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Hilltown Anglers
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We had an amazing full day float experience with Brian! We had very little experience fly fishing and Brian did a great job teaching us the ropes and answering all of our questions. I highly recommend taking a guided trip through them!
We spent two days on float trips with Brian for Pike. He was everything I look for in a guide:knowledgeable, a good teacher, patient, hard working, and a pleasure to spend time with on the water. Highly recommended!
Response from the owner: Derek it was a true pleasure spending two days on the water with you gentlemen, I’m glad you enjoyed it!!!
My 13 year old grandson Grant and I spent this morning fishing with Brian on the Deerfield River and had a fantastic time. Brian is so knowledgable and such a teacher it was a pleasure fishing with him. He was especially nice in dealing with Grant. What a great trip.
Response from the owner: It was an absolute pleasure having you and Grant out for a float trip and I’m glad you both had a great memorable experience!
Fishing with Brian on the Deerfield River in Shelbourne Falls was outrageously outstanding! My 15 year old great-grand-nephew and I learned a lot, caught fish, and enjoyed the experience. It was an excellent alternative to playing video games online.
Response from the owner: It was a true pleasure having you both out Paul! It’s tremendously important to prioritize getting these youngsters out and involved in the outdoors introducing them to these great natural recreational resources we have and sharing with them the importance of conservation. That was a lot of fun!!!
We went on a half day float with Brian and had the BEST time!! Brian made sure everything was seamless and we didn’t lift a finger. He was an awesome teacher, super patient with all my tangles and very encouraging. My fiancé and I both caught a bunch of fish and had so much fun. Will definitely use Brian again in the future!
Response from the owner: I’m glad you both had such a great experience Emma, you both did great and that was a lot of fun!!!
We floated the Deerfield with Brian this week. I am a relatively new fly angler and he was patient and generous with his advice and expertise. My friend is much more skilled and experienced, and he had an equally rich and successful experience. Brian made sure we caught more trout than we dreamed we might, and the day will be remembered for a long time. I heartily, and without a hint of reservation, recommend Brian to anyone in search of the best guide in the area.
Response from the owner: Tim, I’m glad you enjoyed your float trip and had such a great overall experience! I truly appreciate you coming out and look forward to doing it again!
Brian has demonstrated his guiding skills and general professionalism in 2023, 2024 Deerfield River float trips. His assistance with my physical mobility challenges was noteworthy, especially entering and exiting the raft.Overall, his knowledge, positive coaching, and willingness to fish multiple river sections resulted in a very satisfying experience.I heartily recommend Brian Gilbert as a consummate angler and attentive host. Planning a 2025 return.
Response from the owner: Don, it’s always great to have you out on the water! I’m truly glad I could accommodate you and will always do my best to provide you with a safe enjoyable float trip!As always, I’m looking forward to having you back out!
Really enjoyed our trip. Highly recommend, must do. We are hooked on fly fishing now. Brian was great!
Response from the owner: It was a lot of fun having you and the boys out for the day Adam! I find it truly important to provide our youngsters with quality experience at such crucial ages and commend you as a parent for taking the time and prioritizing your boys!
Brian was an excellent guide. I set up a half day wade trip for my 2 boys and nephew. His ability to manage all 3 was amazing. Not only did everyone have a great time, they also learned a lot as well. Highly recommend and look forward to booking another trip.
Response from the owner: Paul, I am glad you all had a great time, I truly enjoyed the trip myself and sincerely appreciate the opportunity. I commend you for prioritizing these youngsters and making the morning trip 100% about them. I look forward to the next outing!
Brian guided me on my first turkey hunt in May 2024. He was super easy to communicate with in the days and weeks leading up to it to answer all my first-timer questions and provide helpful recommendations on gear needed (and not needed). He is great at getting to know you as a hunter and what your aims are – whether you prefer to sit in a blind or you want to cover some ground, he is the man to do it with. We covered a lot of terrain and harvested a nice 20 lb tom – very highly recommended and I’ll be coming back again in the fall!
Response from the owner: Thanks JoelI enjoyed our time in the woods together and was glad to be part of your first turkey hunt.Congrats again on a beautiful Western Mass long beard!!!
Had an awesome day on the water with Brian as part of a women’s fly fishing retreat this weekend. He was patient and helped me become more autonomous for when I want to get out there on my own! If I ever want to book another guided trip in the area I won’t hesitate to contact him.
Response from the owner: That was a lot of fun Sam, I’m glad you had an awesome day!
Brian was very knowledgeable and worked hard to make the experience the best. Excellent trip, and definitely recommend!
Response from the owner: Great work Josh, I’m glad we got you on a couple beautiful Western Mass Wild Brown Trout while you were in the area!
