Since he caught his first steelhead at age 6, Kyle Miller has dedicated his career to becoming an expert on Oregon's river systems. Today, he shares his knowledge with clients by organizing fully equipped quests for salmon and trout in the Alsea, Columbia, Siletz, and Santiam Rivers as well as crabbing trips on the coastal waters.
The McKenzie River flows past some of Oregon's most awe-inspiring natural scenery?douglas fir?blanketed mountainsides, bald eagles diving to catch trout, and gargantuan boulders splitting the current into Class II and III rapids. Guides like Captain "Wild Matty" equip outdoorsmen with fly or spinning rigs and guide vistors on fishing trips on the McKenzie River, Siuslaw River, and Lake Creek to catch rainbow and cutthroat trout, spring- and fall-run chinook, and steelhead. The guides can also arrange lunch options for every outing, such as deli-style sandwiches, Wild West barbecue, or hot dogs on a hook.
The seasoned head guide of Oregon River Excursions and the McKenzie River are worthy adversaries. Armed with 10 years of guiding experience and secure rafts, he leads groups down through portions of the river's churning rapids on full-day excursions. On trips, rafters come ashore for a fully catered lunch or to test whether their arms have turned into flippers yet.
Bryan Gill grew up fishing the Umpqua River, and has more than 35 years of experience capturing its finned inhabitants. As the Umpqua Angler, Bryan shares his vast knowledge of the river and its surrounding areas by leading fellow fishermen on trips throughout the year. During those adventures, Bryan targets fish according to the season, navigating groups to prime areas and deploying unique lures to bait bites from trophy catches.
The fishermen could carry their bounties off in coolers, but by the time the boat reaches the marina, each angler stands clutching a fat salmon for all bystanders on the dock to see. After posing for photos and recounting the battle with the day's largest catch, the anglers drop by the on-site cleaning shop to have their hauls filleted, packed, and readied to take home.
Barbara and Jerry Powell—a third-generation fisherman with more than 50 years of experience—charter ocean adventures like these year round to fishing destinations such as the inner reefs of Yaquina Bay. Aboard USCG-inspected and certified boats, the Powells' team outfits anglers with well-maintained equipment to hook deep-sea creatures such as halibut, shark, and Aquaman. Alternatively, captains take parties into tidal waters to catch bay crabs, or journey out toward open waters on whale-watching cruises.
The crew at Captain's Reel Deep Sea Fishing recommends guests check out the trip-preparation and FAQ pages before they head out. Guides can also furnish one-day licenses to those who lack the proper documents.
After growing up on Oregon’s bountiful rivers, Castaway Guide Service’s owner Nathan Cornelius honed his chops as a guide in the Alaskan wilderness and the Patagonia region of Chile. Longing to return to the rivers of his youth, Nathan came home to Oregon and established an outfit to introduce others to the natural beauty of the Oregon coast. Along with business partner T.J. Zandoli, another Oregon native and alumnus of the Alaskan wilderness, Nathan leads guided fly-fishing trips for anglers of all abilities. While seeking out catches such as steelhead, salmon, and sea-run cutthroat, fisherfolk enjoy all the necessary tackle from Castaway’s tackle box and all the necessary beer from Ninkasi Brewing Company.