Client Testimonials

I wanted to let you know that we had an exceptional trip this week. All things considered, it was certainly up there among the best trips I’ve ever had. We tagged into 6 fish, caught 3-4 (depending on your definition... We had one wild fish break off right at our feet....) and were treated very very well.

Thanks again for taking care of us-

Dan R
Oct. 2010

Hey Vail,
I wanted to give you a quick shout and say thanks to you for putting together a great trip for my friends. They had a blast. I would definitely book again. I'm sure you got the report, but in a day and a half the group hooked around a dozen fish on flies ...

Eric Flowers
August, 2010

Hey Vail,
l just wanted to thank you for setting up the float we did Thursday .....we got into a bunch of fish which included my biggest trout ever.....I can't say enough about your guys expertise and willingness to help out, A+ in my book and very highly recommended cant wait to do it again...

David Claflin
May, 2010

“I have had several fishing trips with Vail...His boat handling skills are exceptional and he is always concerned with the safety and comfort of his clients...Vail is a terrific fishing guide. I have experienced many days of good fishing and have learned many new techniques from him for both trout and steelhead...I highly recommend him for his skillful abilities in handling a boat safely, and his skills and knowledge as a fisherman.”

Karo A. Thom
August, 2008

“I have had the opportunity of fly fishing the Deschutes with River Borne Outfitters on at least four separate occasions, two of which covered over thirty river miles between Trout Creek and Maupin, Oregon. Their command of the boats while negotiating the rapids was excellent and their fishing skills brought many trout to the net.”

David C. Polite

"After numerous trips with Vail, I can honestly say that he is one of the most knowledgeable, competent and amiable guides I have ever had the pleasure of fishing with...His skills as a fishing guide are top notch in all areas, ranging from fly selection, knot tying, casting and fishing techniques to reading the water and locating fish. His is an experienced camper and cook. Above all else, Vail is solid easygoing, conscious and caring individual who goes out of his way to make every trip an enjoyable and productive experience.”

Ron Salter
August, 2008

"The trip I took with Vail on the Deschutes two years ago is still one of the best fly trips I've ever been on. When we arrived at the put-in, the waters were murky brown from a freak flash flood that had occurred due to an unseasonable amount of rain. I have to admit that I had been dreaming (for months) of big open crystal clear waters, abundant with stone flies and red-sides. The chocolate milk river we encountered made my heart sink. But... Vail showed us how to fish in the MOST adverse conditions, and kept our spirits high with all the right ingredients: good guiding, good food, good drink, and great company. One day, I will return with my buddies and have Vail instruct me on the ways of the steel..."

Aaron Crouse
Park City, Utah 2010

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A nice bull trout caught by a client on the Deschutes River