Our Guides

We believe that the quality of your trip will be impacted by many factors; some are within our control and others are not. The selection of our guides is an area where we have control and where we pay very close attention.

Our current staff have decades of guiding experience between them and most have been on the Flowers for years. They love what they do and the ultimate goal for them is to have you catch fish, the bigger the better.

 To this end, my suggestion would be to pay very close attention to their instruction and guidance. They know the lies of the fish, the best flies, the best times of the day, etc.

Time and again I hear the guides say that their sport either doesn’t or won’t listen to them, which ultimately leads to frustration for both the guides and for you. 

Let us introduce them.

Rob Solo

Rob began fly fishing at the age of 8 and began fishing for Atlantic salmon and fly tying in 1972. He fished the waters of Newfoundland and Labrador extensively and began his guiding career in 1978.

Rob is an absolute master at the fly tying vice. He was selected as one of the top 10 fly tiers in Canada by Outdoor Canada Magazine, has been a guest judge at the World Fly Tying Championships, was chosen by Canada Post to participate in their stamp series and dressed the PEI fly that was released in 2005. He has also developed a number of patterns that are now considered standards around the province and was chosen the Atlantic Salmon Federation Fly Tier of the Year in 1991.

All that is pretty impressive until you get to see him with a fly rod in his hand. Believe me when I tell you that Rob is a world class fly caster. If he ends up being your guide, make sure to ask for tips on your casting as he will likely be able to help you out. Better still, give him the rod and ask him to “have a few flicks” as a Newfoundlander would say. You will likely spend some time just watching what happens. I know because I did it.

He is equally as talented as a photographer and a writer and has been published in numerous magazines around the world. Quiet, unassuming, and easy going, Rob is a pleasure to be with an we are fortunate to have him with us.

Chris Baird

Born in St. John’s, on the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, Chris picked up fly fishing at a young age. When Chris was 12 his brother brought him salmon fishing on the locally popular Salmonier river. Although Chris didn’t hook any salmon on that trip, he watched his brother playing a large salmon and saw the fish leaping through the air; and was hooked ever since.

Chris has fished extensively for brown trout, brook trout, Atlantic salmon, steelhead, and pacific salmon. He is a fly fishing purist and enjoys experimenting with shooting heads and trying new fly-lines. Chris picked up spey-casting around 5 years ago and ever since has spent the first two weeks of every season on the West coast on large rivers in search of large Atlantic salmon.

Guiding is a passion of Chris and he started up the Salmonier guide company two years ago, specializing in brown trout and Atlantic salmon on the Avalon peninsula of Newfoundland. The Salmonier guide company is one of the pioneers of saltwater fly fishing on the East coast of Newfoundland; discovering how to target sea-run brown trout when they are at sea during the cold Winters and humid, hot Summers.

Chris is also a Master’s student in geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland and he is nearly completed his thesis which examines the impact that commercial open-pen salmon aquaculture operations are having on recreational salmon anglers. He has worked with local salmon conservation groups and a first nations band to investigate this topic.

This is Chris’s first year guiding at Flower’s river lodge and the only thing rivalling his experience is his enthusiasm for the fish and the sport of fly fishing.

Terry Byrne - Camp Manager/Guide

Born and raised in Buchan’s NL., Terry had an intense love of the outdoors and in particular fishing since he can remember. He credits his father with teaching him so many things about fishing and understanding fish behaviour.

Terry has fished for Atlantic salmon longer than he can remember and is widely known as one of the best that there is. His casting ability is unbelievable and I make sure to give him the rod a few times a day, just so that I can watch his work.

He cut his teeth at Big Falls on the upper Humber River and has been a guide since 1986. He guided for years on the lower Humber river for large Atlantic salmon, many of them in the 20-40 pound class.

Terry loves fishing and helping people fulfill their Atlantic salmon dreams.

He says that “The Flowers River is a bucket list destination, its beauty and incredibly powerful salmon will draw you back time and again.”

He is also an ardent supporter of proper catch and release techniques.

Daryl Burry

Affectionately known to us as “Brutha D”, it seems that in one way shape or form, Daryl has been with us forever.

Although Daryl is officially a resident of St. John’s, he hasn’t seen his home there from the beginning to the end of the salmon season, for as long as I’ve known him.

Starting on June 1, you will find him roaming his beloved rivers of Bay St. George. He will migrate up the Northern Peninsula and eventually to Labrador as the season progresses. He has an uncanny sense of knowing what a salmon will take and how to present it.

He is a world class fly tier in both hair wing and feather wing categories, a great teacher, a patient listener and just a great person with which to spend your time.