Meet The Team

Helfrich River Outfitter Inc

MEET THE HELFRICH TEAM!

Ken Helfrich

OUTFITTER / OWNER

I was raised along the banks of the McKenzie River in Oregon.  As a kid I spent a lot of time exploring and fishing small streams.  My family had boys’ fly-fishing camps Read More

Sherill Helfrich

RIVER MOM

Hi, I am Sherill Helfrich, often referred to as the river mom, the glue or the rock of the Helfrich clan and crew.  Kenny and I have been married since 1980 and we are the Read More

Kelsey Helfrich

OUTFITTER / OWNER

I feel so lucky to have been born into the Helfrich Family. As a fourth generation guide in Idaho and fifth generation in Oregon, the river is in my blood. Read More

 

Kidd Youren

OUTFITTER / GUIDE

I started guiding for Helfrich River Outfitters about a year after I met Kelsey, the love of my life and the mother of my two beautiful daughters, Fallon and Quinn. Read More

SADIE KING

OPERATIONS MANAGER / GUIDE

I was born and raised in Idaho and grew up with a passion for the state’s wild places. My education brought me to the Frank Church Wilderness in 2013 where I Read More

Kris Belozer

TRIP LEADER / GUIDE

Many of our clients know and love Kris Belozer; a great guide and amazing boatman that will always keep you smiling with his exceptional  sense of humor.  Kris has been Read More

KEVIN HAWKINS

TRIP LEADER / GUIDE

What started as a summer job in 2004 has turned into a great year-round profession.  As a full time guide for HRO, I run trips on the Helfrich Crew Read More

Tim Gunderson

TRIP LEADER / GUIDE

I often say that I have the perfect life. I retired in 2020 after 30 years of teaching mathematics and geology to high school and junior Read More

Blake King

SWEEP DRIVER / MANAGER

The middle fork of the salmon river and the Franck church wilderness has been my place of passion, occupation, and recreation for most of my life. Read More

ZOE GRUMBACH

GUIDE

I am originally from San Francisco, raised by two parents who love backpacking, camping, and all things mountains. We took a trip down the Middle Fork as a family in 2019, Read More

 

Garrett Helfrich

GUIDE

My very first river trip on the Upper McKenzie I believe I was 6 weeks old, from then on out running rivers with my mother Jonnie Helfrich and father Aaron Helfrich was Read More

Cole Henson

GUIDE

I was born and raised in Macon, GA, started my river guiding career on the Nolichucky River as a whitewater guide in 2007, and have been guiding all over the West ever Read More

Logan Warren

GUIDE

I grew up in a river outfitting family in Salmon, ID, spending most of my summers floating the local rivers with my parents Dave and Thyra  Warren along with my little sister Read More

Catie Stukel

GUIDE

I grew up in Idaho fly fishing, camping, and boating with my family. Two summers ago I swamped my first Middle Fork trip, and  immediately knew that I wanted to Read More

MelISSA Frogh

GUIDE

When I went on my first multi-day river trip at age 13, I was immediately addicted to the river way of life. There’s just nothing better than spending days floating down a river Read More

Andrew Greiner

GUIDE

My name is Andrew Greiner.  I was born and raised in Oregon and went to school at the University of Montana.  After college I moved into my career of guiding and Read More

ERIC RICHINS

GUIDE

I’m lucky to say I’ve loved and respected Idaho’s great outdoors my whole life and there’s nothing I enjoy more than seeing people smile out there. I was introduced Read More

LANIE GALLAND

GUIDE

Howdy! I was born and raised in north Georgia where my family encouraged (and joined) barefoot exploration of the outdoors, complete with as much dirt, water, and Read More

DUNCAN SWERSEY

GUIDE / SWEEP DRIVER

I was raised in Salmon, Idaho to a family of outfitters on the Salmon River Corridor. After growing up from four years of age on river trips, swamping a trip and helping Read More

Drew Hasbrook

GUIDE

My name is Andrew Hasbrook and I have been a fly fishing guide for over a decade. I began my career guiding remote stretches of river in Alaska and Oregon. Through the love Read More

Charlie Steele

GUIDE

Hi, my name is Charlie. Just like many of the others, I fell in love with the river at a young age. The first time I rafted The Salmon River was at the age of 4. From then on Read More

