Northwest Connection’s heated 17’ x 60” Willie drift boat can comfortably accommodate 3 anglers plus the guide. Accommodating larger groups can be easily arranged with the use of additional guides. We spend the bulk of our season on the Alsea and Siletz rivers, but when conditions are right we will move north to fish the Nestucca, Wilson, or Kilchis. The Umpqua River is also an option under the right circumstances.
Fall surges of salmon can make for unbelievable fishing! During this season, it is not uncommon to have multiple people fighting their own fish simultaneously. Doubles!!! With action that is fast and furious, it doesn’t take long to fill the box. Salmon on the Oregon Coast begin staging in the bays and estuaries during August and September. Once the fall rain swells the coastal rivers, both Coho and Chinook will enter in large numbers. The daily limit for salmon is 2 adults; only one may be a Coho. A typical Oregon Coast Chinook weighs 15 to 30 pounds, occasionally reaching the 40s. Coho weigh a bit less and range from 6 to 12 pounds. We utilize a wide variety of techniques to catch salmon. Floating eggs under a bobber, pulling plugs, diver and bait, back bouncing, casting spinners, and fly fishing are all effective methods to entice these hard fighting fish.
This is without a doubt our most anticipated time of year. Winter steelhead are some of the most breathtaking finned creatures that roam our watery planet. Each steelhead is different when it comes to appearance and fight. Fresh from the saltwater, sporting a snow white belly, mirror chrome sides, and a blackish blue back, they look almost colorless. Given a week or two they may be donning vibrant hues of cherry red, crimson, and pink along their lateral lines. If you crossed the power of a Chinook with the acrobatics of a Coho, you would have a pretty good description of a steelhead battle. You just never know what you’re going to get. Some will make half a dozen eyeball level jumps, while others will dog you under the water’s surface never to be seen until they are ready for the net. Steelhead are receptive to a wide range of techniques, but we prefer bobber fishing, side drifting, swinging spoons/spinners, and fly fishing. Thanksgiving is the unofficial start of the winter steelhead season. The peak season is January through March, depending on the river that is being fished. The limit is 2 hatchery adults per person, per day. Any wild steelhead must be released unharmed.
The guide provides everything needed for a full day of fishing but here is a list of some personal items to make your trip more comfortable.
A 20% deposit is required at the time of booking. The full balance must be paid in full 30 days prior to trip date. Deposits will be returned if cancellation is made 30 days or more before scheduled trip. Trips cancelled in less than 30 days of trip date will forfeit deposit, or you may choose to book different dates within one year of the days you originally booked. For cancellations within 7 days or less of the trip date the customer will pay in full. The captain reserves the right to cancel any trip and provide full refund in the unlikely event that he is unable to guide due to circumstances beyond his control. Full refund will also be paid if the captain cancels trip due to unfishable conditions.
Forms of Payment: We accept checks, cash, and all major credit cards. All taxes and fees included in price.
Checks can be mailed to:
3167 SE Midvale Dr.
Corvallis OR 97333
Larger groups can be accommodated upon request.