Our Guides

We have over 90 years of guiding experience as a group. Our "team fishing" philosophy and extensive experience in the area provide you with your best chance for success.

At Coastal Springs we have a team of guides beyond compare. We have over 90 years of guiding experience as a group. Our "team fishing" philosophy and extensive experience in the area provide you with your best chance for success. All skilled fishers and boat handlers, the similarities end there. You will find that our diversity in age, knowledge, approach, and technique will give you a productive, yet different experience on each outing.

Steve "Grouper" Kelly

Born and raised on the outskirts of Vancouver, I started fishing at a very early age thanks to my Dad's love of the outdoors. I started guiding at the lodge in 1980 as a summer job while I worked on a biology degree at university. It took me about 24 hours to realize that lodge life was the life for me. I became a partner in the business in the mid-eighties and took sole ownership of the lodge in 2003.

My fishing philosophy is simple. One third skill, one third patience, and one third luck. Knowing that I control a solid majority of the factors leading to a successful outing has served me well over the years.

Ed "Jaws" Sharkey

If you were to look up "fishing guide" in the dictionary, (or google it for those in the computer age), you would find Ed. Born and raised in Campbell River on Vancouver Island, Ed started guiding in the Knight Inlet area back in the mid-seventies. His 35+ years of guiding have led to an extensive knowledge of not only fishing tactics, but a wealth of knowledge and theories about the local environment. He has an incredibly keen awareness of the surrounding animals, plants, weather systems etc. which serves to enhance any trip out in his boat.

Cam "Silent Bob" Reid

Cam is the youngest son of the original lodge owner (John Reid) and has thus been raised in the business. He had his own boat at age 5 and has been guiding full time since he was 16 . His mentors in the business have been the solid line of guides past and present which has made him a solid fisherman. Now working on a masters degree in Vancouver, Cam used to live at the lodge year round as a young child, giving him a strong understanding of the area from a young age. Cam has quite the collection of gear and is always looking to try something new.

Mike "Sea Biscuit" McRae

Now in his first year of medical school at the University of B.C., Mike has been with Coastal Springs for the past 5 years. He started with us at the ripe young age of 17 where he began as the Coastal Springs “wharf rat”. He was a very quick learner, and eagerly wanted to learn all he could about running the lodge. By year 3, Mike was part time guiding, with Mike and Steve sharing the guiding/wharf rat duties. Last year he stepped up to a full time guiding role. He brings a wonderful young energy and enthusiasm to the lodge.

Terry "Kojak" Steele

Terry guided full time at the lodge for 12 years before taking a break in 2010 to spend more “summer time” with his family. As a full time teacher and father of two young daughters, he has mastered the patience part for fishing success. However, his real strength is his attention to detail. He now does the fill-in guiding when one of the regulars needs a break.