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 to 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, Nestucca, and Siletz 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’s 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, 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 – Salmon/Steelhead
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    $450
    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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About the Captain

Joe Terleski
Portland, Oregon, United States
2 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
16 Customer Reviews
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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) Salmon (Chinook)

Boat Specs

Willie (Drift boat) originally built in 2018. Powered by a 10HP N/A engine.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Fly Fishing
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

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 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 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 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

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Customer Reviews

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Appropriate for children
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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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Awesome day with a wonderful guide

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Salmon/Steelhead on May 9, 2020
I really enjoyed this trip. We trolled for salmon and also had a nice time reeling in tons of sturgeon until my arms were sore....
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Albert I.
CONCORD FARR, TN
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Did not go on a drift boat trip due to low rain. Instead went trolling on the Siletz River.

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Salmon/Steelhead on September 9, 2019
One of the greatest fishing trips I have ever booked. It was like fishing with an old friend. Spectacular day Great scenery...
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Joe is a phenomenal fisherman

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Salmon/Steelhead on May 23, 2019
I had the time of my life with Joe this week!  I didn’t just catch fish but also made a friend.  I can’t wait to come...
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10 mile drift boat trip on the Clackamas for steelhead.

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Salmon/Steelhead on March 16, 2018
Joe is a hard working guide who knows the river.  A very helpful and easygoing and an all around o nice guy.  He varies...
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FAQs about Rather B Fishing – Drift Boat

Rather B Fishing – Drift Boat offers the following trip to customers:
  • $225 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 (Clackamas, Sandy, Columbia, Willamette, Nestucca)

Rather B Fishing – Drift Boat offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Trolling (For Salmon in rivers and bays.)
  • 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)