Guiding: About Marc Laynes
Marc’s fishing career started early in life and he can vividly remember his first trout at the age of 6 with his father. The “bug” was borne and everyone around Marc can recall his absences due to this fishing affliction.
A summer stint of saltwater salmon guiding at world famous Painter’s Lodge in Campbell River and on Rivers Inlet’s big open water in 1986 started the guiding fascination immediately. This “summer job” changed Marc’s perspective on fishing ever since – the guiding aspect was a whole new challenge for him that he found incredibly satisfying!
It was January 1990 when Cascade Fishing Adventures began and it was the beginning of a new venture that was virtually non-existent at that time on the Fraser river. The time reflected a period of no Facebook, no internet – not even cell phones. It was an era when Cascade showed the adventurous international angler who was looking for unique fishing experiences, what was possible in our very own back yard. The Fraser river fishing experience was so new, not many locals knew about the phenomenal fishing of the Fraser Valley. Even more astonishing was the fact that most people in our town had never heard about sturgeon, or knew that sturgeon existed in the Fraser river.
In 1987, Marc received a post-secondary education from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in two fields: Fish and Wildlife Management and in Forest Resources. His motivation to gain this education stems from his desire to work with fish and wildlife resources in British Columbia.
From 1995 through 1998, Marc was hired by the Ministry of Environment to bring his experience to the Ministry of Environment’s Fraser River White Sturgeon Spawning Study and various dredging impact studies and assessments through the early 2000’s. Much of the work Marc has been involved in has been ground-breaking field work, offering very rewarding experiences stemming from discovering unknown Fraser river sturgeon habits.
There are no other fishing guides on the Fraser river that have the combination of education, knowledge and varied experience with the Fraser river and its fish, than Marc.
If you are interested, you will find him pleased to share his knowledge of the region’s geography, ecology and the fish, animals and plant life that inhabit the area. There is no better way to pass the quiet times on the boat than to talk about and share the knowledge of the unique and scenic area that encompasses you.
When Marc has any free time, he is happy to fish on his days off with family and friends. Hunting has always been a great way for Marc to get away from it all, and he enjoys climbing around BC’s mountainsides with his rifle over his shoulder and trusty Swarovski’s hanging around his neck.
Our fishing guides are comprised of a hand-picked crew that reflect the positive attributes required to be working in this industry:
- A passion for fishing.
- The desire to succeed in meeting and exceeding your expectations.
- A great sense of humour, and a responsible disposition that is built on experience and knowledge of the river.
Cascade Fishing Adventures’ guides set the standard because they are keen, self motivated individuals that fully understand the commitment you made to get here. Our guides will reciprocate to give you a successful outing in every aspect.
Brett, CEJ, Clayton and Bowie are cornerstone guides for Cascade Fishing Adventures. Their enthusiasm and ability to consistently bring their best every day to each guided fishing trip is always appreciated by us and our guests.
On your guided fishing adventure, all the rods, reels, terminal tackle, bait and lures are supplied and included in the price on your trip. The equipment we supply on our trips is what we believe is the best for the species of fish we are searching for, and the technique we are employing at any given time.
The importance of keeping well maintained fishing equipment is never overlooked.
Brett is a relative newcomer to the guiding industry but you wouldn’t know it. Brett’s attention to detail and his ability to sort out the conditions puts him onto fish like he’s been at it for years. In addition to sturgeon fishing he enjoys fly fishing the interior lakes for trout. When not fishing, Brett enjoys playing squash. We appreciate Brett’s commitment to doing his best at every task while guiding and look forward to his continued fishing and guiding success.
CEJ Mussell (pronounced ceejay)
CEJ began his guiding career with Cascade Fishing Adventures in 2004. He is also a house builder and schedules his building projects to make the most of the summer guiding season. Prior to guiding, CEJ also traveled the rodeo circuit as a saddle bronc rider. Fishing and hunting with his boys and family is an enjoyable past time for CEJ in the fall. CEJ has proven to be a very competent sturgeon and salmon angler and with his positive attitude, is always ready to go for our guests.
Since Clayton has been old enough to walk, he has been fishing! Clayton may be new to guiding on the Fraser but he is no stranger to the industry – he has guided out on the “big water” of Hakai Pass with his best chinook topping 62 pounds! With a varied fishing interest that ranges from swinging flies for steelhead to mooching cut herring out in the Pacific, you can count on his experience from these diverse fishing activities to be a key to your successful trip. Clayton’s interest in guiding is from a strong desire to show anglers how to fish various techniques and to instill a sense of respect and protection for the fish we chase and the waters they are found in. Strong motivation, indeed. In addition to fishing, Clayton loves hunting and participating in archery shoots.
Clayton also wins the Best Beard on the Fraser contest, hands down!