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YOUR FISHING GUIDES
Walter SchoenfelderYour host and Lodge Owner, Walter Schoenfelder grew up on the banks of the Campbell River on Vancouver Island, BC, next door to Roderick Haig-Brown. He began working as a sport fishing guide at age 13 and by 16 spent his summers guiding. Walt quickly acquired a loyal clientele, many of his guests have been with him from the beginning of his guiding career.
Terry GurneyTerry first started guiding back in 1979. In 1984 he started working with Walt at the sportfish centre. In the early 90's Terry started adventuring out to greener pastures, as many other sport fishing guides did. Gold river was hot - but Quatsino was hotter it reminded Walt and Terry how good fishing use to be, back in the old days in Campbell River. When Walt asked Terry to join him in Quatsino he could think of no place he would rather be so in 1998 he started the annual journey north to Gods Country.
Les BlackLes has been a fishin' fool for most of his life. He has spent many years fishing with family and friends and then running his own boat. We are excited to have him join our team. He comes to us with enthusiasm, experience and energy. Folks are loving it and Les too. He "loves his job" and it shows. Welcome to the Quatsino Lodge family Les.
Craig BoothCraig is an avid west coast fisherman who lives so he can fish. Craig grew up in the Comox Valley and spent much of his spare moments fishing, dreaming of fishing, planning fishing... you get the picture. Craig is a real team player and we are happy he is returning to Quatsino again this summer for another round of livin' the dream.
Nick SchoenfelderNick, had a rod in his hand from the time he could walk and his career as a sport fishing guide has very much mirrored that of his father, Walter Schoenfelder. Nick's enthusiasm, experience and commitment to the family business has earned him the reputation as a first rate guide and nothing pleases him more than seeing his guests reel in and land the fish . . . especially if they are bigger than those landed by his dad!
Neil MathesonNeil has been our regular part time guide for years. He is a master fisherman who began his guiding career in Campbell River in the late 70s and has been consistently producing fish everywhere he works since. He also is one of the few fellows who can run the SeaPig so we like to have him up as often as possible. Neil is father to Raf who is working as part of our regular crew. Neil will be with us quite a bit this busy 2015 summer so if you are lucky you'll get to have him take you out.
Michael WadsworthMy name is Michael Wadsworth. I am 23 years old, and have spent my life living on Vancouver island. I am adventurous by nature, and in my spare time you will likely find me outdoors exploring the beautiful playground that is our coast. Whether I am watching a rod tip apprehensively trolling on a warm summer day, or up to my waist in a freezing river breaking ice out of the eyes of my rod in December... when I am out fishing I am having fun. I can't think of a better place to spend a summer than the waters of Quatsino sound. I am excited to share the experience with everyone.
Ty-eeTy-ee joined the Schoenfelder family fishing team on September 1 of 2009. He has big paws to fill but has been working hard to accommodate guests with both play and fishing entertainment. He goes fishing everyday on Walter's boat. In fact he MUST not be left behind or the rest of the world cannot sleep. He lives to fish and his
favourite fish so far is Tuna. Ty-ee is looking forward to fishing with all of you in the coming years. Look for his column in the newsletter.
Just a short note to thank you for allowing me and my friends ( especially Chuck) to experience a wonderful fishing trip. It was my first but not last. You are to be complimented for arranging a fantastic experience. It was amazing to see people truly enjoying what they do every day. The guides were as excited as we were when we caught fish. I was taught how to reel in a fish like a man, not like a girl.
Thank you once again and I hope to experience your hospitality once again in the near future.
Thank you so much for the fishing trip! Everything about it was outstanding. I am already planning a visit back there with my family next year at this time.
You are both wonderful hosts, and a hell of a lot of fun to be around.
All the best,