Loren Irving

Saturday, April 11th 2020 - Saturday, April 18th 2020

Homewaters: Rise Up - We're Going Virtual


So, we learned quite a bit about live streaming last night and we're sorry you had to be along for the bumpy ride. For those of you that were able to follow the updated link and join us live - thank you so much for your support and your A+ tech savvy. If you are the proud winner of an auction package - congratulations! Tracy Buckner will be in touch with you next week to arrange shipping.


For those who tried and were unable to join the Live Stream and/or give during the Special Appeal last night - we're deeply sorry. To make it up to you, we've been working since last night to put together a readily accessible version of the Live Stream Finale and our Special Appeal with the Grateful Eight.

The incomparable Johnna Wells hosts our Live Stream - you can view the video by clicking the button below and scrolling down to the bottom of the page. If you're compelled and able to donate to support our work reviving abundant wild fish, we've put together a handy form right at your fingertips that's as easy and simple as walking to your fridge for an ice cold beer.

You make our work for wild fish possible. Thank you so much!

Wild Matters,

Mark Sherwood & the Native Fish Society Auction Team

Back to Black Butte Ranch

  • Donors:Jim and Kathy Foote
  • Details:10 guests / 3 nights / 4 days / 4 rounds of golf at Big Meadow or Glaze Meadow golf courses
  • Dates:Before May 15 or after September 30, 2020, excluding holidays

Enjoy life at a different pace with a retreat to Black Butte Ranch in central Oregon. Play golf at either of the resort’s two scenic and challenging courses, fish the Metolius River, swim at the Glaze Meadow or South Meadow pools, or wait until winter and hit the slopes at HooDoo Ski Resort. Comfortable for groups of ten or fewer, the 2,700-square-foot lodge features a well-appointed kitchen and large dining room—exactly what you need for hearty breakfasts before a day of play, and the big, family-style dinners that bring you home again.

* No smoking, no pets
** Golf package is valid from Sunday, at noon, through Thursday. Excludes holidays.

King Size Homewaters Redd

  • Donors:Don, Wendy, and Jesse Lange, Lange Estate Winery & Vineyard
  • Details:2018 Freedom Hill Pinot Noir, Jeroboam (5 liters) * Bottle etched by Xena Etched Graphics; Bottle art by Peter Donahower

Taste the magic of Oregon terroir with a custom-etched, five-liter bottle of Lange Estate’s 2018 Freedom Hill Pinot Noir. For more than three decades, the Lange family has been crafting some of the finest wines in the world. Made especially for Native Fish Society, this exclusive bottling showcases the talent of two winemakers at the height of their craft and the unique fruit of Freedom Hill Vineyard in one distinctive expression of the Pacific Northwest.

Everybody Must Get Clark Stoned

  • Donors:Warner Munro, Troy Jones, and Craig Sweitzer, Don, Wendy, and Jesse Lange, Lange Estate Winery & Vineyard, Chris O'Donnell, Bend Fly Shop
  • Details:2 anglers / 3 days guided fishing / 2 nights
  • Dates:New dates to be determined

Join Don and Jesse Lange for the world-famous salmonfly hatch on the Deschutes River. Led by dedicated guides from River Runner Outfitters, this three-day-long dry fly bonanza runs from Trout Creek to Harpham Flat. In between, enjoy two nights at the Deadhead Compound at North Junction where home cooked meals, endless Pinot Noir, ice cold Hamm’s, and the compound’s resident redsides will be waiting for you. So start tying salmonflies and get ready for the float of a lifetime!

* Gratuity not included

Steamboat Summer

  • Donors:Dillon Renton, Renton River Adventures, Travis & Melinda Woodward, The Steamboat Inn
  • Details:2 anglers / 2 days guided fishing (evening, full-day, morning) / 2 nights + one dinner for 2
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon Summer 2020

Revel in the magic of Oregon’s North Umpqua River and its beautiful summer steelhead. Steamboat Inn and Renton River Adventures have teamed up once again to offer a summertime excursion to the finest stretch of summer steelhead water in the lower 48. Take it all in with a two-night stay in one of the inn’s charming Hideaway Cottages, dinner for two at the inn’s incomparable restaurant, and two guided days with Dillon Renton on the legendary fly-only water. Summer is the time to entice steelhead to the surface, so leave the sink tips, take the skaters, settle in, and get ready for heart-stopping surface attacks. There’s no magic like North Umpqua magic, but you have to experience it for yourself.

* Gratuity not included

Sun Valley Vacation in the Big Wood River Valley

  • Donors:Mark "King" Stromme
  • Details:6 guests / 4 days / 3 nights in Sun Valley, Idaho
  • Dates:Available summer dates or September 10 - December 31, 2020

Live it up like King Stromme with a four-day getaway to Sun Valley, Idaho. Overlooking the ninth tee of the Elkhorn Golf Course, the rustically stylish Elkhorn Springs boasts panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, as well as close proximity to world-class ski slopes, blue ribbon trout streams, scenic hikes, and some of the most challenging golf courses in the American West. Whatever your game and whenever you go, Sun Valley is sure to be a hit.

