December through April, when storms from the Pacific bring dark clouds and heavy rains to Northwest Oregon, every drop of water draining the Coast Range Mountains feeds a steelhead river.


Western Oregon is a winter steelheader's playground with good runs of steelhead ascending most river systems December through April.  We grew up fishing the North Oregon coast and continue to call rivers like the Wilson, Trask, Nestucca, Kilchis, and Nehalem our home waters.  We strive to leave the beaten path and provide anglers with ample opportunity to connect with salty, fresh, wild winter steelhead on the swing.

Swinging isn't easy but it sure is fun.  Success with the swung fly requires discipline and commitment.  We use simple and effective teaching methods and regularly help anglers achieve their highest level of spey casting and fishing.

A typical day begins in Tillamook.  Plan to follow your guide to the river in your own vehicle to assist with shuttles, allowing for the ultimate in flexibility that is often necessary due to the ever changing conditions of the coastal rivers.  We will chose the river based on weather, water, tidal, and barometric conditions.  We have poured blood, sweat, and tears into a lifetime of learning these rivers and rely heavily on intuition.

We will gladly provide recommendations for some of the area's lodging and restaurants to suit any budget.  Alternatively, for anglers who prefer to enjoy meals, beverages, and comradery in a lodge atmosphere, we offer full service packages at Speywater West Lodge.



Single Angler:  $450

Two Anglers:  $550



Reservations are secured with a credit card number.  Upon making a reservation we will email you a confirmation packet including detailed information such as meeting instructions, packing list, recommended flies, equipment, and pre-trip accommodations.  Full payment is due 45 days prior to your trip.  Our customer support is available seven days a week to help with questions and trip planning.


We are a small business and cancellations affect us greatly.  Cancellations made 90 days or more in advance will receive a 20% charge.  Cancellations made between 45 and 90 days in advance will be charged 50%.  Trips cancelled less than 45 days out will be charged 100%.  We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect you against unexpected changes in your plans.



There are a few additional expenses you can expect that we want you to know about up front.  These fees are third party, vary based on each trip and the needs of of our guests, and are not included in order to keep our prices as low as possible.  We can assist with obtaining any of these items except your fishing license, which can be purchased online or in person at a local vendor.

  • Airfare
  • Car rental / transport from PDX to Tillamook
  • Hotel & dining accommodations (lodging and meals included in full service package)
  • Oregon Fishing License:  $16.50 per person / day
  • BYOB


  • Arrival:  Fly in to PDX, rent a car, and drive to Tillamook, Oregon.  Check in to accommodations (handled independently).
  • Fishing Days:  3 - 5 Full fishing days.
  • Departure:  Drive back to PDX.