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.

Kyle Simmons

Kyle was born and raised in Corner Brook, NL, the heart of Western Newfoundland and surrounded by the majestic rivers of the Humber, Harry’s and Serpentine.

Kyle’s love for the sport of salmon fishing blossomed at an early age and grew from his passion of the great outdoors. He began exploring the outdoors with his cousin and cast his first rod at the age of 9.  He learned the way of the woods, waters and casting by spending time with his grandfather and his great uncles over the years, all experienced anglers in their own right.  

The highlight of Kyle’s summer is his annual trips to Main River and River of Ponds for salmon fishing with his great uncle and grandfather.  

Kyle’s favourite thing about fishing is the memories that go along with each trip on the river.  For him, nothing beats watching the sunrise on the water and the feeling of rising an Atlantic salmon on a dry fly.  Kyle is a strong supporter in preserving and maintaining the sport of Atlantic salmon fishing for future generations to come.  

This will be Kyle’s second summer guiding on the beautiful Flowers River, and he looks forward to making many more memories fishing and guiding at the lodge.

Perry Vey

Perry is a resident of Hillview, Newfoundland & Labrador, where he was raised to appreciate and value the wondrous great outdoors! It’s no wonder that Perry grew up to become an avid outdoor enthusiast, choosing the same career as that of his father and grandfather. Perry became a Conservation Officer with the Provincial Government and has spent the past 30 plus years governing the protection of wildlife, inland fish and natural resources of the beautiful province of Newfoundland & Labrador! Perry’s desire to protect and serve didn’t stop there… Perry took a lead role in forming a local volunteer fire department for his home area and twenty years ago became an active Canadian Ranger.

Perry started fly fishing and tying flies over 30 years ago as a hobby and a way to relax. These hobbies soon become a way of life for him.  Perry has fished the many rivers of our great province including the Terra Nova, the Exploits, the Humber and of course our beautiful Flowers River. Over the years Perry has continuously developed and improved his technique and fly fishing skills including proper catch and release procedures. Perry’s love for fly fishing is definitely infectious as he has introduced and instructed many young fisher persons including his two sons!

Perry’s enthusiasm for fly fishing has now lead him in a new direction as a fly fishing guide. He has spent the past six seasons guiding anglers for brook trout and salmon in the awesome waters of Labrador.  One could say Perry has a love hate relationship with salmon fishing…. Perry loves to see the season start and hates to see it end.

Chris Sinclair

Born and raised on the banks of the mighty St. Mary’s River, Nova Scotia, Chris has been immersed in the world of fly fishing and the outdoors since he was a child. Watching famed fly fisherman angle for large 3 MSW fish just a short walk from his front door was the driving force behind his fly fishing addiction. Being raised in the country, he learned the way of the woods at a young age, this provided him an excellent segue to becoming a fishing guide. His love of the outdoors got him started guiding for brook trout unprofessionally at the age of 14 on his local rivers and streams of Nova Scotia. He has now been guiding professionally for Brook Trout at Crooks, Minipi and Igloo Lakes since 2016.

Chris has been fly fishing since 2008, hooking his first salmon in his second year of angling on the St. Mary’s. Chris is also an esteemed fly tyer, and has been tying at outdoor shows and fishing conclaves across the Maritimes for the past 8 years. Though young, he is a very skilled, intelligent and passionate angler. His love for fly fishing has allowed him to fish for a wide variety of species across the maritime provinces and even competed in the 2012 National Fly Fishing Championships in Mont Tremblant, QC.

Chris is completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Environment and Natural Resources, majoring in Wildlife Conservation at the University of New Brunswick. It is no shock that his main interest is fisheries management; he spear-headed a brook trout management plan for a lake in Southern New Brunswick, while at UNB. He wishes to continue his education and become a fisheries manager in the future, but cannot pull himself away from the lure of the Labrador wild.

Now that he has fished Nova Scotia’s most famed rivers for salmon and guided for brook trout in Southern Labrador, he is ready to cut his teeth salmon guiding. Guiding has become a passion and way of life for this young man, and we are very pleased to have him.

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.

James Bass

James was born in Deer Lake, Newfoundland, home of the mighty Humber River. At age 5, his parents presented him with a tube casing, that contained a small 7 ½ ft fly rod, with a tiny reel. With the new rod in hand, James and his father were off to explore Main River, where the beginning of his insatiable desire to spend every waking moment on a river chasing Atlantic Salmon began. It was not until two years later, at age 7, that he managed to land his first Atlantic Salmon.

His father and two friends, eventually built a cabin, on what became his favourite river, the River of Ponds . By this stage and at 11 years old, he found himself hiking the river from sunrise to sunset, nearly every weekend. This is where he truly gained his fishing knowledge and outdoor experience.

James left Newfoundland at age 13, to attend school in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is currently finishing his Economics Degree at Queens’ University. His love of Atlantic Salmon fishing found him returning to Newfoundland to spend his summers fly fishing and this will be his 6th summer guiding in Labrador. His main focus has been on Atlantic Salmon.

His future plan is to have a career in the film and outdoor industry, however, many years of exploring, living outdoors and pursuing his love for various outdoor activities, is currently his main focus.

Brad Samson

Born and raised on the Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland, Brad grew up, rod in hand and began his guiding career at age 16. In the beginning, most of his time was spent on the River of Ponds, home of the “Portland hitch”. Today and now many years later, Brad has fished and guided on many rivers along the scenic Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland and he has guided extensively in LAbrador as well. In “ the Big Land”, he has guided on the Pinware and Forteau Rivers, as well as the Eagle and Sandhill.
His passion for the sport, years of experience and sense of humour make him a pleasure to spend time with, either one or off the river.