Our Staff

  • Rus Schwausch

    Owner / Guide

    Rus has been fishing, adventuring and guiding in Alaska since 1995. Little did he know that his first trip to Alaska back then, on a 100 mile unguided float trip with his buddies, would send his life in a completely new direction. He describes himself as “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 is retired from the Austin Fire Department where she spent 11 years as a firefighter/EMT. Now she’s on her next adventure… flying helicopters for Austin Helicopters Tours (yes, it’s Alaska’s fault). She has her private, commercial and flight instructor ratings, and currently working on her instrument rating. She supports the camps from Texas during the summers and spends a few weeks in Alaska each season. In her spare time she enjoys riding dirt bikes, hiking, birding and camping.

  • Chris Carr (“Carr”)


    Chris is back for 2017! He cooked for us in 2013 and 2014 and since then worked as a private cook for a family in south Texas. He grew up on Long Island in New York and first learned how to cook from his grandmother years ago. He still loves to cook for friends and family… yep, he’s that guy. Chris is also an avid fly fisherman and hunter, and spent 5 years building a remote island cabin with his family – everything was boated in.

  • Chris Nicola (“Tahoe”)

    Head Guide

    Chris spent countless days hunting and fishing with his family around Southern California as a kid. The lure of the outdoor life eventually led him to the Lake Tahoe area, where’s he lived the past thirteen years and worked installing windows in custom homes. He’s guided part time for Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and Alpine Fly Fishing for the last 5 years.

  • Wyatt Eisenberger (“Iceman”)


    Wyatt grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, spending his time fly fishing the many Great Lake tributaries for wild trout, steelhead and salmon. He attended Michigan State University graduating with degrees in International Relations and, da, Russian. After spending a few years traveling the country and working a 9-5 he decided to pursue is passion for fly fishing and become a full time guide. He blew his knew out skiing early this year, but he’ll be back for SAFARI camp in 2017.

  • Drew Griffith (“Machete”)


    Drew has been a devoted fisherman since he was a kid. He started fly fishing at age ten with his father during family vacations in Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Colorado, and in his home state of Arizona. Since moving to Northern California in 2012 he has become 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

  • Jack Conner (“Squirrel”)

    Camp Helper/Apprentice Guide

    Jack grew up in Illinois, but has a degree in Environmental Science from University of Redlands in southern CA, where he currently lives. He works part-time as a tide pool educator and full-time doing restoration work for various southern CA State Parks. In the past, he worked two summers on timber crews doing reforestation projects in CO and spent a summer as an open ocean paddle board guide. In his spare time he fishes some, but really likes to surf, hike, climb and practice jiu-jitsu.

  • Steve Mason (“Pork Chop”)

    Guide gone to Dental School

    Pork Chop will help us set up SAFARI camp, but he won’t be guiding this season because he starts Dental School in the Fall. He grew up near Chicago and graduated from Notre Dame with degrees in Economics and History – this is one smart guy. Family fishing trips from Wisconsin to Canada led him to Colorado in 2014, where he guided 2 summers for Sasquatch Fly Fishing near Rocky Mountain National Park. Maybe we’ll see him in 2018…

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].