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Jakesktm 10-29-2019 12:10 PM

Best outfitter and river to work?
Getting ready to retire for good this time. Looking to travel and hook up with a good outfitter and ride out some years on a river somewhere.

25+ years guiding many rivers. I have all my certs updated and ready. Curious if anyone has a favorite river and outfitter they have worked for (within the last couple years), or currently working for?

I realize this is very subjective but I would like to hear from the commercial guides out there.


MNichols 10-29-2019 02:01 PM

Whitewater Adventure Outfitters on the Arkansas in Canon City Colorado. Tony and Kathy are super people that run a high quality operation and treat you like family.

MT4Runner 10-29-2019 02:11 PM

Tarkio out of Missoula is a good operation, as are 3Rivers and Lewis & Clark.

OARS always seems like a good crew when I've encountered them on the Main Salmon.

Personally, I'd avoid River Odysseys West out of Spokane WA/Lowell ID. Have had some shitty experiences around them over the years on the Lochsa and Alberton Gorge.

Jakesktm 10-29-2019 03:46 PM

fantastic!! Thank you :) My daughter works for OARS in California. Thought about just joining that outfit but looking more for good mom and pop operations (less corporate) that take care of their guides ;) (Not that OARS doesn't). Keep 'em comin!

I'm looking into the one's suggested now.

MT4Runner 10-29-2019 04:06 PM

yeah, OARS is corporate, but the way their guides act on the river, it's clear they're well taken-care of . I've had a LOT of positive interactions with their crew (and I'm saying this as a private) and that doesn't happen in a vacuum.

And I'm a dory guy..and seeing how so many old GCD guides are still with the new company 30+years later, that says a LOT.

RogueGuide 10-29-2019 04:09 PM

Are you interested in raft guiding, fish, or both? My 2 cents: I would want to plants roots with an outfitter that would keep me busy, offer a variety of different itineraries, and have multiple rivers to choose from. I know that Oars, Row, and NW all offer international itineraries.

Jakesktm 10-29-2019 04:32 PM

Raft guiding, fishing, dories, multi-days and big water.

Ideally an outfitter with permits on multiple rivers who does great multi days (sounds like OARS). Dories would be amazing (Sounds like OARS)! I've always wanted to get back to the MoFoSalmon, Selway, and Lochsa. Maybe even settle down in Salmon/North Fork.

RogueGuide 10-29-2019 04:42 PM

Sounds like you have your answer sir. And in record time too! I'm looking forward to seeing your filled out application for OARS posted on MB!

k2andcannoli 10-29-2019 04:44 PM

Short seasons and low water get you down? Come out to Ohiopyle and work for Laurel Highlands then head down to WV for Gauley season. If you want to stay on a little harder water than the lower yough most of the time, hit up precision rafting in Friendsville. Cheap housing, lots of rivers, and lots of rain. Close to the Baltimore/D.C./Pittsburgh population centers.

Jakesktm 10-29-2019 05:09 PM


Originally Posted by RogueGuide (Post 752239)
Sounds like you have your answer sir. And in record time too! I'm looking forward to seeing your filled out application for OARS posted on MB!

:p these applications are pretty serious! Last time I worked commercially they asked me if I thought I could get "these folks down that river" extending a paddle in the pointed direction of the river! Thing have changed!

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