Our Guides - Hill Country Guide Service
Nate Hill - Head Guide
Nate takes pride in his ability to put clients on fish regardless of their ability. He recently wrote a chapter on the Ellis River for the Book 50 Best Places: Fly Fishing the Northeast by Bob Mallard. He will also be featured in the up-coming books 25 Best: Towns To Fly Fish For Trout and 50 Best Places: Fly Fishing For Brook Trout. Nate will also have a chapter dedicated to him in the upcoming photography book Passion America by William Combs.
Tom was born and raised in the Great North Woods. He knows the waters of the upper Androscoggin River like the back of his hand. Floating or wading the Androscoggin River watershed with Tom will open your eyes to the variety of water and species of fish that will be caught. If you have ever wanted to complete the Andro Grand Slam (Brookie, Rainbow, Brown, and Salmon), Tom will work long and hard to help you achieve your goal.
Steve guides for fun, and to pass along his knowledge to others. He makes it a priority to tailor a trip to his client's needs. Whether that need is a focus on casting, reading water, or just a need to get out and relax, Steve has the knowledge and experience to meet any specific requests. Hard work and dedication are essential in any line of work, and Steve's guiding reputation has been built on those basic foundations.
Season Wrap up
by Nate Hill
2 January 2017
What a year it was! Many records broken for HCG in 2016. Biggest fish landed by a client (broken at least 3 times last year), Biggest fish caught in the Saco River (24" Brown), Biggest fish caught in the Androscoggin river (28" Rainbow), Biggest wild brook trout caught in a small stream( 13" wild brook trout). Most fish over 20" landed in a single season (too many to count!). Most trips guided in one year(191) And a new destination added to our guiding repertoire (Cotter Arkansas!) Give us a shout if you'd like to help us break even more records in 2017!
Fly Fishing Through the Ice
by Steve Angers
14 January 2017
What does one do when the fly fishing jones is raging and the rivers are all iced in? Go fly fishing through the ice on your favorite pond or lake of course!
I was recently invited to go ice fishing with Fish Nerds Guide Service's Clay Groves who is an ardent and highly qualified ice fishing guide, www.fishnerds.com.
When Clay told me that we would be fishing jigs with pieces of bait, I asked the obvious question, "Can we use flies?" The resounding but skeptical answer was, "Yes."
I headed to the vise. Using Super Jig Heads from Wapsi, I modified the recently popular MOP Fly to work with the hook. Flies looked heavy enough to get deep and flashy enough to attract fish.
The big day arrived. After fishing with a standard jig for half an hour, I switched to the MOP Fly. The first color combo of Chartreuse was a no go. The second combo of Wildcat Orange drifted to the bottom. A couple of jigs and the sonar screen lit up. A couple more jigs and the fly got SLAMMED!
After a protracted fight, since the line was only 2LB test, the fish shown above came through the hole. What a beauty!
So I am now sold. Yes, one can fly fish through the ice.
A word of caution - Weather conditions may effect ice thickness. Check with your local sources and at this time keep vehicles, including snowmobiles and ATV's, off the ice.