Drake Radditz

Drake Radditz got hooked on fishing and guiding at a young age. Growing up in Portland, Oregon, he spent his free time fishing, hunting and exploring the outdoors. Drake went to college at the University of Montana for 2 years befroe finishing at Portland State University with a BS in Geography and Environmental Studies. He now lives on the Oregon Coast in Warrenton, Oregon taking advantage of the fabulous steelhead, razor clam and dungeness crab opportunities the region has to offer. Drake’s parents helped to instill a love of the great outdoors in him by introducing Drake to fishing a hunting when he was young. When Drake was 9 years old he accompanied his parent on a trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon in Idaho. Even at a young age, the magic of the Middle Fork imprinted on him and inspired him to become a guide.

Drake’s first job as a river guide began in 2001 with the Imperial River Company in Maupin, Oregon where he ran paddle raft trips down the Milk Run day stretch of the Deschutes River. The next year, in 2002, he completed his first training trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon for Ken Helfrich before he was offered a job as a full time member of the Middle Fork crew. Drake also guides the Rogue and Lower Main Salmon rivers for Helfrich River Outfitters.
Drake Radditz

When not working for Helfrich, Drake owns and operates Radditz/Sipler Outfitters (RSO) with Robb Sipler; guiding spring and fall trips down the Deschutes River for trout and steelhead, as well as scenic trips on the Owyhee River. When Drake is not on the Middle Fork or Deschutes he is most likely fishing for salmon or steelhead Oregon’s North Coast Rivers: the Trask, Wilson, Kilchis, Nehalem, North Fork Nehalem and Necanicum.

When not busy rowing his guts out, Captain Radditz runs his power boat on the Columbia and Willamette rivers looking for a wide variety of seasonal fish. As for the off season, “There is no off season, but if there was I would probably be fishing or hunting.”

“My family took me on a Middle Fork Salmon trip with Dave Helfrich when I was 9 years old, and I got hooked. Ten years later I was guiding for them. Thanks to Ken for the invite to come back. I feel very lucky to be part of the Helfrich Crew and privileged to have learned from the longest standing outfitter in the business!!!”
Welcome to the best drift boat fly-fishing trips Oregon & Idaho have to offer! Join the Helfrich family for a drift boat fly fishing trip in Oregon or Idaho. Helfrich River Trips ... moreare known as the most deluxe trips offered in the picturesque Pacific Northwest. The vacation of a lifetime, these trips offer a wonderful experience for guests of all ages.

"History" and "tradition" are words that have different meanings to different people. To us, at Helfrich River Outfitters, they are extremely important because they represent much of what we stand for. The Helfrich name has been synonymous with river running since the mid 1920's.

We are committed to excellent service and the safety of our guests. With state-of-the-art equipment, delicious freshly prepared meals, and a friendly experienced professional staff, we are able to provide river experiences that are second to none.

Why Helfrich

When people ask who they entrust their river vacation with, HELFRICH River Outfitters comes up first every time.Not only are we the oldest and most experienced company on the rivers we specialize in, but our safety record has been flawless since the beginning.

In 1925 when Prince Helfrich first started guiding on the McKenzie, he had an edge on other fishing guides because he added value to his trips with extra things like frying the fish his clients caught on the river bank or bringing one of Marjorie Helfrich’s home made pies to share at lunch time. The concept of added value to our trips has continued for 87 years, and is adopted a Helfrich standard.

Now into our fourth generation, our trips continue to improve and evolve.We have and will continue to always make the trips the best that they can be for our clients. The safety and comfort of our clients is our first concern.

The experience of our crew members and their accommodating and friendly attitudes makes our guests know they are in good hands.
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