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Jason Tonelli


Jason has 20 years of fishing tackle industry experience in both retail and wholesale and 10 years of guiding experience in both fresh and saltwater. He studied for 2 years at Malaspina College in Nanaimo in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Technician Program as well as 3 years at UCFV.  He is President of the Steelhead Society of British Columbia, member of the prestigious Kingfisher Rod & Gun Club, and a former director of the B.C. Federation of Driftfishers.  Jason is a regular contributor to B.C. Outdoors Sportfishing Magazine, has written weekly fishing reports for the Vancouver Sun and was co-host of the radio fishing show “BC Wild Country” on the Team 1040.


His passion for steelhead angling has led him across the province pursuing summer steelhead on the Thompson and Skeena, and winter steelhead on Vancouver Island, Central Coast and South Coast rivers.  He also loves chasing Kamloops trout in the interior, jet boating the Fraser River to battle huge sturgeon and salmon.  He is equally at home on the salt where he spent many seasons in Rivers Inlet, Queen Charlottes, and Dundas Island guiding for chinook, halibut and fly fishing for coho.  Always ready for the next adventure Jason has fished Cuba for bonefish and tarpon and Patagonia for brown trout and rainbows.


Through his travels and countless hours on the water he has become a master at a variety of angling techniques from fly fishing to gear fishing in both fresh and saltwater.  Eager to share his knowledge Jason teaches fly fishing courses, private fly casting lessons, and steelhead drift fishing and fly fishing courses for Pacific Angler.


Matt SharpMatt Sharp


Matt is truly a passionate angler and his passion has lead him to guide for salmon, steelhead and trout for the last 14 years in some truly amazing parts of the province. Matt is also an amazing caster, as evident by competitions he has attended throughout North America and the world.


Matt is a humble angler that is eager to teach anyone who wants to learn. There aren’t too many times someone can really catch my attention when it comes to steelhead topics but listening to Matt talk about his steelhead observations and the way they take the fly had me taking notes.


Big Bad BenBen Gehrke


Ben is always a customer favourite with his seemingly endless amount of energy, positive demeanour, and passion for teaching people how to get into fish. His love of fishing is only surpassed by his love of gear. This guy has one of everything!


Ben spends most of his time on the local waters of Vancouver hitting the beaches for salmon and searching the waters of the Capilano and Seymour for both salmon and steelhead. Ben is a double threat as he is equally adept with the spoon and float rod as well as the fly rod and tying vice. Ben is a director on the board for the Seymour Salmonid Society and is also a brood stock angler on this system.


A true outdoor enthusiast, Ben also has a passion for mountain biking and rock climbing.


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