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.
To Justin Doane, there are few things better than being out on the water and breathing in the coastal air. Having spent his youth shuttling between Oregon and Alaska on fishing trips with his father, he now has an in-depth understanding of local ecologies and where the best places are to seek steelhead and chinook, depending on the season. Today, he leads daylong trips out onto the Nestucca, Trask, Wilson, Nehalem, and Salmon Rivers, to name a few, and provides all the equipment necessary for amateur anglers to return home with impressive catches.
As a member of the Northwest Guides service, Bob Rees escorts his charges out onto the region's waterways in pursuit of marine life. Salmon and sturgeon are both common finds, but Rees particularly sets his sights on Oregon's most prized shellfish: the Dungeness crab. He deploys his navigational skills to find promising waters, and once there he helps his guests reel in the catch. While fishing gear is included with the cost of each day trip, make sure to procure a fishing license and affix a sturdy peg leg ahead of time.
Oregon Fishing Club holds the keys to outdoor adventure. The organization has access to 17 river locations, 13 camping properties, and 20 private lakes and ponds. Ample fish swim beneath the water every day of the year, perhaps steelhead or salmon depending on the specific location. All an angler needs to do is tie a lure and cast a line. When not fishing themselves, Oregon Fishing Club's team works to maintain their properties as scenic locations to pitch a tent, have a picnic, or have an imaginary picnic.
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 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.