Guide Profile – John Popowich
John began fishing with STS over 15 years ago, as an avid angler John would take 2 or 3 annual trips on the Fraser River. STS put on an annual Jet Boat Seminar which John ha signed up for “While on the trip, head guide and owner Vic Carrao approached me and asked if I was interested in guiding. Vic was looking for a new guide and I mentioned to him that guiding would be my dream job” John recalls, “When Vic asked if I was interested, I immediately said yes.” Vic says that when he first met John he instantly recognized the guide potential in him. Guiding is 9/10th personality says Vic, “there are many great fishermen in our industry but very few great guides”.
John is going into his 9th season as a part time fishing guide, his full time job is construction so he mostly guides weekends and holidays. John is an accomplished sturgeon and salmon fisherman who can fish any style including fly fishing, spin or bait. There are some people in this world that you can instantly connect with, John is one of those people. He enjoys sharing stories, knowledge and his passion is obvious when you spend a day on the water with him. “I recall one of our very good clients telling me a story about how John got more excited than his guests when they landed a monster 10ft sturgeon.
John is married and has two young children, he enjoys all types of fishing including; fly fishing, sturgeon on the Fraser and a new passion, saltwater salmon fishing. John loves teaching and sharing his passion with not only his guests but also his family. John’s favorite thing to do is taking his family fishing and watch his little girl smile after tagging and releasing a small sturgeon. John also volunteers for the Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society mark –recapture program as do all of STS guides. Over the years John has been an integral part of the STS marketing team helping us serve customers at the Fraser Valley Boat & Sportsman Show.
“We are extremely excited with our team going into our 26thseason” say’s owner Tony Nootebos. John has been an incredible asset to our team for the past 8 years and we are looking forward to having him continue to provide great experiences for our guests. John has serious skills and a great personality so we are confident in him and his ability to provide you with the very best experience on the water.