Dave Castellanos with a beautiful Smith River Salmon, 42 pounds, caught 2001

Cast Fishing Guide Service


Salmon * Trout * Steelhead

David Castellanos
Harbor, Oregon 97415
(541) 698-7029



Treat yourself to the finest light tackle fishing for these hard fighting coastal river chrome bright trophies. Picture yourself battling one of these beauties at the break of dawn from your favorite coastal river. The excitement of such a fishing adventure is exhilarating and not soon forgotten. Check out our current fishing report for what's happening right now, and our archived fishing reports over the years!

Cast Guide Service. We are a full service operation. We pride ourselves in providing the finest, top-of-the-line equipment. Our River Craft driftboats are furnished with heaters and rain tops to keep customers warm and dry. We also operate a 23 foot Jetcraft river boat with a 200 hp outboard, fishing Northern California and Southern Oregon.

The Smith River

The rods we use are from Rogue Rods and reels are from Shimano and Abu-Garcia. Our experienced guides teach you the best techniques and methods for the most productive and fun-filled experience. Lodging arranged by us provides one less thing you need to do. We arrange accommodations to fit your budget.

My Jetcraft River Boat

Steelhead Photos

If you like the challenge of fighting and landing a silver - bright acrobatic steelhead of your dreams, fish the coastal rivers of Northern California and Southern Oregon. They come in fast and fight harder then any other fish for their size.

Father RJ and son Ken Grimes, 16 pound Smith River Steelhead caught February  2001 The peak of the run starts December and builds through the season until the closure of the rivers in April. The average size is between 8 to 14 pounds with fish over 20 pounds caught each year. You'll fish the Smith River, which holds the state record steelhead at 27 pounds 4 ounces, and the southern Oregon Elk River, Sixes River and the famous Chetco River, Oregon's southern-most river. We are headquartered in the town of Smith River California. We also fish the Klamath River, Trinity River and the Eel River, as well as other California Rivers on request. The method for catching steelhead from a driftboat is to side drift bait and, under the right conditions, back troll plugs.

Salmon Photos

Jet Boat Trips
In Southern Oregon, we fish the Rogue River spring King Salmon run from April through June, the summer Rogue River King Salmon from July through September, and the fall Rogue River King Salmon run in September and October. The fall run of Coho starts on September 1 and runs last into November. We fish the Klamath River in Northern California summer and fall runs from July into October.

Drift Boat Trips
The peak of the Salmon run on the smaller coastal rivers are from October through December on the Smith River in Northern California and the Chetco, Sixes and Elk Rivers in Southern Oregon. All four rivers are only a few miles apart. We will fish you on the best one of them that day.

Guide David Castellanos and Renee Campbell of Seattle Washington with Rene's 42lb. Smith River Salmon on September 21, 2001 The Elk River is 50 miles long with more King Salmon per mile than any river in the state of Oregon, National Wild and Scenic River. The Sixes River is 50 miles long with all wild fish, both steelhead and salmon. The Chetco River is 60 miles long, home to the state's largest steelhead, National Wild and Scenic. On Thanksgiving Day 1997, a new Chetco River record was established when a 64 pound King Salmon was caught. The average size fish for all of these rivers is 15 to 25 pounds, although some 50 pound fish are caught each year. On the Smith River in 1988 a King Salmon of 68 pounds was caught. The Smith River record was a monster of 86 pounds!

It could be your turn to have your name in the record books!


  • I started my guiding in California the year of 1993
  • I have guided the rivers of Bristol Bay, Alaska, for the years of 1996-1998
  • I started guiding in Oregon in 1997
  • I have one of only forty U.S. Forest Service permits to fish the wild and scenic Upper Chetco
  • I have a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service on the Smith River
  • I have a United States Coast Guard License and am a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Crescent City Flotilla
  • I am certified in CPR and First Aid
  • I am Licensed, Bonded and Insured
  • I have fished the California/Oregon Steelhead Derbies on the Smith and Chetco Rivers and in 1998, finished FIRST place in February and THIRD place in March... In 1999, I had a SECOND place in February.

From Dusk 'Till Dawn, I Keep Fishin' On!

Drift Boat:
Full day
$200.00 per person up to three persons
$300.00 single
Half day
$150.00 per person up to three persons
$200.00 single

Jet Boat:
Full day
$200.00 per person up to five persons
$300.00 minimum
Half day
$125.00 per person up to five persons
$300.00 minimum

Corporate Accounts and Multi-Boats Available.

Jet Boat: 25% discount for 4 or more persons for full day.

50% Deposit Required to reserve desired date. Refund if canceled 2 weeks in advance. Refunds or re-scheduling also made due to unfishable conditions.

Cast Guide Service is operated under a special use permit with the Six Rivers National Forest and the Siskiyou National Forest. Cast Guide Service is an equal opportunity provider in both California & Oregon.


Smith River Steelhead


  • California or Oregon fishing license and a steelhead/salmon punch card
  • Lunch and drinks
  • Rain gear, rubber boots, waders
  • Layers of Warm Clothing
  • Camera

Cast Guide Service
David Castellanos
PO Box 3261
Harbor, OR 97415
(541) 698-7029
EMAIL: driftboatdave@hotmail.com


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