McKenzie River Inn
Fly-fishing Retreats McKenzie River

Fly-fishing Retreats McKenzie River

Apr 27-29 McKenzie Driftboat Experience  with Bert de Klerk

“Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial “fly” is used to catch fish. The fly is cast using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line. Casting a nearly weightless fly or “lure” requires casting techniques significantly different from other forms of casting. Fly fishermen use hand tied flies that resemble natural invertebrates, baitfish, other food organisms, or “lures” to provoke the fish to strike” (wikipedia).

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Three Day Four Nights Guided Fly Fishing course for beginners and improving fly fishing anglers.

Novice Fly Fishing Angler Courses
This is an introduction to the wonderful art of fly-fishing. We cover the basics to understand the biological process from the aquatic flies to the trout that eats them, introducing materials to casting your first fly. We will supply the equipment, provide fly casting instruction and have you wading out in the river and from a driftboat to fish.

Call now: 541 658 2000 or 541 822 6260

Day 1 Day 1 Arrival at the McKenzie River Inn
Guests/students are met by McKenzie River Inn staff at the Resort. Guests will be checked in and escorted to their cabins. An evening orientation meeting will be held in the lodge and trip itineraries will be distributed. Welcome dinner served.

Day 2 Fly Fishing Course
The perfect way to enjoy a taste of Fly Fishing. The morning session provides an introduction to the world of fly fishing with a video presentation, followed by a class about equipment, casting, basic knowledge about conditions, flies and fishing techniques. Knot tying, reading the water to find the fish, set up your tackle correctly, cast competently, how to choose equipment and the correct fly. We have you cast a fly in the river after lunch! Either walk and wade or fishing from a historic wooden McKenzie driftboat. In the evening we let ourselves be pampered with one of the exquisite dishes prepared by our French trained Chef De Cuisine.

Day 3 Fly Fishing Course
After breakfast we gear up and take off to one of the many boat launches on the river. Here we have a more in depth introduction to fly fishing. Once on the water we are fishing eddies and practice drift fishing. This day provides all the necessary intuition to get fishing and of course the chance to relax in the beautiful surroundings of the Pacific North West. By mid afternoon our goal is to have guests casting and catching. After a day of fishing from a drift boat, we enjoy a local prepared dinner on site. In the evening we socialize and go over the day events and enjoy the comfort of the resort.

Day 4 Fly Fishing Course
A consecutive day of fly-fishing from a drift boat after breakfast. Our goal here is to prepare you with enough instruction that you will be able to fish on your own. Most of the day will be spent fine tuning your casting and recognizing what flies to use. We introduce fishing with dry and wet flies (nymphs) and fish those in tandem. If the conditions allow, we stop for a walk and wade session during our trip down the river while your guide is preparing lunch.
In the evening, we wrap up the whole course and go over your mastery of the class while we have the pleasure of another dinner prepared by our Chef De Cuisine.

Day 5 Departure

During breakfast we evaluate the course and your experience with instructors and staff before everyone pack up their belongings from the cabins and goes their way.

$1,550.00/guest, double occupancy*
add $1,025.00 for a single occupancy cabin*


“How to combine a fly fishing trip with a vacation that my non-angling significant other also can enjoy?”

That is a question that we asked ourselves when putting together our Retreat for the arts. As such we appreciate the challenge that many anglers face when a vacation. How to meet the desires of a significant other?

Our couple retreats offer different kind of courses as an alternative to the fly-fishing one. Please refer to this website to combine.

*Not included are any personal expenses besides those services listed above including alcohol, incidentals, gratuities for McKenzie River Inn staff.  Please do not hesitate to contact us (541 658 2000 or 541 822 6260 or e-mail: with any questions regarding the package in advance. A 50% non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking with a final payment due 60 days before arrival in US Dollars. We are constantly updating and improving our itineraries as new lodgings and services become available. McKenzie River Inn reserves the right to upgrade the itineraries listed whenever possible.

We had a wonderful weekend and can’t wait to go out on the boat fishing again. Thanks, Patricia and Walt Lucek 

