Team sports have always been a part of Dan Ponciano's life: first as a player, then as a fan, and finally as a husband and father. Throughout his involvement, it hasn't mattered what the exact sport was, as it is the values of the sporting lifestyle that were enjoyable: hard work, discipline, sportsmanship and competition. It's not by chance that these same values permeate Dan Ponciano Guide Service. (and for the record, Football is definitely spoken here)
Dan has over twenty-years of experience on the Columbia River and has been guiding professionally for over a decade. With intimate knowledge of key areas of the Columbia and its tributaries, Dan's knowledge breaks a massive river into small productive spots. Spend a day on the water with Dan and you'll realize that there is no mystery behind a successful and enjoyable fishing day, these are simply the places where preparation and execution meet. You'll fish from a custom 24-foot North River Scout. Loaded with equipment, electronics, and tackle, the boat still looks empty, as everything has its place and Dan's "office" is always in order. Fishing equipment includes quality G. Loomis rods outfitted with Shimano reels and bait, of different kinds, are secured from various channels, determined by Dan to be of the highest quality for their intended use.
The fishing schedule is developed to make the most of every day on the water, placing the boat in the middle of the peak opportunities. In some fisheries, combination days fishing for salmon and sturgeon are available and encouraged. In all instances, your safety and comfort are the first order of business.
Says Dan, "We are a family run business with the help of wife Jean, daughter Ashley (my computer wizard), son J.D. (deck-hand extraordinaire) and son Kyle (all around good guy). I live in Vancouver, WA, which allows me to fish from the mouth of the Columbia River to the Bonneville Dam as well as the two of the top Northwest Tributaries to the Columbia, the Cowlitz and the Lewis."