Our Fishing & Hunting Guides

Our staff of experienced, professional guides led by Head Guide, Rachel Finn offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the shop and on the river. From beginner to expert anglers, Our guides are eager to help you get more and bigger fish to net, while developing your skills to become an efficient, self reliant, and confident fly fishing fanatic.

Evan Bottcher

Evan was raised at the Hungry Trout and learned to fly fish on the Ausable River when he was ten years old. Evan honed his skills in Southwest Colorado fishing the Animas River and surrounding Rocky Mountain Streams. Fly Fishing has brought him many places, having cast a fly in Belize, Labrador, Bahamas, Alaska and most western states. He would return each May to guide a roster of return clients, which he prefers to exhaust in full day excursions to remote sections of river. Evan and his wife Caitlin are now in their seventh year growing the Hungry Trout Fly Shop with a clear vision for the future.

Rachel Finn

Rachel has been head guide at the H.T for over 20 seasons. Rachel’s knowledge of the Ausable river and our area streams is known throughout the Northeast, which has made her one of the most sought after guides in the region. She is a retired Alaskan guide with a Masters from Yale, whose Tacoma has become a streamside fixture in the Ausable River Valley. Her passion for the art of fly fishing, and her knowledge of it’s most technical offerings has earned Rachel a spot on the pro staff of Scott Rods, Nautilus, Airflo, and is also a Patagonia Fly Fishing ambassador.

Bill O’Brien

Bill O`Brien is an experienced angler and instructor who has been guiding for the H.T for 15 seasons. His passion for fly fishing, and his contagious enthusiasm keeps him busy throughout the season. A long time friend of ours, and all around gentleman. Bill is a retired Navy Pilot, and currently is a guitarist for a popular Irish rock band out of Saratoga called ‘Forthlin Road’. Bill has been instrumental in the arranging of the Two-Fly Tournament each summer for many of its formative years. Bill is a key figure for us at the H.T because, lets be honest – Everybody. loves. Bill…

Matt DeLorenzo

Matt D. grew up in the fishing business working his fathers charter service on the trout rich waters of Western New York. He has been a licensed guide for well over a decade and is an organized and professional guide. Matt prefers backcountry brook trout trips and fishing heavy pocket water. He is also a very productive fly tier, who pumps out detailed patterns. Matt is an Army combat veteran and also one of our hunting guides, he is very passionate about hunting with his French Brittany “Louis”.

Schuyler Deeney

Schuyler is a fishing dynamo with an endless passion for fly fishing. He can be found all hours of the day or night on the river when he isn’t guiding. Schuyler also works in the fly shop and is always eager to share his local knowledge. He is currently studying Fisheries and Aquaculture at SUNY Cobleskill and working towards his bachelors degree. Schuyler is the president of the SUNY Cobleskill chapter of Trout Unlimited and a ski instructor in the winter.

Jeff Kirshman

Jeff is known around the shop as the ‘Brook Trout Sensai’ . He often nets so many brook trout, when asked how, he responds very modestly ‘‘…when you do it this long, you can almost just smell them’’. Jeff is a native of the Adirondacks and has been guiding for the H.T for nearly 25 years. He would also guide in Alaska, with his wife Rachel, and would lead multi day float trips on remote, fly in only rivers in Alaska. He has a very soft-spoken manner, and is a very patient guide. In the off-season he is a bird-hunting guide, and is on Ski Patrol at Whiteface Mountain.

John Fik

John has been fishing the ‘dacks for over 40 years and has had a popular television show for years on CBS called Adirondack Trails “Inside the Blue Line”. John enjoys teaching the “new comer” the basics of casting, how to break the river down into smaller sections and where the fish are. John is also a hunting guide for the Hungry Trout and can be found wandering coverts with his GSP “Eli”.

Rick Kovacs

Rick Kovacs specializes in the introduction of fly fishing and fly casting for beginners. He also guides for experienced fly fishers on rivers throughout the Adirondacks and on back-country ponds in and around the Five Ponds Wilderness.

Ken Kalil

Ken Kalil is a founding board member of the Tri-Lakes Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Board member of the Adirondack Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, Ken considers it his obligation to promote watershed conservation for many generations to come. On the rare times he is not in the water, he can be found training retrievers for hunting and retriever field events or on snow coaching cross country skiing in the Olympic region.

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson grew up spending his summers in the Adirondacks. It wasn’t until a father/son trip to the West Branch of the Ausable that he fell in love with fly fishing. From that day forward, the thought of how and when he could get on the water never faded. When not searching for feeding trout on the Ausable, he spends time on the Delaware and Battenkill Rivers for feisty browns. Matt is also a special education teacher. He is a natural teacher and enjoys teaching those eager to learn about the sport.

Kevin Margosian

Kevin has fished all over the country for almost every species. Big Kev as we call him, Kevin has been guiding the waters around the Hungry Trout for a long time. He is a friendly professional guide who also runs trips in the Catskills and Lake Ontario Tributaries. Kevin knows the ins and outs of the river and always has a few tricks up his sleeve no matter what the conditions are.

Sean Platt

Sean grew up in Keene Valley exploring the High Peaks region of the park. He has spent the the past five years working as a Backcountry Ranger and Ski Patroller both here and in Colorado. He loves to strip streamers and chase wild brook trout on the high mountain streams of his youth. You can find Sean most days in the shop with a smile on his face ready to talk fishing with everybody who walks in the door. He has an infectious enthusiasm for fly fishing that he effortlessly transfers to everyone around him.