Tim Gunderson

Tim often says he has the perfect life. He spends much of his year teaching mathematics and geology to high school and junior college students. But when summer hits, he can usually be found on a river.
Tim grew up camping, boating, and fishing the lakes of Minnesota. His parents instilled a love of all things outdoors within him and his two brothers. Annual vacations out west only enhanced a love of mountains and rivers and in 1983, he followed that love of the west to Burley, Idaho. Tim has often said, “I wasn’t lucky enough to be born in Idaho, but I’m darned sure going to die in Idaho.”
Tim moved to Idaho with a degree in drafting and a few years of experience in construction. After four more years of construction, he returned to school and earned a B.S. in Mathematics Education and later a Masters of Natural Science in Geology from Idaho State University in Pocatello. 1990 was an important year for Tim. He began his teaching career that year at Burley High School and still loves watching kids learn and expand their knowledge. He also began his boating career.
In the summer of 1990, Tim was invited by a friend to go along as a “grunt” on a commercial river trip on the Main Salmon in Idaho. Although he had only rafted once, Tim thought it would be a good way to see the Salmon River, even if it meant working long hours. By the second day he was hooked, and has not missed a season of guiding on the Main Salmon or Middle Fork since. In 1994 he met his best friend, Marilyn on the Salmon and they were married a year later on the river. They enjoy many outdoor adventures together both on and off the river. They raised two kids and will have their second grandchild in August of 2014. Tim can also be found chasing elk with his muzzleloader, target shooting, hiking, and camping, and traveling.
Tim began his guiding career with Warren River Expeditions and spent 20 years working for them on the Main Salmon and Middle Fork of the Salmon. He did his first trip with Helfrich River Outfitters in 2011. “I can’t imagine a better river trip than that offered by Helfrich River Outfitters. I feel fortunate to work with such a great group of people,” Tim says. Although Tim teaches Geology for much of the year, he never tires of talking about the geology of his favorite river, the Middle Fork of the Salmon.
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.

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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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