Your Fishing Guide Rod Hennig
Why I Do What I Do…
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 Gibbs-Delta, Scotty Downriggers, Shimano, Lowrance, Simrad, G.Loomis, PowerPro, Jackall Lures, McFly Bucktails, 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 5 years I’ve fished Cabo San Lucas for Marlin, Sails, Dorado, Tuna and Roosters and Belize for Bones and Tarpon. Since 2016, myself and fellow Shimano Pro staffers formed “Team Shimano” and we annually fish the Cabo San Lucas Tuna Tournament. 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 me. Can’t wait for 2018! 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…
Assistant Guide – John Siegmann
“Johnny” was born and raised in Kelowna and has always had a passion for fishing and hunting. A butcher by trade, Johnny decided to go into business on his own and started “Johnny’s Fresh Meats & Deli. His dedication to quality and service was apparent and in short time had 3 successful stores within the Kelowna area. Having sold his stores Johnny can now concentrate on his passion…fishing and hunting! Although John and his wife Laurie have hunted all over the world including Africa for big game he still has a strong passion for fishing the big lakes of the Okanagan Valley.
Johnny started fishing Okanagan, Wood, Kalamalka and Mabel lakes at a young age with his Grandfather. “I truly have a lot of great memories fishing with my Grandfather and look forward to sharing them with guests’ of Rodney’s Reel Outdoors”
So come join me…
Assistant Guide – Tim Baxter
Tim’s love of the outdoors, fishing and hunting, began in Ontario at a very young age where every summer was spent on the lake. Relocating to BC in the late ’90’s he was awed by the mountains, rivers, and beautiful lakes within the Okanagan Valley. Tim finds great satisfaction in teaching others and sharing his vast fishing knowledge and expertise to others. A “People Person” having been in the customer service industry for 30 years, first as a chef then running a world class Boutique Inn located near Haliburton Ontario. Besides guiding for Rodney’s REEL Outdoors Tim is a self employed contractor.
Tim has always carried a satisfaction guaranteed work ethic and it’s obvious in the pride and quality of his boat and gear. As a participant in the Okanagan Salmon Community Initiative (OSCI) he was the top producer in last year’s Sockeye fishery on Osoyoos lake. Tim’s “The Man” when it comes to fishing on Osoyoos lake for Sockeye Salmon. His outlook on life and sense of humor will keep you entertained until you hear… FISH ON!
So come join me…