*Additional nights available

Spin the Handle: Deschutes Steel

  • Donors:Matt Mendes, Spin the Handle
  • Details:4 guests / 1 day steelhead fishing the Warm Springs Reservation side of the Deschutes
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon in 2020

Swing up Deschutes River steelhead in solitude with a guided day on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. For more than twenty years, Matt Mendes and his team at Spin the Handle have fished this exclusive 25-mile stretch of sweet swinging water and they are eager to share their knowledge. By pickup truck and on foot, you’re sure to find desert solitude and eager steelhead.

Book early as Matt and his team fill up their guide calendar quickly!

* Does not include Oregon fishing license, Tribal Permit, or Deschutes Boater Pass.
** Please contact Matt to schedule your trip 541-460-1411

Slow Food Feast at Higgins

  • Donors:Greg Higgins, Higgins Restaurant & Bar
  • Details:Dinner and wine for 6
  • Dates:Sunday to Thursday, after 7:30pm

Savor a slow-food feast with James-Beard-Award-winning-chef Greg Higgins. In addition to being a groundbreaking member of the Portland culinary scene, Greg is a passionate fisherman and forager. His menu reflects those passions, highlighting sustainably-sourced Pacific Northwest ingredients that are prepared with international inspiration. Each dish—from the risotto to the soup to the whole pig plate—is made to be paired with a pint from the famous Higgins beer list. So eat, drink, and be merry in the name of native fish.

* Notify Marsha at least one week in advance
** Gratuity not included
*** Expires March 2021

Unreachable: Heli Fishing in B.C.

  • Donors:Silver King and Frontier Steelhead Experience
  • Details:2 anglers / 1 day Heli Fishing
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon

In BC helicopters are sometimes referred to as your Uber in the sky and for anglers, that's exactly what they are. Flying over a breathtaking glacier or pass in the mountains, and then up or down a river to a landing spot is always highly memorable. After you get dropped off and the “bird” leaves, a notable silence will descend, reminding you that you are in the middle of nowhere and the only sounds of the day will be the movement of water and the breeze in the trees. By 5pm the distant sound of the helicopter begins to get louder and it finds you a few miles downstream, standing on a gravel bar with lots of room for a safe landing, and you’ll shortly be flying back to dinner with a few stories to share.

On this trip, you and your best friend will depart from Smithers airport with Silver King Helicopters. This company is the best in town and the service we use for all our Heli trips. This Heli fishing trip will be a short flight to an unreachable section of the Skeena or Bulkley. You will be dropped off via Helicopter with just a guide and a raft for a single day of fishing. Trip includes lunch, beverages, and all equipment if needed.

*Does not include travel to Smithers, BC, licenses, or gratuities

A Week in the Desert @ Rancho Mirage

  • Donors:The McGinley Family
  • Details:Up to 8 guests / 6 nights / 7 days lodging at Rancho Mirage
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon: September 2020 - January 2021 or April - June 2021

Escape the winter blues with a week of desert sunshine. Located on the eleventh fairway at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, this tastefully appointed condo boasts four bedrooms, three baths, and a fully equipped kitchen. Bring the bike and ride through the Mission Hills, or lace up your boots and hike Joshua Tree. Shop El Paseo in Palm Desert, or simply soak up the sun at the club’s luxurious pool. However you like to pass the time, Rancho Mirage is the perfect escape.

*Does not include travel to Rancho Mirage

Bad to the Bone in the Bahamas

  • Donors:Dan & Amy Herrig, Andros South Lodge
  • Details:2 anglers / 3 guided days / 4 nights + all food and drinks
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon - before May 1, 2021

What are three ingredients for the perfect tropical escape? Good food and drink, comfortable digs, and world-class saltwater fishing. You’ll find all three at Andros South, where you’ll stalk big bonefish across the flats and explore hidden coves teeming with life, and come home to a delicious dinner of fresh, local seafood and a beachside beverage at the Slack Tide bar. Bad to the Bone in the Bahamas includes three days of guided fishing, a room at the lodge, food, drinks, and transportation. Dan and Amy thought of everything!

* Does not include travel to Andros South or gratuity*
* Trip can be extended for an additional cost

Steelhead Wizard Zellman

  • Donors:Rich Zellman, Steelhead Water Guide Service
  • Details:2 anglers / 2 days guided fishing in Northern California
  • Dates:Mutually agree upon - Fall 2020

Accompany the Steelhead Wizard over crystal pools and through jade boulder gardens on a northern California steelhead journey. For two days this fall, two anglers will join Rich Zellman to chase steelhead and half pounders on the Trinity and Klamath rivers. There’s nothing like enticing red-hot fall steelhead with hitched muddlers. And with his laid-back yet hands-on approach, there’s no one better to lead you to them.

* All tackle provided
** To ensure the best dates, please book as soon as possible.
***Gratuity not included

Riverwatch Bamboo

  • Donors:Bob Clay, Riverwatch Bamboo Rods
  • Details:10' 4/5wt

Jump the waitlist for a Riverwatch bamboo rod and take home the ultimate dry-line two hander tonight. Crafted in a shop overlooking the legendary Kispiox River, this ten-foot, 4/5-weight sweetheart has enough backbone to land the biggest steelhead in British Columbia. Don’t believe it? Buy it and try it.

