Your seasoned guides — 20+ years guiding on the Kenai River for Rainbow Trout
My name is Josh Hayes. I am a third generation Alaskan and a current resident of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. As a young kid in the early 1980’s I was taught to fly fish the Kenai River by my father and grandfather using an 8 foot 7 weight Berkley Cherry wood fly rod.
Being a local Alaskan Resident, I still spend the majority of my time fishing the unexploited wild rivers and wild fishes of Alaska, managing to fish over 100 days each year.
For the past 20 years I have worked as a fly fishing guide for multiple lodges and guide services throughout Alaska. The experience and knowledge acquired working for the most respected guides and lodges in Alaska laid the foundation on which I based Alaska Trout Guides.
I began working for myself in the Summer of 2003 and have enjoyed the freedom, and responsibility of being a guide service Owner/Operator. I pride myself in being honest and straight forward when it comes to fishing and guiding.
I will not book a trip that I am not 100% confident in taking myself and I do not believe in selling a trip just to make a quick buck because the season in Alaska is short.
If you want a straight answer on whether or not a trip is likely to be successful please feel free to contact me – regardless of your decision to fish with me or not. I love the river, I love the fish, I love my job, and I would love to share my Home Water with you.
In 2003 I obtained a degree in Elementary Education from Alaska Pacific University. Utilizing my teaching abilities while working as a fly fishing guide has proven very rewarding and allows all levels of anglers to enjoy a successful day on the water with me.
Because of my teaching background kids of all ages are welcome on every trip and I am always excited to fish with, as well as instruct the next generation of anglers.
I understand the intricacies of planning and executing the best possible Alaskan fly fishing experience and will do my best to accommodate your every need and expectation.
John David "JD" Stanley III
JD is an avid lifelong fly angler and guide. Growing up as a fly shop owner and fishing guide’s son JD has seen more days on the water than most.
His passion for, and pursuit of exceptionally large trout takes him and his dog Gypsy all over the country each year. If you have fished big trout somewhere in North America the odds are pretty good that JD beat you to it.
An excellent caster and instructor JD began guiding fly fisherman while still in high school. JD is a seasonal resident of Alaska – Fishing Season. Each year, when our Alaskan fishing season turns icy, JD’s attention turns quickly to other areas of North America where large hungry trout can be found.
The term “Trout Bum” has never been more accurate than when attached to John David Stanley III. Bunking from guide shack to guide shack and drifting from river to river, JD is truly living the dream.
A professional, career minded Fly Fishing Guide, a trip with JD is one you will not soon forget.