Jeffry Gottfried

Lead Guide/Executive Director, Educational Recreational Adventures

I have fished for trout throughout Oregon for 40 years. I have been guiding for the past 15 years and guiding/teaching tenkara fly fishing for 7 years. I have experience and knowledge to share.

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15 minutes $35.00
30 minutes $60.00
60 minutes $100.00




I started fly fishing shortly after moving to Oregon in 1967 to study biology at the University of Oregon (Eugene). I also have a MS degree in biology/ecology from Portland State University and a Ph.D. in Science Education from University of California, Berkeley where I also studied aquatic entomology and ecology. In addition to my formal education, I have years of experience working in the field as a biologist, environmental educator, naturalist and guide. My day job until 2003 when I started ERA has been in science and natural history museums, where I have taught the science and natural history of fly fishing and led field trips.

I have fished in most all of the major rivers of Oregon and many in Washington State as well but I am happiest on small, little-known streams and creeks that were an adventure just to find. I pass up a major hatch of stoneflies on a famous Oregon River each year that everyone and his cousin knows about and fishes at this time, to happily fish and guide a small coastal stream for native cutthroat trout, while enjoying quiet, peace and tranquility.

Approximately 7 years ago, I learned about tenkara (traditional Japanese) fly fishing from the Tenkara USA web site. I called the owner, Daniel Galhardo introduced myself and Educational Recreational Adventures. I pointed out the merits of Tenkara USA donating  rods to a non-profit organization that taught over 100 kids how to fly fish each year and many adults as well. Daniel donated 8 prototype tenkara rods and we were off and running. As I gained skills and experience as a tenkara angler, teacher and guide, including fishing with Daniel and Dr. Ishigaki, the foremost expert on tenkara and then travelling to Japan to fish on the waters where tenkara was first developed over 500 years ago, I left behind my western fly rod except for those times when clients preferred this gear and/or when rivers ran to fast and fish were too large for tenkara (>20"). i have landed a 20 inch rainbow and a 19" cutthroat on tenkara rods. IO find that tenkara rods and technique offers me a distinct advantage over my fishing buddies that are fishing western fly rods, lines and reels. 

You can call on me for information about when, where and how to fly-fish in Oregon using whatever gear you prefer. I am also available to guide you, teach you tenkara, and outfit your trip, complete with lodging. 



Lead Guide/Executive Director, Educational Recreational Adventures

January - present

When is tenkara more effective than fly fishing and vice-versa?

When is tenkara more effective than fly fishing and vice-versa?

8/24/2016 11:06:42 PM,
Jeffry Gottfried replied:

Based upon my eight years of experience and 46 years of fly fishing with fly rod and reel, I would say that it would be most advantageous to fish a fly rod and reel in the following situations:

1. The target species is over 20"

2. The water is running high and moving fast and there is a need to bounce nymphs on the bottom.

3.There is a need to present a fly that is out of reach/out of wading distance of a Tenkara presentation.

For all other trout fishing situations, and occasionally, even some of the above, tenkara is a more effective means of presenting flies, consistently drawing strikes and landing fish.

By "tenkara" I mean the use of tenkara fly rods, lines, tippets and techniques (casting, fly manipulation/dance). This includes traditional Japanese tenkara, whereby an angler fishes reverse hackle kebari flies. It would also include using tenkara rods and  lines to make the most precise, delicate and life-like presentation of western flies.

I have caught 100s of cutthroat (both resident and sea-run) and rainbow trout, as large as 20". I've also caught brown trout and grayling in Croatia and Spain. Twice, I hooked steelhead on tenkara but could not land them. These were times that I wished that I had a rod and reel.

I am not totally dismissing fly fishing with rod, reel and fly line. I love to make a long, precise cast to distant rising fish using dries or soft-hackle emergers, but still, day to day, I find tenkara to be my weapon of choice.