• The Best Outdoor Experience of My Life...

  • Whitewater Rafting in Idaho was a HOOT!

  • I Have Never Had so Much FUN Fly Fishing!

  • Classic Whitewater in a Beautiful Wilderness Canyon...

  • Learn the Rogue River Twitch for Half Pounder Steelhead!

  • First Class Trout Fishing!

Fly Fishing Idaho & Oregon

Pacific Northwest Fly Fishing
Oregon - Rogue River, McKenzie River
Idaho - Main and Middle Fork of the Salmon

Since 1925, Tight Lines Inc.
represents the standard of excellence in Drift Boat fishing and whitewater rafting industry throughout Oregon and Idaho. Our unique driftboats are a very deluxe, dry method of river travel, but most of all their maneuverability allows us to fish every isolated lair in search of "Old Walter". Tight Lines fishing trips feature the "best" Idaho and Oregon fishing guides.

Drift Baat Fishing

DRIFTBOAT FLY FISHING MIDDLE FORK SALMON RIVER
Idaho's Middle Fork of the Salmon is truly a dream come true for any fly fisherman. The crystal clear waters are home to a high concentration of West Slope Cutthroat and Rainbow trout very willing to explode from their lair to devour your fly. Believe me, they are not finicky!
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ROGUE RIVER STEELHEAD FISHING
The Rogue River "Twitch" means steelhead fishing swinging a wet fly! Add that to Chinook or Coho Salmon and you may get a soar arm. From its origin in the High Cascades near Crater Lake, the Rogue River carves its way through Oregon's rugged coastal Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. The Rogue River is a national "Wild and Scenic River".
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TROUT FISHING THE MCKENZIE RIVER
The incredible lure of dry fly fishing for Rainbow Trout! Bubbling from beneath the lava beds in Oregon the McKenzie River originates high in the Cascade mountains and travels 85 miles through towering old-growth forests to its confluence with the Willamette. It's cold crystal clear water drops steeply at first, then flattens as it nears Eugene Oregon in the valley below.
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Elite fly fishing & whitewater rafting fun for family and friends in the Wilderness of Oregon & Idaho!

  • Family owned and operated since 1925
  • Trips for every budget, age and skill level
  • Outrageous, exciting FUN you will remember for a lifetime
  • FUN outdoor adventure trip with professional experienced entertaining guides
  • Wonderful wilderness scenery and historical sites for your outdoor adventure
  • Mouth watering food and drink for your healthy outdoor appetite
  • Courteous and helpful office staff where your needs come first
  • Satisfaction guaranteed

Whitewater Rafting Salmon & Rogue

Whitewater Rafting Adventures on Oregon's Rogue River & Idaho's Middle Fork

ROGUE RIVER OREGON WHITEWATER RAFTING
Whitewater rafting and hot weather go hand in hand! Southern Oregon's Rogue River Canyon is known for it's heat and incredible cooling waves. Our 3 day or 4 day river adventure covers 43 miles of the rivers "Wild and Scenic" section from Graves Creek to Foster Bar. Whether you choose outdoor camping on the beaches or staying in comfortable wilderness lodges your trip will be the highlight of your summer!
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MIDDLE FORK SALMON IDAHO WHITEWATER RAFTING
The majestic Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho will leave you breathless. From dazzling whitewater rapids to precipitous granite walls towering 1500', you will beckon to see around every bend of the 100-mile journey through the most rugged and inaccessible wilderness in the lower 48 states. During our six-day journey you will experience abundant wildlife such as bighorn sheep, deer, river otters or an occasional mountain goat. Beautiful campsites will meet your day's end and quite possibly the soothing waters of a hot spring.
READ MORE MIDDLE FORK SALMON RIVER RAFTING

MAIN SALMON IDAHO WHITEWATER RAFTING
The Mighty Salmon, Idaho's River of No Return, is the longest free flowing river in the United States. Our five day Idaho fly fishing & Salmon river rafting journey covers 53 miles of the Salmon and 20 miles of the Snake, beginning near Whitebird and concluding at Heller Bar near Lewiston.
READ MORE MAIN SALMON RIVER WVHITEWATER RAFTING

Whitewater Rafting Oregon

Our professional licensed guides are committed to providing each and every guest with personalized attention and care. We are specialists in dealing with all skill sets and we will advise you on how and where to catch the big ones on the best wilderness rivers in the Pacific Northwest. We convey our message of fishing in a relaxing, easy to understand manor that everyone will enjoy.

