Guided Fishing Trips
Meet Our Guides
Jon's fly-fishing career started in 1997 with a guide position at Rainbow King Lodge in Alaska. That led him to Colorado where he spent three seasons at Elk Creek Lodge as a fly-fishing and elk hunting guide. Off seasons were spent in Southern Oregon where he fell in love with the Rogue River. Most notably was a year residing in Gold Beach, where the Lower Rogue and a Spey rod came together in harmonic fashion. Over time, Jon developed a year round program which included guide venues in Northern California during trout season, the Upper and Lower Rogue for steelhead and fall chinook, and the coastal rivers and Applegate River for winter steelhead. Jon first picked up a spey rod in 1999. Since then, he has dedicated the craft of two-handed casting and angling. He has taught hundreds of fly-fisherman the merits of two-handed casting through guiding, Sage endorsed clinics, private instruction, and regular appearances at the Sandy River Spey Clave. He is a contract fly designer for Solitude Fly Company which includes the "Dirk Wiggler" and "Deuce Wigalo" flies. Jon resides in Medford with his wife Jamie, two dogs, Romeo and Jr. and Sookie, their new kitten.
James Sampsel & Kait Bailey
James is a passionate angler, guide, and person all together. Deep rooted from a childhood spent in Montana and the Pacific Northwest, his enthusiasm for the river and it's inhabitants is infectious. You'll leave a guided trip with him feeling a new spark for the river and deeper understanding of what it means to be a steelheader. Kait’s enthusiastic, professional, and patient style of guiding will help you gain the confidence and knowledge needed to fish long after the trip is over. Fishing for her is a lifelong love and commitment.
Stuart, a southern-Oregon native, has been guiding on the Rogue River since 2009. He specializes in two-handed fly fishing for both summer and winter steelhead. During the warmer summer months his trips focus on dry line fishing in the early and late hours of the day. As the water temperatures drop he moves to deep-swung streamers and nymph fishing. Stuart’s positive attitude, deeply rooted love for fly fishing, and natural ability make him a pleasure to spend the day on the river with. When not on the river, you can find him in the field with his German shorthair pointer Sara, chasing horns in the woods, or volunteering with local conservation groups.
At 5 years old, Paul started his fishing career in New Zealand. With his father, he would spend his days chasing anything with fins. Forty years later, his passion for fly fishing continues to thrive. Paul now guides over 220 days a year and has an extensive list of respected long term clients. These clients have been influenced by Paul’s natural enthusiasm and knowledge of fishing.He is now a full time guide, living in beautiful Oregon with his wife and four boys (two of which are dogs). Paul guides Southern Oregon’s moody, technical waters for eight months of the year. He then returns to New Zealand where he specializes in backcountry sightfishing of trophy browns and rainbow trout. You won’t likely see Paul on one of his days off. He will be deep in the backcountry exploring new waters and looking for what might be around the next corner.