Meet Kelly Painter

Nice to meet you, I'm Kelly

Born in Kodiak, Alaska, I’ve been fishing from the riverbanks since I was a young boy. Having grown up in a commercial fishing family, I worked on boats for the family business from the age of 14 and became a captain in my 20’s and have been running boats ever since. But it wasn’t until 2016 after rowing friends down rivers to fish for several years that I decided to make this lifelong skill my own business.

As a Captain of fishing vessel Trailblazer, I also operate a snow crab and cod boat in the Bering Sea each winter, spending most of my life enjoying the bounty and adventure that Alaska and the Pacific Northwest provide.

When you spend a day on the water with me you will see that I truly enjoy each and every trip!  It is my opportunity to show you what I love to do.  It is my honor to witness the joy on your face when you get to hook-up with a salmon or steelhead in one of Oregon’s beautiful rivers or bays.

I try to plan for the future but live as if there may not be one. When I’m not working, my priority is spending time with my family. My amazing wife is my perfect partner and together we are raising two young children from our home in Newport, Oregon.

The Boats I Guide From:

2018 22’ River Wild Sled

2020 Clackamax Drift Boat

"What an amazing trip! Beautiful (albeit cold) day on the river! And, with the best guide! We had so much fun...and my little one caught her first salmon!"

K Marmo

"My favorite fishing guide and best friend. Kelly Painter is an absolute hoot to fish with. Bobber fishing for fall chinook is my second favorite fishery after winter steelhead. Give Kelly a call and go drain some bobbers on the coast this fall."

S Proulx

"Had a Great time fishing with Kelly today. Kelly is an experienced fisherman and it shows! Thanks Kelly!"

J Hatch

"Captain Kelly has taken us out as a family, and taken my husband out individually, both very successful and enjoyable trip. Kelly taught us clearly and let us experience as much as we could in a safe manner. He was patient with the kids wanting to do as much as possible by themselves while maintaining safety. We will definitely continue to use Painter's Guide Service. Thank you Kelly."

J Ahumada

"Went out with Kelly again, salmon fishing on the ocean this time. Myself and my three kids (ages 9, 10, and 12) where all able to get in on the action, we all caught our limit! The kids had so much fun fighting their own fish and enjoyed learning from Kelly. Kelly is always very patient and helpful. We have been out several times with him and have never had a disappointing trip. Very family friendly memorable experience."

M Boyer

"My husband has a blast fishing with Kelly! He can't wait until his next trip. Kelly knows the best places to fish and is so knowledgeable about the right gear to use. My husband has been fishing all his life and yet he learned so much in just one trip with Kelly. We were thrilled to hear that he started a guide service! You won't want to miss a trip with Kelly! This would be a great gift for a loved one, also."

T Kosydar

I'd love to take you fishing!

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