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

OUTFITTER/OWNER

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 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. As a partner Read More

Kidd Youren

OUTFITTER

I started guiding for Helfrich River Outfitters about a year after I met Kelsey, the love of my life and the mother of my beautiful daughter Fallon. I had never worked Read More

KEVIN HAWKINS

TRIP LEADER

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

Kris Belozer

TRIP LEADER

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

Andrew Greiner

TRIP LEADER

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 Read More

Tim Gunderson

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

Logan Warren

GUIDE/SWEEP DRIVER

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 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 Read More

Mel 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 Read More

Wyatt Myers

GUIDE

I started my guiding career in 2000 on the Arkansas River in Colorado. I worked there for 9 years before I decided that I really Read More

Blake King

SWEEP DRIVER

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. Whether navigating 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. 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 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 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 ever since. “I’ve filled Read More

William Tooley

GUIDE

I was 4 years old when my parents tossed me and my two brothers into the family raft for our first river trip on the John Day River in Oregon. Since then, I have explored 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 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 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 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 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 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  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 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, Read More

Kimberly Megowan

OFFICE MANAGER

In July of 2019, I was fortunate enough to go on a Middle Fork trip with Helfrich Outfitters. I absolutely fell in love with the river, the Helfrich Read More

Saydee Brass

ADVERTISING INTERN

My name is Saydee and this is my second year working for Helfrich River Outfitters. I helped out around the office and shop Read More

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