MIDDLE ROGUE FISHING GUIDES

Photo of Kait Bailey Kait Bailey

Kait Bailey’s love for the river started at a young age. Growing up on a farm in Canby, Oregon, she and her brothers would walk to the local watering hole on the Molalla River to fish and explore. Throughout her childhood, the river always called. As she grew up, the outdoors still fascinated her, so she went to Western State Colorado University to finish a degree in Outdoor Environmental Education. She has been a river guide for 10 years, rafting all over the United States and Central America. She has been fishing for many years now and views fishing as more of a spiritual connection. In order for a steelhead to connect with your fly, one must believe and have confidence. Steelhead are an elusive fish, a river ghost at times, but after her first steelhead, she started to look at the river differently.

Instead of looking for whitewater waves, she turned to the soft water on the banks, looking for structure, and the speed of the water. It was at that moment that Kait knew she was turning into less of a whitewater guide and more of an angler every day. 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. She enjoys passing these energetic teachings along to her guests. Kait ultimately wants to spread the passion for steelhead to as many who are eager to learn.

Photo of Bob Evans Bob Evans

Bob has been guiding on the Rogue River for over 40 years. It has always been important to him to share this beautiful river that we have in our backyard. He enjoys guiding families with children.

“It’s very special to see that the young guys and gals catch their first fish…. See ya on the river!”

Photo of Keith Lyon Keith Lyon

Keith grew up near the Rogue and became an avid angler at a young age. His love for the sport led to a career as a fly fishing guide on multiple rivers in Southern Oregon and Northern California. He now continues to guide while operating Jefferson Rod Company, a boutique fly rod company handcrafting quality fly rods. Keith knows the Rogue well and loves to share his home waters with as many as he can.

Photo of Tom Mahan Tom Mahan
Photo of Dennis Nagel Dennis Nagel

Dennis has been guiding for Morrison’s lodge for over 25 years. He loves the Rogue River and taking people out to catch steelhead on the swung fly.

Photo of Bob Rafolovich Bob Rafolovich
Photo of James Sampsel James Sampsel

James grew up in the foothills of Missoula, Montana, where he learned his love for the outdoors. At the age of 5, James began his life-long journey as an angler. At 8 years old, being asked by his father the question we all received, “James, what do you want to be when you get older?“, his response was, “A professional fisherman, an artist, and a musician.” Today it is safe to say that James has become all of those.

James’s rich desire to connect others to the outdoors has led him on a continual adventure exploring the natural world as a river guide. Getting his feet wet in Maupin, Oregon, James grew an unbreakable affinity to the almighty wild steelhead. For the last 10 years, James has been navigating the Pacific Northwest’s cold waters, in search of this elusive fish.

Well-versed in the art of two-handed casting techniques, and 25 plus years of chasing wild fish, you can be certain to “catch” James’ infectious energy towards the rivers he loves, and the magical creatures that call those waters home.

Photo of Stuart Warren Stuart Warren

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.

WILD & SCENIC FISHING GUIDES

Photo of Geoff Laird Geoff Laird

Raised by a clan of anglers in the coastal rain forest of Southern Oregon, Geoff was exposed to classic angling techniques and mentored by pioneers of the fisheries that covered the coast. He grew up fishing in Oregon’s rivers, bays, and ocean with passion and purpose.

With a drive for adventure and an insatiable desire to be outdoors, Geoff has been a professional fishing guide for close to two decades. As a USCG licensed Charter Captain, Geoff’s fishing program spans the length of the year and the breadth of the Pacific Northwest’s wild waters. His appreciation for Oregon’s fisheries comes from the sense of tradition, history, and culture shared in the Pacific Northwest. He’s committed to caring for natural resources, the people who enjoy them and, of course, the fish of these waters!

Photo of Mike Springer Mike Springer

Mike Springer was raised on the Umpqua River and has spent his whole life there. Although no one has called him Mike since the 6th grade, it’s usually just Springer. Captain Springer holds a 100 ton Master Coast Guard license and is a full-time fishing guide. His fishing ventures consist of winter steelhead and spring salmon on the Umpqua followed by big summer kings in Winchester Bay. Springer then moves on to the mighty Rogue River for fly fishing for the famous steelhead. November and December you can find Springer on the South coast fishing for salmon on the Sixes and Elk Rivers. Springer says, “I knew at a very young age that with the last name like Springer, that I was destined to become a fishing guide.”

Photo of Phillip Tripp Phillip Tripp

Phillip is 26 years old and a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain. He has had his guide license for 7 years. He fishes on rivers all over Southern Oregon as well as the Kenai River in Alaska. He begins each year on the Umpqua, Chetco, Coquille and Rogue Rivers where he guides for winter steelhead. During May and June, he is on the Upper Rogue River chasing spring chinook salmon. After he gets home from Alaska each summer, he begins a two month season in the Rogue River Canyon for Morrison’s Rogue Wilderness Adventures. The “Canyon” trips consist of taking people fishing for salmon and steelhead while navigating some of the most challenging rapids in the state. This Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River is a special place to be able to work each fall. He finishes up the year on the Oregon Coast fishing for fall salmon on the Chetco, Elk, and Sixes Rivers. Fishing is his life and he is proud to be able to support and raise a family here in Oregon while doing something that he loves and has a passion for.