Fly Fishing Guides | Deschutes River | River Runner Outfitters
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About

River Runner Outfitters is a Bend, Oregon based fly fishing guide service focused on multi-day full service trips on the Lower Deschutes River and North Oregon Coast.

 
 

Est. 2008

Follow Oregon's endless fly fishing season with River Runner Outfitters, a Bend, Oregon based team of fly fishing guides specializing in multi-day full service trips on the Lower Deschutes River and North Oregon coastal rivers.

We maintain a small staff to ensure you get the utmost in local knowledge and expertise.  Our guides are humble safety minded professionals, committed to your satisfaction and well being.  We have an impeccable safety record and aim to keep it that way.

Our trips are well organized and we are very comfortable handing families, corporate trips, and larger groups.  Rest easy knowing your people are in capable hands.

Food is a passion for us that competes only with fly fishing.  We serve simple yet thoughtful preparations using a rotation of fresh, seasonal, and carefully sourced ingredients.

We strive to leave the beaten path and deliver innovative fishing programs with a deep respect for wild things and wild places.

 
 
Cairn, Chris, & Paley O'Donnell Cairn and I operate River Runner Outfitters from the garage of our home in Bend, Oregon.  2017 is my fifteenth year guiding the Deschutes.  I love to fish, love food, have a tireless work ethic, and an eye for composition.  Cairn takes care of business and puts a lot of love into meal planning and preparation, as cooking is a passion of hers as well.  Paley is our muse, providing daily inspiration to deliver an outstanding fly fishing experience from start to finish.

Cairn, Chris, & Paley O'Donnell

Cairn and I operate River Runner Outfitters from the garage of our home in Bend, Oregon.  2017 is my fifteenth year guiding the Deschutes.  I love to fish, love food, have a tireless work ethic, and an eye for composition.  Cairn takes care of business and puts a lot of love into meal planning and preparation, as cooking is a passion of hers as well.  Paley is our muse, providing daily inspiration to deliver an outstanding fly fishing experience from start to finish.

Sterling Dillingham

A rare breed of angler and guide, Sterling is a Bend, Oregon native with deep roots in Deschutes River country.  He is a humble young man who feels very fortunate to have family, friends, and the opportunity to follow his passion so close at hand.  Never having left Bend for long, 2017 is Sterling's sixth year guiding in Central Oregon.  When he's not on the river Sterling enjoys traveling, tennis, playing guitar, and in his off season pursues a business degree.  When he is on the river he strives to learn new things each day and is heavily invested in the growth, development, and safety of his clients.  He is a good listener with quiet confidence and a high degree of professionalism.

Nick Rowell Nick is an Oregon grown boy with over a decade of experience guiding local rivers like the Deschutes and Clackamas.  Nick is a Beaver, graduating from Oregon State with a degree in fisheries and biology.  A gifted fly tier, Nick has earned a place as a Pro Tubefly ambassador. His patterns are tied by Montana Fly Company and sold in fly shops.  Nick is also on the pro staff of Beulah Fly Rods, Nautalis reels, Loon Outdoors, and is a product tester for Simms.  In 2012 he opened his own guide service, Anadromous Anglers.  Does the name sound biased?  Wait until you meet Nick.

Nick Rowell

Nick is an Oregon grown boy with over a decade of experience guiding local rivers like the Deschutes and Clackamas.  Nick is a Beaver, graduating from Oregon State with a degree in fisheries and biology.  A gifted fly tier, Nick has earned a place as a Pro Tubefly ambassador. His patterns are tied by Montana Fly Company and sold in fly shops.  Nick is also on the pro staff of Beulah Fly Rods, Nautalis reels, Loon Outdoors, and is a product tester for Simms.  In 2012 he opened his own guide service, Anadromous Anglers.  Does the name sound biased?  Wait until you meet Nick.

 
 
Always impressed with the quality of the experience and left wanting more.
— Ryan Lafrenz, San Francisco CA
 
 

To say the amenities were exceptional would be an understatement.
— Phil Gardner, Martinsville VA

 
 
Count on being put on fish, eating like kings and being treated like family.
— Mike Stevenson, Del Mar CA