Austin Boswell

GUIDE

Austin, originally from Central Oregon, found a love for fly fishing and river running at an early age. Bend was the perfect place to find easy access to a plethora of famous trout Read More

DALLY RATCLIFF

GUIDE

I grew up in Cottonwood Idaho. Spending as much time as I could hunting, fishing, camping, and snowboarding. I got the opportunity to work for Helfrich River Outfitters in 2017 Read More

Avery Hiron

GUIDE

I grew up in Salmon Idaho, and spent my childhood exploring the surrounding mountains and rivers. My first time down  the Middle Fork I was 12, but it wasn’t till I Read More

Peter tooly

GUIDE

Born and raised on the rivers of the Pacific Northwest and ever since my freshman year of high school, river guiding is the only job I have ever known. Although the majority Read More

Dylan McGregor

GUIDE

Howdy, I am a peace loving, earth loving, fish addict, who has chosen a lifestyle to provide an experience for anglers, while also filling my own fix. Been fishing my whole life. Read More

CONOR DAVIS

GUIDE

Conor was born and raised in the Wood River Valley. He grew up ski racing in both Alpine and Nordic disciplines. After High school he got into backcountry skiing and competed Read More

Hogan Hernandez

GUIDE

Born and raised in small-town Sisters, I found my passion for the outdoors in the mountains and on the rivers of Central Oregon. I was first introduced to river trips and guiding Read More

AARON LIEBERMAN

GUIDE

I hail from rural Southwest Oregon, where the Rogue and Applegate Rivers meet, and grew up rafting and kayaking the Rogue, Deschutes, Klamath, and many other rivers Read More

GARY WILLIAMS

GUIDE

Ever since I caught my first trout at the age of 5, I have loved fishing.  I was born and raised in Oregon and I have lived in Eugene all but 6 months of my life. I bought my first Read More

John Morton

GUIDE

I grew up fly fishing and boating the high desert rivers of Central Oregon. From my hometown of Sisters, I spent my early years honing my skills on the Metolius, Read More

Taylor Wilcox

GUIDE

Taylor is a second generation river guide,  who grew up next to the Potomac River in Maryland.  He first rafted the Salmon when he was 5 and has been hooked Read More

Emerald Lafortune

GUIDE

I grew up in Northern Idaho with two parents who loved taking us on the river and getting us outside. I graduated from the University of Montana before Idaho called me Read More

Ryan Helfrich

GUIDE

I am a 4th generation Helfrich.  I’m lucky enough to have grown up into a family with a rich history of boating and fishing.  It is safe to say fishing runs in my blood. Read More

EARL WAGNER

GUIDE

Hello there, I’m Earl. I was born and raised in Wisconsin. Growing up I enjoyed the popular pastime of cheese. I found my true love when my father would take me on hunting Read More

GALEN JARVIS

GUIDE

I am proud to have been born and raised here in Idaho! Born in Salmon, I’ve been fly fishing on the Middle Fork of the Salmon since the age of 10. My favorite part of any Helfrich Read More

Mike Boyd

GUIDE

I knew I wanted to be a guide at an early age. I was fortunate to get a start when Rough Country Outfitters in Wyoming took a chance on a very eager, very green Read More

George Butts

GUIDE / SWEEP DRIVER

I was born and raised in Challis Idaho and was fortunate to grow up in a family that enjoys the outdoors. My parents started taking all of us rugrats floating on rivers at an early Read More

John Payne

GUIDE

Hey, I’m Jon Payne, or better known as ‘JP’. I grew up in Olympia, Washington, and currently reside in Eugene, Oregon.  I learned to fish as soon as I was able to hold a pole. Read More

Jim Juza

GUIDE

The first time I made money in my drift boat I was 13 years old. That was August of 1965.  I don’t remember what I was paid, but day wages for guides was in the $35-45 Read More

Ty Holloway

GUIDE

I grew up boating and fishing the McKenzie River with my family, and quickly developed a passion for rivers and fish. I went off to Montana for college and began Read More

Saydee Brass

ADVERTISING INTERN

My name is Saydee.  I started out helping around the office and shop before becoming the marketing intern for HRO, working on the company’s visuals. I grew up Read More

Hanna Curran

GUIDE

Hanna grew up fly fishing with her father, a long time fly fishing guide. She loves to travel slow through the canyon, catching fish and deeply enjoying every moment Read More

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