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.
A lifelong Alaskan, I grew up and live in Fairbanks, Alaska. From a young age, I have regularly spent time extensively fishing the Alaska's interiors rivers and streams. When the opportunity to become a fly-fishing guide presented itself, I knew it was going to be a great fit. I enjoy introducing others to both this enjoyable past time and our beautiful state.
Keith is a Montana guy looking to fly fish the Alaska waters with you! More information on one of our newest guides to the family arriving soon!
A year round Cantwell resident. Justin enjoys being in the outdoors and always seeking his next adventure. From mountain lake fishing, lazy river floating and fishing, and creeks and streams fishing, living in Cantwell allows for yearround fishing enjoyment. Justin is a Montana fishing and hunting guide transplant, nurse by trade, a tech guro during the school year, and a hockey dad that enjoys all time spent with his family. Summers allow for more family adventures and fly fish guiding visitors near his hometown of Cantwell.
Chris grew up fishing the rivers and streams of Pennsylvania. His love for the sport took him all over the eastern seasboard where he became an avid kayak fisherman chasing every bite he could. When an opportunity to come to Alaska arose, his fishing senses started to tingle! Now a full time resident, he is lucky enough to spend his time fishing the many diverse waterways of the Last Frontier.
With 25+ years of fishing under his (wader) belt, we are happy to be able to share his expertise with you this summer. Patience is one of his biggest virtures, helping even the most novice of guests feel at ease.
A year round resident and home (log cabin) owner in Cantwell, Alaska. 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. Jared's suttelness yet drive will make you feel comfortable when learning how to fly fish or brushing up on your technique. AKA the Fish Whisperer.
Reid is a high schooler who is a full time Cantwell resident. Reid enjoys the beauty of Cantwell's outdoor opportunities. He is eager to assist, the shop's fly tyer (and fire stoker) and adds a fun aura when he is on site. Reid works hard to make sure your experience with DFFG is a positive and fun adventure. And interestingly enough, he is of no relation to our Fish Whisperer, Jared.
I am from Indianapolis, Indiana and seemingly have always had a deep obsession with fishing. There is a physiological change that occurs when you catch a fish. Your heart starts pumping, your hands start shaking, your breath becomes shorter, and you cannot help but smile. In an instant you are transported to a childlike state. It is toxic, infectious, to you and all the people around you. It creates a bond and appreciation with not only the animal but with the water and the land that the animal inhabits. A first catch, a personal best, a new species, a great day of fishing, or just a great walk by the water are memories that never seem to fade. It creates stories that will be told around family dinners, christmas’s, thanksgiving’s, and with friends for months, years and generations to come. Sharing in that moment with a client is the reason why I choose to guide.