealt with them recently or ever enough to give a rec.
Middle Fork River Tours
Middle Fork River Expeditions
Idaho River Journeys
Middle Fork Wilderness Outfitters,
Rocky Mtn River Tours
Mackay River Tours
This website shows you who launches on your preferred date.
Middle Fork Outfitters Association - River Vacations on Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon
This one shows all the outfitters.
Idaho Outfitters And Guides
Almost as important as the outfitter themself ( being safe, willing to let you run your boat etc ) is what kind of trip they are running in terms of the other peeps.
Do you have kids? Do they have other kids on the trip? Do you want to hike? A lot?
Do you want to avoid kids? There are at least one or two outfitters that run semi-dry trips ( not that you couldn't bring your own) and I don't mind drinking alone but I was pretty shocked to find out they bring no booze at all for their guests. As a guest guide I brought a case for me and they told me I couldn't drink on the river at all. Even in camp.
Well that didn't work out too well for them. I had guests begging me for beers in camp. And asking why the hell they wouldn't tell them to bring their own.
Don't want to trash anyone online so I won't. But their are differences and ask about them.
Be honest about how you want to go down the river and what you hope to see and find the outfitter that matches that the best.
One thing that kind of chafes me about commercial trips is that they are often billed as five night, six days but it is really five and a half days with everyone hurrying to get to the ramp by noon on the last day. I hate to be hurried and don't miss that part of the commercial end of things at all.
On our privates we plan for the last day to be at the ramp late afternoon. Dinner in Salmon and camp or some hotel it in Salmon or Stanley. We usually have the ramp to ourselves and this lowers the stress level a lot. /end of the thread drift.
Good luck hope you get out there. You could always put in for the lottery and then book your trip if you don't draw. With the computer you will know by Feb 3,4, 5 somewhere in there. Plenty of time to get an outfitter if the lottery doesn't smile on you.