The award-winning Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine has featured Castlegar in a story about Green Eggs and Ham. That’s the name of the three-year-old Nigerian dwarf goat owned by Graham Cloutier of Chillbilly Sportfishing Charters. Green Eggs is also Canada’s only mini goat fishing guide.

The article entitled “Float Your Goat” describes how Graham moved from his native Kelowna to the Castlegar area 15 years ago and set up a hobby farm with small animals such as chickens and pigs. At the same time, he started his guiding business, which specializes in fly-fishing tours on the Columbia River.

One animal he didn’t have on his farm was a dwarf goat and so, one night after a couple of beers at the Lions Head Pub, he texted a friend who had a farm and asked if she had a baby goat. She did and soon after, he took receipt of a tiny pygmy kid.

The article goes on to describe how Graham now takes Green Eggs with him on most of his fishing excursions, including ones with clients. “It turned out to be a great investment,” the story reads, “the goat loves hanging out in his 17-foot drift boat, his clients adore her, and she’s become something of a local celebrity.” Although Graham says his fishing companion doesn’t actually eat fish (“She likes chips,” he admits) she does enjoy hanging out in his 17-foot-long drift boat and occasionally goes for swims in the river.

Green Eggs even has an Instagram channel (@chillbilly_boat_goat_) and has been featured in other media and on decals promoting Graham’s business.


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To read the article in its entirety, log on to Kootenay Mountain Culture’s website at: Feature image by Peter Moynes.