Fishing Salmon River

Fly Fishing Middle Fork Salmon River

6 day vacations Class III+,
July & August

Family FUN and Dry Fly Fishing at its best!!!

A deep forested canyon, wilderness scenery and crystal clear water. Experience the beauty of Idaho Wilderness...
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Cast & Blast, Idaho Main Salmon River

5 day vacations, Class III,
Mid September to October

Steelhead Fishing and Chukar Partridge hunting; Shotgun in one hand and fishing rod in the other, Put your shotgun down to land that big steelhead

The Main Salmon River at its best...
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Fishing Rogue River Southern Oregon

3 and 4 day fishing vacations, Class III,
August - Nov.

Steelhead, Chinook or Coho Salmon wet fly fishing. Great for families.

The jewel of Southern Oregon. Flowing through the Siskiyou Mountains in a deep, narrow canyon...
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Tightlines Fly Fishing Video


Northwest Fly Fishing Magazine

*Featured in Northwest Fly Fishing Magazine

Cutthroat Exctavanganza in the River of No Return Wilderness,
Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho
READ THE FULL FISHING ARTICLE

"This is as good as it gets. The food was excellent and your company was great. Meandering down the Rogue River and catching Oregon steelhead such as this was a real thrill."
Gigi C.
Portland Oregon


Orvis Endorsed Expedition Outfitter       Brown Trout


About Tight Lines

We Specialize in Tradition, Professional Experience, and our Variety of Trip Options

Tradition
I am a third generation river outfitter following in the footsteps of my father and my grandfather Prince Helfrich. We are a family owned business since 1925

My grandfather pioneered the first guided driftboat trips on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. He did several descents of Northwest Rivers like the Deschutes and others. His input led to the development of what the McKenzie River Driftboat is today. Its design gives an exhilarating ride through whitewater waves that leaves you amazingly dry compared to other boats. It is the choice of present-day whitewater fishing professionals.

I am privileged to have been immersed in a wealth of experience from my father and grandfather, and it gives me a great deal of pride to pass this knowledge on to our guests.

Our guides have been with us long enough that we're like family. When you go with us you join a camaraderie that makes you like part of our "family". It's something special!

Let our experience make yours fun, safe and memorable!
Your Guide
Jeff Helfrich

Tight Lines Fishing

Why Us

trip options

Trip Options
Tight Lines offers a variety of trip selections. Whether it be an evening of fly fishing, a day in a paddle or oar-powered raft, or a multi-day campout or lodge trip on a wilderness whitewater river, we know we have something you will enjoy and remember for a lifetime.

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Guides
Our entertaining guides are full time professionals. Most have at least 20 years of guiding experience and several have over 30 years. With this kind of background, we have accumulated ideas the most discerning fly fisher will find helpful. Likewise we have the finesse it takes to give the first timer an experience that makes them want to return.

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ORVIS Endorsed Fly-Fishing Expedition
Please take this opportunity to browse through our trip selections and descriptions. Remember we can always design a special trip to fit your specific individual or group needs. We look forward to discussing your next vacation with us.



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Idaho or Oregon Outdoor Adventure

Select your outdoor adventure vacation in Oregon or Idaho. If you want to fly fish your family can ride in a whitewater raft on the same trip.
SPACES ARE LIMITED - RESERVE YOUR SPACE NOW FOR A VACATION YOU WILL NEVER FORGET...

CALL Jeff Helfrich 541-896-3217

Jeff Helfrich - Licensed • Insured • Bonded in Oregon & Idaho
Permittee USFS & BLM • Member Oregon Outdoor Assoc.
McKenzie River Guide • Idaho Outfitters and Guides Assoc. • America Outdoors

Tightlines is an equal opportunity employer and offers deluxe excursions on a non-discriminatory basis. Tightlines maintains special use permits on the
Middle Fork Salmon, Main Salmon, Rogue and McKenzie Rivers issued by either the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service or both.
Middle Fork Salmon River operations are conducted through Challis Ranger District on the Challis, Boise, Salmon and Payette National Forests.