Bert, What a wonderful adventure this past Sunday and the lunch was tops!  I really do plan to take your guide course next year and would like to know more about the fall schedule.  Also, Peggy (spouse) is leaving for Denmark this Friday and I would like to know if you would like her to bring back something sweet that only comes from Denmark.  This is my way of saying a special thank you for you being you! (Rudy) Nicolas Brown 
Hi Bert, Our time along the McKenzie was a highlight of our Oregon adventure. Thanks for making our fly-fishing experience so much fun. Enjoyed your music & stories. I’ll be looking for that LGBT fly next time we are out your way. Keep up the good work that you do! We’ll see you again! Lu-Ann and Leslie. 
Bert, Ready enjoyed our fishing on 9/23/18 attached is a photo I promised.  Also I would like 5 each of your Gaddis Green’s, Red Bastard (I couldn’t recall the other name) and if you have that pattern for a Golden Stone I would like 5 of these.  I will be ordering more in the future, have a great day. Bill Campbell, 
Hi Bert, Leslie and I are really missing the McKenzie. Hiking, fishing, a little entertainment on the patio, talking about fishing, it was all good! Thanks again for a great all around McKenzie river experience. Really enjoyed your stories and music and appreciated all of your recommendations. We’re not sure when we’ll be back but we’ll be back! Take care, Lu-Ann  
Hi Bert, Thanks again for the great float trip on Friday!  
Tom Heimburger, 
Bill and I really enjoyed our stay in the Kingfisher cabin. You have a beautiful property and we look forward to returning next year. We left an envelope at the door if your shed with a little something inside as a token of our appreciation for showing Bill how to fly fish. Thanks again for everything. Bill and Kerry, 
Hi Bert,   Thank you. We had a great time at the McKenzie River Inn and on board your raft. Irma & Bob and the boys left this morning, back to The Netherlands.  I know they really enjoyed their stay at the Inn. It was a perfect way to end a vacation and spend some time with them.   Thanks again.   Groetjes.   Lisette, 
The trip on Sunday was FANTASTIC!!!!!! Thank you Bert! Kyda Dodson
 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 their bed and breakfast as we cast to the rising fish to numerous to count.  A perfect end to the perfect day. We will be booking another trip this fall.   Dr. Jeffrey and Monita Cheever  Newport Oregon 
Bert and children were so much fun to meet and spend time with. He is an absolute 1st rate guide and oarsman, we had a top notch fishing trip – 3 to be exact. We highly recommend the Inn, his guide service and knowledge and his casting lessons (I’ll work on my upper body use, Bert) and hope to visit next year again!!!!
Helen and John Devroes, Nebraska  
If you never fly fished before go with Bert’s Guide Service. We can’t believe we were fishing from a boat after 20 minutes of instruction and caught our first trout a couple of hours later. Samantha & Gerald P., Portland (Maine) 
Really enjoyed Bert as our fishing guide. He is a naturalist and also works for the McKenzie River Inn. We had the boat to ourselves and had all our questions answered and received limitless information about the scenic beauty and wildlife of the McKenzie Valley. Were a bit stumped to find out our cell phone had no service to call the guide, so we had to leave a phone number on the office door for us to call. We went to the the boat area, asked around and then returned to the main lodge to find Bert sitting on the porch, now waiting for us! Such an informed, casual gentleman, who put us at ease right away. Saw Ospreys and their nests, River Otters on a log when we passed by, Bald Eagles, Beavers and caught nine fish and learned the water was only 2-4 feet deep! Richard, my husband, fly fishes for over twenty years, but learned so much more about fishing, casting technique and entomology from Bert that we are convinced to come back to Oregon to fish with him again. A wonderful, customized wooden driftboat and a fishing trip on a beautiful day we won’t forget! Thanks Bert, you’re the best! Richard and Jill Combrie, Florida. 
Had a fabulous day (although a tad cold!)on the McKenzie River rafting with Bert de Klerk of Bert’s Guide Service at the McKenzie River Inn Bed & Breakfast and Cabins Thank you Bert for a great trip! We can’t wait to do a longer one next year!!!!!! Kyda Dodson, Oregon 
Hi all, just an FYI..Bill and I spent two very nice nights at McKenzie River B&B (link on this site) and fished the McKenzie with Bert. Beautiful days, nice trip down the McKenzie. Caught a native and a planted trout, missed more, missed a nice steelhead. Just trying to learn this river fishing thing! Bert was a great guide, and very knowledgable. Try it out if you’re looking for a fabulous getaway! Anne and Bill Jackson, Oregon  “Fishing with Bert was the best! A patient teacher, enthusiastic Oregonian and charming person. We’ll fish with you again next year!” Jeannie and Ralph Vidal Avila Beach, California.            “Fantastic!-Absolute spellbinding river to fish! Bert, you are a master guide- we’ll be back for the steelhead that got away!”               Kim and John Norton             Phoenix, Arizona 
    “Thank you for a wonderful day on the river. Though the river was running high you kept working on getting me into all the right holes. I said dry fly, and you kept the spirit alive with the hope of getting that fish on! I look forward to floating and fishing with you again, thanks for all the local knowledge and the safe adventure down the McKenzie”.