Length: 10’
Line weight: 4/5
Construction: Bamboo
Ferrules: Composite

Get Your Kicks in Curry County

  • Donors:Andrew Harris, Confluence Outfitters, Gayle Wilcox, The Tree House, Fishermen Direct Seafoods, Mark Sherwood, Native Fish Society, Nectar of Life Coffee, Spinner's Seafood & Steakhouse, Crazy Norwegians Seafood, Arch Rock Brewing Company
  • Details:2 guests / 3 nights / 2 guided days / includes gift certificates for dinner & coffee
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon

Get your kicks chasing wild winter steelhead on Oregon’s rugged South Coast. This is sure to be a weekend to remember for you and your favorite fishing partner. Settle in for three nights at the comfortable and welcoming Tree House in lovely Port Orford. Enjoy two guided days on some of the finest winter steelhead water in the Pacific Northwest, the first with Confluence Outfitters and the second with NFS Executive Director (and south coast local) Mark Sherwood.

Your fishing hosts will greet you in the morning with locally roasted organic coffee from Nectar of Life Roasters and help you toast the late afternoon with some of the finest craft ales on the planet from Arch Rock Brewing. Sample some of the South Coast’s most popular after-fishing haunts, like the Crazy Norwegian’s famous fish and chips and Spinner’s Seafood Steak and Chophouse. And on your way home to the Tree House, stop by Fishermen Direct Seafoods to pick up fresh oysters, Dungeness crab, and canned albacore.

This South Coast adventure was hand-selected by the folks who know it best, so don’t miss a chance to Get Your Kicks in Curry County!

Burkheimer's Best

  • Donors:Kerry Burkheimer, C. F. Burkheimer Fly Rods
  • Details:6128-4 Vintage

Hold perfection in two hands with the C.F. Burkheimer 6128-4. Crafted within earshot of the Columbia River, the hand-rolled blank is appointed with a California buckeye reel seat, smoked nickel hardware, premium cork, and a special inscription for a one-of-kind Burkie with extra wild fish mojo. With a wide grain window, forgiving action, and loads of feel, if you ever have to pick just one rod, you’ll reach for your 6128.

Model: 6128-4
Line weight: 6
Length: 12’8
Build: Vintage
Inscription: “2020 Homewaters Auction”

Tommy's Best Daze Ever!

  • Donors:Frontier Steelhead Experience, Storks Nest Inn, Telly’s Grill, Smithers Brewing Co., Roadhouse, Bugwood Coffee
  • Details:2 anglers / 1 guided day / 2 nights / Includes: Dinner for two at Telly’s Grill; Beer at Smithers Brewing Co.; Roadhouse Gift Card ($100); Bugwood Coffee Gift Card ($20)
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon dates in 2020

Leave the planning to Tommy and experience a couple perfect days in Smithers, British Columbia from start to finish. This steelheader’s dream package includes a guided day with Frontier Steelhead Experience on the legendary Bulkley River and two nights at the cozy Stork Nest Inn. Tommy has also made arrangements at his favorite Smithers haunts, like a delicious Mediterannean dinner for two at Telly’s Grill, a round of the finest beer in town at Smithers Brewing Co, British Columbia’s best comfort food at Roadhouse, and your morning cup at Bugwood Coffee. If there’s a better weekend than Tommy’s Best, we haven’t found it.

* Additional days of fishing available upon request.
* *Does not include fishing licenses, gratuity, or travel to Smithers, British Columbia.

Ram's Head Lodge

  • Donors:Elnora Cameron, Stein Distillery, Winding Rivers Rafting, Arrowhead Chocolates
  • Details:5 guests / 5 nights / Includes Tasting at Stein Distillery; SUP rentals on Wallowa Lake; Arrowhead Chocolates Gift Certificate ($20)
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon

Get away from it all with a five day trip to Ram’s Head Lodge near Joseph, Oregon. Just right for families and small groups, the lodge features a well-appointed kitchen, large dining room, and rustic, yet tasteful furnishings. The lodge is the perfect jumping off point to explore the surrounding Eagle Cap Wilderness, paddleboard Wallowa Lake, or simply take in the smell of pines and the sound of the Wallowa River. Set among some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth, it’s a place so special you’ll never want to leave.

The Best of Napa

  • Donors:Bob and Anne Arns, Tournesol Estate Winery & Vineyard
  • Details:2 couples / 2 nights / Includes tasting, tour and gourmet lunch
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon

Enjoy the best of Napa Valley with a retreat to Tournesol Estate’s Tuscan-style Lakeside Villa. Surrounded by vineyards, Lake Louise, Murphy Creek, and the Vaca Mountains, the beauty of this home is matched only by its stunning views. Let us treat you to a lunch prepared especially for you in the home’s outdoor wood-fired oven. Then settle into wine country living with a tasting of Tournesol wines and a tour of the vineyards with winemaker Ken Bernard. Finish off the day with a dip in the saltwater pool, a game of bocce, or a moment of relaxation in the outdoor cabana. Is there any doubt this is the Best of Napa?

