Though ?White Water" Willy has devoted half a century to plumbing Oregon?s waters for salmon and sturgeon, he still recalls the joy of landing his first catch at age 3. Since then, the inveterate angler has hauled in 12-foot sturgeon, produced fishing programs, and even invented his own salmon lures for companies like Lure Jensen, but his true passion lies in introducing new generations of anglers to the thrill of the first tug. To that end, Willy and his staff of licensed and insured guides provide fledgling fishermen and women not only with the gear and tackle they?ll need to attract fish and repel submarine captains, but also patient instruction in proper technique. Once anglers have reeled in their catch, guides can arrange for packaging, shipping, or taxidermy services.
Gift certificates are also available through the A Better Catch Guide Service's website.
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.
Having reeled in 25 years of experience as a licensed fishing pro, Steve Roberts shares tricks of the trade during half-day and full-day fishing trips, welcoming avid anglers and beginners alike onto his fully equipped fishing vessels. Throughout the year, Steve and company track down seasonal targets. Winter trips focus on chinook, or winter steelhead, and autumn trips chase after coho salmon—a feisty fish notorious for fighting under water and starting bar brawls on land. No matter what the target, every trip with Steve includes all the necessary gear and an endless stream of expert advice.
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.
For the past decade, Coast Guard–licensed master captain David Stiles has crisscrossed Oregon’s Pacific Ocean in his Dory motorboat, leading fellow fishermen along routes ideal for hooking fish including tuna, sea trout, and halibut. Up to five passengers, including children and adults, can clamber aboard for aquatic adventures, exploiting onboard troves of fishing and safety gear rather than shopping for their own equipment or luring fish into the boat by doing the Worm.