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.
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 (“Savage Mutha”)
We’re all very lucky – Phil is 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 (“Obi-Don”)
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”)
Davis currently lives in Bozeman, MT but grew up immersed in the outdoors of western TN, where he learned to love fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and climbing. At the UT Knoxville, he obtained a degree in Wildlife, Fisheries and Forestry. During college summers, Davis spent time fishing and exploring in southwest MT, where he accompanied guests on the region’s premier waters.
Andrew Smalling (“Sparkles”)
Guide, 2021 (partial season)
Andrew grew up in the outdoors of eastern TN. Fly fishing since middle school inspired him to pursue an Environmental degree at UT Knoxville. After a fishing trip to southeast AK he fell in love with anadromous fish, which led to fish data collection jobs in Lake Clark NP (in southwest AK) and ID. He currently works at 3 Rivers Anglers in Knoxville and is taking a short leave to fill a last minute guide void. Thanks again, Andrew, for stepping up!
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 CO in 2013. He guided around Rocky Mountain NP for Sasquatch Fly Fishing, then moved on to guiding in AK.
Peter Sclafani (“Junebug”)
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!
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].