Jeff Helfrich Fishing Trips McKenzie River

Trout Fishing the McKenzie River McKenzie River Trout Fishing

Oregon Driftboat Fly Fishing Heaven...

Bubbling from beneath the lava beds the McKenzie originates high in the Cascade Mountains and travels 85 miles to its confluence with the Willamette. Dense Douglas Fir forests and one hundred different colors of green accentuate your days float.

The McKenzie River offers a wealth of enjoyment whether you're an experienced lifetime fisher or just learning the art. What flies to use, where to put the fly, and how to keep your fly out of the tree will all be covered by our eager, patient Oregon fishing guides. All native fish caught during the Oregon fly fishing trip must be released, whether they are rainbow, cutthroat or even bull trout. Hatchery fish which are released in about 25 miles of the stream may be kept for your enjoyment at lunch. Add these to a fresh green salad and dutch oven biscuits and we have a regular gourmet lunch. You will be able to cast from our McKenzie River driftboats, which are specially designed for whitewater, Oregon fly fishing, and their comfortable ride.

Great Accommodations Throughout the Oregon Fly Fishing Trip.

Jeff Helfrich Fly Fishing McKenzie River Oregon

Just let us know and we will give you names of different Oregon fishing lodges. We can handle Oregon fly fishing groups up to about 20 guests so if the whole family wants to join the fun that is fine. Please call ahead for Oregon fly fishing or river rafting reservations.

Generally one or two guests ride in each boat throughout the Oregon fly fishing trip. All Oregon fly fishing tackle and lunch are supplied. We ask that everyone bring their own drinks for the day. We will have an ice chest.

Much of the McKenzie River is open to Oregon fly fishing year-round. However the very best months are May through October.

  • Oregon Fly Fishing License
  • Fly rod, preferably #4 to #6, reels, and flies if you desire.
  • High quality rain gear, including hat and boots
  • Sun lotion, chapstick
  • Warm clothing if in spring or late fall
  • Camera, sunglasses, glasses strap, hat for sunscreen
  • Daily beverages, wine is great, we supply lunch

Most Oregon fly fishing guests either arrive on the McKenzie by car or fly into Eugene or Portland and rent cars. The area we fish the most throughout the Oregon fly fishing trip is just 45 minutes east of Eugene or two and a half hours from Portland International Airport.

Driftboat Fly Fishing with Jeff Helfrich on the McKenzie River Oregon

Map of McKenzie River Jeff Helfrich Trout Fishing

"Never having fly fished before I was very hesitant, but after a couple days of patient instructions on the McKenzie River with you, I was catching fish along with making new friends. Thanks!"
Fred S.
Phoenix. AZ

Idaho or Oregon Outdoor Adventure Vacation

Select your outdoor adventure vacation in Oregon or Idaho. If you want to fly fish your family/friends can ride in a whitewater raft on the same trip.


CALL Jeff Helfrich 541-896-3217

Jeff Helfrich - Licensed - Insured - Bonded in Oregon & Idaho
Permittee USFS & - 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.