Hi, my name is Brad Shride, fishing guide for Onco Sportfishing and Guide Services, Inc. I was born and raised on Vashon Island, Washington, smack in the middle of Puget Sound. People born on an island have a tendency to derive most of their recreational activities from the water. My parents, brothers and sisters, and I were no different.

20 lb native steelhead, Sol Duc, MarchI spent many years as a youngster fishing for salmon and sea-run cutthroat trout in Puget Sound, the Straight of Juan de Fuca, and the Pacific with my Dad and brother. My first vivid memory of fishing in the Pacific was on a trip out of La Push, Washington. I was about five years old, sitting with my older brother, and I was seasick! I remember being seasick and catching fish, but not much else. My brother told me fifteen years later that when I was finished leaning over the rail I reached over, picked up my rod, and started fishing again.

I grew to love fishing and the sea and spent years working on salmon and crab boats in Washington and Alaska. I pursued the idea of becoming a guide on a very crisp January day, a long time ago, fishing for steelhead (for the first time) on a small whitewater river in western Washington. I booked a trip for myself and after the guide put me on to a number of large steelhead in two days it came to me; this was something I wanted to do! I started fishing with other salmon and steelhead guides around the Pacific Northwest and Alaska to learn the trade from their various styles and methods.

18 lb native steelhead, Bogachiel, AprilFor five years I worked summers on the Deschutes River in Oregon fly fishing for trout and rowing white water. I also worked on the Snake River in the fall and fished for steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula during the winters. I was always experimenting with new techniques, refining old ones, and learning about the hot fishing spots in the ever-changing rivers.

I love fishing, the outdoors, and providing access for others to some of the Pacific Northwest's most beautiful places. There is abundant wildlife and outdoors to experience, rivers and open water full of fish to catch, mountains and rainforests to see, and rugged ocean coastlines to gaze upon.

Fishing is a love. Guiding is my business and, like any successful service provider, I know that customer satisfaction is the number one priority. I've been there as both a guide and as a client. For those of you that don't consider yourselves experts at fishing, and who does, don't let that bother you. I'll do my best to get you started the right way. It's up to you to refine your fishing practice into expert technique.

For those seasoned veterans that just want the boat ride to some prime fishing water, I'll challenge you to pull a steelhead from along a log jamb, or to trick a large native fish from the heavy water as we work the slots and seams. I'll do my best to point out the slots, pockets, seams, tail outs, and the heavy water that hold fish. I'll do my best to put you on the best fishing water at a particular tide or location and coach you in landing that trophy fish. I can't promise you that I won't pound my head against the boat if you lose lots of fish, or give you a bad time about it, but I won't yell at you either. You're there to have fun and enjoy the outdoors, I'll do my best to see that you do.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy your visit and I look forward to meeting you. Are you ready? Okay then; let's go fishing!


P.S. I have taken the time to get the proper certifications and licenses. I'm CPR and First Aid certified and licensed in Washington State for salmon, steelhead, and trout. I'm also a Coast Guard licensed 100 ton Captain.

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