Owner – Capt. Wayne McGee
Wayne has been fishing across Alaska for the past 17 years. It had always been his lifelong dream to run a world class fishing operation on a prolific Alaskan river system. And that is exactly what you get on the Alagnak River with Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge. Wayne has fished across the globe from Tiger Fish to Nile Perch in the Congo and Nile Rivers of Africa, to Atlantic Salmon and Sea Trout in Norway and Scotland! He owned a charter boat company based in Senegal, West Africa chasing Blue Marlin, Tuna and Sailfish. But it is in Alaska, in particular Bristol Bay, and now on the Wild Alagnak River, where you’ll find him sharing his passion for the beauty and bounty of this very special river with you.
Owner / Guide - Capt. Jacob Q McGee - (11 Years Guiding Alaska)
Born in South Carolina, Jacob grew up in Africa and England and has fished all over the world. At the age of 18 he came up to Alaska to start his career as a professional fly fishing guide. He has guided all across Bristol Bay and knows all our main fly out destinations as well as the Naknek River where he cut his teeth learning his trade. And learn it he has. His clients always come back with smiles on their faces as he has a nose for where the fish are. Whether you want to swing streamers to the trophy rainbows that Bristol Bay is famous for, or target any of the other sporting species of fish this amazing fishery has to offer, Jacob will get the job done.
Guide - Capt. Justin Bleicher - (16 Years Guiding Alaska)
Raised in the Outer Banks in Eastern Carolina Justin holds an undergraduate degree in Geology from Eastern Carolina University. Justin is a duck hunting connoisseur and a world class waterfowl guide. With almost 20 years as a professional guide Justin has a background in commercial fishing and has more boat time than can be counted. Probably the kindest individual you will ever meet, Justin is a very important part of our team. Justin is dubbed Head Captain and shuttle man moving both clients and gear up and down the river rain or shine. A fine boat captain and guide Justin will make your gut hurt with his hilarity and charm you with his southern hospitality. Your arm will hurt from the amount of fish you will catch with him.
Guide - Capt. Patrick McIntyre - (16 Years Guiding Alaska)
Raised in Northern California, Pat has spent lots of time fly fishing for steelhead and trout. Pat’s attention to detail and enthusiasm for fishing make him a great fly fisherman and wilderness rafting guide. Who is Pat? Pat is a professional outdoor action photographer following speed skiers down mountains at high speed, a past bungee cord business owner insuring safe jumps and an extreme skiing competitor. With the drive to be the best and his competitive nature, Pat is one of our most well rounded fly fishing guides. In the off season Pat can be found filming the winter Olympics with NBC or extreme skiing in Canada as he is a world class extreme action camera man with many skills.
Guide - Capt. Pete Micol - (15 Years Guiding Alaska)
Pete is an experienced naturalist and expert fly-tyer! He also loves to fish with a double handed rod and would be more than happy to help you with your Spey Casting technique. He runs his own licensed guiding service in Michigan and has guided fishermen for many years all over the USA, including remote rafting trips "out west" and across Alaska.
Guide - Capt. Cody Miller - (9 Years Guiding Alaska)
Cody has worked across Bristol Bay for almost a decade - from up on the Kenektok River to out on the Aleutian Peninsula. He owns his own guiding service in Texas when not in Alaska. Presently Cody is working on a Fisheries and Wildlife Science degree from Oregon State University. In 2006 he started working in Alaska as a commercial fishermen in southeast Alaska and then he started guiding in Alaska in 2008, after guiding for a season in Wyoming.
Guide - Capt. Ethan Baca - (7 Years Guiding Alaska)
Ethan is a multi-talented outdoors-man and guided in other parts of Alaska before coming to ATA Lodge where he has spent the vast majority of his Alaska time right on our river! You will definitely have a great time sharing Ethan's boat!
Guide - Capt. David Capps - (3 Years Guiding Alaska)
Although David is now starting his 3rd season at ATA Lodge, he has been guiding fly fisherman his whole adult life for over 30 years! He is also the owner of his own lodge and guide service on the White River of Arkansas!
Guide - Capt. Jon Calivas - (2 Years Guiding Alaska)
A life long fly fisherman with a true passion for the sport, Jon did an amazing job for us last season and we are looking forward to him coming back this year to guide for us again!
Guide - Capt. Colten Decker - (2 Years Guiding Alaska)
After having guided on the Naknek River, Colten is now calling the Alagnak home. He has also guided steelhead and salmon fly fishermen in Michigan for a number of years.
Guide - Capt. Ben Richardson - (1 Year Guiding Alaska)
Although this is Ben's first year on our staff, he is no stranger to the Alagnak River, having floated it almost 20 times over the last 15 years. He is intimate with the river in a way few people are, having rafted, fished and camped along it's banks for over a decade!
Guide - Capt. Mark Montgomery - (1 Year Guiding Alaska)
We are thrilled to have Mark join the team this year. It is his first year guiding in Alaska, but he has worked as Head Chef in other Alaska Lodges, so we are expecting he will cook a mean shore lunch! He has also fished extensively and guided in Colorado and the Pacific Northwest as well as many years guiding salt water fishermen in the Caribbean.
Guide - Capt. Tim Schut - (1 Year Guiding Alaska)
This is Tim's first year with us, but he too is no stranger to the fishing industry having guided fishermen for the past 3 years both in Upper Michigan and Jackson Hole, Wyoming! Coming from northern Michigan Tim was born with a fishing rod in his hand and has had the luxury of having a wide range of species to target, and over time develop different techniques to bring fish to hand. His true passion and calling in life is fly fishing. Tim is a Casting Instructor as well as guide and his passion for the sport really shows when helping anglers from novice to expert, learn and enjoy a day on the water!