Tim Helvey, a U.S. Air Force veteran, has been guiding in Alaska for more than 20 years.
Originally from Forks, Washington, he came to Alaska for the first time on a fishing adventure with his dad. Want to guess where he fished? That’s right—Bear Trail Lodge! Tim fell in love with the fishing, the community and his future wife, and he’s been “hooked” ever since.
After teaching and coaching careers in Bristol Bay, Ninilchik and Anchorage, Tim now resides full time in Eagle River, Alaska, where he is the principal at Eagle River High School. He continues to be an active community member, spending countless hours (and days, and weeks and months) developing and assisting youth education and sport programs.
When he’s not fishing or at the school, he enjoys hunting, brewing his own beer and hanging out with his two young boys. If you like hunting stories, ask him about his recent bison kill or the first moose he got with his bow. If you don’t like hunting stories…do NOT bring this up. You’ve been warned.