Knowlton Hodgkins

Years Fishing?


Years Guiding?


Who introduced you to fly fishing?

My grandmother and grandfather

Can you tell us a little about your home waters and the fish you pursue there?

Here in western Massachusetts we have a few fisheries that offer a great variety .. The majority being tail waters from hydro-electric dams . These dams offer cold , high flow releases which are optimum for drift boats. Brown , Brook and Rainbow trout are my main target species in these parts . Bass , pike , walleye , shad and striped bass can be found here as well .

What's the height of the season for you? What time of year is your personal favorite?

Spring and fall offer great fishing in New England , fall is my favorite ..

What are your favorite travel destinations? What's on the bucket list?

Great Lakes region is definitely my travel destination , Florida and Alaska are on the bucket list .

What you like most about Thomas and Thomas rods? Which rods do you fish?

The craftsmanship of Thomas and Thomas are far superior to any rod company I've casted . Solar and NS series are always on my boats .

What's your current go-to fly?

Custom zonker pattern

Other than fly tackle, what piece of gear do you find indispensable?

My Abel pliers

My favorite thing about guiding is:

The hand shake at the end of the trip .

From the angler’s point of view, what do you see as the main value of going on a guided trip?

A good guide will provide the best rods ,gear , tackle and what have you along with a safe,comfortable trip that will likely produce more fish than heading out on the water on your own . Especially if the trip is run in a boat .

What can new fisherman expect to get out of a guided trip? My favorite thing to teach a client is ...

Improving timing and Casting skills , spotting fish.

What's your ideal lunch when on the water? What do you actually pack?

I'm stealing this one from a friend fellow guide . BBQ brisket and pork on the side of the river is the only way to go .

What fly fishing blogs/magazines do you read regularly?

Gink & Gasoline

When I'm not fishing you'll find me:

Spending time with loved ones .

Contact Info


(802) 233-4352




Pinenook Ridge Outfitters LLC

Deerfield, Massachusetts USA

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