Austral River Lodge / The Team
Steffen Juhl, Program Manager
In the early 1990’s, Steffen Juhl began traveling in the former Soviet Union, fishing remote areas like the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Far East and the Kola Peninsula in the Arctic northwest. As part of the first generation of foreign anglers to visit the Kola region, he was a pioneer in developing some of the world’s finest salmon camps. For over 25 years Steffen managed camps and fishing programs on now famous rivers such as the Umba, Kharlovka, Rynda, Yokanga, Varzuga and Ponoi.
Outside of Russia, in a career spanning nearly three decades, Steffen has logged thousands of miles pursuing steelhead, Atlantic salmon, Chinook and other desirable anadromous fish. After several years working with many of the largest tour operators and tackle makers in Scandinavia, Steffen decided to go solo. He launched Salmon Junkies in 2010, a company with firm beliefs in closely interacting with a few carefully selected programs and in building long-term friendships with its guests. Following that philosophy, Steffen will be on site to manage and host Austral River Lodge during the entire 2018 season.
AUSTRAL RIVER FISHING GUIDES
Two of the absolutely finest and best salmon and steelhead guides from British Columbia will join forces with Austral River Lodge and Salmon Junkies for the Valley of the Kings program in 2018.
Born and raised in British Columbia, and fishing for as long as he can remember, Matt Moisley is no stranger to salmon rivers. He started guiding over fifteen years ago on the mighty Fraser River for all species of Pacific salmon and the mythical white sturgeon. A summer position led him to North Haven Resorts in Manitoba where he pursued some of the largest pike in all of Canada. In fact, Matt still holds the lodge record for the largest guided pike! His next adventure led him to the world-renowned Dean River where he spent several seasons guiding anglers into steelhead and the river’s legendary Chinook. If there is river in the Northern Hemisphere that resembles our “austral river,” it is the Dean. Matt now owns and operates his own guiding company. When not guiding, he enjoys flyfishing with friends, snowboarding and traveling.
Some young men struggle to choose a career. But for Kaid Teubert one thing has always been certain: He was going to be a fishing guide. Kaid was raised next to the river and Pacific Ocean. This gave him the opportunity at a young age to perfect his craft within walking distance of home. A decade-plus guiding career has led him throughout the British Columbia province in search of the ultimate destination for ocean-bright Chinook and steelhead. Consequently, it’s not by chance that Kaid has made his home in Terrace, BC, on the famous Skeena River, where he spends the better portion of his year guiding anglers into Chinook and steelhead for Nicholas Dean Outdoors. The past four seasons, Salmon Junkies has had the opportunity to share many laughs and great days on the water with Kaid. Knowledgeable and skilled in casting and instruction, he is happy to help anglers of all levels. Kaid’s personality, attitude and attention to detail — mixed with a little superstition (please don’t bring a banana near him!) — are great assets to any fishing program and we’re excited to have both Kaid and Matt onboard.
Our hard working team at Austral River Lodge and the friendly Barril family, who own Austral River Lodge, will make sure you are feel home in the Chilean wilderness. Each member of our small crew knows their job extremely well and all are an important cog in a well-oiled and very cosy package.
Our experienced and salmon-savvy team looks forward to an amazing 2018 season working together with our friends and partner at Austral River Lodge — with many memorable fish, a lot of fun and many more seasons to come!