The Guides

All guides here at Denali Fly Fishing Guides wear many hats. We are all experienced fly tiers and create all the flies used by our guest's. Guides are also responsible for upkeep on rods, reels, line as well as repairing leaders daily. Driving fisherman to and from is another task necessary. All our guides are instructors and can teach beginners as well as the seasoned angler a trick or two about Arctic Graying. Above all we try to share our local knowledge and love of fly fishing with everyone who joins us on the water.

rick mcmahanRick McMahan

Founding Denali Fly Fishing Guides in 2001 owner Rick built the business from the ground up. As a local Rick is one of the few that stays in the area all year. Enjoying his leisure time rafting with his friends and dog Wilson he is always looking for new fishing holes and exploring new pocket water. Always happy to help Rick has accommodated many custom trips from multiday to private groups. Give him a call or shoot him an email from our contact page to make arrangements for your Denali fishing excursion.

Jack EberhardJack Eberhard
DFFG Guide

A new addition to our family, Jack is a fellow Montanan who attends college at Concordia University Irvine in California studying to be a physical therapist. Jack is a very accomplished individual who is also an Eagle Scout. Welcome to the family, Jack!

jared williamsJared Williams

A year round resident and home (log cabin) owner in Cantwell, Alaska, Jared is our operations manager. He fished our local waters before he was enticed into the guide business and has never looked back. If he is not guiding, you can find him on the water trying a new technique or fly pattern. AKA the Fish Whisperer.

Josh RimesJosh Rimes
Lead Guide

Raised in Michigan's woods, Josh spends as much time as possible outdoors hunting and fishing where ever he is. He has spent many summers in Denali, the last three guiding for DFFG. His passion for fly fishing is contagious.

Justin MasonJustin Mason
DFFG Guide

A Montana boy born and raised, Justin relocated to Cantwell with his family and has embraced the Alaska backcountry and all it's trappings. In addition to being a father of two, one of his many other accomplishments is that he is also a professional photographer.

Chelsy BurnsChelsy Burns
DFFG Guide

Another Michigonian, Chelsy has spent numerous summer seasons working in the Denali area. Over the last few seasons Chelsy has transitioned from professional bartender to professional fly fishing guide. It is obvious from the start that she enjoys life and sharing her love of fly fishing with others.