Staff and Guides at Three Rivers Lodge
Kevin took over the camps in 2000 and has run the show since. He is as fine an outdoorsman as you will ever meet, a master of mechanical things and ready to direct our guests to the many desti- nations on our river system. Kev is up when you awake with the coffee on, still up when you go to bed, and full throttle in between.
Through our nineteen seasons, we have often remarked that without the stunning wild brook trout and their cold-water kin, we would have very few visitors in our corner of Labrador. But in addition to remarkable fish, what brings our guests back regularly is the group of "Newfies" that spend their summers with our guests while in camp. Full of good cheer and ever ready with a kind hand, these folks are the best, the essence of Three Rivers Lodge.
The guides say that nothing is done at TRL without Frances's approval. And that's pretty much on target. Frances runs a wonderful food service and keeps all camp house-keeping matters in control. Her perpetual smile and engaging style has earned her the title of 'camp mother'.
More than most any couple you will ever meet, Kev and Frances are a team. Their passion for the back country, for their friends new and old, and for each other lays a cloak of peace and good will over all camp activities. They make their home in Harbor Breton, NL.
Judy is Frances's little sister and came on board when another sister, Dorothy, retired. But no back seat for Judy. Her will and drive in her job are relentless. And watching her and Frances in the cook lodge is first rate entertainment. When we first heard of Judy, Frances simply said "Judy is beautiful".
'Uncle Ned' has been with TRL for many seasons and though he has officially retired, he has come out of retirement in '12, '13, '14, '15, '16 bringing experience and humor to the camps. In addition to guiding, Ned is the camp's barber. He often opens his shop on the front porch of the guides' camp."Tops Only", it reads.
Anthony is also a very seasoned TRL guide and a man of many talents. His acumen with a carving knife to a chain saw shows itself in many of the camp's neat corners. A man of deep faith and compassion, his worth is felt by all both on the water and around camp.
Cliff returned to the staff in 2015 after a four year hiatus for family duties. 2017 will be his twelfth season at TRL and we are all delighted to have him back. Cliff is confident, careful and packs a deep understanding of our waters, their trout inhabitants and how to connect them with our enthusiastic anglers.
Byron is also coming into the 2017 season for his seventh year. He is a steady, experienced guide who is there with the right fly and the right tactics.
Talk with him about the more than 100 nights he spends each year in the bush.
Byron is a consumate outdoorsman with all the skills that come from his passion.
Kev and Frances, the Team
Judy Drake, ass't cook, comedian
Ned Whittle, guide (retired?)
Gilles will be returning this summer to fly us around the Labrador bush. He has thousands of hours on the Beaver and brings to our camp a commitment to professionalism that is a great comfort to the staff and our guests. Gilles knows our waters and the weather, and he knows very well his aircraft.
Matt is not an employee of TRL, rather, he is a volunteer who has given freely of his talents to complete many camp projects over the past seventeen years. His special gift is the snowmobile trek he takes each winter with Kev and Frances to harvest saw logs and firewood for the coming summers. Matt loves winter out on the Labrador.
Robin has been involved in TRL since its inception in 1998. As a traveling fly angler and founder, TRL is by and large his best effort to bring to the camps the goodness of those remote places he has visited and more importantly, eliminate the irksome negatives. Robin's hand prints are on every board, nail and piece of equipment on the peninsula. His wish is for the camps to provide a fly fishing escape that lives up to the dreams and expectations of those travelers who have made the commit-ment come to the wilderness. On the off-season, he tends his farm in Vermont and enjoys walking its woods and fields with his two Golden Retrievers.
Matt Reeve, winter specialist
Robin Reeve, Managing Partner
Georgia spent all 11 summers of her life in Labrador. Her love for the wilderness and the people who visit gave her the fortitude to battle lymphoma for three and a half years. We lost her just before Christmas '13, but her spirit will long endure to those of us who knew her.
Bear will be returning this season for his thirteenth summer. The clear, cold water, the fish and the smells of wild things, and mostly, the people, provide him with the greatest of canine experiences. (That and the treats he is too liberally given by Frances and Judy - spoiled rotten, he is). He loves meeting each new guest and can hear the plane coming before any of the humans.
Georgia (2002 - 2013) and Billy Bear, camp dogs
Alex Cauchy Richer, guide
Alex will be joining us for the 2017 season. He lives the outdoor life and has been around fly fishing for the majority of his short life. He comes to us with young legs plus a lot of experience. A licensed NL guide, Alex comes calls Quebec his home and dreams of adventures in the Labrador wilderness.
Sam, camp dog-in-training
Sam's fourth summer in camp finds him fully grown, highly energized, and running the woodlands at full tilt.
He prowls the creeks' edges and sticks his nose into every fish landed. But like his Uncle Billy Bear, he finds each new guest his greatest delight.
Emile joined the TRL staff for the 2016 season and will be returning for 2017. A passionate flyfisher since age 10 and an avid tyer since 15, he brings with him his degree in Wildlife Management and a deep passion for fly fishing. Prior to his TRL gig, Emile spent two summers guiding Atlantic salmon on the Gaspe. Guests envied, but appreciated his youth and enthusiasm for all things in nature.