Husband and wife team, Kevin Newell and Lacey DeWeert as well as Chris Snyder are the guides here at Total Fisherman Guide Service.
Pro Guide Kevin Newell
2016 marks the 16th year since Kevin started guiding on the Columbia River and other waters in Washington and Oregon.
I started guiding when I was 24 years old, fairly young by most standards, but now that I'm 40, I'm truly glad that I started at such at young age and didn't wait … so many things have changed in the last fifteen years and I'm glad I was able to participate in these changes and not sit idly by waiting to make my big move into the professional guiding arena.
I'm Lacey DeWeert and fishing is my passion! It doesn't matter whether it's spring Chinook, estuary sturgeon or just a great crabbing trip, I love being on the water and sharing my love of fishing with other people.
Kevin and I live in Woodland Washington.
Woodland is kind of the epicenter of fishing here in the Northwest. This is where G. Loomis and Lamiglas rods are manufactured. Woodland has a great local fly shop and rod building supply company called Anglers Workshop as well as two different tackle stores, and every Minute Mart and even the hardware store sells bait! We sure do love our fishing in this town!
Woodland rests on the shores of the Lewis and Columbia Rivers, and within a 90 minute drive you can find yourself on at least 12 other rivers, the Pacific Ocean or a multitude of lakes and reservoirs.
It's hard to beat living in Southwest Washington or Northwest Oregon for year around fishing opportunity! We just love it here!
I moved up from southern Oregon in the late 80's with my family to Longview, Washington. High school graduation found me departing the halls (successfully) of R. A. Long High School, and after this Lacey and I moved over to the wheat fields of Pullman, Washington. In between fishing trips, I earned my four year degree in five years from Washington State University.
I should have graduated earlier ... friends and family worried that I fished too much and didn't focus enough on my studies, but apparently everything worked out okay!
I have a Bachelor of Science degree with minors in business and computer science.
I spent some time in the corporate world working for some good companies and some great people, but I just couldn't get the fishing monkey off my back. So here I am, owner of this website, and full-time fishing guide. What I do isn't so much a living as it is a lifestyle, and I wouldn't change a single minute of it!
I've been fishing my entire life.
Skiing isn't for me. I occasionally golf, but not well. My passion for hunting is definitely tempered by my overall lack of success, so I don't find myself afield much anymore. My wife won't go to the movies with me. Yardwork, tinkering around the house, washing the cars? My neighbors seem to enjoy doing all of that.
All I do is fish. Get ready to go fishing. Cleanup from having been fishing, or spend my time sharing my fishing knowledge and experiences with you, here on this website. It's what I do, it's what drives me, and I cannot imagine life any other way.
I'm on the water 200+ days a year, fishing the Columbia River, Willamette River, Tillamook Bay, Pacific Ocean, and a variety of other locations. There is a direct correlation between days spent on the water and putting fish in the boat. Being on the water day in and day out allows me to see the fish's changing patterns and to constantly hone the fine details that it takes to not only be successful as a professional fisherman, but to be able to educate my customers and my readers on the skills that they need for a great day on the water.
Born and raised in Kelso, Washington, I have never been far from the water. My family has always been into the outdoors, whether it be hunting or fishing, it was more common to find our family in the house trailer up by Mt. St Helens rather than at Disneyland. As a kid, I loved sitting on the shores of Swift Reservoir, Silver Lake and other SW Wa lakes and streams chasing trout all day long.
As high school approached, sports took the place of fishing. I fell in love with basketball, and upon graduation from Kelso High School I earned a basketball scholarship to Lower Columbia College. A back injury cut my basketball career short, so after finishing up at LCC I moved onto Washington St. University to finish a degree in biology. I graduated from WSU with a B.S. in biology, minor in Chemistry and a 7-12 secondary education teaching endorsement, and hold a Masters from Seattle Pacific University.
Upon graduating from WSU,I applied for a job with the Kelso school district and that is where I am currently employed. I teach chemistry, advanced biology and integrated science at Kelso High School. I am also the girls’ varsity basketball coach at KHS. So fishing isn’t my full-time job, but because teaching does allow summers and weekends off, it was a natural transition for me to get into guiding. For years I was seen on the river fishing by myself and every time I returned to the dock, Kevin’s customers were asking me when I was getting my license. As Kevin’s schedule began to max out, it seemed the next logical step to bring me onboard as a partner.
For me, fishing really is the ultimate way to spend the day. Because of my schedule, I get to spend +100 plus days a year fishing. I get the biggest thrill out of watching people tend their rods and then watching their rod fold over. I get the biggest kick out of saying the most exhilarating phrase of all, “Wait, wait, wait, get’em!” I take great pride in my gear and the preparation I put into each day.
Some of the areas I fish are quite technical, so please be assured that a great deal of thought and planning has been put into our day. My ultimate goal is to catch fish – but along with that I promise you we are going to have a safe and fun day!
Born and raised in Alaska, Chris’s love for fishing started at a young age. Growing up he spent a great deal of time in the outdoors with his family.
Chris's earliest angling memories were set on an impressive stage, rivers like the Kenai, Matanuska and the Susitna. Waters that leave a lasting impression on any angler lucky enough to wade their shores.
Eventually moving from Alaska, Chris and his family relocated to the Southern Oregon coast, and this is when things started to fall into place. He soon learned the power a Steelhead could have on an angler.
After completing his education, Chris moved to Washington and started to fish the Columbia, in addition to the other rivers that he now guides on. He has been fishing the waters of Southwest Washington for over ten years now, and this is where he and his family of four call home.
Chris brings many great assets to our Total Fisherman team and one of his best traits is his high level of motivation. Just ask his wife and she’ll tell you how much time he spends obsessing over his trips; every detail is important to him.
Our goal for this website is to provide a location where anglers can learn from us and each other, and to also find enjoyment and knowledge reading and participating in fishing related discussions, articles, and videos.
We want to help you become a better fisherman and have fun doing it!
Thanks, take care, and we're looking forward to fishing with you or seeing you on the water soon!
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