David Berkshire, Portland Oregon
                                           “Our fishing trip with Bert was the highlight of our vacation”        Diana & Rick Hamilton, Santa Barbara California      “Bert conducted us on a magnificent ride down the McKenzie     and is a great instructor, it made the fishing great”       Erica Atkisson and Paul Thompson, Eugene Oregon    “This was our first time on the McKenzie and our first fly-fishing experience and Bert made it so relaxing and enjoyable!”   Perry and Sue Webb, Salem Oregon     “Thanks Bert, for an outstanding fishing trip, very professional!”                                                              Brett S., Idaho      “I was scared & excited at the same time! Haven’t been on a boat in years. Bert handled the water, like it was an old friend. Thanks Bert for the great adventure! I won’t soon forget it.”   James H., Veneta, Oregon            “The river boat trip with Bert was excellent-safe, dry and an outstanding narrative of the local history and natural beauty and wildlife”.                                                                             Emilie and Jeanne                                                                             Atlanta, Georgia.                                                      “Bert- We had a GREAT time and wish we could have stayed with you longer!!! I needed more fish! We even discussed extending our trip and coming back down for a couple of days since this week is not that busy here at home but alas – we are back in NC. You were a wonderful guide!”. Haven M., Wilmington, NC.      “Bert, thanks for the great pics, great scenery, great boat, great guide. Nice meeting you, it was the best part of our trip.  Keep me informed on fishing, rafting adventures. John B. WB, NC.  
                                                 Hey Bert.  The float was great. My first drift boat experience and I got to go in a 1946 McKenzie River Drift Boat. Very cool. You are an expert at the oars. Enjoyed the whole experience. Would have liked to land that red side, but that is fishing.  Fishing with you was very pleasant. Loved being on the water. Will definitely  recommend you.  Thanks again. Marc & Linda Alexander, Arizona
“Thanks for a very pleasant trip on the McKenzie River.  
Bert, your guide fishing was excellent”.   
Noel and Sue W. Brisbane, Australia
Some of our (recent) reviews) posted on the VRBO web site and copied.


8 out of 10
by Rebecca on
Posted May 19, 2019
Beautiful and very peaceful. Doesn’t get much better than to wake up to that view! And dog friendly a definite plus.

5 out of 5
by Anonymous on
Posted May 19, 2019

Arrival date: Sun, Apr 21, 2019
River Wonderful!

Thanks to our special host we had a very cozy, lovely stay at the Inn! My birthday was extra special with the wonderful view of the River from our cabin. Spectacular spot in the universe! Thank you so much Bert!

Paula & Tony


Review #22932651 “Kingfisher Cabin Right on the McKenzie River”

Best spot I ever stayed with the river right in front of my cabin to fish every morning and evening!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Amazing serinity, very friendly and absolutely stunning scenery. Close to amazing waterfalls, hiking, guides fishing trips, rafting, mountain biking etc.

Date of arrival
July 19, 2018

Review #23663951 “The River Otter Cabin on the mighty McKenzie River!

”Simple and serene.
A much needed break on the river with no distractions or interruptions. Exactly what I needed.

Thanks so much Bert.

Robin S.
Submitted: Sep 8, 2018 | Stayed: August 2018

Review #23883806 “The Osprey Cabin Right On The McKenzie River”

Beautiful View
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
The cabin was a bit rustic for my taste and well worn. When I mentioned that the couch seemed broken I was told that they are going to update the cabin so I do look forward to staying there again. I did get to see one of the renovated cabins and it was quite nice. That being said bed was super comfortable with lush linens, the place was really clean. In addition to the coffee maker, there was coffee! The river view is spectacular! Bert and Annie are wonderful hosts and overall it was a really nice visit. If you are looking for luxury, keep looking. If your looking for really great surroundings with lovely owners that treat you well and care that you are comfortable and happy then this is the place. I stayed there because I was visiting nearby family so did not participate in their artist’s workshops. They look great and if I can tear myself away from my grand kids I may sign up for one. Thanks for a great week. See you again!

Date of arrival
September 9, 2018

Review #23880123 “The River Otter Cabin on the mighty McKenzie River!”

Great experience
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
A friend and I stayed 3 nights in the cabin and did 2 days of fishing with Burt. The cabin and location is beautiful and private. The fishing was good. Burt made sure we were having fun and wow, what a great cook! I’ve never had a better lunch!

Date of arrival
September 20, 2018

Review #23932726 “The River Otter Cabin on the mighty McKenzie River!”

Great place on the river!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Perfect for office team building or just a family vacation.

Date of arrival
October 1, 2018

Review #23940464 “Kingfisher Cabin Right on the McKenzie River”

Wonderful, Romantic stay on the McKenzie
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
We had a wonderful stay at the McKenzie River Inn in the Kingfisher cabin. The cabin is great for a romantic get away and the river is just steps from the back door. We fished a bit and just really spent time to ourselves. It truly was a nice, reconnected weekend.

Date of arrival
September 28, 2018

Review #24315918 “Kingfisher Cabin Right on the McKenzie River”

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Our stay was wonderful! We will definitely return. Complete privacy, very high quality yet completely humble. Quite a combo.
Thank you!!!
Sharon O.

Date of arrival
October 13, 2018

Review #24784074 “Kingfisher Cabin Right on the McKenzie River”
killer river view!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Ahhh so relaxed now. We stayed 2 nights and the only problem was that we couldn’t hang longer. Perfect get away.
We are refreshed, renewed, and very grateful.
Love the dog friendly aspect.
The bed was insanely comfy too! The whole area is gorgeous. We’re already discussing our return.
Date of arrival
December 25, 2018

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