Guides & Shop Staff
Gord is the owner and operator of Kootenay Fly Shop & Guiding Co. and the head guide. In 1995 Gord opened Kootenay Fly Shop & Guiding Company in Fernie, British Columbia. After 20 years, the adventure and excitement of owning and operating a successful thriving fly fishing business continues each day. Gord’s addiction to the sport of fishing started while growing up in Northern Alberta as he was surrounded by excellent lakes and rivers that provided Northern Pike, Walleye, Perch, Whitefish and native Athabasca strain Rainbow Trout.
Josh grew up in Fernie and has been spending the past 12 years fishing the local rivers and getting to know the surrounding water. At the age of 13 he started working for Kootenay Fly Shop and has continued to work and guide for us for the past 11 years. Josh is an avid angler and enjoys the art of fly fishing.
If Josh isn’t guiding or in the Fly Shop, you can guarantee he will be on the water searching for the next big catch.
Andres is the head guide for Dave Brown Outfitters and we also enjoy his guide services at Kooteny Fly Shop. Andres, who is from Chile, has several years of guiding folks on amazing waters in the southern hemisphere. Andres has resided in Fernie for many years and is always fun to go out on the water with. A great person to have as your guide on the waters.
We are very happy to have him in our guide service.
Alex’s witty personality and great customer service skills make him the best shop clerk that one could ask for (aka, shop rat). His love for fly fishing has already landed him many big fish. I mean he has already landed the fish of a lifetime in almost all species of trout by the ripe age of 14. Being born and raised in Fernie, Alex’s knowledge of the area is excellent. His enthusiasm and knowledge for fly tying is evident when you see his huge Bull Trout flies.
After working in the shop for a number of years, Alex received his Assistant Guide Licence this year (2017) and he now guides others, taking them to his secret fishing locations.
Steve started working with Kootenay Fly Shop this year (2017). He is a friendly confident guide with years of fly fishing experience in the Elk Valley. Steve figures that he has over a hundred days a year in the East Kootenay and Southern Alberta river networks.
When Steve isn’t out fishing he loves to ski in the winter and bike in the summer. Skiing and biking are what brought Steve to the mountains but after moving here, he found Fernie had so much more to offer!
John has been guiding in the East Kootenays for more than a decade and during this time has enjoyed fishing with the beginner 6 year olds to the highly skilled angler that is nearing 96! John spends the winters as a Ski Instructor at Fernie Alpine Resort, spring is for fishing local lakes for monster Rainbows and the fall is spent skating flies for Wild Steelhead on the Morice and Bulkey Rivers near Smithers, BC.
His mother once said to him “that if I had not let you go outside as much as I did when you were a kid, you might have a real job by now”. We really don’t think John wants a real job.
Since 1987 Alan Brice has been guiding South Western Alberta’s rivers and is experienced in all facets of fly fishing. Alan’s avid enjoyment of the sport is easily communicated and his dedication resulted in the creation of Alberta Flyflshing Adventures in the Crowsnest Pass where he has lived since 1997.
Alan’s business is located in the Fisherman’s Cafe and Fly Shop which he and his wife Susan have operated since 2000. Al’s love of fly fishing and gourmet food is evident every day on the water…so pass Al’s salsa and tie on a caddis!
Dave Brown is the owner of Dave Browns Outfitters. He provides a “hands on” approach to outfitting and his ability to lead and empower his team members, and his determination to always be on the “cutting edge” of developing new venues for his clients. The result is the largest outfitting operation of its kind in Western Canada. Dave began his Guiding Career in 1988 on The Bow River and has been active in the Western Canadian fly fishing industry in a variety of capacities including: Fly shop manager, head guide, fly fishing instructor and, for the last 15 years, as a fly shop/guide service operator and full-time outfitter and lodge owner.