We were thrilled to have the pros at Jackson Kayak join us for our second annual kayak fishing trip down the John Day river. We were almost as thrilled to receive this edit from them the other day so we could reminisce on what a great trip it was! Enjoy the amazing scenery and fishing of the John Day and stay tuned for details on next year’s trip!
Join us for a guided 3 day, 2 night kayak fishing trip down the John Day River in beautiful Eastern Oregon – fully supported so you can focus on fishing! Our guide will provide and prepare all meals, set up and break down camp as well as carry all provisions. Your only responsibilities will be setting up your tent (available from our guide if you don’t have your own), stocking your personal cooler with any beverages you might want to have on hand and FISHING! Summertime and the livin’ (and fishin’) is easy!
Our journey begins on the morning of Friday June 12th from the Clarno access where we will meet our guide’s support raft(s). We will float and fish an average of approximately 15 miles per day as we meander through the gorgeous John Day Wilderness Area. It’s not uncommon for fishermen to catch over a 100 bass in a day on this river. The trip will conclude when we reach the thirtymile access on Sunday the 14th.
This will be a great adventure for both the experienced and novice kayak fisherman alike. If you’re looking for a unique and fun Father’s Day present or you’re wanting to spend some quality time with the fisherperson in your life, this trip would make an excellent gift! Or give yourself the gift of a low stress, outfitted weekend of kayak fishing on one of Oregon’s most beautiful rivers!
Register for one of the final 3 slots online or call the shop with any questions!
Many, many thanks to the fine folks at Zeal Optics for coming through in the 11th hour! When they found out we had a tie in the Young Gun division and needed a little love for a 4th winner, they picked up the phone and offered some sweet prizes!
We have yet to see the shades they’re dropping off, but we’re sure they’ll keep our winner looking stylie on and off the water.
Thanks, Zeal, for hooking up our Young Guns & helping raise funds for First Descents!
What’s Sweet-er (hah!) than a new Sweet Wanderer Helmet? How about a new Sweet Wanderer helmet, a new Sweet sweatshirt AND a new pair of Sweet shorts! Any way you cut it, that is a SWEET deal for one of the lucky winners of the Gorge Paddling Film Festival!
What paddler does not love their Chacos? Loyal, trustworthy, throw them in the river to wash them… kind of like your dog. With less fur (hopefully). The Chaco package has a little something for you and a little something for your best friend: a new pair of Z1 or Z2 Chacos, a new Chaco belt to keep the sag at bay and to help you open those apres paddle root beers AND a leash and collar for your four legged BFF. You and your best fuzzy bud will no doubt be a hit with all of the objects-of-your-affection at every take out!
We’ve been posting some great prize packages for our winning Young Gun & Amateur division film entries – (with two more to come from Sweet & Chaco) but what about the pros? It’s like your grandma at Christmas – what do you get the person who has everything? Well, we’re hoping the pros will appreciate the same thing Grandma does: cold, hard cash! With $750 for the winner, $300 for 2nd place and $200 for 3rd, we’re looking forward to hearing about the spa trips and other splurges that will no doubt be happening in the ranks of the Gorge’s professional paddling/film making elite after payday at the Gorge Paddling Film Festival!
We are incredibly excited to announce that we are partnering with World Class Kayak Academy to move the date of the film fest to correspond with the Little White Salmon race! The new date for the film festival is May 1st, the new deadline for submissions is April 24th – giving you all an extra week to put together fresh footage!
Doors will open at River City at 6:30pm and we’ll start rolling film at 7pm to make sure there is plenty of time for the Young Guns to have their footage shown and to vote! We’re excited to have the kids from WCKA participating on the Film Fest and know having them involved will raise the bar in all of the categories!
We all know that very few companies walk the walk like they talk the talk like Immersion Research. Truly a “for paddlers by paddlers” company, they are stepping it up again to support the great work of First Descents and the Gorge Paddling Film Festival by pitching in for one of our best prizes yet, an Arch Rival Drysuit! Made with IR’s proprietary WhiteOut laminate to withstand years of abuse, the Arch Rival is bound to make one of our film fest winners a very happy (and dry) paddler!
Many, many thanks to the good folks at Astral for joining us in supporting First Descents! We are proud to announce a ridiculously cool prize package for one lucky winner of the 2015 Gorge Paddling Film Fest of an Astral Greenjacket and Astral Rasslers! We know safety is your first concern (it’s ours too, of course) – enter the Gorge Paddling Film Festival to have a chance to get yourself right with a safety vest and kicks from Astral!