ALASKA RAFT FISHING TRIP GUIDES AND STAFF
A trout is a moment of beauty known only to those who seek it.
At Frontier River Guides, we set out to provide the finest Alaska wilderness fly fishing float trip experiences possible. Period. The critical factor in attaining this objective is the quality of our guide staff. Our team of experienced, capable, upbeat and intelligent Alaska fly fishing guides are the best in the business, this is why people return to fish with us year after year. We are proud of our ability to attract and hold onto so talented and harmonious a team. Together we have explored the rivers we operate on and refined the Frontier River Guides “program”. Our Alaska float trips are well oiled and smooth operating. The staff truly enjoy working together and this is reflected in the positive outcomes for the fishermen joining us for an Alaska fly fishing raft trip.
Marty Decker grew up in the frontier town of Fairbanks, Alaska where at a young age he began his fishing and river adventures. Marty is at home in the wilderness and enjoys sharing his passion for adventure and the beauty of Alaska with our guests. Marty’s wilderness skills have been developed through many years of back country experience as a fly fisherman, mountaineer, river rat, gold prospector, skier, adaptive outdoor recreation specialist and wilderness guide. Marty first began his guiding career on the Kanektok River in 1982. In 1998, after many years of conducting Alaska float trips and driving guide boats for reputable lodges and outfitters, Marty established Frontier River Guides, intending to offer the finest guided fly fishing float trips available in Alaska. He has explored countless miles of back channels and hidden river braids by raft and on foot to locate the best, most secluded and productive fishing waters on the several rivers on which Frontier River Guides operates. Marty’s culinary skills and joviality set the tone for the Frontier River Guides approach to providing memorable Alaska fly fishing vacations.
Chuck Ash is a veteran raft guide who for over forty years operated Brightwater Alaska, the state’s original provider of hard-core fly fishing floats in Alaska. Chuck brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Frontier River Guides’ team. He is a most excellent guy to spend time with on the river, or in any circumstance for that matter. Chuck is the ultimate professional and has been inducted into the Freshwater Fishing hall of Fame as a legendary guide. He is the most capable and savvy Alaska float trip guide on our rivers. Chuck is a biologist and retired high school educator; he is ultimately knowledgeable regarding Alaska’s flora and fauna. In Alaska’s off season, Chuck has for many years led saltwater flats-fishing trips in warmer climes. No one on the planet knows the the Goodnews and Koktuli Rivers better than Chuck, and FRG is excited have him leading guided Alaska fly fishing float trips on those rivers, and joining us for new adventures.
(14 years with FRG) returns to lead wilderness Alaska fly fishing float trips after taking a hiatus to start a family. He is the consummate raft guide and wilderness guru. Zach has a solid skills set in all aspects of conducting fly fishing raft trips in Alaska: he is an expert fly fisherman, oarsman, cook, camp worker and is enjoyable company on the river. ZJ has a degree in Outdoors Studies and worked for many years as a mountaineering guide on Denali and elsewhere. His background includes years of experience as a white water oarsman. He is a stout individual who maintains cheery spirits even under the worst of conditions. Zach is level headed, reliable and foresighted; he can flow out the best of Alaska float fishing expeditions. Zach and his family have created a good life for themselves in Seward, Alaska.
Larry Holmgren, (14 years with FRG), although originally from New York City, Larry is one of the most staunch and capable of wilderness Alaska fly fishing trip guides in the state. He came to Alaska many years ago to complete a degree in Outdoors Studies at Alaska Pacific University, and has gone on to be gainfully employed in the outdoors recreation industry for many years. Year round, Larry looks after the safety and well being of people in extreme wilderness conditions. From ascents of Denali and adventures in the Antarctic, to remote river rafting fly fishing trips in Alaska, he is a go to guy when it comes to expeditions of any kind. A client was once heard to say, “pound for pound, Larry is the strongest, fastest working guy I have ever seen”. Ultimately capable, good hearted, well versed at putting people into excellent fishing…and, as and with all of the FRG crew, Larry is an excellent chef.
Tom Schwartz (13 years with FRG) is a highly experienced river expedition leader, naturalist and Alaska fly fishing guide. Tom is one of several FRG guide team members who spend winters in a classroom (or who have retired from one). He is a middle school teacher and lives in Juneau with his wife and daughters. Tom is a life-long fly fisherman and is rock solid in putting people into excellent Alaska rainbow trout and salmon fishing. On the side, Tom occasionally does some catering in Juneau and is an especially proficient camp cook. HIs many years working as a naturalist prepared him to be very well informed on the flora and fauna encountered on a guided Alaska fly fishing trip. Tom is conscientious, hard working , kind hearted and knowledgeable. His skills set and experience make him a good man to have on hand, for a float fishing trip in Alaska.
Cory Hansen (6 years with FRG) grew up in Juneau, Alaska and is a second generation fly fisherman, passionate about the footsteps that he has followed in. Cory was raised in a family oriented towards outdoors adventure (his father is a retired national and state park ranger), and from a young age he has been fly fishing and rafting in Alaska. Congenial and good natured, Cory can take weather and storm, and still be smiling. He is a top notch Alaska fly fishing raft guide. Cory’s enthusiasm and work ethic make him a very handy individual to have on hand for a remote Alaska float trip. Prior to joining the FRG guide team, Cory for several years guided Alaska flyout fishing trips embarking from Juneau. He is a maestro at putting people into fish. As with the entire FRG crew, Cory is an avid skier and works winters as a pro patrolman at Eagle Crest Ski Area outside of Juneau.
Oscar Jones (2 years with FRG) is the youngest of the Alaska fly fishing guides on our team, but his youthfulness belies his capability and level of experience. Oscar grew up in Juneau and is a consummate outdoorsman, expert fly fisherman, avid hunter, rock climber and a guy who runs a trapline in the winters. He is also a skier, which is almost a prerequisite to being on the FRG guide team. Oscar is sharp minded, observant, is upbeat company and a very handy guy to have onboard for a fly fishing river trip in Alaska. From his late teens through his early 20’s Oscar has professionally guided Alaska fly-out fly fishing trips based out of Juneau and Haines. Oscar is completing an undergraduate degree at the University of Alaska Southeast, with the objective of a career with a state or federal agency, working in resource management and the preservation of wildlands in Alaska. In the meantime, he contributes a very positive attitude, youthful enthusiasm and a strong work ethic to FRG’s multi-day guided Alaska fly fishing float trips.
Zak Decker has been fly fishing in Alaska’s wilderness since age 6 and has a natural flair for adventure, rafting, camping and fly fishing to Alaska salmon, trout and other resident species. Needless to say, he grew up experiencing an outdoors Alaska lifestyle, based out of his life long home in Anchorage. Zak has been a member of the FRG Alaska fly fishing guide staff on and off over the years and has accumulated much know how and proficiency at contributing to enjoyable Alaska fly fishing raft expeditions. He is an expert oarsman, talented guide, outstanding camp chef and pleasant person to spent time with. Zak’s background includes several seasons of commercial salmon fishing in Prince William Sound and six years as a roustabout on drill rigs up in the North Slope oil fields. This young man knows how to put in a solid day’s work on the river and is an asset to a professionally guided remote Alaska fly fishing trip.