Clancy Holt got his start as a guide when he was 16 years old. Taking people fishing has been a way of life for the Holt family as they’ve logged over 5 decades of guided fishing experience, more than 10,000 trips and untold limits of salmon, steelhead and sturgeon. There is no better, or more experienced guide service in the area.
Clancy has been a remarkable innovator in the world of N.W. fishing. He’s been credited as the guide that perfected the use of Kwikfish with sardine-wraps and also as the originator of the free-drifting method of fishing for salmon and steelhead. Clancy and Ron Holt’s keen understanding of where the fish are and how to catch them continues to establish them as the leading fishermen in the region. Their intimate knowledge of the waters they guide is legendary.
Capt. Ron Holt is Clancy’s son. Following in the footsteps of Clancy, the top guide on the west Coast for a lifetime was sometimes very difficult. Ron not only stayed in the game but now stands along side Clancy the legend in fish catching ability. There is no better guide in the Northwest. He was born into a fishing family. He started fishing as soon as he was strong enough to hold a rod & reel. He hooked and landed his first salmon fishing with his granddad (Chester Holt) when he was three on the Sacramento River. Foremost of Ron’s God given talents is his ability to catch more fish than anyone around him. Combined with great athletic ability and the keen eyes that seem never to miss anything make him a fish catching machine. Ron grew up in the boat fishing and helping Clancy guide. There is no substitute for hands on experience and a driving will, to be the best fisherman alive. Every day his goal is to catch more fish for his clients than anyone around and most days he does. His thousands of hours honing his fishing skills have made him the foremost guide in the Northwest.
Steven Hammond is a person that lives for fishing and helping others finding success in the sport. He has followed in the footsteps of his father who was a talented fishing guide in the 8O’s and 9O’s on the Sacramento River alongside Clancy Holt. Steven has lived in the Pacific Northwest most of his life. He is passionate about creating and sharing experiences with all those who like fishing, from the local enthusiast to international travelers wanting to experience what it’s like to land their first Steelhead or catching king Salmon in Astoria.
In the mid 8O’s, at about the age of five, Steven began fishing with his dad on the Sacramento River in Northern California. In the late 90’s Steven moved to the NW and began learning the local fisheries. As his passion grew, he found it becoming a personal goal to become a very experienced fisherman. Organization and preparation is what he believes is the key to having success when it comes to fishing. Steven became interested in the fishing business from taking others fishing that had not caught before or had an experience fishing for a particular species of fish. He found his true enjoyment in fishing was providing those special experiences for others to enjoy.
Steven and his wife live in the Vancouver area. His his home rivers are the Lewis, Cowlitz and up and down the Columbia from Astoria to Umatilla. He enjoys fishing for Salmon, Steelhead, Trout, Walleye and Sturgeon. He is the most recent addition to Clancy’s Fishing Team and has proven to provide excellent fishing experiences with our clients