Dave Helfrich

Dave was an icon in the boating world. A drift boat guide and outfitter in the Northwest since 1947, he was known as a true success and pioneer of the industry. Dave officially retired from outfitting when he sold his company to his son Ken in 2001 however he has continued as a guide for many years after. Dave was a second generation outfitter and guide of the Helfrich Family on many rivers such as the Middle Fork of the Salmon, Rogue River, McKenzie River, Owyhee River, Blackwater River (BC) and many more. He is was an amazing boatman and human being.

With his memory and boating skills were as sharp as ever, right up to the end.  Dave passed away in October of 2016 a the age of having Dave on a trip creates a special and valuable learning experience for guides and guests alike. When he isn’t on the river, Dave spends his time trap shooting, traveling, bee keeping and spending time with the love of his life, Terry.

Dave still runs at least one trip per season on the Middle Fork of the Salmon and the Rogue River and is still guiding on the McKenzie on a regular basis.

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