The Feathered Hook Guide Service

The Feathered Hook is proud to offer an in-house guide service. Pennsylvania native guides Matt Kowalchuk, Aston Boone, and Mitch Rotz are world traveled, home grown anglers who know central Pennsylvania waters like the back of their hands. They create a tailored, memorable experience, exploring our world class trout streams for anglers of all levels.

1.22.2018….Cabin Fever

Winter Guide Trip Special 3/4 Day:6 Hour – 1 Angler Float Trip: $299. Not a numbers game (most days) . We are on the hunt for trophy fish. Lots of streamer fishing. Some nymphing at prime locations. All gear, terminal tackle, coffee, snack and a pile of fun included. Crazy? Maybe, but so worth it. 

It is tolerable out there. The water is good. The fish are eating. Whats not to be happy about. Penns Creek is open thanks to the snow which turned to rain about a week and a half ago. Mild temps have melted the remaining ice. Penns is sitting somewhere north off 500 CFS. Fishing has been par for the course. Numbers haven’t been crazy but the quality of fish has been. 
We had a serious break in the weather this weekend. Even the lows were right around or above freezing. Cabin fever must have set in. We saw lots of faces through in the shop and plenty of anglers getting out there this weekend. Nymphing has been pretty good. Big stuff, eggs, small stuff, just pick your poison and fish it with confidence. Streamer bite has been on. Black is always a good choice. Articulated black is an ever better choice. 

Josh and I floated last Wednesday. Half day streamer float. Moved one and caught one mid teens fish. It was frigid. Anchor rope froze up and would not drop. Had to bust an inch worth of ice off each guide about every five minutes. Fun but frigid day with a high of 23 degrees.. 

Yesterday was a heck of a day on the water. I floated with my good friend Shaun, a local fire forester. We launched at noon and Shaun had a 17 inch brown annihilate his articulated streamer 50 yards from the launch. We boated 6 fish and moved 12 others. I got off the water to find a few pictures Josh sent me. The bite was on, on Fishing Creek also. Hope you were out yesterday. 

The water should hold and there is some precipitation expected in the next week. Air temps look good. 
Fly Shop Hours  
Monday- Closed

Tuesday- Closed

Wednesday- Closed

Thursday- Closed

Friday- 9AM-5PM

Saturday- 9AM-5PM

Sunday- 9AM-2PM

Posted January 22, 2018

9.10.2017….Midgetember

The fly shop will close today, Sunday September 10 at 2:30pm. 

Sorry for any inconveniences.
Please call Jonas at (814) 574-9426 with questions or concerns.  

We will continue with regular business hours,9:00am-5:00pm, tomorrow Monday September 11th 2017.
Penns creek is in fine condition. The flow is a tad low but water temperatures are great. Elk Creek is coming in at 58 degrees while Upper Penns is coming in at 62 degrees.
Slate drakes, BWO, Slate Drake, Tan Caddis and October Caddis are keeping the fish happy and looking up. Don’t forget about midges.  Always a go to for this time of year.
Our guided trips are continuing to bring in success with things looking up. It seems we are over the hump that is summer and heading for fall fishing!
Be sure to stop in to check out our wide selection of Sitka Gear to ready up for hunting season. These pooches are happy about it!

Posted September 10, 2017

Guiding Information

Thank you for your interest in The Feathered Hook guide service!  

Our goal is to provide an excellent guided fishing experience with the emphasis on both catching fish and teaching you to be a better angler.   All you need to do is show up….we will provide everything you need for your fishing day except waders and boots (which the shop will rent to you). We also recommend bringing a rain jacket and polarized glasses regardless of what the weather report says.   Of course we can help you with these necessities at the shop. 

Our Guarantee:  Nothing is more important to us than sharing the amazing fishing experience of central Pennsylvania with our clients. To be sure that you are satisfied with your experience, we GUARANTEE THE YOU WILL CATCH A FISH WITH US….OR YOUR NEXT TRIP IS FREE! 


A Full Day:  A full day with us includes 8 hours on the water and lunch. All the flies you will need, terminal tackle and rod/reel are provided. You are welcome to use your gear….but our equipment is dialed in for what you will be trying to accomplish. 

(1) Angler $350

(2) Anglers $425


A Half Day:  A half day includes 4 hours on the water and no lunch. Everything else is the same as above. 

(1) Angler $275

(2) Anglers $350



Thank you.


Posted April 24, 2017

4/11/16…..What’s up weather?!

We are having a fantastic fishing year!  Hope you can come up and experience it!

The creeks are all in great shape….low for this time of year….but perfect for fishing!

HATCHES:  Blue Wing Olives, small tan caddis, Hendricksons, quill Gordons, blue quills, crane flies and midges. We have had rising fish almost every day, even in the colder weather. The nymphing has been bonkers!

We are waiting on the arrival of the Grannom Caddis any day now…..!
I would like to take a minute to thank Mitch, Matt and Aston for all their help!  If you ever want to experience what Central PA has to off with an true expert…..these guides are INCREDIBLE!!

Don’t believe me?…..if you get skunked…..we will take you again for FREE!!
Here’s David….went out with Mitch and caught a pile of fish with a bamboo rod created by LJ Downes that he was trying out…..great job guys!
  


Posted April 11, 2016

5/31/14….DRAKES IN COBURN!!!

The creek is totally fishable and the Green Drake is getting started!!!

We had risers at the bridge this morning!! Hope to see you soon

This morning on the bridge!

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Posted May 31, 2014