Your Fishing Guide Rod Hennig

Why I Do What I Do… 

Bass fishing with kelowna fishing charters

At home on a river, a lake or a blue water destination, I love all types of fishing!

Cruising down quiet streets on my bike, heading to Mills Creek with my best friend on a hot summer day hoping to catch enough brook trout to make the willow stick hanging on my handlebar bend in the middle – I don’t think life could have been any better at eight years old.  This memory of mine is what inspires me to do what I love most…sport fishing.  Some would say I’m addicted to fishing, others would say I’m obsessed…whatever it is doesn’t matter, because for me when the fish are biting life still doesn’t get any better.

Besides the many pleasurable hours fishing with family and friends I’ve also engaged in many activities that have improved my knowledge of angling in the Okanagan Valley and beyond.

Being a Prostaff member for Scotty DownriggersShimano, Lowrance, Simrad, G.Loomis, PowerPro, Jackall Lures, Silver Horde and SA Fly Lines has really helped me hone my skills further by fishing and talking with other Prostaff members and sharing our experiences. Always in pursuit of catching the ‘Big One’ I’ve fished the West Coast of Vancouver Island for Halibut and Salmon, to the rivers of the Fraser Valley for Sturgeon and Steelhead, to the many lakes of British Columbia for Rainbows, Lake Trout, Bass and Kokanee. The past 6 years I’ve fished Cabo San Lucas for Marlin, Sails, Dorado, Tuna and Roosters and Belize for Bones and Tarpon on the fly. Since 2016, myself and fellow Shimano Pro staffers formed a tournament team called “Tag Cabo Sportfishing” where we annually fish the Cabo San Lucas Tuna Tournament. We are fortunate to have a great company like Tag Cabo Sportfishing as our sponsor. We haven’t placed in the money yet but are having a blast trying. Our largest Tuna to date during the event is 116#, a new personal best for us. Can’t wait for 2021! I’ve written numerous articles for Anglers Atlas, Suncruiser Magazine and had the pleasure of landing a 16 lb. Rainbow Trout in my home town of Kelowna, bringing home the first place trophy in the annual Frostbite Fishing Derby. I’ve also had the privilege of guiding Chris Burns of Sportfishing Adventures for a TV episode on Osoyoos Lake. As well, I’ve fished with Brian Chan of the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC on Shuswap Lake the past 2 years filming episodes for Shaw TV “Go Fish BC” series.

Beyond fishing, I do have other interests which include, camping and spending time with my wife and two boys cheering on our favorite football team…GO HAWKS!!! But even though I enjoy these things, fishing is still my passion. And now, something that started as just a fun activity in my childhood has evolved into a REEL Outdoor Experience, an adventure that will help create memories in a place where time slows down.

So come join me…

Gofishbc

On location at Shuswap Lake filming an episode for Freshwater Fisheries “Go Fish BC” TV series with Brian Chan.

Sportfishiing Adventures filming on Osoyoos lake

On location at Osoyoos Lake filming an episode with Sportfishing Adventures host Chris Burns and guest host Noah Cantor.

Participating in the 2017 Cabo San Lucas Tuna Tournament as “Team Shimano”. Although we didn’t place in the money we set a new personal best at 116#.

sailfish

Trolling for Marlin we ran across this Sail on the surface… I quickly tossed a rigged live bait and the rest is history. A quick picture and this beauty Sailfish was released to be caught again.

Our Guide – Len Palik 

Rodney's Reel Outdoors guide Len with his Thunderjet boatThere wasn’t many opportunities to fish growing up on a farm in southern Saskatchewan. There were plenty of lakes within an hours drive to fish for Northern Pike, Walleye and Perch but working on the farm was long hours and usually 7 days a week and that didn’t allow for much time to fish. We did manage a northern fishing trip every year in June, which helped curtail the fishing bug but that was never enough.

After leaving the farm in pursuit of a career in construction, I moved from Alberta to Ontario and then finally the Okanagan in 1993. I new immediately Kelowna was the perfect place. Soon after arriving I purchased my first boat and although a family boat, I converted it to a fishing boat that served me well over the years. Recently I purchased a 22′ Thunderjet Tyee Welded Aluminum boat…my second home!

Over the years I’ve fished the large lakes of the Okanagan, the Kootenays and traveled to the West Coast fishing for Salmon & Halibut. In my quest to be a better fisherman I’ve started tying bucktails and air brush painting custom fishing lures, repurposing old lures into new. The gratification of catching fish on a lure that I’ve created is priceless…especially the ones to boast about!

With retirement just around the corner I’m looking forward to spending more time fishing, meeting people from around the world and providing them with an experience they will not soon forget!

So come join me…

rodney's reel outdoors rainbow trout

Len’s always smiling when he’s catching!

1st place winners in kelowna fishing derby

Our Guide Len and Guests took 1st Place in the 2019 Kelowna Fishing Derby! Our Guides are the Best!

Our Guide – Mike Kuziw

Kelowna fishing guideOwning & operating an IT/Fiber Optic business in Alberta since 2000, didn’t allow for much opportunity for fishing. In early 2007, Mike and his wife starting frequenting Kelowna and fell in love with the area and fishing opportunities. Although Mike had many years of fishing the lakes of
Alberta and annual trips to Mazatlán blue water fishing, Okanagan Lake was a different kettle of fish, no pun intended. A new skill level to learn and Mike jumped right in! Over next 10 years, he worked on honing his Trout & Kokanee skills on Okanagan Lake. Then in 2016, Mike and his wife retired and bought a home on the Okanagan Lake. Hum….out the backdoor fishing days….HAHA. Subsequently Mike purchased his dream fishing boat and they rest is history. Besides fishing Mike’s long-term passion is restoring hot rods. Right down to the body work and paint. His latest project “Bowtie” is a 1968 Chevelle SS 396 4 spd.

Married 39 years with 4 kids, 2 grand girls and one on the way, Mike has a full plate guiding, restoring cars and family. Who would have known being retired would be busier than working fulltime….lol.

So, step onboard with Mike, have fun, catch a few fish, chat about cars or
whatever story you may have. Being a people person, Mike will enjoy your
company and you the adventure.

So come join me…

rodney's reel outdoors fishing guide

Mike’s always fishing…even in Mexico!

Okanagan lake rainbow trout

Mike’s Guest with a new “Personal Best” Rainbow.