John Elder Fishing Guide Service

I grew up fishing for Salmon and Steelhead on the South Santiam River and spent over 25 years fishing the Spring Chinook and Summer Steelhead runs that have made the South Santiam an angling favorite. I learned the fishery very well from both the bank and from the boat. The last 10 years I spent refining my boaters skills and venturing out learning new waters and new techniques. I am one of the hardest working guides you will find when it comes to persistence and preparation. . I’m always researching new techniques and gear for improved results. Come jump in and enjoy a fun day of fishing.

It's always special to be part of a father and son experience getting them both into their first Winter Steelhead.

[02/12/20]   In memory of Pat Farthing: A loved friend

Look out steelhead I got my Incognito bead order from Lured in today.

Good Weekend of steelhead fishing.

Found some nice chrome on the river yesterday. Winter steelhead season is here. I have open dates.

Still finding a few good Chinook on the bobbers!

Fun day with my friend Justin, his boy Logan, his friend Kyle, and my boy Drayson deck hand.

Fun day with my son Drayson and his friend Clinton. Got into their first Salmon on the bobbers!

Really got on them this morning. First pass double. Done early with Chinook limit and a couple limits of crab. One 30#.

Whacked them today!

Day 2 and 3 and at Buoy 10 on Columbia River. Wraps up my first weekend. Starting another run on Thursday.

Day 1 Buoy 10 season Columbia river.

It's that time of year where Buoy 10 Season out of Astoria is coming up in a few weeks. This years prediction is forecasted to be loaded with Coho and a good run of Chinook. We are already seeing great numbers of Coho off the coast. I have the following dates in August open: August 4th, 10th, 11th, 24th, and 25th. I have discounted room reserved for clients at the Riverwalk Inn for those dates.

Hooked a bunch of Coho today. Lots of catch and release natives. Found another good Chinook.

John Elder Fishing Guide Service

Another good day out of Newport. Found a good Chinook as well as released several native Coho.

Another good day out of Newport. Found a good Chinook as well as released several native Coho.

After 3 months of coaching baseball for my sons team, I finally wrapped up baseball season and got the boat out and put some chrome in the box. Lots of open dates for anyone wanting to go.

Columbia River Springer!

First Springer of the season in the box today!

Great day on the river! Found some nice fish.

Worked hard to find a couple. Sun came out, felt like spring.

Good day to be on the river today. Fish are moving through all the coastal rivers.

High waters bringing in some fresh chrome.

Sun came out today on the coast. Awesome day to be on the water. I wasn't short on company with all the other boaters but that didn't impact our day running the new drift boat on its first river trip. Boat was everything I hoped it would be. #custom Pavati.

Winter steelhead. Hooked a couple, landed and released the one.

Was down south dropping my Pavati drift boat off for some final adjustments. Got to fish the Rogue River for late summer steelhead with Zac from Pavati Boats. Awesome day!

Fished my favorate group of ladies yesterday on our annual trip. Released 3 native Coho and found one really nice Chinook. Always lots of fun with these ladies.

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Riptide minkota 55 thrust 12v electric bow mount troll motor. Great condition. Just upgraded. $400.00.

[10/07/18]   2 used rogue river spinning rods. 8' 6" one piece. Rated heavy 12-25lb. Model XMT867S. Good condition. $120 for both

Bobber time! Couple of nice Chinook. Couple other opportunities couldn't stick. Fishing with Jody Allison and his son Cody.

Decent day today. Landed 2, lost another to a seal, couple other biters.

A couple nice Chinook landed. Lost another fish at the net. Hooked and fought several others. Good day of action.

2 day Salmon derby over the weekend went well. Pulled out a WIN this year! Struggled a bit the first day to find the fish but day 2 we did well.

Does anybody know where I can get some of these machined aluminum rod holder extensions?

Last Bouy 10 trip of season for me yesterday. Pulled out late last night. Worked hard for biters but got into some fish on a tough day. Great crew.

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Good opening weekend in Astoria out of the Columbia R.

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