ALAGNAK LODGE GUIDE STAFF | Alagnak River and Bristol Bay Area

At the Alagnak Lodge, we understand that the guide is such an important part of your wilderness fishing experience, after all you will be spending many hours with your guide out on the river. All of our guides are fully licensed by the State of Alaska and hold United States Coast Guard licenses, and are trained in First Aid and CPR.

Experienced Alaska Fishing Guides

There is no substitute for experience, and we are fortunate to have a guide staff that has it in abundance. Most of our guides have been with us for a number of years, and there is a wealth of knowledge that is shared between them.


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Alaska Fly Casting

There is much more to guiding than driving the boat and showing you where to cast. Our guides are also educators, they will teach you the best techniques for the Alagnak River, and will help improve your cast and other aspects of your fishing. The Alagnak River is a great place to learn, the aggressive nature of salmon means that even an inexperienced angler can catch fish while learning.



“The best fishing I’ve ever had. The guide was great. My father had the time of his life watching his grandson and sons fish. Thanks.”

Randy from CA


Alagnak-Guide-FergusonDavid Ferguson,
Head Guide

Dave has been working as a full time guide since 2005, for both fishing and hunting, and has been with us at the Alagnak Lodge since 2010. Growing up in the Pittsburgh area, Dave has fished all over Pennsylvania and New York as well as out west, and is a licensed hunting guide in ID, MT and NY. When not at the lodge you will usually find Dave “out in the woods” at a hunting camp.

Alagnak-Lodge-Guide-Pete2Peter Mommsen,
Fishing Guide

Pete has been guiding for us on the Alagnak since 2001, and has almost 20 years of guiding experience, including WI, MN, and MI. In the winter Pete lives in Minnesota with his wife and kids, and is a high school industrial arts/shop teacher. Pete has a bachelors degree in technology education and a masters degree in instruction. In his spare time he hand makes musky baits and fresh water terminal tackle, and is an avid ice fisherman.

Alagnak-Lodge-Guide-Ace2Matthew “Ace” Hilperts,
Fishing Guide

Ace is from Washington State, and has spent his years from the age of 6 fishing for salmon, steelhead and trout on many rivers in Washington and Canada. He has been an avid fly fisherman since 2001 and is an accomplished single-handed caster, and loves to teach his skills. Ace studied Wildlife Ecology at Washington State University, and in the off season enjoys hunting deer and calling coyote. Ace has been guiding for us on the Alagnak since 2006.

Alagnak-Guide-BlaineBlaine Davis,
Fishing Guide

Blaine joined our guide staff in 2013, and has been guiding in Alaska since 2011. Blaine has fished all over the western US, and is a hunting guide in Texas during the off-season.

Alagnak-Guide-SantellMichael Santelli,
Fishing Guide

Mike has been guiding for us on the Alagnak since 2007, and has a resume that includes 3 years of first mating tuna charters of the coast of VA, countless hours searching his local trout waters in PA, and 15 yrs casting for steelhead on the tributaries of the Great Lakes. Mike has a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh, and a United States Coast Guard Masters Captains License.

Alagnak-Lodge-Guide-MikeBMichael Breidenbach,
Fishing Guide

Mike has been guiding for us on the Alagnak since 2002, and has been guiding for over 25 years. Mike lives on the Olympic Peninsula and guides and sport fishes in fresh and salt water for salmon and steelhead on the north coast of Washington. Mike is an accomplished spey caster.



Alagnak-Guide-LoweBret Lowe,
Fishing Guide

Bret joined our guide staff in 2011. When he’s not guiding in Alaska, Bret owns and operates his own guiding business on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State for salmon and steelhead. He started fishing when he was a few years old, and has been guiding since 2000. Bret has fished all over the west coast, from California to Alaska and everywhere in between.

Alagnak-Guide-LanouetteBrian Lanouette,
Fishing Guide

Brian has been fly fishing since he was 8 years old, and has a special interest in tying flies. He has fished extensively throughout the Pacific NW, and has been guiding for us on the Alagnak since 2011. Brian has a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University, and is currently working towards his PhD. Brian has previously worked for the Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game assisting with population dynamics monitoring of steelhead and sturgeon populations.

Kyle McInturff,
Fishing Guide

Kyle grew up fishing and guiding the cold waters of Tennessee and North Carolina for bass, carp and muskie, while making several trips a year for steelhead up north, redfish down south, and cutthroats out west. Kyle has been guiding for 11 years and is an avid fly tyer, we welcome him to our guide staff in 2014.