* Does not include travel to Napa or gratuity

Deschutes River Basecamp

  • Donors:Jeff and Kathryn Hickman, Fish the Swing, Deschutes River Basecamp
  • Details:1 angler / 4 guided days (2 half days + 2 full days) / 3 nights
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon in September or October 2020

Enjoy four days of swinging flies, deluxe camping, and delicious food in Deschutes River Basecamp. Led by the seasoned guides at Fish the Swing, Basecamp is the outfitter’s signature Oregon trip. The fishing focuses on the lower river where feisty steelhead spread out over 24 miles of seemingly endless steelhead water. And without a road in sight, jet boats offer the best possible access to all of it. From day one to day four, Fish the Swing is there to keep your fly in the water and you having fun. All you need to do is relax, concentrate, and get ready for the pull of a Deschutes River steelhead.

* These camps sell out fast, so book early.
** Does not include fishing license or gratuity

Dinner With A View

  • Donors:Paul and Carol Fortino, Chef Andrew Biggs, Hunt & Gather Catering
  • Details:Dinner and wine for 8
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon

Savor dinner for eight with your own private chef at the Fortino home in Portland’s West Hills. Chef Andrew Biggs offers fine-dining with seasonal menus crafted from responsibly sourced ingredients produced by the best local farmers, ranchers, and foragers. The Hunt & Gather team will create a truly unique culinary experience for you and your guests. All you have to do is show up, settle in with a glass of wine from the Fortino’s legendary private cellar, take in the view of the Columbia River and the Portland Skyline, and enjoy your Dinner With A View.

White Salmon Escape

  • Donors:Diana Rempe & Patrick O’Herron, Wildcraft Studios
  • Details:6 guests / 3 nights / Includes Wildcraft Studios gift certificate
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon in 2020

Escape the routine with a three-night stay at a timber frame home in a private canyon. Tucked away on eighty acres near White Salmon, Washington, you can explore the property, hike the creek that runs through it, or make the fifteen-minute drive into town to sample White Salmon’s exceptional selection of restaurants and breweries.

Included in this package, is a rafting trip for two on the spectacular White Salmon river. Fed by Mt. Adams’ glaciers and flowing through beautiful basalt canyons, this full-day trip is the perfect combination of epic whitewater and incredible scenery.

With a gourmet kitchen, pizza oven, stunning soapstone fireplace, and room for up to six guests, this is the perfect place for a cozy weekend getaway, without venturing far from home.

Southern Oregon Salmonfly

  • Donors:Jim & Rachel Andras, Andras Outfitters
  • Details:1 or 2 anglers / 1 day guided fishing
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon late May to mid June 2020 or 2021

Feel like a kid again with a day of guided fishing during the salmonfly hatch on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon. The spectacular upper Rogue is the perfect setting to toss dry flies to wild cutthroat and rainbow trout. And in late spring, when the trout are gorging themselves on the adults, the upper river plays host to some of the most exciting dry fly fishing in the region. Casting big, bushy dry flies tight to grassy banks and under overhanging branches is the key to bringing wild trout to the surface. And there is always the possibility that hidden in a small pocket, under a volcanic ledge, or tight to an undercut is an early summer steelhead.

Includes: Lunch, flies, and an awesome time!

Does not include OR angling license or gratuity.


  • Donors:Roamerica
  • Details:3 day / 2 night rental of a Roamerica Sportsmobile camper van
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon

Go wherever your heart desires with an official ROAMERICA Sportsmobile! These are not your everyday campervans. The ROAMERICA camper vans are fully-equipped, self-contained, and specially designed for the rugged conditions Pacific Northwest. Each vehicle is maintained to the highest possible standards and includes all the gear you need for camping, cooking, and sleeping in style. From the beaches, to the deserts, to the rainforest, and home again, ROAMERICA is here to help you experience it all.

Upper Rogue Spey Session

  • Donors:Dax Messett
  • Details:2 anglers / 1 day guided spey fishing on the Rogue River with Dax Messett
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon

Seek the moment on the upper Rogue River with, relentless Spey guru Dax Messett. Since 2001, Dax has pursued unique angling experiences in some of the finest fresh and saltwater fisheries around the world. He has also guided for trout and steelhead in Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Alaska, and New Zealand. He is a passionate teacher, and is widely regarded as one of the West’s finest casting and angling instructors. All Dax’s trips focus on enjoyment, respect for the river, and the progression of your skill as an angler.

Does not include OR angling license or gratuity.

Alpacka Classic

  • Donors:Alpacka Rafts
  • Details:Small Classic Raft in Cedar Green

Reach the untouched waters in your own backyard and deep in the backcountry with the iconic Alpacka Classic Raft. The Alpacka Classic is the gold standard by which all other rafts are measured. With a pared-down design that focuses on workmanship and quality materials, the Classic is set to deliver fun and adventure.

Burkheimer 4114-4 Vintage

  • Donors:Kerry Burkheimer, C. F. Burkheimer Fly Rods
  • Details:Model: 4114-4; Length: 11'4"; Line wt.: 4; Rod wt.: 4.95oz

Swing up half pounders, sea-run cutthroat, and big Missouri River browns in style with the C.F. Burkheimer 4114-4. Crafted within earshot of the Columbia River, the hand-rolled blank is appointed with a California buckeye reel seat, smoked nickel hardware, and premium cork. For those who can’t live without that Burkie feel, the 4114-4 is the trout spey to rule them all.

