"Sounds good Mike, just let me know if you would like to pick up a pair. Nice picture from the Illinois too! You'll have to tell Will hi for me. Sounds like their new business and river center is coming along great.…"
"Kelsey, thanks for the phone #, I'll give your dad a call if I decide to go this direction, which I probably will. Hope your season goes well!
Larry, I hear ya on overstressing other things and have definately thought about that. I do…"
I have been on trips and seen oar locks bent. Last season we had a raft go over at Lava and a steel frame bent at the base of the tower. This changed the angle and it became difficult for the rower to get the blade down in…"
"Thanks for the response. No I have not done the middle. The permit is for July 26. Not my best choice but was invited, and HAVE to go. I am experienced, ex guide in Colorado, bla, bla, but rubber only. New wood (boat) and want to use it, ya know.
"All of our guides and all of my river friends have now switched over to these oarlocks without a single complaint. They just simply work better than anything else out there. They are smooth, durable and they also look better (which is…"
The Middle Fork will not typically get much below 1.5' during our season but it has happened and we do still run them. We have not ever decided it is too low to run the drift boats but our guides are also very experienced on the…"
"Hi Kelsey, what is the lowest water level you recommend running the MF in a wooden boat? I've heard your company runs it down to 1 1/2 or 2? Is that correct?
Your boat looks great and have a great summer."
I have bent two Nrs Superston oarlock shafts on two of my last five Illinois river trips rowing a fairly light cat. I have no idea how either one got bent as my boat was never upside down. I really like these locks cause they are the…"
"Thanks, I really love this boat. It was built by Dan Bentsen in Springfield. He does amazing work. He is a guide for us on the McKenzie, Rogue, and Middle Fork of the Salmon so he knows the type of abuse our boats take on those…"
"Well it sure gets the blood pumping that's for sure! Boating season has been great, but its not over yet, we're praying for rain this week so we can hit the Illinois this coming weekend, so far things look good, but we'll see, you…"
"Ha Ha! Yeah I think we have all had runs through the coffee pot that got our attention or makes us want to go back up and run it again. Thats part of the fun of boating down there right? : )
How was your season?"
"Great Rogue River photos. They bring back a lot of memories. I really enjoyed the years I spent on the Rogue.
Fishing those half pounders was always a treat. Mule Creek Canyon always seemed to get the heart to pumping."
I am a fourth generation fishing guide in the Pacific Northwest. My spring, summer and fall are spent guiding fly fishing and whitewater rafting on the Middle Fork of the Salmon, Lower Main Salmon, Rogue, and McKenzie Rivers. I am absolutely in love with running rivers! There is something about maneuvering my wood drift boat through challenging whitewater and then guiding someone to catch a beautiful fish on a fly rod. It has been a challenge being one of the first women to work at a drift boat guide but if it wasn’t a challenge, it just wouldn’t be as much fun. : )
I am currently finishing my newest wood boat. The boat was custom built by Dan Bentsen in Springfield Oregon to fit my smaller stature. Dan does amazing work! Now I just have to work on finishing it... if I could only choose a color for the outside...
It must be about time for you to get on the river.
When you are back on the river to see family please stop in at the shop. I would like to hear about your boat and the changes you had Dan make for you.
I would like to spread the word to others about how knowledge and experience is critical to good boat handling. I believe that guiding a drift boat is more like using a fly rod than shoveling gravel. You have a unique and valuable story to share.