This month’s general meeting of the 4th Corner Fly Fishers will be held at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club on Thursday, April 23 2015. The Wet Fly will begin at 6pm with dinner at 6:45. The program will begin at 7:30 and will be followed by the general membership meeting.
This month we welcome Kelsey Helfrich of Helfrich River Outfitters out of Springfield, Oregon.
Kelsey is a fourth generation Helfrich drift boat fly-fishing and whitewater rafting guide in Oregon and Idaho. Running a boat, and the opportunity to introduce people to the beautiful rivers of the Northwest, is her true passion.
Kelsey grew up along the banks of the McKenzie River in Western Oregon and has been boating since before she could walk. Growing up in a boating family, Kelsey was raised going on river trips and helping her dad in the family business. As she grew, so did her love of the river and the outdoor lifestyle. At the age of 5 she got to go on her first overnight company trip and was soon tagging along on McKenzie pontoon trips as a junior swamper. When Kelsey turned 13 she moved up to running her own raft down the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River in Southern Oregon. Getting her first guides license when she turned 16, she started running rafting trips on the McKenzie in the summers and was introduced to the alluring waters of the Idaho rivers. Working on the river was a great summer job for her throughout high school and college.
Kelsey graduated from Oregon State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry Recreation Resource Management. After graduation she was able to expand her guiding career to work more trips and become more involved in the administrative side of the business as well. She now guides on the Middle Fork of the Salmon and the Main Salmon rivers in Idaho and on the McKenzie and Rogue Rivers in Oregon, along with a few others. Kelsey recently got married to Helfrich Outfitters guide Kidd Youren and they are enjoying their new lives together and have taken on new project of building their own home.
Kelsey will be presenting photos, videos, logistical details and stories surrounding two of her company’s signature float / fly fishing trips – one on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho and the other on the Wild and Scenic section of the Rogue River in Oregon. These are full-service, multi-day trips with gourmet food, comfortable accommodations and fantastic fishing. Personally I’m quite excited to learn more about the trip on the Middle Fork of the Salmon as it’s on my family’s bucket list! I hope you can make it!
Please RSVP for the meeting by Tuesday, April 21 (midnight deadline) by visiting http://4cff.eventbrite.com, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 360-319-1350. Be sure to indicate if you’ll be having dinner or just attending the meeting, and remember that a dinner reservation made is a binding commitment to pay. Also, a reminder that getting your RSVP in on time helps us provide an accurate count for the kitchen and we very much appreciate your help in placing your reservations on time.
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4th Corner Fly Fishers
The members of the 4th Corner Fly Fishers (located in Bellingham, WA) are united by our enjoyment of the sport of fly fishing and by our desire to preserve and enhance fishing opportunities for all. To these ends, we will strive to promote conservation of angling brotherhood and to broaden the understanding of fellow anglers.