OP Cutthroat

  • Donors:J. Michelle Swope, Oly Women on the Fly
  • Details:2 anglers / 1 day guided with Washington Regional River Steward Coordinator, J. Michelle Swope
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon Fall 2020

There’s more to the Olympic Peninsula than winter steelhead! Hit the West End rivers this fall for a guided day of cutthroat fishing with Oly Women on the Fly. Fall is the time to see the Olympic Peninsula Rivers in a new light. It’s also the time to chase one of the most beautiful native fish of the Pacific Northwest—the sea-run coastal cutthroat. These spectacular mini chromers come willingly to surface skaters and classic streamers. The hardest part is finding them. So hit the stream with a local who knows where to look—go with J. Michelle!

Does not include WA angling license or gratuity.

McKenzie River Day Dream

  • Donors:Chris Daughters, The Caddis Fly Angling Shop
  • Details:2 anglers / 1 guided day with Chris Daughters
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon

Join the home team for a trip down the Willamette Valley’s premier trout stream with a McKenzie River float with The Caddis Fly Angling Shop owner Chris Daughters. Chris was born and raised in Eugene and it’s safe to say he knows the McKenzie and its spectacular wild trout like the back of his hand. He’s a wonderful fly fishing mentor and is always ready and willing to answer questions and lend a hand. Don’t miss this chance to fish one of Oregon’s most iconic trout streams with one of the people who know it best!

Does not include OR angling license or gratuity.

Sage Trout

  • Donors:Far Bank Enterprises
  • Details:Sage Trout 590-4

When the trout are rising, reach for a classic with the Sage Trout LL 590-4. With a supple tip and smooth action, the 590-4 is a versatile rod that was designed to shine under a wide variety of trout fishing scenarios. The Trout LL may be a nod to tradition, but it still performs the way that only a SAGE could. Once you’ve fished a Trout LL, it’s hard to feel cool holding anything else.

A View From Above

  • Donors:Jason Hartwick, Joe Curren
  • Details:Professionally framed photo of the Smith River by Jason Hartwick. 20-3/8 x 24

Bring the magic of the Smith River into your living room with a photo from renowned State of Jefferson Spey guide Jason Hartwick. Custom framed by Joe Curren, this auction item is a one-of-a-kind work of art and a stunning testament to the beauty of our shared homewaters.

PNW Landing Net

  • Donors:Ryan Bittle, Bill Bittle, PNW Landing Nets
  • Details:Size M / Hoop size: 25 x 16 / Length 60"

This 25-inch by 16-inch net with a 60-inch handle was handcrafted by the father-and-son team at PNW Landing Nets. Avid steelheaders themselves, they designed the net with a fish-friendly rubber net to ensure a clean release. Extensively tested by Southern Oregon steelhead guides, these beautiful nets are quickly becoming the net of choice among steelheaders around the world.

Two Nights at Rock Creek Ranch

  • Donors:Smith River Alliance
  • Details:Up to 12 Guests
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon during Low Season, mid-September - mid-June

Get away from it all with two nights at Rock Creek Ranch. Situated on a sweeping bend in the South Fork of the Smith River, the magnificent 175-acre ranch is located in the Redwood country of Northern California. With four bedrooms and a well-appointed kitchen, the main house offers clean, comfortable lodging in spectacular scenery. Hike quiet trails surrounded by ancient forests. Fish, kayak, and swim in the emerald waters of the South Fork. The outdoor opportunities at Rock Creek Ranch are seemingly endless.

*Not available during High Season


  • Donors:Nick Rowell, Anadromous Anglers
  • Details:2 anglers / 1 day guided on the Clackamas or Santiam
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon

Dive deep into Nick Rowell’s Oregon homewaters with a one day float on either the Clackamas River or the Santiam. Where you’re looking for summer or winter steelhead, the opportunity to connect with a fresh fish on the swing is ever present. And both streams present seemingly endless swinging water and exemplary wild fish. Since 2012, Nick has delivered some of the best guiding and instruction in the industry. Whether you land on the Santiam or the Clack, with Nick every cast will feel like the one.

Does not include OR angling license or gratuity.

Raft Wild Southern Oregon

  • Donors:Northwest Rafting Company
  • Details:1 guest / 4 days rafting the Rogue or Illinois River
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon in 2020 or 2021

Raft into the wild backcountry of southern Oregon with a trip down one of southern Oregon’s rugged and spectacular rivers. No day on a river is ever the same, but the Illinois River stands apart. It is pristine and wild through as it makes its way through the remote Kalmiopsis Wilderness. More approachable, yet no less majestic, the Rogue winds through a canyon full of dense forests, wildlife, fish, and volcanic geology, serving up some jaw-dropping scenery the entire way. It’s a perfect trip for first-timers and veteran river runners.

*Does not include gratuity

Klamath River Adventure

  • Donors:Kenton Bansemer, Gold River Lodge
  • Details:2 anglers / 1 day guided fishing and lunch on the Klamath River / 2 nights at the Gold River Lodge
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon December 15, 2020 - March 31, 2021

Embark on a winter steelhead adventure at Gold River Lodge on the Klamath River in northern California. With a phenomenal winter steelhead run that starts in December, the Klamath supports a run of exquisitely proportioned winter fish that love to eat a swung fly. In between days on the river, rest up and take in the river views with two nights at the Gold River Lodge.

