Our Guides

A question we often hear is “who will be my guide?” All Alaska River Adventures guides are great teachers & skilled fishermen with top-notch gear, all the right tackle & many years guiding on Alaskan waters.

With our combined experience and the love & respect for the rivers we enjoy on our trips, we have the background and skills to teach you the things you’ll need to make your Alaska fishing trip a success.

George Heim

The old man & company owner

Over thirty years of running rivers all over Alaska.

Quote: “When you don’t have skill, you gotta have luck.”

Gary McFadden

Lead Fishing Guide with Over 30 years experience & G. Loomis Sponsored Guide

Gary is our head guide on the Kenai. He has 30+ years on the river and knows every nook and cranny. He is one of the best salmon and rainbow trout guides on this legendary river and often finds fish when no one else can.

A long list of guests return to fish with Gary every year.

Quote: “I’m a well-dressed mountain man, and keep your hands off my hat.”

Tyler Gottfredson

Kenai River Fly Fishing Guide

Ty has a passion for big rainbows but also loves to fish for salmon… so it is no surprise that he made his way to the Kenai. Ty took the time to learn the river by working as a scenic rafting guide and fishing it on his own time for a few years.

Now he returns for his 8th season as a guide with a solid set of skills. Ty’s great sense of humor and attention to detail make him a great guide.

Quote: “Use the hopper dropper.”

Jeremy Lewis

Kenai River Fly Fishing Guide

Jeremy has been guiding the Kenai for 8 years and is our lead fly-in guide. Plan to have a good day if you go with Jeremy. His great sense of humor and easy going nature make him a lot of fun to be with.

In the off season Jeremy is a ski instructor, and when he can, loves to surf the big waves of Hawaii.

Quote: “I like the purple majesty Betty White prince popper.”

Lucas Weldin

Kenai River Fly Fishing Guide

Lucas has been fishing and guiding the Kenai for 8 years. We are very happy to have Lucas join our team this summer. An avid outdoorsman its no suprise that he found his way to a career in guiding.

Lucas loves to snowboard in the winter and travel to rivers all over the country in the off season.

Zach Ellison

Kenai River Fishing Guide

Zach grew up in Salt Lake City Utah and has been guiding for 11 years. In that time he has guided many rivers including Six mile creek, the Matanuska, and the Nenana river in Alaska. He guided on the Colorado and Green rivers throughout Utah. In Idaho and Montana Zach guided the Lochsa, main Salmon and Clark Fork rivers. Zach attended college at the University of Montana with a bachelors degree in Geography.

Bob Gray

Head Wilderness River Fishing Guide

Bob leads our float fishing trips (expeditions) to Alaska’s remote rivers. He has over 20 years with us and before that worked for some of the premiere guide services in the Southwest. Bob is a great fishing guide and a charming companion – his camp kitchen skills are legendary.

Quote: “It’s hard tellin’, not knowin.”