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Hilltown AnglersExcellentHilltown Anglers5.0 Based on 26 reviews fromSee all reviews review us onGrant MorrisGrant Morris ★★★★★ When I hire a guide I’m not just hiring someone who can put me onto fish, I’m hiring someone I don’t mind spending 8 hours in a boat with. Brian is a great guy who will also put you on fish any time of the year and take great care of you while you’re out on the water. Looking forward to dry fly season and getting out with him again.Response from the ownerGrant, I’m glad you enjoyed your experience winter fly fishing on the Deerfield River with me, it was great having you in the boat for the day!!! Roseanna LacasRoseanna Lacas ★★★★★ Brian is knowledgeable, personable, and gets you into some great fish. He has a stellar familiarity with the river and how it fishes based on the time of year and flows. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone wanting to float the Deerfield looking for wild fish.Response from the ownerThanks for the wonderful review and referral Rosie. I’m glad you enjoyed your first float trip, strong work pulling tight lines!!! Matthew ChipmanMatthew Chipman ★★★★★ Brian is an extremely knowledgeable, personable, and professional guide. I had an excellent day on the water with him and was really impressed by his knowledge of the river and also his method of guiding which is centered around communication with the client and making sure they understand the strategies and tactics being employed. I look forward to fishing again with him in the future.Response from the ownerIt was great having you out Matt and thank you for the kind words. I work hard to cater to each individual client, hoping to exceed their expectations in every trip. I look forward to having you out again! Fred SchroederFred Schroeder ★★★★★ I’ve had the opportunity to fish with Brian a handful of times now and I can’t recommend getting on the water with him enough! Each time I leave having learned a ton of knowledge regarding patterns and techniques to approaching our local fisheries. Whether you’re just looking to get into fly fishing or are already a seasoned streamer junkie, you’re sure to have some fun AND leave the trip a better angler.Response from the ownerThanks Fred, it’s always great having you and Michala out on the water! Michael McGowanMichael McGowan ★★★★★ Our fly-fishing club spent the day for a group float trip with the Hilltown Anglers team. The whole trip was meticulously organized and well run. I had never done a float trip and will definitely do it again. Intricate knowledge of the river and I learned some new technics for different rigs.I certainly would recommend Hilltown Anglers. It was overall a terrific experience on a cool November day.Response from the ownerThank you kindly for the review and recommendation Mike. It was great having you and the club out on the water, I’m truly glad you enjoyed the day! Benjamin WhiteBenjamin White ★★★★★ great day on the water with a great group of guides! very friendly and clearly knew the water well.Response from the ownerThanks for joining us Ben, I’m glad you enjoyed the day on the water! William WormWilliam Worm ★★★★★ Brian is a fantastic guide! Super knowledgeable about the local history and fishing conditions. Had a fantastic day floating the Deerfield with him and caught a ton of fish. Even doubled up! Can’t wait to hit it againResponse from the ownerThank you for the kind words William, I’m glad you enjoyed the float trip. Great work out there! David LeeDavid Lee ★★★★★ Believe it or not, the trout fishing season in Massachusetts does not end in winter. Brian is the best guide in our area. I have fished numerous times with Brian and I have learned so much from him. I highly recommend him for a guided fly fishing trip in Western Massachusetts!Response from the ownerThanks David, it’s always a pleasure having you out! Kara HayhurstKara Hayhurst ★★★★★ I’ve been fly fishing with Brian many times and it is always an amazing experience! I was a beginner when I started booking trips with him and my knowledge and capabilities have drastically improved thanks to his patience and his guiding/teaching skills. I’m obsessed with wildlife so he always stops and helps me get a better view when we see bald eagles, beavers, herons, etc. because he really cares about his clients having the best time on the water as possible. I highly recommend booking a trip with Brian!Response from the ownerThanks Kara, I truly appreciate your enthusiasm and love for the outdoors