About Us

Mission Statement

“At Avid we go above and beyond to provide our guests with a first rate fishing lodge experience. Our goal is to compliment great fishing with even better service and create memories that last a lifetime”


Owner/Head Guide ~ Neil Goodwin

Your Hosts

Founded in 2012 and born from a passion for fishing the west coast, head guide and owner Neil Goodwin and partner Kristi Schmitz aimed to provide exciting and well rounded west coast fishing adventures. Neil has spent over 20 years as a fishing guide on BC’s North Coast and waters of Haida Gwaii. In that time Neil has guided for several fishing resorts and gained a wealth of knowledge about the sport fishing industry and of course how to successfully catch fish. Kristi has extensive experience working in tourism and hospitality as well as 14 years with Air Canada.  Kristi and Neil are year round residents of Haida Gwaii and actively volunteer and raise funds for local salmon enhancement projects.

Our Crew

When it comes to delivering a top notch fishing experience, you most definitely require a top notch crew. Our experienced fishing guides, lodge staff and dock crew approach each day with a smile and genuinely want to provide the best service possible. Creating a positive team working environment is the key to our success as a fishing lodge. You can expect attention to detail and the little things that make a big difference during your stay with us. To the Avid Sportfishing crew, providing a quality guest experience is priority #1.