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.
Down the McKenzie River, the staff members of River Trail Guides steer rafts through Class II and III rapids, taking thrill seekers as young as aged 6 along for the ride. Full- and half-day trips float down up to 14.5 miles of churning river, splashing over gurgling rapids before rafters stop to eat lunch. The guides also offer river drift-boat fishing, wherein visitors cast their lines toward seasonal catches, such as trout, steelhead, and smallmouth bass.
Hooked for Life Guide Service’s founder and head guide, Jarrod Kelso, caught his first fish at the age of 4 and has adored the sport ever since. As a native Oregonian, Jarrod has developed an intimate understanding of the state’s waters. He puts that knowledge to work during guided trips, some of which track down salmon and steelhead, others of which chase mammoth redband and brown trout up to 15 pounds in size. Jarrod leads fellow anglers into Oregon’s waters aboard his new Willie custom drift boat.
Captain Tim Abraham has spent more than 30 years fishing, both in fresh water (the Umpqua River) and salt water (the Pacific Ocean). So he knows his way around his 25-foot heated Alumaweld boat. On charter trips, he shares his expertise with his passengers, taking them on quests for fish that include everything from Chinook salmon and small-mouthed bass to perch. He's not intimidated by sturgeon's size, either. He'll help passengers catch those too.
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.
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.