Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting STS Guides with our Guide Profile Series. If you would like to share your story while out on a guided trip, we would be thrilled to hear it.
Guide Profile – Chris Burdekin
Like many of our guides, Chris was hired by head guide Vic Carrao. He has done many trips with STS dating as far back as 2012. On one of his trips with Vic in the canyon he was asked if he was interested in deck handing for a day. During one of our conversations Chris had talked about his passion of fishing, some mutual friends in the industry and his recent move to Mission. Vic recalls, “I needed a deckhand for an upcoming trip and Chris seemed keen on learning more about the guiding industry”. We’re always looking for good people and he seemed like a great guy with the perfect personality”.
Chris grew up on Vancouver Island fishing the Sayward and Campbell River area for salmon, as a young adult he then moved to the mainland and began fishing local rivers for salmon, steelhead and sturgeon. He is married with two children and lives where he plays in the community of Mission, sturgeon capital of the world. Chris has an extensive background in fly fishing and spey fishing for salmon and steelhead as well as trout. It didn’t take us long to see that Chris has some serious skills not only in fly fishing and sturgeon but his background in sales could be very helpful to our team.
Chris has worked hard for us in his first season guiding and has quickly proven to be a valuable asset. His strong leadership skills, flexibility and versatility adds greatly to our team. “Chris can do it all” says owner Tony Nootebos. I am thrilled to be able to add Chris to our already stacked team of fishing guides. Guiding isn’t always what it is cracked up to be, early mornings, long days and immense pressure can ruin a good angler quite quickly, it takes a certain type of person and Chris meets and beats all of those challenges. We are excited about 2020 and Chris continuing to grow with us. Please welcome our newest member to the team!