If you want to get back to nature and hook some world-famous freshwater fish at the same time, then head down to Brookings, OR and join Captain
Phil Desautels for an incredible angling adventure. On board Phil’s Smiling Salmon Guide Service, you’ll have the chance to drift down some of the Northwest’s most plentiful rivers, take in stunning scenery, and tangle lines with some seriously huge Steelhead and Chinook (King) Salmon!
Capt. Phil has plenty of experience under his belt when it comes to freshwater fishing – he’s a longtime Smith River and Chetco River guide, and knows where the hottest spots around are, as well as being well-versed in the migrational habits of Salmon and Steelhead. He offers seasonal trips targeting these species for anglers of all skill levels, and will teach you successful fishing habits on your journey – you’ll be reeling in the big ones in no time!
Rather than powering off in a high-speed vessel, you’ll be cruising down the rivers in your captain’s 18’ Willie Boats drift boat, capable of accommodating up to 3 guests. This method of travel offers a truly hands-on, relaxing experience – you’ll be able to disconnect from the daily grind and really take in the local nature, as well as the fish that are biting! Your safety is extremely important to Capt. Phil, and he provides life jackets for all ages.
Whether you’ll be targeting Steelhead or Chinook Salmon depends on when you choose to visit. If you want to battle feisty Steelhead, join Capt. Phil from mid-December to March, and he’ll have you chasing this famous fish. Want to bag a huge King Salmon? Your captain runs trips from the beginning of October until mid-December. You’ll be trying out a range of techniques, including trolling, drift fishing, and bottom fishing.
Your trip includes rods, reels, lures, and tackle – all you need to bring is a fishing license. Come aboard Phil’s Smiling Salmon Guide Service, escape the daily grind, and hook yourself the catch of a lifetime!
You Keep Catch
Catch cleaning & filleting
Rods, reels & tackle
About the Captain
About this listing
Willie Boats (Drift boat) originally built in 1994, and restored in 2018. Powered by a 1HP 2 Stroke Arm Strong engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 3 knots.
Types of Fishing
Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Brookings Fishing Calendar
FAQs about Phil's Smiling Salmon Guide Service
- $225 per person - Full Day Trip – Salmon (8 hours)
- $225 per person - Full Day Trip – Steelhead (8 hours)
- Fighting Chair
- Ice Box
- Rods, reels & tackle (Lamiglas, Quantum, Shimano)
- Catch cleaning & filleting
- River Fishing
- Light Tackle
- Bottom Fishing
- Drift Fishing
- Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
- Salmon (Chinook)