Reuben is from New Stuyahok which is on the Nushagak River in SW Alaska and has been fishing it and the Mulchatna River most of his life.
He caught his first rainbow trout when he was three with the aid of his father, Randal Hastings, off the beach in New Stuyahok and was hooked ever since.
His dad Randy, is also a fishing guide, and has been perfecting his craft of chasing Kings and Silvers on the Nushagak for 25 years and sharing his knowledge with his son along the way.
Reuben has been running his own boat on these rivers and many of their tributaries since he was twelve years old, chasing both fish and game.
He grew up living and still practices a subsistence way of life which is very important to him. He commercial fished in Nushagak Bay for sockeye salmon during jr. high and high school, and after completing high school, attended Washington State University for two years before transferring back to Alaska to attend the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.
After completing the first two Bristol Bay Fly Fishing Guide and River Academies that Nanci Morris Lyon instructed (now called the Bristol Bay River Academy) and being told by Nanci that he had a job working for her if he wanted, he decided to give it a try.
He has now been working for Nanci at Bear Trail Lodge since 2011 and he feels the lodge is like an extended family.
Reuben says, “Working for Nanci has been a blessed experience and I believe that I am a better fisherman and guide than I ever could have been on my own, and respect everything that she does for us at the lodge.”