Bill is a keen fisherman. He has fished for salmon since the late 1950s and after retiring from his "day job" as an engineer began guiding in 2008. Bill is certified by the Sports Fishing Institute of British Columbia as a professional fishing guide and for nine summers worked at lodges on the central and northern BC coast. In addition to salmon biology and behaviour he has a strong interest in meteorology and physical oceanography. He is also a sea kayaker and sailor, and in 2008 crewed on an offshore sailing trip from Hawaii to Vancouver. Bill and his wife Kim live in the Vancouver area.
The photo at right shows Kim and Bill with a 39 lb chinook salmon which Kim caught on a light rod and cut plug herring.