About Silversides Fishing Adventures
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About Silversides Fishing
Established in 1996, Silversides Fishing is recognized as one of the premier guiding companies in Vancouver & the Fraser River Valley. We let our long list of worldwide repeat clients make that decision for us through their repeat business and solid reviews. And there’s also the TV production crews that always come back to us. What we do to earn this rating is have a total commitment to providing a truly professional service throughout our customers experience with us. For us, it’s more than just giving our guests the ultimate chance of hooking more fish in our pristine west coast rivers. It’s about delivering a quality experience by practising proper etiquette and stewardship.
Our guiding services include half day, full day, or multi day fishing holidays with lodging. We cater to groups of 1 all the way up to 24. Our fleet of custom V8 powered jet boats are covered and provide safe passage on all our rivers. All high end tackle is always provided at no extra cost. We also provide pickups from downtown Vancouver and the 2 major airports in greater Vancouver.
Our operations cover a area of over 155 km(93 miles) of fishable river water where we target Salmon, Steelhead, Trout and White Sturgeon. These rivers offer excellent opportunity for fly fishing, casting lures or chucking bait. We also have a handful of pristine lakes holding Rainbow Trout.
Where we fish
Our keynote river is the Fraser which is British Columbia’s longest river at 1,375 km. We fish a stretch from Agassiz to Fort Langley where all 5 Pacific Salmon and massive White Sturgeon can be caught. Our other notable rivers are the Squamish, Vedder-Chilliwack, Upper Pitt, Stave and Harrison.
Our guides and staff spend most of their spare time fishing and perfecting our skills so that we can provide the best guide service in our area.
We will never be satisfied by being in second place.
Hi – I’m Brian Mack, owner/operator and head guide. There’s something that goes way back to trigger the passion for fishing. For myself it started when I was a toddler. Growing up in North Vancouver and surrounded by creeks, forest, rivers and ocean it was easy to play in nature and find fish. Exploring the creeks and chasing trout at every opportunity was the norm. On family visits to the beach all I could think about was looking for sea life in the tidal pools. If it had fins it needed catching! It seems not much has changed over the years.
By the time I was 13 I had my first Chinook salmon and had already caught a few Coho too. My dad had many friends who were avid fishermen and hunters. They took us out fishing on countless occasions. This solidified my fishing addiction. At the age of 26 my friends and I were flying into Rivers Inlet to experience remote coastal salmon fishing at it’s best. We went 2 years in a row. In the 3rd year I applied to work at a remote salmon lodge and was hired. I worked on and off in the area for several years. There was a calling in my life and I had to pursue it. And so I did.
Fast forward to 1996 and I decided to start Silversides Fishing Adventures and pursue the dream.
The rest is history.
1. We want people to have beautiful experiences in the outdoors through the art of fishing.
2. To always stay at the top of our game and lead the way in catch results and professionalism!
3. Be good stewards of our resource.
I’m Brian Mack the owner of Silversides. My life coach(Dad) taught me very early in life that quality, integrity and value are indispensable. He was right. Those values drive me every day in business, leisure and family.
Here’s our core values that drive us today:
- Superior Customer service
- Resource Stewardship
- Being the Best at what we do!
Owner and Pro Guide
Silversides Fishing Adventures was founded in 1996 when I was 33. I had spent my whole life growing up around outdoorsmen and was drawn into this lifestyle at a very early age. By my late 20’s I had spent unimaginable amounts of time fishing throughout British Columbia. I would even get a few casts in before work or church back in the 90’s. So it’s pretty obvious this is where I belong.
Fast forward to today. I still guide(a lot) along with the rest of the 6 guides. I doubt that will ever change. Being on the water brings great joy into my life. Today we are very busy and so both my wife Louise and I work together to run the show. I have high standards for being a service provider and host. Being in 2nd place for me means it can be done better. That’s why so many of our clients and filming shows return to fish exclusively with our guides.
Regardless if it’s first contact with us or when you’re on the water with your guide, we will always strive to deliver a ‘Better Sport Fishing Experience!’
The Silversides team of Fishing Guides
We only hire the best we can find even if it means postponing bringing on new team members.
Our primary goal is to be excellent, not big.
Solid 5 Star Tripadvisor Rating!
I am so happy with Brian’s service that we are returning in December to hunt Bull Trout and fish for Winter Steelhead with him on the fly. All I can say is: “5 Star Guide Service all around”. If you want to catch big chrome fish – Silversides Fishing is the place to call. Many thanks Brian! See you in December.
Cheers, Jeff Cooper
… is as good if not better than anywhere in the world and I would recommend it , and you as a guide, to anyone.
Dick Timothy, UK
Time again to disturb some fish. I am planning to be in BC around mid October and as usual will be delighted to fish with you.
Baatar O., Mongoli
We are still talking about our day fishing with you, it was the trip of a lifetime! Rocky shows his photos to everyone, they are plastered all over our house. Have a great day!
Jocelyn, Rocky & Alex Quade
We can always count on Silversides Fishing Adventures to get us into big fish. Brian’s methodical approach and attention to detail set him apart from other guides. If you want to fish with a rock star who is as obsessed with big fish as you are, then Silversides Fishing Adventures is your only choice. My fishing partners and I come back year after year for a reason; Brian hooks us up!
Travis M. via TripAdvisor.
Thank you Brian and Louise for your help with accommodating us for a great day on the water yesterday. We had many memorable stories and photos to share last night and everyone enjoyed the excellent guiding and overall sturgeon fishing experience. Troy was captain of our boat and he was more than accommodating. We would definitely recommend Silversides to our other team members, as well Troy and all the other guides. They will not be disappointed getting in any of the boats for a great day of fishing. Thanks again!
InterAg Administrative Assistant, Bayer cropscience
A little more on protecting our resource
Silversides Fishing Adventures believes that being pro active in preventing and removing threats to wild fish populations is key to ensuring their survival for us and future generations.
Unfortunately many companies and government offices don’t take this belief seriously and continually put our wild salmon at risk for the sake of shareholder profits. We believe this is unacceptable!
This is why we spend a good amount of time working with such organizations as The Department of Wild Salmon run by leading expert and salmon biologist Alexandra Morton. Alex and the thousands of BC citizens work creatively to remove the biggest identified threat to our wild salmon: open pen salmon feedlots otherwise known as salmon farms. The manner in which farmed salmon are raised is very un-natural and helps to spread lethal non native diseases to migrating wild salmon which eventually kill them before they can successfully spawn in their home river. BC wwild salmon are the lifeblood of our province and we will do whatever we can to ensure their continued survival. Watch the award winning documentary Salmon Confidential to learn more.
We also work with the BC Steelhead Society by helping them financially so they can do their field work of habitat restoration on many rivers in British Columbia such as some key tributaries of the famous Thompson river where huge wild Steelhead return every Fall. Wherever there is a need to stand up for our wild Salmon, Trout or Sturgeon we will be there whenever possible! We love our fish and have a deep passion to make sure future generations can enjoy them too.