Our Staff

  • Don Mutert

    Don Mutert (“Obi-Don”)


    After working with EPIC A&A since 2018, Don took over the entire business in 2023! He grew up in IL but moved to Bozeman, MT in 2015 to pursue a degree in Film and Photography. Most likely it was because he has a passion for the outdoors, fly fishing and bow hunting! Being a fly fishing guide was always in his blood – his uncle guided for 10+ years on the Alaska Peninsula in the early 2000’s. Don is a Wilderness First Responder and U.S. Coast Guard licensed.

  • Shannon Mutert

    Customer Support

    Don’s sister, Shannon, is also originally from IL, but moved to WI to attend UWP, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Admin/Marketing in 2020. Still living in southwest WI, she gets to fly fish the small, clear streams of the Driftless area where the Brown and Brook trout are plentiful!

  • Peter Sclafani

    Peter Sclafani (“Junebug”)

    Guide, 2023

    Peter grew up in Louisiana chasing speckled trout and redfish on the Gulf Coast, then moved to Bozeman, MT in 2017 to pursue trout in the numerous area rivers. When not fishing, hunting, skiing or climbing, he works as a carpenter building timber frame homes throughout MT. Peter first worked with us in 2021, and we’re glad to have him back for his third season.

  • Jake Schoolfield

    Guide, 2023

    Jake has 10+ years guiding fishermen on saltwater charter boats. He cut his teeth as a set net fisherman in Sand Point, AK and has extensive guiding experience at various fly-out lodges in south central AK. His passion for working on the water comes from his father who is a marine biologist. Jake is U.S. Coast Guard licensed.

  • Paul Marr (“Frog”)

    Camp Helper/Apprentice Guide, 2023

    Paul grew up in Memphis, TN but moved to Denver, CO to attend college… and climb, fish and camp amongst the Rockies. He was originally inspired by the mountains after his older cousin spent time climbing in South America. But the mountains kept calling after his sister visited Norway. Eventually he embarked on his own trips through NOLS to the Pacific NW and The Yukon. Between last season in AK and this one, he spent 6 months in Patagonia earning college credit.

  • Rus Schwausch (“Big Worm”)

    Guide Emeritus, 2023

    Rus has been fishing, adventuring and guiding in Alaska since 1995. Little did he know – hell, he was only 23 – that his first trip to Alaska, a 100 mile unguided float trip with his buddies, would send his life in a completely new direction. He’s a former engineer, turned fishing guide, turned outfitter. Plus, he’s a Wilderness First Responder and U.S. Coast Guard licensed. Read more about his Alaska fishing guide story here.

Employment Opportunities

If you think you have what it takes to work in a rugged, remote and unforgiving environment that will challenge you both physically and mentally, please contact us about potential staff openings.

Everybody thinks they want to work in Alaska, but the work is NOT for everybody. Our work is perpetual and strenuous and is anything but your “great Alaskan vacation.” We need professional, hard working, serious, team oriented (no ego-maniacs), non-alcoholic and drug free people with a passion for fishing, the outdoors and hospitality.

Email all inquiries and resumes to [email protected].