Have you ever booked a trip to a remote fishing destination only to get there and find that the guides are not up to par?  Well, you won't have that problem at the Goodnews River Lodge.  We like to hire not only great fishermen/Guides, but also great guys who truly enjoy being around people.  And we're especially excited to say that in 2018 all of our guides have had prior experience on the Goodnews River.  All of our guides are licensed and guide full time, with summers spent at the Goodnews River Lodge, and the rest of the year on their home waters in places like the Keys, Oregon, Louisiana, the Rockies, and Michigan.  Most of them return every year to their favorite fishing hole, and each has his own favorite fish, methods, and sections of the River.  That's why we have you fish with a different guide every day.  They're all great, and you'll love the time you spend on the water with each of them.  Here is who you will be fishing with on a trip to the Goodnews River Lodge in 2018.

Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Jeff Arnold

Head Guide, Owner and CEO of JeffCo Industries, as well as COO of the Goodnews River Lodge, Jeff wears many hats.  He has guided from Belize to the Keys to Alaska, and is one of the finest guides you'll ever fish with. In the off season he spends his time in Louisiana sight fishing to some of the largest Redfish available.  Jeff is our resident expert on Rainbows and Dollys on the South Fork of the Goodnews, and manages that stretch solely. You could sum up Jeff's favorite fishing method in 3 simple words. Mice. Mice. Mice. This will be his 14h season guiding for GNRL.


Eric Leininger

Eric's called Oregon his home for the last 15 years, and guides for Northwest Fly Fishing Outfitters out of Portland when he's not in Alaska.  This has him targeting anadromous fish year round.  Eric is a G.Loomis Pro Ambassador, our Spey Guru, Social Media Manager, and a Steelhead fanatic. This will be his 8th season on the Goodnews.

Ross Swanson

Ross is our go-to man when it comes to the Middle Fork branch. From chucking streamers to Indy fishing with flesh & beads, he's got you covered. His nickname "Smiley" is a nod to his laid back personality and relaxed guiding style. There's no wonder why he stays busy guiding back home in Michigan for Trout and Steelhead. With a recent degree in Communications from Ferris University, he's bringing back all his knowledge to GNRL for his 5th season.


Kyle Sawyer

Kyle has been putting on quite the Grayling clinic lately, taping multiple fish over 20 inches the last few seasons.  Last year he stepped up his game and boated multiple Kings in the 30-40lb range as well.  So wether he's hiking guests into the Sacred Pools, getting them their limits of waterfowl during our Cast & Blast week, or swinging up some beast chromers Kyle has been a great addition to the GNRL family.  This will be his 5th season on the Goodnews.


Steven Cratty

Cratty, as he's known around camp is not your typical guide.  He doesn't sport a hat, his shades aren't Smith or Costas, he's not draped head to toe in Simms, and he doesn't have a beard.  Well, that last one isn't by choice.  Point is, this guy walks to the beat of his own drum.  Now living in Louisiana, he spends his off season guiding for Redfish in the Biloxi Marsh.  This will be his 6th season at GNRL. 


John Napolitano

Johnny is another GNRL success story.  With seasons of consistent hard work and a willingness to learn under his belt, he climbed the ranks through Support Staff to secure a full time Guide position as of last season.  He's back in the line-up this season, and with repeat requests to fish from clients, we guess he's doing a bang up job. This will be his 3rd year.

Jan Stewart

If experience counts for anything, then Jan is worth his weight in gold. Growing up in Goodnews and running the river from an early age has made him incredibly knowledgable, as well as a steward for the watershed. Spending his last few years as the official River Ranger of Goodnews he's spent extensive time running the river from the mouth to the upper reaches, all the while fishing in between.  Every guide has their hot spots, it's just that Jan might have a few more.


Mitch Clermont


Mitch did a great job for us last year and so he's back for season two in 2018.  Between giving our fish hugs and high fives, Mitch is a real pro on and off the water.  Always willing to give a helping hand around camp and willing to take the extra time on the river makes him an important part of our team.  Just an all around great guy, we're stoked to have him aboard.