We use extremely high quality rods, reels, bait, lures, equipment and gear!
We know this is important to you, and we know that it's one of the things you expect from a first class guide service.
This is also important to us, so we use nothing but the best. On a world class fishing trip, there just isn't room on the boat for "good enough".
We have three boats. All of our guided Columbia River fishing trips are run in our spacious 28' or 25' long by 9' foot wide custom made boats that very comfortably seat up to six anglers!.
Our boats are equipped with the latest electronics, and outfitted
with the highest quality GPS, fish finders, and safety equipment.
Comfortable boats, a little technology and our in-depth knowledge of the areas we fish, combine to make a very successful trip!
We don't buy cheap reels because big fish will destroy anything but the highest quality reel. We've seen it happen, big sturgeon and hot salmon or steelhead leaving an angler with a handful of parts or a "smoked" drag.
We don't use cheap rods because cheap rods break, and they break on YOUR big fish and that is unacceptable.
The equipment we use is known for it's quality, reliability, and time tested performance, that is why we use it ... we don't settle for second best.
Here is a list of some of the features on our boats:
Why do we put such a focus on high quality equipment? We know that, many of our customers only get out fishing a few times a year, so we're not going to risk your first fish or your trophy fish of a lifetime to save a few bucks scrimping on gear.
When you hire us you're going to go on one of the best guided fishing trips in the Northwest and one of the reasons is the great equipment you will use!
The Total Fisherman Philosophy
We believe that:
- Spending your life doing something you love is the secret to happiness.
- Attention to detail and being absolutely driven, catches fish and creates success.
- A focused effort catches more fish and bigger fish. Just going through the motions is for other people.
- Spending extra time and effort toward making your day successful is important and makes a difference.
- We believe that cutting corners on expenses and effort isn't something you do, even if nobody else will know.
- We believe we should expect the most from every day on the water and hold ourselves to a higher standard.
- We should give back as much and as often as we possibly can.
- It's our job to act as stewards of the resource and as consummate professionals who know that our actions speak louder then words.
Giving 100% every day is the norm, because Buoy 10 or Estuary sturgeon or whatever season we happen to be in only comes around once a year, and in a few weeks it will be over. Let's be realistic ... every one of us has to have a last day on the water. We never know when that day will come, so we are absolutely going to make every day our best day.
We don't have gimmicks like "Fish Catch Guarantees". We won't tell you that we're catching 50 pound salmon every week, or tell you the fishing is red hot when it's not, or any of the other assorted things that guides tell prospective clients to get them on their boats. We're honest and we have integrity.
We provide high quality fishing trips at the median price for guides in the NW. We could charge more or we could charge less, but we don't want you to come fishing with us because your decision is based on price. We want you to come fishing with us because you think we run a first class operation, that we are going to treat you well, and because we catch fish.
We're not the Dollar Store of fishing guides and we certainly aren't the Four Seasons. Our pricing is middle of the road. We believe in charging enough so that we can use high quality equipment, maintain this equipment, and not have to cut corners. We also believe that charging the average price will hopefully allow you to come back more often.
We really take fishing seriously, it's our passion and we certainly want to catch fish just as much as you do; that's why we go during the best times to the best locations and spend extra time, effort, and money to make your trip the best that it can be. We want you to have a successful trip so you come back fishing with us, we also want to be successful so we maintain our reputation as top notch guides.
We take a lot of pride in our fish catching ability and we do everything in our power to put fish in the box, while at the same time having fun, and keeping you safe.
Our approach to life and to fishing isn't standard, and it would certainly be "easier" for us if we weren't worried about these things, but the easy route and the safe bet aren't what we're after. We care about you and we care about your experience on our boats.
We believe our customers, peers and fellow fishermen know that we hold this philosophy close to our hearts and that they know we are out there every day living it. We believe it's important to not let them down.
Kevin, Lacey, Chris & the whole Total Fisherman crew!
Oregon & Washington Fishing Guides
Washington and Oregon Fishing Guides, Kevin Newell & Lacey DeWeert
Oregon fishing guides and charter fishing, Columbia river fishing guide, Washington fishing guide!