and fishing! Robert HubertRobert Hubert ★★★★★ Went on my first fly fishing trip with Brian. He is very patient when it comes to beginners like myself, which made the trip enjoyable and not stressful. After a few failed attempts with hooking up and him coaching me through what I should be doing I was able to land my first Brown on the fly rod! I couldn’t recommend Hilltown Anglers enough Brian is a great guy to learn from!Response from the ownerThanks RJ, you did great and what a fish for your first time fly fishing! Ryan PuzzoRyan Puzzo ★★★★★ Hilltown Anglers is an exceptional guide service. Brian’s fly fishing float excursion is not only informative but also a ton of fun. Brian is knowledgeable and patient, making it a great learning experience for both beginners and experienced anglers. Brian also works with veteran non-profits, specifically Rifles to Rods. If you’re looking for something different Brian will guide you mousing, which adds an exciting twist to the adventure. I highly recommend Hilltown Anglers for a fantastic fishing experience and good times on the water.Response from the ownerThank you kindly Ryan, I truly enjoy and love what I do. We can never thank our veterans enough, it’s forever my pleasure to share such great memories with each and everyone of them! Max BellarosaMax Bellarosa ★★★★★ Always have a great time with Brian. Pike, trout, and carp are the usual targets but Brian knows where and when to find anything that swims. Very knowledgeable guide not only fishing but also hunting and rafting. He knows this area as well as anyone after living in the Hilltown’s over 40 years. Great guide for teaching beginners but can also help a seasoned outdoorsman refine your skills and target trophies.Response from the ownerThanks for the kind words Max, I always look forward to fishing with you! Thomas FreedmanThomas Freedman ★★★★★ Had a chance to float with Brian recently and had a spectacular day. Brian is professional, organized, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and radiates a passion for what he does. His boat handling and rowing is exceptional and safe. I have been fly fishing for 30+ years and have spent over 10 years as a guide myself. I am fortunate to work with and know some of the finest guides in New England, and I would certainly rank Brian right up there with the best. I highly recommend him.Response from the ownerThank you kindly Tom!Having you out was a treat and I look forward to the next time! Elisbeth RosarioElisbeth Rosario ★★★★★ It was an amazing experience, I didn’t know how to fish and Brian taught me, he was so patient 😅 we cooked some burgers and chicken, best fishing trip ever! 😊Response from the ownerIt was truly my pleasure Elis and you did an awesome job!!! Richard WisemanRichard Wiseman ★★★★★ I floated the Deerfield last week with Brian and had a great day. We caught a bunch of fish on a beautiful day in the Berkshires. I have fished with Brian several times and he is a very fishy guy. I would highly recommend spending a day on the water with him.Response from the ownerThanks a bunch Rich, I always look forward to spending time on the water with you! Tom RobbinsTom Robbins ★★★★★ Brian is not only a first class fishing guide, he’s a longtime friend. Anytime I’m lucky enough to get out with Brian I’m always learning… Fly fishing is a difficult sport and a guide’s ability to effectively teach/instruct clients is crucial. Brian’s welcoming and informative approach always makes for INCREDIBLE fishing days!I would highly, highly recommend Brian to anglers of all ages and skill levels. From novice to expert, you’re going to have an unforgettable day on the water! Thanks Brian!Response from the ownerThank you kindly my friend! I truly love what I do and thoroughly enjoy sharing my knowledge and time on the water with everyone. Brian SteeleBrian Steele ★★★★★ I had a tremendous trip with Brian on the deerfield. Our trip was in the middle of an unexpected heat wave combined with low flows that made for very difficult fishing but that didn’t matter. Brian knew exactly the holes where the fish would be hiding and put us on more fish than he promised. He was also extremely kind and helpful for my friend who was fly fishing for the first time. He was patient and helped him land a couple trout of his own. All in all it was the best guided experience of my life. The deerfield is a beautiful river and Brian is one of the elite guides in America!!! 