My wife and I went out with Brian from Hilltown Anglers on a float trip on the Deerfield river. Myself a beginner and my wife who has never gone fly fishing before were able to catch a dozen or more fish and learned a lot thanks to Brian’s knowledge and patience. I would recommend Brian to anyone who wants a knowledgeable friendly guide in western MA. We will be calling Brian every time we want to fish western MA.
Response from the owner: I’m glad you both enjoyed the float trip Chris it was great having you out!
Brian makes everything a breeze, from the booking of the trip, to day of. He took myself and my father on a trip this past week to the Deerfield River and the day couldn’t have gone smoother. Brian has a wealth of knowledge about the different fish that inhabit the river and knows all the prime spots for fishing. You don’t have to worry about a thing when on the river, Brian takes care of it all – all you have to do is relax and fish. You can tell Brian has a passion for what he does and can see that his goal is for everyone to have a successful day of fishing. I can’t recommend him enough and am looking forward to my next excursion with him.
Response from the owner: Thank you for the kind words and wonderful review, I’m glad I could make your experience enjoyable and memorable!I love what I do and truly enjoy sharing time on the water making memories!
Excellent day fishing, with someone who knows the river, And the Trout !! Thank you Brian !
Response from the owner: You’re just certainly welcome Mike, it was great having you out and I’m glad you enjoyed the float trip.
Brian from Hilltop did a great job for us! Knows the water, knows the fish and can tell a good story! Highly recommend him. Wish I could give him six stars!
Response from the owner: Thank you ChuckIt was great having you gentlemen out on the river!
I attended a presentation on streamer fishing that Brian gave over the winter. Finally was able to get on the water with him yesterday and see his methods in person. Just go fish with him.
Response from the owner: Chris, I’m glad you found the presentation informative and you had a great time on the water, I enjoyed your company!
Brian is an excellent guide with tons of knowledge and experience of the local waters. He will work his butt off to put you in the best position for success all while clearly explaining the tactics he will be having you use. In one day my confidence and understanding of streamer fishing increased dramatically all thanks to Brian. He’s a joy to be around, knows the area well and knows how to get you on the big fish. Cannot recommend enough and will be forever grateful for him helping me land the fish of a lifetime. Thank you Brian!!
Response from the owner: Congrats on such an amazing fish Zane, you certainly earned it!I appreciate your diligent focus and effort in less than ideal conditions, you were rightfully rewarded.Thanks for the review!
Absolutely awesome fishing experience. His knowledge of the area is incredible. A true professional I would recommend to anyone looking for an unforgettable fishing experience
Response from the owner: I’m glad you enjoyed the float trip Hugh and thank you, I truly appreciate the feedback!
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 owner: Grant, 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!!!
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 owner: Thanks for the wonderful review and referral Rosie. I’m glad you enjoyed your first float trip, strong work pulling tight lines!!!
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 owner: It 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!
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 owner: Thanks Fred, it’s always great having you and Michala out on the water!
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 owner: Thank 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!
great day on the water with a great group of guides! very friendly and clearly knew the water well.
Response from the owner: Thanks for joining us Ben, I’m glad you enjoyed the day on the water!
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 again
Response from the owner: Thank you for the kind words William, I’m glad you enjoyed the float trip. Great work out there!
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 owner: Thanks David, it’s always a pleasure having you out!
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 owner: Thanks Kara, I truly appreciate your enthusiasm and love for the outdoors and fishing!
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 owner: Thanks RJ, you did great and what a fish for your first time fly fishing!
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 owner: Thank 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!
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 owner: Thanks for the kind words Max, I always look forward to fishing with you!
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 owner: Thank you kindly Tom!Having you out was a treat and I look forward to the next time!
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 owner: It was truly my pleasure Elis and you did an awesome job!!!
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 owner: Thanks a bunch Rich, I always look forward to spending time on the water with you!
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 owner: Thank you kindly my friend! I truly love what I do and thoroughly enjoy sharing my knowledge and time on the water with everyone.
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 owner: Thank you kindly Brian!I’m glad you had such an enjoyable experience!
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 owner: Much appreciated Mike!I always look forward to having you in the boat.
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 owner: Thanks Paul!It was sincerely a pleasure having you out for the day again.
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 owner: Thanks James!I’m glad you enjoyed your trip and had a memorable outing.
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 owner: Thank you Kim!It’s always good fun having you two out on the water.
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 owner: Thanks 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.
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 owner: Thank you JordanThat sure was fun for a rainy spring day!
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 owner: Thank you kindly my friend!I truly love what I do and thoroughly enjoy sharing every bit of it!
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 owner: Much appreciated Garret!!!
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.
Response from the owner: I’m glad I could I could accommodate you and add to your vacation experience. Thank you for the wonderful review Sarah!