REINHARD "REINI" NEUHAUSER - OWNER
Reini grew up on the river and has a multitude of professional experience as a guide, instructor, coach, operator and manager in the outdoor industry. Besides fishing he has lead groups on multi-day/week trips in backcountry skiing, ski racing, river rafting, and hunting. His passion and professional experience for backcountry operations date back more than 20 years when working and growing up within a family business environment. He has also been managing and consulting in the outdoor adventure and sporting goods industry in Europe.
Reini was born in Austria and besides English he also speaks fluently German (native tongue) as well as French. Drawing from his both culturally and athletically international backgrounds he serves a diverse multi-national clientel. With a passion for teaching, he equally enjoys sharing his experience with his staff and clients. Maturing and growing a company to offer quality guided fishing and outdoor adventure day trip operations in the Interior of Alaska for 12 month of the year is an integral part of his philosophy. His professional guide team leads trips year round while also residing in the Interior. He believes that by guiding and knowing the local waters and backcountry both summer and winter, him and his passionate guides can provide a higher expertise and a better experience for the client. Last but not least with his company he is driven to provide high level guiding in Fairbanks combined with a personable experience, that leads to the realization of the once in a lifetime trip potential of each tour.
Reini has a USCG Boat Captain’s license, is a graduate of the University of Alaska, holding a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He is an alumni of the UAA NCAA Ski Team, an internationally certified ski instructor/guide, and USSA downhill ski racing coach.
LOGAN RICKETTS - FOUNDER (1967 - †2016)
Logan moved to Alaska at the age of one, a more or less lifelong Alaskan. His more then 20 years of experience guiding, floating, and fishing the Alaska Wilderness were the cornerstone in the organization of high quality remote wilderness trips of Alaska Fishing and Raft Adventure. His well known passion and professional knowledge defined the founding philosophy and success of this company to this date. His life as a guide and angler offered stories worth many nights on the campfire. With great sadness, but deep joy to have been able to share many memorable river, and outdoor experiences together we had to accept his too early passing. Logan was a relentless advocate for conservation, sustainable tourism, fly fishing ethics and foremost a leave no trace behind philosophy. He touched many lives and hearts in our community as a fishing guide, and entrepreneur, competitor, coach, and of course a respected member of the community. Many may say that no one in Interior Alaska has ever had so much passion for floating and fishing the Alaskan wild rivers as him. During his fight with a crippling disease, that offered no mercy, he remained an inspiration with his positive view on life. Logan will certainly be missed by many; however we also know that he would never want anybody to waste a cast or turn for sorrow.
Logan was an active entrepreneur for almost 2 decades and is the founder of Alaska fishing and Raft Adventures as well as co-founder of Aurora Borealis Lodge. He further was a respected ski racing coach for the Fairbanks Alpine Ski Club (FASC). Logan passed on his baton but his legacy remains a key value in the operation of any guided tours of Alaska Fishing and Raft Adventures!
Yelling “Fish-“ or “Bow on” with an ear to ear grin on his face is the Logan that will always be remembered.
OUR AMAZING GUIDES
Andy – Guide (dog/spin/ice/raft; IFMGA certified mountain guide)
Larry – Guide/Mountain Man (fly/spin/raft/ice)
Josh – Guide (spin/raft/ice/snogo)
Caleb – Guide (spin/raft/ice/aurora/snogo)
David – Guide (ice/aurora)
Jim – Guide (ice/aurora/snogo)
Amaris – Guide (ice/aurora)
Brian – Guide/rod builder (fly/spin/raft)
Mike – Guide (fly/spin/raft/ice/aurora)
Jason – Guide/Adventurer (fly/spin/raft/ice/snogo)
Heather – Guide (ice/aurora)
Reini – Guide/Owner (USCG Captain/fly/spin/raft/jet/ice/dog/snogo/aurora)
ON YOUR FLY OR SPIN FISHING TRIP AND WILDLIFE VIEWING OR FISHING FLOAT TRIP IN INTERIOR ALASKA, FAIR
#1- No Crowds
Thousands come to Alaska each year to enjoy this great wilderness and its sportfishing. The term “combat fishing” elbow-to-elbow was coined from people’s experiences on a few easy access Alaskan rivers. Alaska is a huge state with immense wilderness and world-class sportfishing found throughout. We invite you to step off the beaten path and experience Alaska’s wilderness without crowds! On most of our trips, you will see very few, if any, other people!
Our trips offer road accessibility, thus eliminating the cost of expensive bush plane or charter flights. But don’t worry! This doesn’t mean crowds! It means affordability and intimate wilderness experiences without having to pay more than you should. These trips include state park areas and rivers, which have been praised for their scenic and/or exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities (including first class sportfishing opportunities).
#3- Local Guides
We are unlike any other guiding operations. Firstly we operate guided day fishing trips year round and secondly our tours are not managed by seasonal employees. Alaska Fishing & Raft Adventures employs experienced guides who reside in Alaska and mostly also guide for us year-round (summer and winter). This philosophy provides our guests with the most knowledgeable and experienced guides of Interior Alaska. In addition, by employing only those with the outstanding people skills, we assure that you will always have an exciting and memorable time.
#4- The Best Equipment
Our guests are provided with fishing gear that has withstood the test and proven itself in the field! Our boats are equiped with custom fishing frame setups and are expedition grade inflatable river rafts. Our boats are spacious, safe and designed to perform in the rigors of commercial guiding in Alaska! Our fabled ice fishing cabins are solar powered, fully insulated, heated, and have panoramic windows to view the Northern Lights while ice fishing and eating your fresh caught salmon. Our snowmobile fleet consists of new Arctic Cat Lynx 540 the most maneuverable and quick learning chassis on the market.
#5 – Quality camping in the Wilderness
A camping trip in the Alaskan wilderness can be under sometimes unexpected and though weather conditions. Quality brand and large size tents are provided for our overnight and multi-day camping trips. Spacious two-, four- or six person tents are used to host 1-4 people in each. Our camp systems are field tested and developed over many years. You will be sleeping on thick, thermal inflatable pads to ensure you are warm and comfortable.
#6 – Quality Cuisine
On our overnight trip we prefer to provide freshly cooked quality meals that may include fish, steaks, pasta, stews, salads, sandwiches, and hearty warm and cold breakfasts among other delicious food items.