10/10 would highly recommend booking a trip with him!!!!Response from the ownerThank you kindly Brian!I’m glad you had such an enjoyable experience! Michael JenningsMichael Jennings ★★★★★ Brian is an incredible guide. He knows where to find the trophy trout! I’ve been on a number of floats with him looking for big browns and pike. He will put you on the fish and you will learn a ton! Great guy to hang with on the river too!Response from the ownerMuch appreciated Mike!I always look forward to having you in the boat. Paul PinettePaul Pinette ★★★★★ I recently floated the Deerfield with Hilltown Anglers. Brian was great, he worked hard to get us on fish. He is extremely knowledgeable about the river & the area. This was the second time I did a float trip with Brian and will definitely do it again.Response from the ownerThanks Paul!It was sincerely a pleasure having you out for the day again. James MoreauJames Moreau ★★★★★ Brian makes it extremely fun and easy to get out on the water, catch fish, and learn and have fun while doing it. He listens to what his customers want and goes above and beyond to make their trip memorable. Can’t recommend Hilltown Anglers enough!Response from the ownerThanks James!I’m glad you enjoyed your trip and had a memorable outing. Kimberly KellyKimberly Kelly ★★★★★ My husband and I just went on our 3rd drift boat trip with Brian and wouldn’t want to go with anyone else. Brian is incredibly knowledgeable about fishing, the outdoors and even the history of the surrounding towns. For someone who doesn’t fly fish often, he is patient and does a fantastic job coaching! Each time is a great experience with fish caught and many great laughs. We can’t wait to book again!Response from the ownerThank you Kim!It’s always good fun having you two out on the water. Jason HaimsJason Haims ★★★★★ Brian is an incredible guy and guide! He’s put me on lots of fish and is a great mentor/outdoorsman who is always looking to help me succeed in the river and woods by always being ‘on call’ to lend his expert advise. Booking a trip with Brian will not only be a great fishing experience, but will also improve your outdoors-sports skills and knowledge.Response from the ownerThanks JasonI always appreciate your interest and enthusiasm, I enjoy every moment of having you out whether it be in the woods or on the water. Jordan HaimsJordan Haims ★★★★★ I had the pleasure to have Brian guide me on my first every fly fishing trip for pike. His knowledge for the fishing and the river was extremely helpful throughout the day which prompted many pike encounters and catches. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience!Response from the ownerThank you JordanThat sure was fun for a rainy spring day! gregory fowlegregory fowle ★★★★★ I had the pleasure of being guided by Brian of HillTown Anglers, and I must say, his attention to detail and extensive knowledge of fly fishing were truly exceptional. From the moment we hit the water, it was evident that Brian’s passion for the sport was infectious.His ability to read the water and understand the behavior of the fish was second to none. Whether it was selecting the right fly pattern or giving expert casting advice, Brian’s guidance was spot-on.What sets Brian apart is his commitment to creating a personalized experience. He took the time to understand my skill level and preferences, ensuring that the day on the river was both enjoyable and educational. His patience and willingness to share his knowledge made the trip all the more rewarding.I left the trip not only with wonderful memories but also with improved fly fishing skills. If you’re looking for a guide who combines expertise with a genuine passion for the sport, I wholeheartedly recommend Brian of Hilltown Anglers. You won’t be disappointed.Response from the ownerThank you kindly my friend!I truly love what I do and thoroughly enjoy sharing every bit of it! Garret SavoieGarret Savoie ★★★★★ Best local guide hands down. From novice anglers to seasoned vets, Brian can help put fish in the net. From trout to bass, from shad to pike, Brian is your guy.Response from the ownerMuch appreciated Garret!!! Sarah KeslerSarah Kesler ★★★★★ Brian is an extremely knowledgeable fly-fishing guide. As first timers, he was incredibly patient and helpful with us. We booked him for a half day wade trip while in town for vacation and had an amazing time! He would be an excellent instructor for anglers of all skill levels. I also appreciated how friendly & responsive he was over messaging. I highly recommend him if you want a taste of the joys of fishing in the Berkshire mountain streams.js_loader