Fishing Guides & Support Staff

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 Klink, Fishing Guide

Rob joined the team as our first Apprentice Fishing Guide in 2016 and has returned for several years to share his love for the Kenai as a Fishing Guide. Having spent much of his youth fishing and exploring the lakes and rivers of eastern Minnesota, Rob is an avid angler and outdoorsman who never wastes an opportunity to get a line in the water. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Biology, Rob followed his heart to the wild places of Alaska. He continues to love 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.

Support Staff

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.

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