Our Fishing Guides

Our salmon fishing guides are friendly, experienced and professional, not to mention among the top BC salmon fishing guides coast wide.

Who We Are

At Pacific Angler our fishing guides do just that; guide full time, 12 months of the year, are respected as some of the best in the business and have been featured in multiple magazine articles and TV shows. These guys are “highliners” in every sense of the word, putting fish in the boat when most are having a tough day. They are passionate about fishing and providing their clients with a fun, safe and productive day.

All our fishing guides are Transport Canada Certified and have their SVOP, MED A3, ROC-M, Marine First Aid, and are members of the BC Sportfishing Guides Association.

Meet Our Guides

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Eddie Matthei

Eddie began his guiding career in 1985 and is a sought after seasoned guide.

With over 30 years of Vancouver fishing experience, he’s an expert on the local waters and has built a large base of repeat guests who fish with him season after season after his many years here at Pacific Angler. Eddie also enjoys fishing for steelhead on the local rivers and fly fishing for trout on local lakes. Eddie is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of Japanese.   

When not on the water, either guiding or personal fishing, Eddie is busy keeping up with his wife and his two daughters! 

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Jason Tonelli

Jason grew up on the banks of the Nickomekl river and at a very early age his passion for fishing was obvious. His uncle and grandfather nurtured that passion by showing him the ways of the saltwater world and Georgia Strait coho in the mid 80’s and 90’s. From that point on saltwater fishing was in his blood to stay. Jason has guided for salmon in Rivers Inlet, Hadai Gwaii, and Dundas but for the last decade plus has focused on the local waters of Vancouver, enjoying the challenging but productive waters he calls home. 

When not on the water Jason is at the shop selling tackle or teaching the Mastering Local Saltwater Salmon Course. On his days off he likes to get away to fish for steelhead on the Thompson and Dean and makes his yearly trip down to Cuba for bones, tarpon, and permit. 

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Jake Comrie

BC born, Alberta raised, Jake’s passion for angling began with his aunt teaching him to fly fish on lakes throughout the Okanagan. Growing up in Calgary, chasing trout on the Bow River became a daily after school ritual with every other moment of free time spent tying flies. After high school, Jake moved to North Vancouver where he became fixated on saltwater angling.  

Jake’s guiding career began in Haida Gwaii which became his home for many summers as he honed in his salmon fishing skills. He took on a leadership role as a lead guide at his lodge where he took pride in mentoring and training new guides on fishing in the northern waters. After his time in Haida Gwaii, Jake decided to become a full-time guide in his local waters that he had grown to love while working for Pacific Angler in the fall and winter.

When Jake isn’t out on the salt, he can be found rafting the rivers of Squamish, guiding for salmon and steelhead. On his days off, Jake enjoys skiing, camping, and spending time with his family.  

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Josh Lo

Born and raised in Richmond, BC, Josh’s life has revolved around fishing. At 12, Josh would bike, bus and train across the Lower Mainland in search of new fishing opportunities with emphasis on finding the elusive and coveted Steelhead or battling one of the Fraser River’s monstrous White Sturgeon.  

His passion for fishing has taken him across the world to tropical destinations such as Indonesia, Mexico and The Bahamas. Despite his time spent basking in the heat of tropical fishing destinations, Josh still calls the frigid waters of British Columbia home, and begun his guide career at a northern fishing lodge on Haida Gwaii. Today, Josh is one of Pacific Angler’s full-time guides. When Josh isn’t out guiding for Salmon on the salt, he is down in Richmond on the Pacific Angler jetboat guiding for the mighty White Sturgeon.   

When Josh isn’t fishing, he can be found spending time with his 3 younger brothers or preparing for his next fishing trip! 

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Dezai Gill-Temple

Born and raised in British Columbia, Dezai developed a passion for fishing at a young age. His journey began at eight when his father introduced him to the Fraser, Chehalis, and Vedder rivers. This early exposure ignited a lifelong love for fishing, and Dezai has since become a multi-species angler across both the local salt and freshwaters of BC. 

Specializing in both saltwater and freshwater fishing, Dezai divides his time between river fishing for salmon and steelhead in the Lower Mainland, bass fishing in the Okanagan, and stillwater trout fishing in the Thompson-Nicola region. With over 20 years of angling experience across British Columbia, Dezai has honed his expertise through guiding stints in Haida Gwaii before returning to guide locally.  

When he isn’t fishing for work or leisure, Dezai enjoys spending quality time outdoors with his son, fiancée, and dog.  

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Gavin Lau

Growing up in a Chinese Canadian family, a recurrent aspect of Gavin’s childhood was always being surrounded by fish. At a young age, his passion for angling was evident with countless hours spent on the local rivers and ocean chasing salmon and steelhead. From the sunny beaches of Florida to the rainy coast of Haida Gwaii, his love for fishing has inspired almost all of his travels. Some destinations include Hawaii, Malaysia, Costa Rica, and Finland. 

Gavin’s background in guiding began along the North Coast of Haida Gwaii, but now he calls the Georgia Strait his home. He boasts extensive knowledge of Vancouver’s local waters and his enthusiasm for catching fish is contagious. Gavin is fluent in English, French, and Cantonese. 

When not on the water, Gavin can be found studying for an undergraduate degree in commerce and business or planning his next international fishing trip.

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