*Additional guests can be accommodated at the lodge upon request.
**Does not include CA angling license or gratuity

Deschutes by Jetboat

  • Donors:Curtis Ciszik
  • Details:2 anglers / 1 day guided fishing
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon

Enjoy a full day of swinging flies with the talented guide Curtis Ciszik on one of the finest stretches of summer steelhead water in the lower 48. On the lower Deschutes River in Oregon, steelhead spread out over 24 miles of premium swinging water. Without a road, jet boats are the best way to them. Curtis will put you on the fish. All you need to do is relax, concentrate, and get ready for the pull.

*Does not include OR angling license, Deschutes River Boater Pass, or gratuity

Burkheimer Trout Rod

  • Donors:Kerry Burkheimer, C. F. Burkheimer Fly Rods
  • Details:483-4 DAL

Get back to fun in trout fishing with the C.F. Burkheimer 483-4 DAL. Designed for fishability on the stream (not the parking lot), the 483-4 DAL features a sweet, full-flexing action for tight loops and accurate casts in close quarters. When it comes to tossing dry flies 25 to 40 feet, there isn’t a rod that can match the 483-4 for performance or feel. Even among Burkheimer’s renowned DAL series, the 483-4 may be the sweetheart of the bunch.

Full Day Umpqua

  • Donors:Capt. Logan Johnson, Feather Flingers Fishing
  • Details:2 anglers / 1 guided day
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon

Rig up and fish hard for Umpqua steelhead with Captain Logan Johnson of Feather Flingers Fishing. The Umpqua River is one of the most iconic in North America. With several hundred miles of water, it is also incredibly diverse. In addition to its storied summer steelhead run, the Umpqua supports one of the best winter runs in the lower 48—a run renowned for consistent returns and big fish. The full day float in Logan’s specially rigged drift boat allows premium river access and maximum opportunities to encounter these majestic fish. Logan can provide all the necessary tackle, as well as a shore lunch. With more than a decade of guiding experience all over the western United States and Alaska, he also holds an unrestricted USCG captains license, rowing instructor certification, OSMB guide license and First Aid/CPR certification.

*OR angling license or gratuity not included

Puget Sound Walk 'n Wade

  • Donors:Dave McCoy, Emerald Water Anglers
  • Details:2 anglers / 1 day with Emerald Water Anglers
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon

Explore the maze of bays and inlets that make up Puget Sound with a knowledgeable guide from Emerald Water Anglers. The Sound is a rich haven for sea-run cutthroat trout and all five species of Pacific Salmon. Consequently, it is also a paradise for the fly angler. Strip poppers over boiling trout, or baitfish patterns past beach structure and experience the thrilling pull of a super-charged sea trout. If you want to try your hand at a unique fishery that can’t be found anywhere else on the planet, hit the beach with Emerald Water Anglers!

*WA angling license or gratuity not included

Gyotaku Print

  • Donors:Duncan Berry
  • Details:Hand-rubbed Japanese Fish Art

Straight from the studio of Duncan Berry, this hand printed Gyotaku, or fish rubbing, came directly from the salmon on MA rice paper with archival Gamblin Fine Art Inks. Signed with species, location, Duncan’s signature, red chop and date. The surface of this artwork is sealed with an invisible matte UV coating. From the river, to the fly, to the angler who caught it, each fish that Duncan selects for Gyotaku has a unique story.

ROW Adventure!

  • Donors:ROW Adventures
  • Details:7 rafters / 1 day on the lower Deschutes River
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon

Raft through some of the most spectacular canyon scenery in the Pacific Northwest with a trip down the lower Deschutes River. This full day of rafting magic passes covers about 12 miles and includes plenty of whitewater fun. It features desert scenery and splashy Class II to Class III with names inspired by history and events. Considered pool-and-drop in nature, there is plenty of recovery time between rapids and lots of wonderful places to swim, kick back to enjoy the scenery and listen to the song of the river.

A Day with the Fly Czar

  • Donors:Josh Linn
  • Details:1 angler / 1 day guided with Josh Linn
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon

Join Royal Treatment’s Fly Czar Josh Linn for a full-day steelhead session on either the Clackamas River or the Sandy. Winter or summer, Josh knows a thing or two about both of Portland’s most productive steelhead streams. He is eager to share his vast knowledge about these elusive fish and the spectacular streams they return to year round. Whether you’ve got questions about flies, sink tips, or techniques, Josh has something for you in his bag of tricks. A day on the water with Josh is sure to be an eye-opening experience.

The Fly Shop's Signature Outfit

  • Donors:The Fly Shop
  • Details:Signature Spey Rod Outfit, 13’6 8-weight + 10/12 Echo Bravo Reel

Make waves when the big fish are in with The Fly Shop's Signature Spey Rod outfit. The Signature two hander features high-modulus graphite for a fast action and smooth flex. Designed to deliver flies accurately at any distance, the 8136-4 can cast delicate loops off the tip, or dig deep and drive the line across the river. It all adds up to a serious Spey rod with a beautiful finish and tons of feel.

Yes! to the Yakima

  • Donors:Bryce Levin
  • Details:2 anglers / 1 day guided
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon

Join NFS River Steward Bryce Levin for a full day float on central Washington's premier wild trout fishery. With more than 75 miles of blue ribbon water, the Yakima River supports a thriving population of wild fish and provides anglers from around the world a thrilling year-round experience.

