ALASKA FLY FISHING GUIDES

BRAD WAITMAN, OWNER & GUIDE

With over 35 years of experience in the lodging business, Brad and Brenda Waitman look forward to hosting your Alaska fishing vacation. Our lodge sits on a prime location where the Kvichak River meets Lake Iliamna.

Brad Waitman serves as your pilot-guide with 35 years of experience flying and guiding in Alaskaʼs Bristol Bay waters. Brad is a registered Big Game & Sport Fishing Guide and is a licensed Commercial & Instrument rated Pilot with over 6,500 hours.

He also holds a USCG license and is a certified First Aid & CPR First Responder. Brad has a reputation for finding amazing fishing and his passion for flying and fishing is apparent. When on a fly out with Brad in his Cessna 206 float plane, he is your pilot guide for the day – the airplane will not leave you. This is a great feature of our operation because you have the option to move to a different river or return to the lodge at any time, especially if inclement weather is moving in.

While youʼre all out fishing, Bradʼs wife, Brenda, manages the lodging details to ensure your stay is comfortable. Sheʼs a third generation Alaskan familiar with the logistics and demands of running a remote lodge and providing welcoming Alaskan hospitality.

Our friendly crew is dedicated to meeting your needs and assuring you successful fishing and a pleasant stay.

IGIUGIG LODGE FLY FISHING GUIDES

ERIN ROGERS, GUIDE

Erin in a 18 year veteran guide in the Iliamna drainage and Bristol Bay region.  Erin splits his time between guiding on the Kvichak River in the summer months for Igiugig Lodge, and guiding on El Salto Reservoir in Mexico during the winter.

Erin is an extremely experienced guide and very creative fly tyer.  He has a proven track record of providing fun filled, productive days on the Kvichak river for Trophy size Rainbows and Salmon.  This is Erin’s third year working for Igiugig Lodge.

JEFF FALARDEAU, GUIDE

Jeff enters his first year here at Igiugig lodge, after spending the last 3 years guiding in Alaska on the Yentna River and Lake Creek drainage for all species of salmon, rainbow trout, grayling, and northern pike. Originally from the North Country (Northern New York area,)

Jeff began fishing in Alaska while vacationing each summer over 15 years ago. His passion for fly fishing drove him to fulfill his dream of becoming a guide, whether it is swinging flies to big rainbows and salmon with two handed rods or getting that perfect bead drift, seeing a guests excitement catching their first or largest fish ever, is what drives him provide an amazing experience for everyone.

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ERIK ROEN, CHEF

Growing up on a cattle ranch in California spending most of my time chasing cows and coyotes, I always had a passion for both eating and cooking. Naturally I wanted to learn more about finding the best ways to cook a steak.

I entered culinary school in 2007 and then began my venture into the culinary world. It has taken me on a culinary adventure through Italy, Spain and Napa Valley working at some of the finest restaurants. In 2013 I decided to check out the wild Alaskan Frontier and began working at Igiugig Lodge.

Here I have found a true calling in being able to interact directly with guests and finding the perfect ways to make their stay at Igiugig lodge as pleasant as it can be.

DOLLY ZHAROFF, HOUSE KEEPING & SERVER

Our lodge housekeeper and server, Dolly, is a resident of Igiugig and 2019 will be her third summer working for Igiugig Lodge.  She keeps the main lodge and guest rooms clean and comfortable, and makes sure all of our guests are attended to at meal time.

She takes care of all the lodge domestic duties and is always smiling and happy.  Dolly enjoys reading, being outdoors and is currently attending UAA to study culinary arts.