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, 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 spent her first 10 working years as an engineer, then 11 years as a firefighter. Her next adventure is flying helicopters. Yes, it’s Alaska’s fault! She started her training in 2011 in TX. Fast forward to 2019: she’s flying sightseeing tours in Ketchikan for Helicopter Air Alaska. She supports the camps during the summer months, and in her spare time enjoys riding dirt bikes, hiking, birding and camping.


  • Francis Garza

    Chef, 2019

    Francis grew up in south Texas, spent 2 years in the Air Force, then graduated from the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin in 2012, where we first met. He’s cooked at Trulucks and others, but since 2015 he’s worked at Back Star Co-op, a popular Austin brew pub and eatery. Over the past year he’s been the Chef, so he definitely knows the kitchen grind. He spends most of his outdoor time on a road bike, but he’s ready to test his outdoor and cooking skills in remote Alaska!


  • Drew Griffith (“Machete”)

    Head Guide, 2019

    Drew has been a devoted fisherman since he was a kid. He started fly fishing at age ten during family vacations in WY, MT, UT, CO, and in his home state of AZ. Since moving to Northern CA 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.


  • Steve Mason (“Pork Chop”)

    Guide, 2019

    Pork Chop grew up near Chicago and graduated from Notre Dame with degrees in Economics and History and now trying to get into Dental School. Well, maybe… he’s still trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life. 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.


  • Travis Pilling (“Bandit”)

    Guide, 2019

    His father worked at a fly fishing lodge in Idaho, so Travis had a fishy upbringing. As a kid, he fly fished in Mexico, Florida, and the Rockies. Travis initially came to Alaska when he saw an ad for ‘fishermen needed’ in a local newspaper while attending the University of Utah. The drive to Southeast Alaska wasn’t easy but he’s been coming to Alaska to fish ever since. Travis has worked on commercial salmon and shrimp boats, and guided in Sitka, AK.


  • Don Mutert (“Mutant”)

    Guide, 2019

    Don grew up in IL but moved to MT about 4 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! On top of filming and creating short videos, he knows how to weld, hang drywall and build with stone. Becoming a fly fishing guide is his ultimate goal, and it’s definitely in his blood – his uncle guided for years in Alaska and currently guides on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia.


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].