Meet The Team

Helfrich River Outfitter Inc

Meet The Team

Helfrich River Outfitter Inc

Meet The Team

Helfrich River Outfitter Inc

Meet the Team that Makes Helfrich River Outfitters the Best in the Northwest!

Kevin Hawkins

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 in both Oregon and Idaho for their entire season and I fill in the rest of the year guiding for myself and other hunting outfitters as well.  I start out my season running one-day fishing trips on the McKenzie River in Oregon Read More

Gary Williams

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 drift boat when I was a senior in high school and soon after began guiding. After high school I attended the University of Oregon and lettered 3 years in track while I was there.Read More

Galen Jarvis

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 trip is when I am able to guide someone into their first fish on a dry fly!  I began working on the Middle Fork with the Helfrich crew at the age of 15 as a swamper for Dave Helfrich. Read More

Andrew Greiner

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 now call Salmon, Idaho my home.  I originally started working in the backcountry of the Frank Church Wilderness, packing and guiding hunts for several years before I started boating commercially. Read More

George Butts

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 age.  We all loved being on the water.  When my oldest brother got old enough, he got a summer job on Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Read More


Mike Boyd

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 Pennsylvania kid. So off I went in 1990, packing horses and guiding fishing and big game hunts in the wilds of Wyoming.Read More


John Morton

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, Deschutes, Crooked and McKenzie rivers with dreams of guiding for a living.  That dream finally came to fruition when I began guiding in 2012. Read More

Tim Gunderson

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 college students. I began guiding the same year I began teaching and hope to continue guiding for many more years. Part of my retirement plans include a new pursuit—birding. Read More

Logan Warren

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 Teagan.  My parents owned a whitewater rafting company called Warren River Expeditions with two permits on the Middle Fork and Main Salmon rivers.  Read More

Dan Bentsen

I have been fishing since I was just a little kid.  I grew up in the Eugene-Springfield are in western Oregon and have always enjoyed targeting various species of fish and other aquatic life.  As a kid, I got started fishing and hunting for bass, bullfrogs, carp, turtles and muscrats.  A little later I started learning how to fish for trout, salmon, steelhead and stripped bass. Read More

Ty Holloway

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 my guiding career in West Yellowstone where I worked for two seasons.  Guiding in Montana grew my appreciation for the rivers and fishing that I had left in Oregon. Read More

John Payne

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. Tying fishing line to a favorite stick was my first rod. Growing up on Puget Sound allowed me to fish whenever I wanted. Read More

Emerald Lafortune

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 home. I currently live in Salmon, Idaho where I enjoy fishing, skiing, hiking, and small-town life. Most of the year I am in the non-profit sector working to help connect youth across the US Read More


Garrett Helfrich

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 and father Aaron was something I always got to look forward to. Some say I’m lucky and that would be spot on! Fly fishing became an interest of mine when my dad first handed me a rod, Read More

Mel Frogh

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 with canyon walls hovering above and nights sleeping in the fresh air under the stars. Experiences like this filled my childhood Read More

Ryan Helfrich

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.  Currently, I reside along the banks of the Mckenzie River in Springfield Oregon.  While the Mckenzie is my home river, I spend lots of time guiding on the Middle Fork of the Salmon, the Rogue River, and the John Day.  Read More

Catie Stukel

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 be a guide one day. Last summer I started rowing a gear boat, and by the end of the season I got my guide license and was rowing guests. I am so excited Read More

Wyatt Myers

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 wanted to be closer to the Northwest, where I was raised. I also wanted to run longer trips and focus more on fly fishing. I’ve been working in Idaho ever since. I look forward to taking you down the river and catching all the fishes!

Kris Belozer

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 a valuable part of the Helfrich River Outfitters Family since 2010.  Known for more than just a few laughs, his dedication to the “Helfrich Way” and his great attitude are remarkable. Read More

Jim Juza

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 range at the time. I think I got about half of that.  I got my first Oregon guides license on my 18th birthday Sept. 16, 1969. A fellow from ODFW came to our house and gave me an oral exam. Read More

Taylor Wilcox

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 my life with the most fun thing I can possibly find to do each season.  I spend every fall exploring 3rd world countries on the back of a motorcycle, then winters in Alta, UT caretakeing a cabin and skiing every day, before kite surfing each spring in the Dominican Republic, and making my way to the Middle Fork each summer.” Read More

Kimberly Megowan

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 Family, and with Idaho. Just over a year later, I purchased a home, left Los Angeles behind, and moved out to Salmon. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work at Helfrich as the office manager. I love being able to help our guests schedule trips that I know first hand will be as magical and memorable as my own experience.

Jim Straight

Hi, my name is Jim Staight. I started guiding in 1980, and I have been a full time fishing guide every year since.  I have guided on many rivers including the Middle Fork of the Salmon and the Rogue River with my primary focus now being on McKenzie River fly fishing day trips.  I live in Springfield, Oregon near the McKenzie River. I love being a fishing guide and feel lucky to do it for a living. Read More

William Tooley

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 rivers all across the West Coast, adventures into the last frontier on the Tatshenshini River up in Alaska, and traveled abroad to guide on rivers such as the Blue Nile in Ethiopia. In addition to my rafting experience, I began whitewater kayaking when I was 15 years old and spend the majority of the off season kayaking on rivers throughout the Pacific North West. Read More

I was born in Eugene Oregon but by the time I was 3, I moved up to Portland where I have grown up. As a kid my parents exposed me to a wide variety of outdoor sports such as skiing, rafting, climbing, kayaking, and surfing. I am currently a Senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Spatial Data Science and Geography and I hope to use this knowledge to help protect and conserve rivers across the country. Outside of the outdoors, my interests involve cartography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and college football. (Go ducks!) I had shoulder surgery in the fall of 2019, and I was forced to take last summer off, so I am excited to get on the water again this summer! Can’t wait to see you out there.

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