Expert guided flyfishing into the heart of the Alaskan wilderness!

About Us

Denali Fly Fishing Guides offer personalized and fully outfitted fly fishing excursions into Broad pass between the Alaska Range and the Talkeetna Mountain Ranges. Trip opportunities include 4.5 hour, 6 hour, 8.5 hour (full day) and multi day trips using lightweight fly gear pursuing Arctic Grayling and other fish in the area. All trips, except float fishing trips, are on foot on small mountain streams offering a true wilderness experience within sight of Denali.

Beginners are welcome and will get a full fly casting lesson as well as an introduction to the basics of fly selection, catch and release techniques and reading water.

Trips include round trip transportation from area hotels and lodges to our office on the bank of the Nenana River.


An Alaska fishing license is required and can be purchased at:

A one day out of state costs $25 and multiday licenses are also available.

We Supply

Light-weight fly gear, flies and hip waders.

You Should Bring

We suggest that you bring your own rain gear, however we do have rubber loaner jackets. Layers like sweaters or jackets, extra socks, a hat with a brim and a water bottle are also suggested. Sunglasses, we recommend polarized, are helpful even on cloudy days.


Our trips are designed for folks in good health and physical condition. All participants must be able to walk or stand for three to four hours at a time. Clients of all ages over 12 (15 years old for six hour trips) are welcome whether they are experienced fly fisherman looking to check Arctic Grayling off their species list or beginners looking to step off the road system for a few hours and learn the art of fly fishing in some of the most beautiful terrain in our state.

You must be able to walk up to a mile over uneven terrain and wade in shallow streams as part of these trips.

All fly fishing on our trips is catch and release using guide made flies with barbless hooks.

The Fish

Denali Fly Fishing Guides specializes in arctic grayling, the sailfish of the North. The North flowing Nenana River drainage on the doorstep of our Cantwell office offers bountiful natural grayling stocks. These ravenous surface feeders are thrilling to catch on a dry fly whether you are a seasoned fly fisherman or it’s your first time with a fly rod.

We also offer opportunities for Rainbow Trout about an hour and a half away. Full day trips offer a chance at catching rainbows in the Chulitna River drainage. If you have fished for stocked Bows in the past then you haven’t seen anything like these silver bullets! Mobility is essential for chasing Rainbows in this drainage as some walking will be required.

The Water

Denali Fly Fishing Guides will take you to some of the most scenic water found in Alaska. We fish the Nenena River and many of its tributaries including Fish Creek, Jack River, Brushkana Creek, Seattle Creek, Brushkazna Creek, Wells Creek, Rock Creek, and many other wild rivers and creeks!

The Trips


Space is limited on all of our trips. Some trip departures will be full we prior to our summer season. We offer a 2 guest to 1 guide ratio (unless one group of 3) so there will be plenty of individual instruction time. To check availability, please call in advance at 907-768-1127 or use the contact section below.

Six Hour Guide’s Choice Trip, May 8 – September 1

Two scheduled six hour trips with door to door transfers are scheduled daily. Both are targeting our Native Arctic Grayling in their summer feeding habitat. This additional time allows for exploring other streams located further from our base. Our goal is to take some pressure off our nearest and most fished waters.$265 per person, one person minimum

  • 7:15 AM – 1:15 PM
  • 2 PM – 8 PM

Evening Trip, May 8 – September 1

Learn the basics from our seasoned guides and spend the evening on a small, beautiful, clear water stream. A great opportunity for the experienced fisherman to pull away from a busy schedule for some stream time or for the beginner to get their feet wet. No worries, waders are included.$205 per person, one person minimum

  • 4:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Full Day Trips, June 1 – September 1

A full day with Denali Fly Fishing Guides allows even more time for travel to the area’s streams for an 8.5 hour trip chasing Arctic Grayling on the Denali Highway or Rainbow Trout (July 15 – September 1) south of Broad Pass on Denali National Parks Southeastern border. Weather and water conditions will dictate where the best fishing can be found. Instruction and all equipment are provided as well as a sack lunch.

$325 per person with a minimum of two anglers

  • 7:15 AM – 3:45 PM

$400 for only one angler at time of making a reservation

  • 7:15 AM – 3:45 PM

Scenic Float/Fishing Trip , June 1 – September 15

A great way to experience our waterways is on a raft supported fishing trip. Our float trips differ from some lower 48 trips in that we use our boats to access some great fishing, however we rarely fish while floating down the stream. Usually we fish after stopping at mouths of tributaries, getting out and wade fishing the feeder streams and upstream from the confluence. When the water conditions allow, we will also fish from the boat while floating downstream.Six Hour Float Trip: $325 per person 

  • 7:15 AM - 1:15 PM          
  • 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Full Day Raft Trip:  $425 per person

  • 7:15 AM – 3:45 PM

Custom Trips

Special arrangements can be made for private groups, large and small as well as multiday with multiple destinations. Options include wade, raft and pack raft adventures and multi species. Please call us well in advance so we can design a once in a lifetime trip for you. 907-768-1127.

The Guides

Rick McMahan Owner

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.

Jared Williams Manager

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.

Chelsy Burns DFFG Guide

A Michigander, 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.

Josh Rimes DFFG 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 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 a professional photographer.

Kaitlyn Weitzeil DFFG Guide


The river is Kaitlyn's favorite place to spend her summers. Whether it is rafting whitewater or floating and fishing, she loves sharing her passion for the river with others. She was born and raised in California, but now lives year-round in the Denali area. 

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Give us a call to book a fishing adventure of a lifetime!

If we are out fishing we will call you back as soon as we get back and get our waders hung up!

Denali Fly Fishing Guides

P.O. Box 156, Cantwell, AK 99729, US

(907) 768-1127



7:00 am – 9:30 pm


7:00 am – 9:30 pm


7:00 am – 9:30 pm


7:00 am – 9:30 pm


7:00 am – 9:30 pm


7:00 am – 9:30 pm


7:00 am – 9:30 pm