Maine Rafting and Fishing Guide: Victor DiSilvestro

Maine Guide Victor DiSilvestroName: Victor DiSilvestro
Hometown: North Yarmouth, Maine
Age of First Rafting Trip: 23 on the Penobscot with Wayne Hockmeyer
Year you started guiding at Northern Outdoors: 1999

What type of guiding do you do?
Whitewater Rafting, Fishing

What do you enjoy most about working at Northern Outdoors?
It has to be working with the other guides and the people I have guided on the river. I have made lasting friends at Northern Outdoors, both guides and guests. I particularly enjoyed working with my two sons, Zack and Luke, it was a blast working with them on the rivers we run and it has brought our small family closer together.

What is your favorite river to guide, and your favorite rapid on that river?
I have great memories and stories from all 3 rivers but I’d have to say the Dead River. Those cool crisp, blue bird sky October runs with the foliage… love it. Big Poplar is a terrific rapid, get past fryolator and you’re good to go.

What’s your classic Northern Outdoors memory?
So many great memories from all three rivers, but I was the Overnight manager for years, managing Northern’s overnight trips up on Indian Pond. So many of my NO memories come from those days and nights out there. I’ll never forget the thrills and spills up on the pond. I enjoyed driving the Carolina Skiff up to the East Outlet to meet the guests for lunch, making the indian sauna and late night dips into Indian Pond. The trips there were always eventful, full of laughter and made for great stories… I wish Northern still did overnights.

Where do you adventure when you are not working?
While in Maine I spent a lot of time in the White Mts of New Hampshire, I love the mountains but love my camp on Pleasant Pond much more. I enjoy fishing, SUPing, boating, I love being in or on the water. Right now I’m teaching in Costa Rica so I do lots of adventuring here, deep sea fishing, ocean kayaking, hiking up volcanoes, rafting and sitting in hot springs.

What do you do in the off-season when you’re not guiding for Northern Outdoors?
I’ve always been a teacher, this gave me the summers off to live the guide life. I will return to The Forks from Costa Rica for the summer to get back on the river.

Tell us about any certifications, special talents, guide awards.
Besides the white water guide and fishing guide licenses I also hold a rec license. I may have earned an associates degree in foosball at UMO. I’ve been told I’m a great cook. Over the years I’ve won Kennebec Part Time Guide of the Year, The Guest Award and Outstanding Performance Award.

What rivers have you run outside of Maine?
Shotover in New Zealand
Salmon in Idaho
Trishuli in Nepal
Pacuare in Costa Rica
Ayung River in Bali
Soon the Urabamba river in Peru and the Grand Canyon!

Which Kennebec River Brewery beer is your top choice after a day on the river?
Sledhead Red

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