Team Saltery

Dave & Alana

Greetings from Lodge Owners, Dave & Alana!

Saltery Lake Lodge was originally owned by my grandfather Jim Magoffin. It was used as a rest and relaxation area for the employees of Alaska International Air, a small airline he started in the 1960s. Airline pilots, baggage handlers, and mechanics were invited to enjoy the lodge when they weren't busy helping build the Trans Alaska Pipeline. 

Naturally, I grew up spending my summers on Saltery Lake. It is here that I caught my first salmon, saw my biggest bear, and learned how to truly appreciate Alaska. My best childhood memories involve flying in bush planes and hauling in salmon that seemed bigger than me at the time. 

As the owner and operator of Saltery Lake Lodge, this place is still as special as it was when I was a kid. While I take care of the nitty-gritty flying and filleting, Alana is excited to share her culinary skills with you. She is dedicated to producing hearty meals that will satisfy even the most hard core angler. From Dolly Varden Trout Taco Tuesday lunches to Friday’s Filet Mignon Surf and Turf dinners, Alana could take on any restaurant in the last frontier and win!  

We invite you to continue our family tradition by hopping in my plane and letting us show you why my grandfather fell in love with this place nearly 50 years ago. Alana and I cannot wait to share the best salmon fishing that our home state has to offer.

We hope to see you this summer for your Alaska fishing adventure!

-Dave & Alana

The Guides

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Nick Slomski 

Nick grew up on the small brook trout streams and farm ponds of Eastern Wisconsin. After completing his training as an airplane mechanic, the headed the call of the mountains and moved to Colorado. He worked at ski resorts by night and fished the Eagle, The Gore, and Roaring Fork rivers by day. After 6 years of Colorado goodness, he moved to Coeur d Alene, ID where he was hired on as a flyfishing guide at ROW Adventures, the largest outfitter in Idaho. It was here that he quickly became the lead guide for all trout and steelhead trips, a job he enjoyed for nearly a decade. Continuing to follow his passion further north, Nick joined us at Saltery Lake Lodge in 2017. Our clients are lucky enough to share the Alaskan wilderness with this world-class, river-tested guide.

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Elliott Adler

Another Wisconsin-born fishmonger, Elliott has been with Saltery Lake Lodge since 2016. His passion for flyfishing has led him on numerous cross-country roadtrips and eventually up to Alaska. When he’s not at guiding for Saltery, Elliott works as the Assistant Editor for The Drake Magazine, a flyfishing publication based in Denver, Colorado. He also produces the magazine’s weekly podcast, The DrakeCast. Elliott can’t wait to man the net when you to hook into the fish of a lifetime.

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Chris Starr

Hailing from further south than his compatriots, Chris got his start fishing the surprisingly varied waters of Texas. After gaining recognition as a bareback rodeo star, Chris moved to Montana to satisfy his insatiable appetite for all-things-fly where he received a degree from Montana State University.  While in Montana, Chris tended pack horses and clients as they scoured the Bob Marshal Wilderness Area in search of Bull Trout. His experience on the flats of the Gulf of Mexico and the icy rivers of the Rocky Mountains have refined his knowledge and understanding of every aspect of fly fishing. Chris has been with Saltery since 2015.

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Tyler Steffens

Tyler sharpened his fly fishing teeth on Washington's Yakima river while earning a degree in biology/pre-med from Central Washington University. Following his graduation, Tyler stuck around to guide and explore the area. Over the years he has guided myriad rivers in Washington and Idaho where he eventually met fellow Saltery Lodge guide, Nick Slomski. Tyler's passion is to chase big anadromous fish with a spey rod, but is well-versed in it all and can't wait to share his passion and love for the sport.