*Does not include WA angling license or gratuity

Olympic Peninsula

  • Donors:Jim Kerr, Rain Coast Guides
  • Details:2 anglers / 1 day guided with Rain Coast Guides
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon

Join the local experts at Rain Coast Guides for a full day float on one of the Olympic Peninsula’s spectacular rivers. With years of experience on the West End streams, your guide can customize your fishing trip, put you where the fish are, and show you how to catch them. Whether you’re looking for steelhead, cutthroat, or chinook or coho salmon, Rain Coast Guides has fine-tuned their service to take full advantage of the year-round fisheries of the incomparable Olympic Peninsula.

*Does not include WA angling license or gratuity

Escape to McMinnville

  • Donors:The Atticus Hotel, Nick's Italian Cafe, Community Plate
  • Details:2 guests / 1 night at the Atticus, $100 gift card for dinner at Nick's Italian Cafe, Breakfast or lunch for 2 at Community Plate
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon

Savor a night in one of the best small towns in the Pacific Northwest with an escape to McMinnville, Oregon. Enjoy a night at the luxurious Atticus Hotel, where you can walk to dinner at the wine country culinary landmark Nick’s Italian Cafe and take in charming Third Street along the way. Round out the ideal Oregon wine country escape with breakfast or lunch for two at Community Plate—also within walking distance of your hotel.

Rio Gallegos Waders

  • Donors:Patagonia
  • Details:Men's Size Large

Fish hard at home and abroad in the Patagonia Rio Gallegos Waders. Durable yet breathable, the feature-rich Rio Gallegos were designed with a trim upper-body for a quality fit that’s not too tight. Featuring Patagonia’s classic H2No technology, the Gallegos are reliable, comfortable, and ready to keep you dry even in the toughest conditions.

Train Your Dog to do the Truffle Shuffle

  • Donors:Doug DeRoy
  • Details:3 sessions of truffle hunting lessons for your pup
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon

Teach your dog to do the truffle shuffle with NFS Board Member Doug DeRoy. Over three sessions, Doug will train you and your dog to successfully hunt white and black truffles. He may even have a few tips about how to best use them in your culinary creations! Lessons can be tailored to the starting point of your dog.

Do the Truffle Shuffle

  • Donors:Doug DeRoy
  • Details:1 or 2 guests / 3/4 day truffle hunt
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon

Join NFS Board Member Doug DeRoy and his trained truffle hunting dog Ollie on a guided hunt for Oregon’s elusive (and delicious) white and black truffles. The day-long excursion will take you through a few of Doug and Ollie’s secret truffle hunting spots. And at the end of the day, you’ll take home all of the truffles Ollie finds!

Rogue Steelhead - or Trout! - on the Fly

  • Donors:Stuart Warren, Southern Oregon Guided Adventures
  • Details:1 angler / 1 full day guided on the Rogue River
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon before June 15, 2021

Choose your own Southern Oregon adventure with a guided day on the Rogue River with Stuart Warren. Whether you decide to swing flies to steelhead on the lower river or drift big dries over wild cutthroat and rainbows on the upper, a trip to the Rogue is sure to be a hit with beginners and advanced anglers alike.

No experience necessary and all equipment and tackle provided.

*Does not include OR angling license or gratuity

Couples Casting Class

  • Donors:Joel La Follette, Jennifer Swope, Royal Treatment Fly Fishing
  • Details:2 guests / 1.5 hours of personalized instruction
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon before October 31, 2020

Whether you need to brush up on your single-hand casting for the upcoming trout season or an exotic trip to the tropics; maybe your Spey game needs a little work. No worries, we can help. Joel and Jennifer will analyze casting issues and smooth out the rough spots in your cast. Maybe Fly/Spey casting is brand now to you, no problem! We love working with beginners and advanced students to take their game to the next level.

Columbia Gorge Tandem Canoe Lessons

  • Donors:Paddle People
  • Details:Up to 6 guests, in pairs of 2
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon / June 6, July 11 or July 12

Join Paddle People for a private, 2-hour tandem canoe lesson taught by Russ Woodward, a licensed Oregon guide with 30 years of paddling and on-the-water teaching experience. This lesson begins at 9 a.m. and takes place at beautiful Rooster Rock State Park on the Columbia River.

This class is designed for novice to intermediate paddlers. You’ll learn (or review) basic paddle strokes as well as how to launch, steer, and land your boat with grace; safely maneuver around obstacles; conserve energy through the proper use of your paddle; and communicate effectively with your partner.

Lightweight Wenonah canoes, paddles, and personal floatation devices (PFDs) are provided. (Students are required to wear a PFD for the entire lesson.)

This is a tandem canoe lesson, so please plan to bring a partner.

Willamette Winery Paddle

  • Donors:Paddle People
  • Details:Up to 8 guests
  • Dates:Mutually agreed upon / July 18, July 21, or August 8

Join Paddle People on a private, ½-day Willamette River paddling adventure that combines sightseeing and wine tasting at Arcane Cellars! Led by Russ Woodward and Jeff Catlin, both licensed Oregon guides, we’ll paddle a scenic stretch of the Willamette River, exploring remote gravel beaches and sights including Willamette Mission, Wheatland Ferry, and Grand Island reserve.

