About us

Welcome to River Titan Pro Anglers, where our journey is as vast and dynamic as the waters we explore. Founded on the legacy of Fred Helmer’s lifelong dedication to the angling community and conservation efforts, River Titan represents the next chapter in a story that spans over 45 years. Our inception is rooted in the same passion and commitment that established Fred’s Custom Tackle in 1978, a testament to our enduring legacy in the fishing world.


Fred’s profound commitment to the British Columbia Sport Fishery shines through his extensive involvement in numerous fishing organizations, as well as his contributions to fishing television programs, magazines, and books. This active participation underscores his passion and dedication to advancing the sport and its community.

Our Heritage

From the early days of tagging Steelhead on the Chilliwack/Vedder River at just 14 years old, Fred has expanded his vision to encompass not only a chain of revered retail outlets but also a platform for sharing the thrill of fishing through River Titan Pro Anglers. Our mission is to provide unparalleled fishing adventure experiences while contributing to vital fisheries research and conservation efforts across the Fraser Valley and beyond.

Fred’s profound commitment to the British Columbia Sport Fishery shines through his extensive involvement in numerous fishing organizations, as well as his contributions to fishing television programs, magazines, and books. This active participation underscores his passion and dedication to advancing the sport and its community.

Industry Appointments

  • Founding Board Member / Past President:¬†Fraser Valley Salmon Society

  • Founding Board Member / Current Advisor: Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society

  • Past Committee Member: Chilliwack Tourism Board

  • Founding Member/Past President: Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association
  • Founder/Co-chair: Fraser River Sportfishing Alliance
  • Past Director: Sport Fishing Institution of BC
  • UFV Committee – Sport Fishing Advisory Board¬†
  • Advisor: Public Fishery Alliance

Featured TV Shows

  • Prehistoric Survival
  • National Geographic

  • Breaking Boundaries with JP Derose

  • Real Fishing with Bob Izumi

  • Sport Fishing British Columbia

  • Fishing with Shelley and Courtney

  • Canadian Sport Fishing with Henry Waschuk

  • Fishing with Gary Cooper

  • Fishing the West

  • and many more

Featured Magazines & Books

  • BC Outdoors

  • The Reel News

  • John Wilsons Safaris

  • Getaway Tours

  • and many more

Key Supporting Organizations

River Titan proudly supports a variety of organizations dedicated to fishery conservation. Each of these partnerships underscores our commitment to enhancing public fisheries and advocating for sustainable fishing practices.

Conservation, Innovation & the Future

A Commitment to Conservation

Our dedication to the environment is matched only by our commitment to our guests. Specializing in pursuing the legendary Sturgeon, among other prized species, we offer more than just fishing trips; we offer a gateway to understanding the importance of conservation and each angler’s role. Our team of professional guides brings decades of experience, ensuring that every trip is not only memorable but also educational.

Equipped for Unmatched Adventures

With River Titan Pro Anglers, you are guaranteed the highest standard of guided fishing adventures.¬† Our custom quality fishing boats are equipped with the best tackle and equipment, provided by our esteemed partners – Shimano, Diawa, Islander, Humminbird, Grundens, Lowrance, Garmin and Scotty. With the latest in fishing technologies, we test for quality and improvements we recommend. This, combined with our guides’ vast knowledge and expertise, ensures that every adventure with us sets a new benchmark for what fishing should be.

Vision for the Future

River Titan Pro Anglers and Fred’s Custom Tackle are partners with a goal to broaden the scope of our conservation efforts and research. The synergy between our practical fishing experiences and our commitment to environmental stewardship aims to address the critical balance between enjoying our natural resources and preserving them for generations to come. We invite everyone, from seasoned anglers to novices, to join us in these efforts.

Meet Our Fishing Guides

Fred Helmer

Fred Helmer


As a youngster, Fred spent many days fishing for Sturgeon on the Fraser River with his father. After decades of pursuing these prehistoric beauties, he became known as the sturgeon guru, a prominent leader in Sturgeon conservation, assisting in the best handling practices and the driving force for managing this incredible fishery for the future.


His commitment to the world-class fishery is unparalleled. His historical knowledge tells the entire Sturgeon story with a realistic perspective. Spending a day on the water is more than a memorable fishing day, it’s a journey back in time searching for legendary river titans with his extensive knowledge, experience and dedication to this unique and amazing species.
Mackenzie Wight

Mackenzie Wight

Senior Fishing Guide

Mack is more than a fantastic fishing guide. His passion is off the charts when he is heading out for a day on the water. He lives and breathes angling opportunities and desires to be the best at his profession. Mack approaches fishing with an open mind for learning and perfecting his angling techniques and his arsenal of knowledge with the gift of natural talent. Saltwater instincts are scary, freshwater knowledge is untouchable, and he brings an energy that never runs out.

A day fishing with Mack is more than fun. It will be a productive day of learning and entertainment.

Kyle Speers

Kyle Speers

Senior Fishing Guide

Meet our avid angler, who is a teacher by trade and honestly one heck of a nice guy. Kyle is so organized with every detail considered, we are having teach us how to perfect this unusual talent. Kyle provides us with his knowledge on catching salmon and steelhead on the rivers, and he has grown to be a serious competitor on our multi-boat Sturgeon days. One could say it’s luck, but we all know that it’s his instinctive fishing abilities that make him so successful. When he is not on the boat guiding, you can meet him at the Vedder shop.

Griffin China

Griffin China

Senior Fishing Guide

It’s nice to be young and eager. Griffin has that drive and passion we look for in a quality fishing guide. Griffin brings a level of maturity to our team. We are proud to showcase this exceptional individual, who is part of our retail operation in Abbotsford, where you can pick up his vast angling knowledge and tutorial expertise.
Joel Crabe

Joel Crabe

Senior Fishing Guide

Joel is a gear fishing specialist who likes using the best gear when on the river. So if you want to learn how to fish and what to purchase, Joel is your man. His approach is very traditional, with the campfire in the early morning. Connecting with fellow anglers is all part of the of the river experience. Booking a guided trip with Joel provides great advise on how to catch fish and the gear you need for doing so.

George Koay

George Koay

Senior Fishing Guide

George is a talented chef and owner of Breakfast Table restaurants. He is also our downrigger repair expert and superorganized saltwater fishing guide with many years of experience on the ocean. The best part is George’s level-headed approach and infectious personality, which makes you want to give him a hug. A saltwater trip with George will be spectacular, just like the breakfast menu at his dining locations.

"Mack was a great guide... out of a rating of 1 - 5, I would give him a 10... trip of a lifetime."

Chris A.

"Joel was wonderful with my 12-year-old son, he has a great manner with kids, and his patience is incredible. I can't say enough good things about the whole experience and that honestly all came down to Joel giving us that experience."

Eric (Walk-and-Wade)

"Kyle took us out on short notice for the day and we had an amazing time! I have been lucky enough to have gone on over a dozen guided trips across north America and Kyle's knowledge, expertise and friendliness is unmatched. This was our first time sturgeon fishing and I couldn't recommend it enough and Kyle's help made it that much better. We will be back for sure!"

Sebastian B.

"Could not have asked for a better day out on the Fraser River chasing sturgeon. Mack was an absolute pleasure to fish under and would recommend this guiding service and time of year to anyone looking for an unforgettable sturgeon experience. 3 boats hooked a total of 26 sturgeon, including an 8 1/2 foot fish!"

Mike M.

"My family had an incredible experience all around, so I can easily say that you guys get 5 stars for everything. Mack was incredible! Everyone was super impressed with his knowledge, patience and skill. My parents had a blast. We'll definitely be back!!

Paul P.


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