Chef and Culinary Staff
- Benjamin KleinRecently joining the team at Angler’s Alibi, Chef Ben looks forward to using his experience in fine dining to bring a bit of rustic elegance to the Alaskan back-country, while utilizing the amazing abundance of natural resources available at our fingertips. We’ve already started coming up with new menu items for this summer including a hot soup and premium sandwich program for lunch, innovative and delicious fresh salmon recipes, and a variety of fresh baked breads.
Chef Ben is from a small town, on the side of a lake, in the middle of rural Maine. From a very young age, he started cooking alongside his mother and grandmother with great food always creating fond memories and serving as a cohesive force for the family. At the young age of 15, Ben began working in kitchens washing dishes and doing basic prep work.
In 2002, Ben came to Colorado to study Spanish Business Translation at the University of Colorado at Boulder. However, he found himself continuing to cook in restaurants and reading cookbooks instead of attending to his collegiate responsibilities. After cooking in Boulder for four years and a few years cooking in the Vail valley at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago in the Ritz Carlton hotel and Thomas Salamunovich’s Larkspur, Ben made a culinary pilgrimage to Chicago to test his abilities. After almost a year at two-Michelin Star Graham Elliot and countless stages in the city’s top Michelin-rated restaurants, Ben returned to Colorado and worked as a sous chef for the Brasserie Ten Ten in Boulder and Trillium in Denver.
I look forward to serving the best of what the Alagnak River has to offer!Read moreRead less
World Class Alaska Guides
- Capt. John PerryOwner/ManagerJohn grew up in Michigan on an island called Grosse Ile, in the mouth of the Detroit River and Lake Erie. It was here, surrounded by great fishing and waterfowl hunting that John developed a passion for the outdoors. John moved to Colorado to chase trout in the summers and ski patrol in the winters. John had the privilege to start guiding for Angler’s Alibi with his fly fishing mentor TR Rafferty the second year it was in business. He left a head guide job in Colorado to pursue bigger and better fish.
Over the years he has enjoyed developing lifelong friendships with the guests and witnessing the most consistent, unbelievable fishing this planet has to offer. John will continue to offer a superior level of service to guests at Angler’s Alibi and will keep the fishing program the utmost priority. He resides in Colorado in the off season with his wife Holly, and their 2 boys, River and Grey.Read moreRead less
- Dr. and Capt. Jim TilleyJim started fishing the Alagnak as a guest at Angler’s Alibi in the lodge’s first year, 1994. He has been back every year since, and as a guide for the last 10 years. Jim is a Colorado native living in the Northern Arizona Mountains and works part time as a veterinarian when he isn’t fishing.
He loves backpacking into the Grand Canyon to fly-fish the Colorado River and its tributaries. Over the years Jim has made countless friends with the guests and staff members alike at Angler’s Alibi. The Alagnak and the nearby fly-out destinations are his favorite waters in the world to fish.Read moreRead less
- Capt. T.R. RaffertyT.R is originally from Michigan, where he grew up fishing lakes and small streams for trout, pan-fish, bass and pike. In his teen years, he started fishing the tributaries for lake run coho and Chinook salmon both on the fly and with gear. He moved to Colorado in the late 70′s and began fishing for trout in the many rivers west of Denver around Summit Co.
He began guiding in 1986 and fished rivers like the Blue, South Platte, Colorado, Eagle and high mountain lakes. He has been a certified Fly Casting Instructor since 1992 and still teaches fly-tying during the winter months. He guided on the Alagnak from 1993 to 1997 and helped start what is now Angler’s Alibi. He now resides in Driggs, Idaho, just west of Jackson, Wyoming. During the summer months he fishes and guides on the Teton, South Fork, Henry’s Fork, Snake, and other streams and rivers in the Greater Yellowstone area. He spends his winter months chasing Largemouth Bass in East Texas and also fishes the Gulf Coast for Redfish and Speckled Trout.
TR is now an integral part of our spey casting program at Angler’s. TR is by far the best casting instructor we have and can have a total beginner throwing tight loops on the single handed rod, or throwing the “snap T” on the double handed fly rod. This has been a fun and new way to catch salmon on the fly at Angler’s the past couple of seasons.Read moreRead less
- Capt. John LandryCaptain John Landry will be returning to the Alagnak River again with Angler’s Alibi. John spends his summers with us and lives and guides in Southwest Florida the rest of the year. In Florida, John guides customers for tarpon, snook, redfish, and permit. He has experience fishing all over the country, from stalking big browns and rainbows in Montana to chasing bluefin tuna off Cape Cod. His reputation at Angler’s Alibi is one of high regard. John Landry is no doubt one of the best guides to ever work the waters on the Alagnak River with Angler’s Alibi in 20 years. He is highly requested week in and week out with the customers at Angler’s. Everyone of the customers wants a chance to spend some quality time on the river with John during their week.
John’s two favorite salmon are the king and silver salmon which he loves to target on the fly. When he is not making his customers laugh and enjoy catching huge salmon on the fly, he can be found back at Angler’s utilizing his “bush” carpentry skills to add some great rustic touches to the place like his custom made railing systems.Read moreRead less
- Capt. Lance DuttonLance Dutton comes from the greater Denver area. He is a well versed guide with skills in all aspects of not only fly fishing, but spin fishing as well. He developed some new techniques last season on the Alagnak River, uncovering some unknown grayling water very close to our lodge in the tidewater, once thought of as not being a grayling area in the river system.
We look forward to having lance with us this coming summer as a member of our guide staff. He brought a great vibe to our guide staff last year with his multiple skills both on the water and around the lodge. If we have motor issues, or have to try and catch some fish quick, lance is our Alaska fishing guide!Read moreRead less
Alaska Fishing Lodge History
- Karl StorathFounder & OwnerKarl Storath started out guiding for No See Um lodge (www.noseeumlodge.com) in the 70’s with owner Jack Holman, an Alaska fishing lodge history legend. Karl then founded Angler’s Alibi in the early 90’s and set a standard for excellence. It was his goal to catch more fish than any other lodge in Alaska, and provide the best possible hospitality and service to our guests, that put Angler’s Alibi on the map. Karl utilized his innate ability to entertain guests with his great story telling around the dinner table, as well as his great sense of humor and volumes of great Alaskan stories from the bush.
Karl owned a restaurant in upstate New York, and took this success to Angler’s in the way of how we operate the dining room, prepare the meals, and supply the guests with exactly what they want to eat on a daily basis. Our meals are served, not done in a “cafeteria” style like a lot of lodges. This attention to detail in the dinners and breakfasts, as well as little things like bringing coffee or tea to your bedside as a wake up call, are all ideas that Karl initiated that are now part of the overall blueprint of how we operate today at Angler’s Alibi.
Karl was an innovator, and with desire to catch the most fish on the river, he developed some techniques that we use today to catch a little more fish than most on a daily basis, especially the king salmon.
It was this foundation that started Angler’s Alibi and keeps one of the highest return rates in the business. Thanks to Karl Storath, Angler’s Alibi continues to be, by far one of the best, if not the best, deluxe tent lodge in Alaska. We are featured in the book “Rods and Wings”, and are considered to be part of the Alaska fishing lodge History.Read moreRead less