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Who We Are

Incept employs a number of energetic, passionate and fun loving individuals from a very wide and diverse background. All have one thing in common, a very deep interest and intense passion of the outdoors. Each guide has qualifications which must be met which include first aid & swift water rescue training.
Take a walk with us and peruse this section to get to know a little about each guide. We look forward to meeting and sharing our backyard with you!


Meet Michael Meeks. Born and raised in Southern Alberta, Mike has been able to develop a very deep and intimate relationship with our piece of country. Sharing a passion and having a desire to teach others has enabled Mike to foster relationships both with clients and within the industry earning him pro staff positions with some of the fishing industries top companies such as Humminbird, Cannon, ESOX rods, Lyman Lures, Penn and more. Mike also has a background which is quite diverse. He is a journeyman mechanic, 1001 fire fighter and a registered practicing EMT in Alberta. Mike likes to “think outside the box” and has an easygoing friendly demeanor which offers his clients a well rounded safe and enjoyable experience in the outdoors. Mike was able to get his start as a professional river guide when he worked for Kimball River Sports starting back in 2002. Working for them until they closed, Mike was able to learn and develop in a role which allowed him to start up Incept Adventure Co. in order to keep the river business alive. In the off season Mike likes to head to Nevada and chase Striped bass for a change of pace when he is not busy getting ready for the upcoming season!



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Kip Barnes grew up fishing a small creek in Southern Alberta catching the eager Cutthroat and Rainbow trout it had to offer. He made the switch to fly fishing when he turned 14 and has been addicted now for 21 years. He started tying flies at 14 years old when he saw a fly that a buddy had tied at school and was amazed at how the feathers and the chenille could make something so beautiful. He spends his evenings creating new flies (including some river specific only Kip has) at his bench when he’s not out causing trouble for fish on the waters of South Western Alberta. Kip started guiding clients for Kimball River Sports back in 2001 so he could share his passion for the outdoors and fish with newcomers and experienced anglers alike. After Kimball River Sports closing Kip joined up with us as one of our senior guides. A day on the water with Kip is guaranteed to be a learning experience as he shares his knowledge of the fish and water with you. Discover Kip’s uncanny ability to both put clients on fish and in the “meat” of a wave when paddling in his boat. As a seasoned river veteran Kip is sure to please!