At Frontier River Guides, we set out to provide the finest Alaska wilderness fly fishing experiences possible. Period. The critical factor in attaining this objective is the quality of our guide staff. Our team of experienced, capable, upbeat and intelligent Alaska fly fishing guides are the best in the business, this is why people return to fish with us year after year. We are proud of our ability to attract and hold onto so talented and harmonious a team. Together we have explored the rivers we operate on and refined the Frontier River Guides "program". Our Alaska float trips are well oiled and smooth operating. Our staff truly enjoy working together and this is reflected in the positive outcomes for our clientele.
Marty Decker (Owner and trip leader) grew up in the frontier town of Fairbanks ("river city"), Alaska where at a young age he began his fishing and river adventures. Marty is at home in the wilderness and enjoys sharing his passion for adventure and the beauty of Alaska with our guests. Marty's wilderness skills have been developed through many years of back country experience as a fisherman, mountaineer, river rat, gold prospector, skier, adaptive outdoor recreation specialist and guide. Marty first began his guiding career on the Kanektok River in 1982. In 1998, after many years of conducting Alaska float trips and driving guide boats for reputable lodges and outfitters, Marty established Frontier River Guides, intending to offer the finest wilderness Alaska float trips available. He has explored countless miles of back channels and hidden river braids by raft and on foot to locate the best, most secluded and productive fishing waters on the several rivers on which Frontier River Guides operates. Marty's culinary skills and joviality set the tone for the Frontier River Guides approach to providing memorable Alaska wilderness fly fishing adventures.
Zach Johnson (Lead Guide) is the consummate Alaska wilderness fly fishing guide. His expertise, enthusiasm, work ethic, disposition and dedication make him a model for our entire staff. Zach has guided Alaska float trips for other outfitters before settling in with Frontier River Guides. He is passionate about leading satisfying Alaska fly fishing expeditions and also about his spring season occupation as a Denali mountaineering guide. Zach has extensive Alaska salmon fishing and Alaska rainbow trout fishing experience. He is an innovative individual with excellent instincts and refined fly fishing technique. Zach grew up in Colorado, and joins most of the FRG staff in his love for alpine skiing. Zach is robust and upbeat; he receives many accolades from our clientele.
Ben Haga (Trip Leader) is a lifelong outdoorsman, fly fisherman and highly experienced oarsman. Ben is a superlative Alaska float trip guide, familiar with all techniques and fly fishing approaches that are needed to put his people successfully into quality wilderness fishing experiences. Ben comes to us from Oregon where he is knowledgeable of many of the rivers and coastal areas. His intensive background as a fisherman and guide has earned him many compliments from frontier River Guide's clientele. Ben is a salt of the earth individual, hardworking and very capable of leading a first class Alaska float trip. He is as comfortable at the stove as he is with fly rod in hand, and helps maintain Frontier River Guides reputation for serving the finest river cuisine available.
Pat Ganje (Trip Leader) is another enthusiastic Alaska float trip guide and Alaska fly fishing maniac. Pat recently relocated with his wife and daughters to live in Colorado, where in the winters they can focus on their love of skiing and in the spring and fall to raft and fish Rocky Mountain waters. Pat returns like one of the geese every summer to Alaska, to cheer us down the rivers with his undaunted good spirits and enthusiasm for Alaska fly fishing raft trips. He knows how to deliver the goods, is a keen fisherman and is dedicated to connecting people with excellent Alaska salmon fishing and Alaska rainbow trout fishing experiences. Pat always keeps his cool and knows how to flow a group down the river for a successful Alaska fly fishing raft trip.
Craig Brown (Trip Second) spends a great portion of his time in the outdoors. Craig is a guy with boundless energy and a "can do" attitude that are beneficial to any Alaska wilderness fly fishing float trip. He's an expert oarsman, fisherman and guide. In the winters Craig works as a back country ski guide for a heli-ski operation and in the spring he works as a mountaineering guide and instructor. His people skills are polished by years of ski teaching and public contact. Craig is level headed, well organized, experienced behind the stove and is the ideal team player for a float trip in Alaska.
Zak Decker (Trip Second) has the dubious distinction of being the bosses son, and while he is cut no slack by anyone (poor kid), he is able to truly hold his own. Zak is a very solid rower, developing fly fishing guide and all around great guy to have on board for a wilderness Alaska float trip. Our youngest crew member, Zachary is highly regarded by our clientele for his level headed approach to things and his ability to be conversant with people many years his senior. When things get tough, Zak is a handy guy to have around, he doesn't whine and he gets the job done. Zak has years of Alaska salmon fishing experience and been fly fishing for Alaska rainbow trout and other resident species since he was 6 years old.
Larry Holmgren (Trip Second), originally from New York, Larry moved to Alaska some years ago to become a guide and to experience Alaska's wild places. After completing his degree in Outdoor Studies at Alaska Pacific University, he began guiding full time, splitting his time between being a mountain guide in the Alaska Range, and guiding Alaska float trips for Frontier River Guides. In the winter, he can be found guiding in the Andes of South America, or traveling to tropical locales. Larry has a great passion for the outdoors and for wilderness areas, he is a calm and steadfast individual and is an excellent wilderness Alaska float trip guide. Larry is a solid oarsman, experienced Alaska wilderness fly fishing guide, trained chef and all around nice guy.
Steve Lanwermeyer (Trip Second) resides in Juneau, Alaska and brings years of experience as a wilderness fly fishing guide to Frontier River Guides' Alaska float trips. Steve is that always upbeat guy that it is so very handy to have around when the conditions get tough. A solid oarsman and avid fly fisherman, Steve is well versed in the techniques and approaches that connect fishermen with the species of resident fish and salmon that we encounter on our wilderness float trips on Alaska rivers. Steve is a solid worker around camp and gracious host to our clientele; his "can do" attitude, sense of humor and enthusiasm are beneficial to the enjoyment of an Alaska fly fishing adventure vacation.
Tom Schwartz (trip second) has accrued fifteen years experience as an Alaska wilderness river guide, naturalist and environmental educator. Guided Alaska float trips are a perfect fit for Tom, who is enthusiastic, up beat and hard working. Born in Alaska, Tom is now raising a family in Juneau, where he also works as a naturalist, providing hands on nature education programs for elementary school children. Tom has been fly fishing since he was eight years old and is adept at steering people into the right water and the correct techniques to make things happen. He is solid behind the oars, is very efficient around camp and has training in the culinary arts; all of which make Tom a superlative Alaska fly fishing float trip guide.