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.

monson junior nicklieMonson "Junior" Nicklie
DFFG Guide

Born and raised in Cantwell Alaska, Junior knows the area better than most. As our longest standing guide, he has been instrumental in our growth as a guide service into what we are today. Junior works as a guide in the summer and spends his winters traveling the country.

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.

Ryan MasonRyan Mason
DFFG Guide

After visiting his relatives here in Alaska, this Montana native asked to come back and spend the summer guiding with us. When not fishing, Ryan is a full time college student. Welcome to the family.