Nathanael D. Motes
Nathanael D. Motes was born and raised deep in the bayou of Southeast Louisiana, right in the heart of Cajun country. He grew up hunting and fishing, and always dreamed of one day going to Alaska to explore the Last Frontier. Motes spent years of hard work honing his entrepreneurship skills, and had success in many small businesses, but even with all of this, he still had the dream of a great Alaskan adventure. After meeting his wife and little convincing, they sold their belongings, and headed north. Motes and his wife found a remote property in Southeast Alaska.
There, nestled on the side of a mountain in the Chilkat Valley, they lived an agrarian lifestyle of hunting, fishing, growing their own crops, foraging, and raising animals. They ran a remote bed and breakfast with a fishing outfit, where they hosted people from all over the world who wanted insight into their amazing lifestyle. As years passed, Motes and his realized how much they really missed running water, flushing toilets, Internet, and yes, the occasional Walmart visit. More importantly, they missed the constant interaction with people on a daily basis, and wanted to see more of what Alaska has to offer.
So, once again, they packed their bags and headed even further north, landing in the Mat-Su Valley. Being this close to Kenai River proved providential. Motes had always heard of the magnificent Kenai King Salmon and he just knew that was going to be his next chase. Through the guidance of God, he crossed paths with Jimmie Jack and the rest is history. He now spends his summer with the amazing Jimmie Jack crew, entertaining clients, chasing salmon, and making as many new friends as possible.
Motes is a foremost fishing guide with experience fishing all over Alaska. He is passionate about fishing, but more importantly dedicated to making sure his clients have a great experience. There’s nothing Nate enjoys more than sharing the river with young anglers. He greatly appreciate spending time teaching the youth how to enjoy and respect the great outdoors. His low pressure guiding philosophy translates into a relaxed group of confident anglers.
No matter what age or skill level all are welcome aboard. Motes is known for going above and beyond and letting his southern hospitality shine on whoever is in his presence. He brought a famous tagline from Louisiana with him to Alaska, “Laissez les bon temps roulez” (Let the good times roll.)