Providing the most exceptional experiences possible, centered around the best and most unique anadromous fisheries in the world.
We are a fun, skilled, professional, hard-working and energetic company. We have a deep commitment to customer service and our staff is the best in the business. The entire crew has a sense of ownership of Kimsquit Bay Lodge, that is apparent while you are here with us. We ensure that as a guest, you'll feel like an old friend coming for a visit, not just another customer. We pride ourselves as green-minded and we take the conservation of our natural resources very seriously. We are all here because this place is incredible. We love sharing our appreciation, excitement and sense of awe with you.
We have a strong attention to detail that is noticeable throughout our operation. We use the best equipment possible, from our boats and full selection of loaner spey rod setups to our appliances and fixtures. We also strive to serve exceptional, high-quality meals, and aim to make the best impression, from the time of your arrival to the end your trip.
Passions: Fly fishing, wild anadromous fish, the environment, good food and good company.
History: Jeff taught himself to fly fish at a young age. He grew up in a lodge on Mt. Hood that he helped his mom manage. He saved up his housekeeping wages to buy his first Spey rod at 12. Hitchhiking to the river before and after school, he was doomed to a life of fishing addiction. The strong addiction led to fly shop employment, guiding in Oregon and Alaska, and even management at a bonefishing lodge in the Bahamas. Jeff built Fish The Swing from the ground up and now has three well-respected and sought-after fishing/guiding programs in Oregon and British Columbia.
Passions: The mountains, yoga, hiking, snowboarding, being outside and near rivers and oceans.
History: Kathryn grew up in Edmonds, WA on Puget Sound. The coastal northwest childhood engrained in her a sense of adventure and travel wanderlust. After college in Ellensburg, she relocated to Hood River, Oregon for a career at DaKine. This is where she met Jeff. On a boat trip into the Kitlope Heritage Conservancy Park, Jeff proposed. After getting married they decided to join forces and run the business together. In addition to being the office and admin side of the business, she now spends the majority of her time chasing their toddler Oly Dean around.
Passions: Fly fishing, fly tying, bamboo rod building, friends and family.
History: Ryan has fished since he was a very young lad. Fishing lakes and river banks with his Father. He was gifted a pair of waders at age eleven from his parents and the passion for exploring rivers was born. He soon realized that the river is his happy place. Ryan has guided the Skeena and Nass river systems along with owning and operating White's Guiding Company on Vancouver Island. When off the water he spends much needed time with his beautiful wife and three lovely daughters.
Passions: Wild fish and wild places. Good friends, company, and adventures down all roads less traveled.
History: Fishing to Michael isn’t a passion; it’s an obsession. Michael grew up outside of Portland, Oregon where his sense of wonder for the outdoors flourished from day one. Hiking, biking and exploring new rivers and places has always been a top priority. As a 3rd generation fly fishing guide, it was impossible for Michael not to develop a keen interest in fly fishing and stewardship. Michael’s lifelong passion for fish and the outdoors led to a Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University, with a Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management. Michael has spent the last twelve Summer and Fall seasons guiding in British Columbia and Alaska, honing the skills that bring you closer to the fish we admire most; wild steelhead.
Ryota “Yota” Oki
Passions: Fly-fishing, snowboarding, hunting, rockclimbing and everything food related.
History: Ryota grew up in the Vancouver metro area. Being raised by a father who was a french chef and a family of foodies had a great impact on his passion for food and cooking. After cooking in restaurants for a few years gaining experience, he decided to further his education by going to culinary school in 2010. Since then, he has worked under some of the best and most recognized chefs in British Columbia. From working at one of Whistler’s top restaurants to a host of remote wilderness resorts he has a consistently delivered amazing and creative meals. His style is classic with a modern twist and loves to feature fresh local meats, seafoods and organic produce both from the lodge garden and from farms in Vancouver flown in weekly on our charter flight.
Passions: Fly fishing, history, forests, rivers, good people, music & general merriment.
History: James grew up on the shore of the Canadian Great Lakes. Fresh out of school he ventured to Australia for a multi-year stint and then came to British Columbia where he has called home since. He has a deep passion for B.C.’s forests, rivers, mountains and the wildlife that inhabit them. He brings with him to our Lodge family, a doctorate degree earned from the school of hard knocks, a keen love for the Dean River and the joys of Kimsquit Bay. A student of both fly fishing history & fly casting. When he is not at Kimsquit Bay he can be found in his Vancouver Island J.M. Reid Rodshop, designing and crafting world class bamboo fly rods or walking the banks of a steelhead river.