have fished with Mr. Hardy for over ten years now and
he is an excellent guide and fly fisherman.
Hardy definitely knows where the fish live (he's fished
these rivers for over 30 years) and is considered
in the industry, to be one of the best fisherman on
any river in Alaska, including the world-class Upper
Kenai River above and
below Skilak Lake.
Dennis A. Rofoli
fished with Dan for many years. Whether you're
an amateur or an expert, fishing with Dan is
always a learning and fun experience. Dan offers
all the possibilities for an unforgettable day
of fishing. He keeps your abilities and interests
in mind to create your adventure of a lifetime.
Alaskan resident and fly fisher since 1980
Alaskan licensed guide and fly fishing instructor
Alaska Fly Fishers contributing writer and member
just want to let you know how much my son Josh
and I learned from fishing with you this summer.
I appreciate the fact that you use only the highest
quality gear, including your boats, rafts, and
fishing gear. Josh could not have won the 2003
Susitna King Salmon Derby without you. It was
a great trip and his 59 lb Trophy is now hanging
on the wall. The fact that you are not "grounded" to
one river is very attractive to clients, as we
know the fishing conditions in Alaska are different
in every drainage. I will recommend you to all
our guests. Thank You!
Alaska Raft And Kayak
Hardy has been my Alaskan guide of choice for
the past ten years. Dan has extensive knowledge
of all fishing styles and specific techniques,
that equal success in several Alaskan rivers
and lakes. As a life-long educator, I appreciate
Dan's teaching ability and personal touch regarding
the history of the area.
can offer interesting information about our wildlife,
and his story telling ability is a great plus.
If you want to learn how to fish in Alaska, and
catch the "big one", Dan Hardy is your
Mears Middle School
have had the opportunity on many occassions to
fish with Dan Hardy, owner of D Ray Personal
Guide Service. Dan has taken me fishing from
Northern to Southern Alaska. Every trip has been
Dan's knowledge with regards to catching trophy
fish is World Class. Dan's trips are custom tailored
to meet your needs and expections. If you do
not have a favorite rod yet, don't worry, Dan
has the highest quality gear, such as G Loomis,
Sage, Orvis and Pate.
will not find a finer Professional Guide, or
person for that matter. Dan is one of those guys
that can fish in the boat next to yours and will
land thirty fish to your one. Don't take my word
for it, ask around, or better yet, book a trip
with D Ray Personal Guide
Service. Dan exemplifies the highest standards set forth by quality
outfitters. He is one of the finest men you will ever meet. I highly
recommend Dan Hardy without reservation.
Wedbush Morgan Securities
Senior Vice President
Hardy is the most knowledgeable and skilled freshwater
flyfisherman I know. Through the years, he has
improved my casting,
fly tying, and fish fighting skills. (Ask him
about the dynamic draw!) He's modest, yet competitve,
well known, and respected in Alaska. (See
past isssues of Fish Alaska)
have fished with Dan sometimes a week at at time
and he is still teaching me and honing my angling
skills. Only distance and my schedule prevent
me from camping on his doorstep. No doubt I will
regret this endorsement, because increased exposure
for Dan, will result in a busier schedule for
him and less available dates for me.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
have fished with Dan Hardy of D-Rays Personal
Guide Service, for over fourteen years. We have
done it all, from spring steelhead in Yakutat,
to flyfishing the salt for sea bass, to salmon
in the summer, to monster "bows" and
steelhead in the fall.
is an expert in the pursuit of trophy rainbows
and steelhead. I'm talking fish of a life-time!
Without question, he is one of the most knowledgeable
anglers I have ever met. Please feel free to
contact me. In fact I encourage you to. I may
be reached at (907)-227-3782.
have fished many places all over the world and
with many guides. Dan has all the attributes
I have found in some of the world's best guides.
He is very affable, knowledgeable and certainly
knows how to catch fish. More
importantly, he can teach people what they need
to know to have a successful angling experience.
Whether it is small stream fishing for rainbow
trout/steelhead or larger water for trophy king
salmon, Dan can tailor your trip to fit your
needs and experience. I look forward in anticipation
of my next outing with him........it is sure
to be a lot of fun!
fly fishing trips with D-Ray have been very memorable.
Dan is very helpful, and has the patience needed
to be an outstanding guide. I have landed some
of the biggest rainbows ever while fishing with
Dan. If trophy trout is what your after, Dan
will hook you up.
World Wide Angler Fly Shop
Hardy - My Guide, My Friend
January 2003, I began my search for an Alaska
guide. My wife, 2 sons and a son’s roommate,
and I planned on spending a week in Anchorage
at the end of July. My youngest son will be attending
The University of Alaska Anchorage in fall of
2004 and wanted to see the school. We had never
been to Alaska so we decided to fish and see
the area since we were there. This led to my
guide search. It turned out to be more difficult
than I had anticipated.
a flyshop manager and teacher in Colorado, I
had too many connections and advisors. I had
tons of suggestions on lodges, but it was not
possible with five people and school - teacher
salaries. We decided that I would arrive three
days before my family, hire a guide, and learn
how to fish and where to fish in the Anchorage
area. To accomplish this task, I interviewed
8 different guides including a man named Dan
Hardy recommended by a customer at the fly shop.
After many phone calls and e-mails – I
decided on Dan. In retrospect, it was an excellent
choice – the man who was born and raised
was amazing from my very first e-mail. He was
so patient in his answers to my e-mails as well
as during numerous phone calls. I would come
to find out that this was just the beginning.
I was used to the guides we have here in the
west. Being in the business, I have been lucky
enough to float with some amazing guides over
the last 8 years. I know what to expect, and
I expect a lot. Dan, in my mind, took guiding
to another level. The minute you met Dan you
feel like you have known him for years. I spent
two days floating with him - the first for trout
and the second for salmon. It was exactly what
I wanted. For two days, Dan answered my questions
about techniques as well as locations to take
my family. During this time, Dan became not just
my guide but also my host. The third day, my
plan was to explore Anchorage a bit. I got a
call I didn’t expect. It was Dan. He asked
if I wanted to see a place I could take my family
fishing in Anchorage. On his day off, he picked
me up and continued to show me where and how
to fish Alaska. That night, I even had dinner
with his family. Over the next seven days, Dan
called every day. He wanted to know how we did,
where we planned on fishing and how things were
going. He also offered advice and really looked
out for our well - being. He was so amazing,
I had felt bad my family wouldn’t get to
know him but that was resolved with a float on
the Kenai. It turned out to be one of those days
that families talk about around the holiday table – all
five of us fishing the Kenai together. In fact,
we have a picture Dan sent us of our family on
his boat hanging in our dining room. I knew he
could work with adults but three very excited
boys could be a challenge. Yet he handled it
like everything else I saw him do - with ease.
I found he has an amazing ability to work with
all ages from my 17 year old to the 23 year olds
as well as my wife. My wife’s age was not
to be discussed. It was truly an amazing time.
Hardy, D-Ray as the kids call him, made our Alaska
trip unforgettable. I expected a guide. What
I got was a friend. Dan took my families’ time
in Alaska and dedicated his time, energy and
resources toward making it the best possible
time for us. In the 10 days I spent there Dan
became not just a guide but also a friend and
a part of our family. Dan is truly a gifted guide
and an amazing person. As I have said to fly
shop customers many times since my return, I
would highly recommend Dan and do so without