Captain Rye Phillips is quickly establishing himself as one of the best young guides on the West Coast. He runs a charter boat for salmon and halibut in Gustavus, Alaska, during the summer months and operates a saltwater and river guide service in Southern Oregon during the fall and winter.
A graduate of Western Oregon University, where he was a pitcher for the school’s baseball team, Phillips has been fishing in Alaska since his youth, and has been a full-time, year-round guide since 2012. During the summer of 2014, he guided a customer to an unofficial world record size 482-pound halibut. He has also guided a customer to a 50-plus-pound king salmon on Oregon’s Chetco River back-bouncing roe cured in Pautzke’s Fire Cure. Phillips operates a 28-foot charter boat in Alaska, and owns a drift boat and jet boat in Oregon.