Our guides are more than just guides – they’re our most important asset. They love what they do and return to work with us year after year. They’ll help you fish with confidence as they navigate the Kenai to their favorite spots and share their special tips and tricks.
Dave Maternowski, Program Manager
Dave grew up in Wisconsin and received a degree from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in Geography and Environmental Studies. He honed the fishing skills he developed growing up there in western Wisconsin along the banks of the Mississippi River and in small, spring-fed streams. He first came to Alaska in 2014 to work for us and returned the following season as an upper Kenai guide. Whether you consider yourself an expert or a beginner, Dave will tailor your fishing experience to suit your needs. In the off-season Dave lives and works in Girdwood, Alaska.
Rob Wasko-Klink, Senior Fishing Guide
Rob has been returning to guide with Kenai Riverside Fishing since 2016! After studying Biology in college, Rob followed his heart to the wild places of Alaska. He spends his winters working in education in Alaska, skiing and fishing when he can, and occasionally guiding in the Florida Keys. Rob loves all kinds of fishing but has a particular affliction for the fly; from dry flies to spey rods, he loves to get anglers trying new things. He continues to enjoy sharing days on the Kenai with anglers of all backgrounds, interests and experiences!
Laredo Rich, Fishing Guide
Laredo came to Alaska Wildland Adventures in 2013. He first worked in our Cooper Landing office, greeting guests as they came to adventure on the Kenai River. His ambition to explore the Kenai Peninsula grew and he returned to work with us each year since then, becoming a fishing guide in 2015. When he’s not in his drift boat on the upper Kenai, he’s chasing sockeye and silvers on the middle and lower stretches of the river. Laredo graduated from Utah State University in Environmental Studies and Business Management. In the off-season, you’ll find him dog mushing in the Rocky Mountains and working on his hobby as a climbing arborist.
Téa Elliott-Fox, Fishing Guide
Téa was born in Soldotna, Alaska, coming from a large fishing family. She grew up swinging for sockeye and bringing kings and silvers to the boat up and down the Kenai River. Her family then relocated to a small town in Oklahoma where she went on to row for the University of Oklahoma and obtain her Bachelor’s in Native American Studies and Environmental Science. After college, Téa came back to Alaska to pursue her love of fishing on the Kenai and is now actively showing off just how plentiful the Kenai River can be.
Walker Nambu, Fishing Guide
Walker grew up fishing the lakes, ponds and rivers of Massachusetts before heading down to Florida where he earned his Bachelor’s in Marine Science at Eckerd College and a Master’s in Marine Biology at Florida Atlantic University. His love for the ocean and research helped him land a job in Bimini, Bahamas where he studied sharks and rays at the Bimini Shark Lab. A long way from the crystal clear waters and white sand, he found himself falling in love with the Kenai River, its wildlife and world class fishing. First arriving in 2021, he is excited and motivated to return as a full time guide with Kenai Riverside Fishing.
John Harbison, Fishing Logistics Coordinator
John was raised in the hills of East Tennessee, spending most of his time on the rivers and streams of the Blue Ridge Mountains. After receiving his Bachelors degree in Sports Management and Recreation at the University of Tennessee, Alaska came calling. He’s been with AWA since 2015, as our Fish Logistics Assistant, and continues that role today. If you don’t see him running around camp, he’s most likely exploring another part of this wild state he now calls home.