Rather B Fishing – Drift Boat

Rather B Fishing Fishing Guide Service takes you around the rivers of NW Oregon for a fine fishing action aboard a drift boat. If you want to experience something unique, then these trips are just what you’re looking for.

The scenery is stunning, the boat is quiet, the guide is knowledgeable, and the rivers are filled with fish! Whether it’s Chinook or Steelhead, you’ll likely have a fun day on the water you’ll long remember.

Your guide for the day is Joe Terleski who’s been fishing for over five decades. He’s fished these waters far and beyond and knows how to put you on fish. A former firefighter, Joe loves sharing his passion for fishing and has what it takes to make your trip productive.

Depending on what you want to fish for, when, and where, you will meet with Joe at one of the numerous locations where he guides fishing trips. He fishes numerous rivers near Portland and across Oregon, including the Columbia River, but also Clackamas, Sandy, Willamette, and Nestucca rivers. And, what’s also perfect is that you can try fly fishing, trolling, and more.

You will be fishing from an 18’ Willie drift boat that was built in 2018. She can take up to two anglers and lacks nothing in the equipment. You will float down the river and explore honey holes where the fish are. All the fishing gear, fresh bait, and safety gear are going to be waiting for you onboard.

When you’re packing for the trip, make sure to bring a fishing license, tags, rain gear, boots, and a cooler to keep in the car so that you can transfer your catch home. Besides, bring food and drinks, as well as a camera. Please note that smoking is not allowed.

If you want to join Joe on a fishing trip around Tillamook, or around Portland on his jet boat, just scroll down and click on his name.

Get your fishing buddy along and come for an unforgettable day on the water!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip (MAX 3)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US $400
    A Salmon and Steelhead drift boat trip lasting for 8 hours.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Salmon/Steelhead
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US $500
    Hop on the drift boat and float down the river looking for Chinook or Steelhead. You'll enjoy some fine fishing with an experienced guide. You should pack a fishing license, as well as tags, rain gear, boots, warm clothes, preferably in layers, food and drinks, a camera, as well as cooler to stay in the vehicle so you can keep the fish on the way home. Joe will provide all the fishing gear, fresh bait, and safety gear. Keep in mind departure times and locations vary with the season.
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Customer reviews

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Excellent
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spring chinook,  Willamette river
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Scott O.
Yardley, PA
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Found the fish

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Salmon/Steelhead on May 26, 2023
The spring run was a little late, but we managed to find fish and have a great time on a beautiful day. I highly recommend...
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Lorrie A.
Tualatin, Oregon
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Full day with Captain Joe...can u say...amazing

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Salmon/Steelhead on June 17, 2021
Captain Joe was a pleasure to spend the day with…so knowledgeable and so willing to teach…his boat was a beauty and so...
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Patrick R.
Moreland Hills, OH
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Salmon/Steelhead on April 23, 2022
Joe is an excellent guide, attentive, looking to make the day fun for everyone. Very nice and clean boat and tackle. Highly...
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Miro R.
Portland, Oregon
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Salmon/Steelhead on May 1, 2023
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Mark M.
Plainview, TX
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Salmon/Steelhead on April 15, 2022
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FAQs about Rather B Fishing – Drift Boat

Rather B Fishing – Drift Boat offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $200 per person - Full Day Trip (MAX 3) (8 hours)
  • US $250 per person - Full Day Trip – Salmon/Steelhead (8 hours)

Trips booked with Rather B Fishing – Drift Boat include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Rather B Fishing – Drift Boat offers the following type of fishing:
  • River Fishing

Rather B Fishing – Drift Boat offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning (Steelhead)
  • Fly Fishing (Trout and Steelhead )
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Rather B Fishing – Drift Boat include:
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon
  • Salmon (Chinook)

Meet the Captain

Joe Terleski
Gresham, Oregon, United States
2 Fishing Reports
ID & license verified
29 Customer reviews
Response time 24 hours
Member since December 2017
'I grew up on a tributary to the Clackamas River and have been fishing Oregons Pacific NW rivers for 50+ years.' Your guide Joe is a retired firefighter who loves fishing and enjoys taking other anglers out on the water. He will make sure you have an enjoyable day outdoors no matter how experienced you are.

About this listing

Targeted species

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

Boat specs

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Steelhead
Fly Fishing
Trout and Steelhead
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express