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 you’re all out fishing, Brad’s wife, Brenda, tends to the deskwork and expediting duties. Sheʼs a third generation Alaskan familiar with the logistics and demands of running a remote lodge. When she’s not at Costco, she’s practicing her skills as Reiki Master, Meditation Instructor and 200hr Yoga Teacher.
Our friendly crew of Alaska fly fishing guides and staff are 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 20 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 sixth year working for Igiugig Lodge.
MATT DRAHOS, GUIDE
Matt has been guiding in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, specifically on the Kvichak River, since 1995. He relies on his intimate knowledge of the Kvichak every day as he guides our guests and has a proven track record of providing productive and enjoyable days on the river.
Matt is also a Spey-Casting and Fly-Tying Instructor and when not guiding in Alaska, he resides in Utah and enjoys bonefishing in the Bahamas.
IGIUGIG LODGE STAFF
RONDA USSERY, CHEF
Chef Ronda joins us this season to share her innovative culinary skills, most recently honed in San Diego, CA. Ronda is classically trained, and brings with her a wide range of experience from preparing intimate meals for families/individuals to overseeing large banquets, thus having covered a broad spectrum of culinary diversity.
Ronda is excited to share her passion for food and looks forward to preparing scrumptious meals for our guests
DOLLY ZHAROFF, HOUSE KEEPING & SERVER
Our lodge housekeeper and server, Dolly, grew up in Igiugig and 2022 will be her sixth season working with us. She keeps everything clean and comfortable, makes sure all of our guests are attended to at meal time, and provides welcoming hospitality. Dolly is always smiling, enjoys reading, and being outdoors.