This trip begins at 9 a.m. at Arcane Cellars, where you’ll park your car and ride with us in the Paddle People bus to the put-in at Wallace Marine Park in Salem. Bring your own canoe or kayak, or borrow one of our lightweight Wenonah tandem canoes for the day. We also provide dry storage bags for your personal items and lunch as well as snacks, bottled water, paddles, and PFDs, which must be worn when on the water.

Arriving at Arcane Cellars, you can sample award-winning wines in the tasting room, eat lunch, play a round of Bocce Ball, or just enjoy the peaceful vineyard setting. Make a weekend out of it and camp near the vineyard or rent Arcane Cellar’s Tiny Home!

Sawyer & Stohlquist

  • Donors:Paddle People
  • Details:2 Sawyer Canoe Paddles & 2 Stohlquist PFDs

Take home two exceptional paddles designed by Sawyer Paddles & Oars, right here in Oregon. These sturdy paddles are manufactured using a modern polyethylene finish and wood from renewable sources. Reinforced tips ensure long life.

Stohlquist has been producing state-of-the art paddle gear for almost 75 years. These PFDs will keep you comfortable and safe no matter what the temperature or weather conditions. Designed to be worn in both canoes and kayaks, these PFDs are durable, easy to clean, and meet U.S. Coast Guard standards.

Steelie Vans

  • Donors:Peter Donahower, Heart Rock Art Works
  • Details:Size 11 custom painted Vans Classic Slip-on

You can’t understand wild, native fish until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Show off your support by making a fashion statement in these shiny skater shoe “Steelie Vans”. Hand-painted by local artist and Native Fish Society River Steward Peter Donahower, these slip-on Vans sport a baked-on Golden Acrylic finish that is weather-resistant and UV-protected, but remains supple so they don’t harsh the glide in your stride.

Other sizes available upon request.
Contact Peter for more information at heartrockartworks@gmail.com

Homewaters: Rise Up

When you give to a cause -- you want to know what your hard-earned dollars are supporting.

To do just that, we invited the Grateful Eight to share their stories from the frontlines of our collective work reviving abundant wild fish across the Pacific Northwest. These River Stewards, Native Fish Fellows, and members are from all corners of the Northwest - from the mighty Klamath River in Northern California to the free-flowing Skeena River in British Columbia.

Originally, these folks were going to trek to Portland to share their work in person. However, in the midst of our challenging time, these folks have recorded video messages to share with you the critical conservation efforts your generous support makes possible. Over 80% of our funding comes from people just like you - folks that give personally out their love for wild fish, free-flowing rivers, and thriving communities. We are immeasurably grateful for your support and the dedication of these remarkable members and volunteers.

The Grateful Eight - Special Appeal

Leah Hemberry-Ricketts, Native Fish Fellow

Wild salmon need clean cold water and intact natural habitats to maintain their health and abundance. Leah Hemberry-Ricketts, Native Fish Fellow, shares about her participation in a recent successful campaign to permanently protect all of Washington's critical habitat for threatened salmon, steelhead, and trout from harmful, instream suction dredge mining.

Katherine Butts, Senior Biologist Lax Kw'alaams Band

Sustainable fisheries contribute to the long term health of naturally regenerating fish and protect the most vulnerable species from harm. Katherine Butts, Senior Biologist with the Lax Kw’alaams Band, discusses the exciting new partnership between the Lax Kw'alaams Band, Coast for Clouds Foundation, the Wild Fish Conservancy, and Native Fish Society on a fish trap on the lower Skeena River.

Dave Lacey, Hunter Creek River Steward

Hardrock mining is the most toxic polluting industry in the United States. Clean water is critical for supporting abundant wild fish and providing drinking water for local communities. Hunter Creek River Steward, Dave Lacey discusses his work to protect the salmon-studded rivers of southwest Oregon from strip mining on public lands.

Maxine McCormick, World Champion Fly Caster & Native Fish Society Member

Native Fish Society provides support and shares the inspiration from emerging grassroots advocates. We're so proud of NFS member and world champion fly caster Maxine McCormick and her passion for reviving abundant wild fish and healthy free-flowing rivers.

Jodi Wilmoth, Upper Deschutes River Steward

Protecting and restoring healthy habitats are critical for abundant wild fish and our communities. Upper Deschutes River Steward, Jodi Wilmoth, discusses her upcoming project locating and protecting threatened bull trout in the Upper Deschutes River.

Ryan Allred, Klamath River Steward

Dams without fish passage and hatcheries built to replace lost fish habitat have contributed to the decline of wild fish across the Pacific Northwest. To revive abundant wild fish we need free-flowing rivers and fish that are able to adapt and regenerate naturally in their native habitats. Klamath River Steward, Ryan Allred discusses our efforts to restore a free-flowing and wildly abundant Klamath River.

Mia Rosser, Native Fish Fellow

Native Fish Society exists to cultivate a groundswell of public support of the revival of abundant wild fish, free-flowing rivers, and thriving local communities. Youth advocacy is a growing and increasingly important part of our advocacy community. Our youngest Native Fish Fellow, Mia Rosser, shares her passion for wild fish and why it's important for her to get involved as an advocate.

Charles Gehr, Rogue River Steward

Sustainably managed fisheries are vital for reviving abundant wild fish. Rogue River Steward, Charles Gehr discusses his work advancing the recovery of wild steelhead in southwest Oregon.

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