For this month’s guide spotlight we’re excited to share some history and an update from one of our most familiar (maybe favorite) and long time guides, Kevin Hawkins. 

Kevin began his guiding career joining us on the Middle Fork of the Salmon as a 19 year old “swamper” during the summer of 2004.  What started as one trip, turned into a summer job, then a year round career and now 20 years later, his own thriving fishing guide service running trips in both SW Montana and Oregon.

He’ll tell the story “After Kelsey and I graduated from Oregon State in 2007 I can remember penciling out a guiding business plan with my parents, adding up expenses, then figuring how many days I would need to work each year to make ends meet.”  “It was kind of simple like that.”  From then on Kevin has pushed not only himself, but also the other guides that he works with to deliver the very best days possible for our guests on the river.

Starting by riding along on the sweep boat, doing all the camp chores, then learning to run rafts and drift boats, Kevin really went “full circle” in our company.  In addition to leading the majority of our Rogue River trips for several years, he has now trained many of our other current guides. He gives credit to the people he learned from saying “I was fortunate to have been mentored, and taught by some of the very best and most successful guides in this industry.” As our Rogue River trip leader, Kevin not only is the guests’ go-to guy for whatever they need, he is also the leader for our team of guides.  He brings years of professional experience, a positive attitude, and a love for great times to every trip he’s on.

 Now for the good stuff!  After four years of dating, Kevin and Brittney just said their I do’s at a wedding on Flathead Lake this month. They live in Corvallis, Montana with Brittney’s two daughters, Abbie and Jaynie, as well as 3 dogs and a handful of horses.  Kevin stays busy running his day-trip fishing business on the Bitterroot River.  Brittney is a dental hygienist and also runs her own rodeo/barrel racing production company. Together they love sharing all of their favorite ways to enjoy the outside world with the two girls. Bikes, horses, boats, swimming, and skiing, “We love where we live and can’t imagine a better place to raise these girls.”  Kevin happily says, ”Our calendar is really full with all kinds of good things.”

As summer goes on and the Bitterroot River gets too warm to fish, Kevin will take his salmon fishing boat to Astoria, OR to guide the Buoy 10 – Lower Columbia River salmon fishery for the month of August. This year will make his 10th consecutive August there where he’s earned an excellent reputation for running one of the best boats on the river. In September, he takes a little time off to spend with his family before he returns to the Rogue River to work our multi-day lodge steelhead fishing season.

If you’d like to congratulate Kevin on his marriage, inquire about a fishing trip, or just catch up with him, he’ll be with us on most of the Rogue trips this fall or you can send him a note at fishingkevin@gmail.com He also has a website at www.khfishing.com where you can check out the great trips he offers.

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