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Paul Smith

Pro Salmon Angler Paul Smith

Paul is the owner of Sportsman Fishing Adventures Ltd in Gold River, British Columbia Canada.

He is also the owner of Bass on Hook and a freelance photojournalist.

He has over 15 years of fish guiding experience in British Columbia.

Paul has fished freshwater and saltwater since he was a kid growing up first in the US and eventually moving to Vancouver Island Canada in the fall of 1969.

He has guided in River's Inlet, Telegraph Cove and the Comox Valley.

Paul moved to Gold River in 1994 after spending some time the summer before in Nootka Sound.

Nootka Sound is a series of fiords that extend outward from Gold River and the surrounding communties to the open ocean of the Pacific.

It was here that he caught his second "Tyee" (30+ lb) salmon.

The first was caught in River's Inlet three years before.

Since then he has lost count of the "Tyees" that he has caught and released.

He has been published by numerous magazines, including "Island Angler" and " Fish Finder Magazine"

Paul has completed a 5 year contract for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, where he was the Stewardship Coordinator for Nootka Sound.

This position required that he create capacity in the small communities to address the issues surrounding fish and fish habitat.

Paul is also very involved in the politics of sports fishing, having stepped down (After 6 years) in 2000 as the chair of the local Sports Fish Advisory Board.

Paul is single, with 6 sisters, 5 neices and 6 nephews.

He prefers to fish for Chinook (Kings), Steelhead and Trout.

Boats owned include 23 foot Bertram, 21 foot Bayliner "Trophy" and a 18 foot Sportsman.


Paul has since retired from guiding and still writes occassionally and continues to manage Bass on Hook

Articles And Pro Tips By Paul Smith

Paul has been fishing since he was a very young boy living in Spirit Lake Iowa in the United States.

His vast knowledge and experience is shared in his writing and when communicating with other anglers.

The following articles are available from Paul:

If you have a question or comment for Paul please feel free to send it via our Pro Staff Question And Answer form.

Your questions will be answered within 24-48 hours by Paul.