Fishing in Alaska is an experience like no other. The trip to the land of the Midnight Sun is often a Bucket List item that people save a lifetime for and an experience they’ll never forget. What makes this kind of trip possible is the hard work and dedication of the guides who have spent years learning the Alaskan waters.
At Alaska Rainbow Lodge, we pride ourselves on having the best staff in the business and only hire the most experienced, knowledgeable, and most talented guides to lead our guests on their fishing adventures.
Meet the Kansas Boys; Paul and Zach. Paul and Zach are experienced guides spending their first season here with us at the lodge. Both originally from Kansas, they crossed paths 8 months ago at their local fly shop, K & K Flyfishers where they are employed during the off season. They both also attended Sweetwater Guide School where they met our Head Guide, Jad Freeland. Although both have very different paths leading them to become guides, their love of fishing has brought them to Alaska to be a part of the amazing team here at the lodge.
Zach started fishing at a very young age. His father put a rod in his hand and taught him the do’s and don’ts of fishing. In 6th grade, he started going to a fly shop where tying flies and listening to shop chatter lead him to take an interest in fly fishing beyond just a hobby. He found himself at Sweetwater Guide school and decided to follow his dreams of becoming an Alaskan fishing guide. His favorite fish to catch are Red Fish and Carp.
Paul, at the age of 3 found himself fishing with Grandpappy and made it a steady part of his life. At age 16, he was fishing ln tournaments and in College he was part of the Kansas State Fishing Team. When Paul was 20, a thief took all of his fishing gear taking him off the water for the next couple of years. Fate had another plan for Paul however, and when a fly tying video popped up on his YouTube feed, his passion for fishing rekindled landing him in Alaska as a third year guide. His favorite fish to catch is Brown Trout.