Phil's Smiling Salmon Guide Service

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!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Salmon
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Sep 27 - Dec 14
    $450
    This 8-hour trip will see you drifting the waters of a variety of rivers for impressively-sized King Salmon! Also known as Chinook Salmon, this species travels through the Chetco River in Oregon, and even crosses the border into California, so get ready to chase them. You'll be decked out with top-notch rods and reels, lures, and tackle, and will stop off for lunch halfway through your trip. All you need to bring is a valid fishing license, appropriate clothing, and your favorite snacks and drinks.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Steelhead
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Dec 15 - Mar 31
    $450
    Join your experienced guide, Capt. Phil, and get ready to target a true freshwater favorite! This 8-hour trip will allow plenty of time to hook the Steelhead of your dreams. Your captain will meet you in the morning, and from there you'll drift for between 8–14 miles, with rods at the ready! Halfway through your trip, you'll stop off at a local restaurant for lunch, or you can bring your own snacks to enjoy. Rods, reels, lures, and tackle are provided for you – just bring sensible clothing and a license.

About the Captain

Phil Desautels
Brookings, Oregon, United States
6 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
13 Customer Reviews
Response time 6 hours
Member since November 2018
Capt. Phil has been a river guide for over 35 years. Back in the day, when he was going to college, his friends had drift boats and were making money – he thought this was cool so he bought one himself, and found that doing so allowed him to pursue his passion, make some money, and introduce people of all ages and skill levels to the joy of angling. His favorite part of the job is being outside, exploring nature, and enjoying the smiles on the faces of his guests when they land their dream catch. Capt. Phil also takes part in a tournament each year. It's a big Steelhead derby, and all the money raised goes to a local hatchery.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Salmon (Chinook) Salmon (Chinook)

Boat Specs

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.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Fighting Chair
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

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.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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:
Cash
Checks

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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Salmon on November 16, 2020
We highly recommend Phi’s Smiling Salmon Guide Service.  Top notch from start to finish.  You won’t go wrong with Phil.
Loren J. recommends Phil's Smiling Salmon Guide Service
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Steelhead on January 17, 2021
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FAQs about Phil's Smiling Salmon Guide Service

Phil's Smiling Salmon Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $225 per person - Full Day Trip – Salmon (8 hours)
  • $225 per person - Full Day Trip – Steelhead (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Phil's Smiling Salmon Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Fighting Chair
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Phil's Smiling Salmon Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Lamiglas, Quantum, Shimano)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting

Phil's Smiling Salmon Guide Service offers the following type of fishing:
  • River Fishing

Phil's Smiling Salmon Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Phil's Smiling Salmon Guide Service include:
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Chinook)