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I offer both full day and half day wade spin fishing (If you prefer to fly fish you will be required to bring your own gear) trips for Smallmouth Bass for 1 or 2 clients. There are plenty of streams in PA that hold quality smallmouth. The tributaries along the major rivers are prime spots for nice size bass. They offer tons of great spots for these fish to hide and ambush prey from. The scenic rolling hills of western PA are a great back drop while wading these shallow crystal clear waters. These trips are graded in difficulty Low, Moderate, and High. We will be walking in a streams with rocks and they are slippery depending on the difficulty this is a tough task. Every person should be able to comfortably walk at least 4 miles on dry land most stream trips are 1 to 2 miles. You must be able to swim. We will be fishing with artificial lures from 412 Baits, Scared Fishless BaitsRapala, Gear from Fishing Online and GLoomis rods, Fenwick rods, St Croix rods, Shimano Reels, Pflueger Reels with Gamma line.

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I can accommodate one or two guest anglers. The rate is the same, no extra charge for

the second angler.

Half Day $300

(Creeks and Streams for up to two anglers)

Full Day $500
(Creeks and Streams for up to two anglers)

  • I supply Lures, Reels, and Rods 

  • $100 deposit due at the time of reservation by cash, check, PayPal, or Venmo. 

  • Balance due on the day of your trip by cash, check, PayPal, or Venmo.

  • Gift certificates are available for that special angler in your life

  • Contact me for pricing on customized trips (multiple days, third angler, other waters)

  • We will fish in moderate / intermittent rain. We will NOT fish in a thunderstorm

  • We will NOT fish in high water

My guide season is from Mid-June thru September (Weather Permitting)

You will be required to sign a waiver form before the wade trip

Life Jackets will be available I recommend everyone use one
The client(s) Must bring the following items:

snacks and drinks for a day on the water

(I do supply bottled water and jerky & crackers)


  • A desire to learn how to wade fish in rivers. (these trips are not a trophy hunt)    

  • Patience and Understanding when the bite goes cold

I highly recommend bringing the following items 
to make your day more comfortable:    

  • Hat - wide brims are best, but at least a ball hat that will keep the sun out of your eyes.

  • polarized sunglasses

  • sunscreen


  • rain gear 

Please let me know if you have any other questions about what to bring on these trips.

I am here to make your trip the best it can be

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