Our Staff


  • Rus Schwausch

    Owner / Guide

    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.


  • Carrie Schwausch

    Co-Owner and General

    Carrie spent 10 years working as an engineer, then 11 years as a firefighter. Her next adventure is flying helicopters. Yes, it’s Alaska’s fault! She flew sightseeing tours in AK in 2019, and is currently flying tours and doing flight instruction in TX. However, she’s looking for her next flying job in a beautiful area. She supports the camps during the summer months, and in her spare time enjoys riding dirt bikes, hiking, birding and camping.


  • Phillip Crossley

    Chef, 2021

    Phil is [most likely] back for 2021! He cooked for us in ’07 , ’08, ’11 and ’16 then took a break from Alaska while he finished up school, had a kid and started his own gluten-free waffle business. Born in Kansas City, Phil began cooking around age 12. “My first experience was making crepes with my brother for his home economics class… I haven’t stopped cooking since.” Phil has cooked from KS to CO to FL and, of course, AK. He currently resides in Austin, TX.


  • Don Mutert

    Don Mutert (“Mutant”)

    Head Guide, 2021

    Don grew up in IL but moved to Bozeman, MT about 6 years ago to pursue a degree in Film and Photography. More likely it was just because he has a passion for the outdoors, fly fishing and bow hunting! Being a fly fishing guide is definitely in his blood – his uncle guided for years on the Alaska Peninsula and on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. Someday he hopes to run his own guiding business.


  • Davis Black (“Cookie”)

    Guide, 2021

    Davis currently lives in Bozeman, MT but grew up immersed in the outdoors of West Tennessee, where he learned to love fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and climbing. At the University of Tennessee Knoxville, he obtained a degree in Wildlife, Fisheries and Forestry. During college summers, Davis spent time fishing and exploring in southwest Montana, where he accompanied guests on the region’s premier waters.


  • Drew Griffith (“Machete”)

    Guide, 2021 (partial season)

    Drew guided for ’17, ’18 and ’19, then did extensive blog work for us in ’20 since Covid canceled our season. In ’21 he’ll guide the first half of SAFARI camp. He moved to Northern CA in 2012 and became obsessed with two handed rods and swinging flies for steelhead. Drew guides California’s rugged North Coast as an independent and for Confluence Outfitters. For more information on Drew check out his website fineandfar.com.


  • Chris Ballerini (“Snake”)

    Guide, 2021 (partial season)

    Chris guided for us in ’14, ’15 and part of ’16. After an extended break from AK to focus on his band, SixFoxWhiskey, he’s back in 2021 for the second half of SAFARI camp. He attended the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, but decided instead of crunching numbers he’d rather be outside. So he moved to mountains of Colorado in 2013. He guided around Rocky Mountain National Park for Sasquatch Fly Fishing, then moved on to guiding in AK.


  • Peter Sclafani

    Peter Sclafani

    Apprentice Guide, 2021

    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. And now he’s ready to test his fishing and outdoor skills in AK!


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].