Float down the world famous McKenzie river and fish from an original wooden 1946 McKenzie Drift Boat.  

This boat will get you to fishing holes where most boats will not.

(fly-) fishing

Full day trips $450/day*
2 clients/ drift boat and includes gourmet lunch. Call or e-mail for availability January through December.

Half day $325.00*
2 clients/ drift boat. Call or e-mail for availability January through December.

Evening trips $225.00*
2 clients/ drift boat. Call or e-mail for availability April 28th through October 31st.

(Fly-) Fishing full day trips on the Upper McKenzie 1 client/drift boat and includes gourmet lunch $550/person. Call/e-mail for availability from April 26th – October 1st.


        *Includes rods and flies. Licenses (available at local stores) and harvest tags are not included, and are

          the responsibility of the customer. Wading gear is not provided,.

          Sunscreen (polarized-) sunglasses, camera, wading staff, hats, rain gear, etc. are highly 


Tips and/or gratuities are not included.

Book a trip: bert@bertsguideservice.com or call direct: 503 962 0389


The crystal clear water of the McKenzie is lined by lush forests and are valued by many, and for lot of reasons. The alpine water streams through a canyon of old growth forest of Douglas firs and Western Red cedar and is ideal for the beginner as well for the experienced.

We run the upper river  section, water levels etc. allowing, from Frisell Carpenter to the Bruckart boat landing. Class II water that doesn’t require helmets. This stretch of water is is highly valued for its continued white water with exciting rapids.

Meeting Time and Place

To be announced and is subject to preference and water conditions.

Trip fee

4-8 persons per raft: $89.00 per person, incl. lunch.

Book a trip: bert@bertsguideservice.com or call direct: 503 962 0389


scenic floats

Float down the McKenzie river in an unhurried manner. Take in the scenic beauty and enjoy a narration of the history and uniqueness of the McKenzie basin, and restoration projects.


$250.00 2 persons

Book a trip: bert@bertsguideservice.com or call direct: 503 962 0389

mission statement

The stated mission of Bert’s Guide Service is “to provide services to the recreational users that visit the greater McKenzie Valley and the Willamette National Forest and to offer tje best possible outdoor recreational experience and responsibly share tje exceptional beauty of our local Northwest rivers though white water rafting, (fly-) fishing and scenic floats with a minimal impact of the environment”.



I wish to thank Bert for the great fishing trip the other night.  It was a last minute decision to see if I could find someone that take my wife and I on a short evening float so we could fish the evening hatch.  Bert more than exceeded my expectations.


As a younger man, I had owned a wooden McKenzie drift boat like Bert’s, but due to health problems I could no longer row and wading was out of the question.  I really wanted to have that experience again. Bert’s concern for safety and meeting my special needs was greatly appreciated.  His casting instruction and knowledge of the aquatic entomology was also very helpful.  At the end of the day as the sun started to set he anchored the boat just off shore from our cabin as we cast to the rising fish too numerous to count.  A perfect end to the perfect day. We will be booking another trip this fall.



Dr Jeffrey and Monita C. 

“Thanks for a very pleasant trip on the McKenzie River.  

Bert, your guide fishing was excellent”.   

Noel and Sue W. Brisbane, Australia


Noel and Sue W. Brisbane Australia

Fishing report Spring 2024

Amazing how the Mckenzie is shaping up. Tons of swallows and bats are gobbling up the insect hatches above the water. water levels start favouring fishing oportunities. here re some recommendations that have been working.

Brown Sculpin and White Belly Sculpin , size 6/4
Black Matuka and Olive Matuka Sculpin, size 4/6

Both sculpins fished close to and on the bottom.
Blue-winged Olives: size 16 nymph, emergers, duns and spinners
Aquatic Worms, size 12, pink, red, and others
Midges: Blood, Cream sizes 20/22, larva, pupa and adults. This is also a very good time if you are into Euro nymphing,


 😊 Tight lines!

Bert de Klerk

river guide


Bert is LTS endorsed and GORP certified.


Bert started fishing at the age of five spending most of the time fishing ponds, small rivers and coastal waters for trout. He was born and raised in The Netherlands. His father bought him a twenty foot wooden canoe when Bert was eleven from which he explored the waters and rivers surrounding his place of birth. In France Bert picked up a fly-rod for the first time to fish the L’Ardeche for trout and was introduced to white water canoeing. From Spain Bert fished the Mediterranean Sea for it’s Blue Fin Tuna. In his early thirties he acquired a doctorate of Sociology and Business and worked many years as a management consultant and interim- and crisis manager for local, State and Provincial Governments and private organizations/businesses. After his move to the United States of America Bert purchased the McKenzie River Inn and trained with Outdoor Ventures to complete his skills to operate as a white water-river guide. In 2021 Bert went back to school and completed the OSU initiated GORP course. Since 2021BGS is endorsed by the Scandinavian company LTS. With his varied experience Bert is more than willing to share his expertise, LTS rods and reels   info@fishon-sports.com and techniques with you.

Legal Statement

Bert’s Guide Service (BGS) is a Limited Liability Corporation and a high quality Guide Outfitter Recognized Professional registered in the State of Oregon and is permitted to operate under a ‘Special Use Permit’ on the Willamette and McKenzie rivers in the Willamette National Forest. BGS is licensed, registered and insured by the Oregon State Marine Board according to law.  BGS provides services in accordance with the Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, on a non-discrimination and on a equal base of race, color, national origin, age, disability or retaliation and where applicable , sex, marital status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all of a part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program.
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