Q&A With Andrew Scrivo of DragonFly Fishing Guides
It’s often said that people make the place, and we couldn’t agree more. Our new spotlight series introduces you to Seward Chamber of Commerce members who make our community an incredible place to live, work and play. This week we’re proud to profile the Kenai Peninsula’s only Seward-based fly fishing company.
DragonFly Fishing Guides is a locally-owned small business. Unlike many outfitters in Alaska, DragonFly employs full-time professional guides and Alaska residents. They fish our rivers, lakes and streams year round.
We recently sat down with Andrew to learn more about the journey he has taken as a small business owner in Seward.
Tell us briefly about your business. What do you do and who are your customers?
We offer fully guided drift boat fly fishing trips on the wildest parts of the Kenai River, as well as hike-in float tube fly fishing on remote lakes in the Seward area. Our customers are people young and old who want to experience Alaska by way of the fly rod, at the pace of the current.
How long have you lived in Seward? What first brought you here?
We moved to Seward from the bush in 2012. It was honestly the beauty that brought us here. We wanted to live where the mountains meet the sea. I’m astounded by the beauty every time it’s nice out!
What do you like most about living and working in Seward?
I haven’t lived in too many other places, and I’m still relatively new to business ownership, but I think Seward is really unique in that all the businesses are working together to be successful. There is a lot of friendly networking going on and mutual support, which is awesome.
There’s also a lot of opportunities for businesses to give back to the community, and so many of them do. It’s not really about competing with each other here; there’s a much greater spirit of all being in it together. I think business owners elsewhere don’t have that. People are very supportive of each other too, which makes Seward a great place to live.
What makes your business special or unique? In other words, what are you known for?
We are known for building our business around honesty and providing clients with high-quality fly fishing experiences. We do not mix parties to fill our boats. While we could be making more money by doing that, I think it goes a long way that we don’t. Our clients can tell that we do everything in our power to give them their trip of a lifetime. It’s about them, not us.
What would people be surprised to learn about your business or your journey as a business owner?
I think people would be surprised to learn that about 50% of our clientele are complete novices to fly fishing. So, don’t let that deter you! We can teach you enough to have fun and catch fish in a matter of minutes.
Tell us about a product or service that you’re particularly proud of.
I think our hike-in float tube trips are an amazing and unique experience. Trekking through the wilderness into a remote, isolated lake to leisurely kick around in a float tube, peering into crystal clear water, and fly casting to hungry fish is an entirely different kind of fly fishing experience. That’s exactly what we want for our clients: high-quality wilderness fly fishing experiences tailored to their wants and needs.
Tell us about a community member in Seward who you admire.
Fred Moore is a great friend of mine and I admire him greatly for many things: his ingenuity, work ethic, self-sustainability, and don’t get me started on his garden!
How do you spend your free time?
I spend almost all of my free time with my wife, Katy, and our 20-month-old twins, River and Iris; they are truly amazing. Believe it or not, I go fishing when I can.
Where’s your favorite spot in Seward to unwind?
4th of July Beach! I just love it out there, and so do my dogs.
There are so many great wilderness areas to explore around Seward and Kenai Fjords. If you had a free weekend, where would you go?
This time of year, I would probably head up a trail with the family to one of the many rental cabins and dig in for the weekend.
Feature Image: Owner Andrew Scrivo knows the best spots to target salmon, dolly varden, and trophy rainbows. Photo courtesy of DragonFly Fishing Guides.
For more information about DragonFly Fishing Guides or to book a trip, click here or call 907.491.1018.